Dr. Douglas Knerr








Dr. Douglas G. Knerr

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

            Douglas G. Knerr serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of History, with tenure, at the University of Michigan-Flint.  Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Flint on January 1, 2016, Dr. Knerr has a long-time service record at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, including Executive Vice President and University Provost (2013-2016); Campus Provost (2010-2013); Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Administration (2007-2010); Interim Dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies (2006-2007); Director of Learning Technologies (2000-2003); and instructional appointments since 1998. 

            At Roosevelt, Dr. Knerr’s accomplishments linked a commitment to the integration of academic and service excellence across the institution, increasing revenue through historic gains in full-time enrollment and retention and established a strategic framework for the enhancement of brand-distinctive academic quality.        

Dr. Knerr received his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1982, 1984, and 1996, respectively.  He served as a Beamer-Schneider Sages Fellow and Faculty in Residence at Case Western Reserve University in 2006. 

            Dr. Knerr’s research interests are in the areas of U.S. urban and industrial history and the history of housing and domestic culture producing two books, several peer-reviewed articles, references, and a documentary film.  His research has been favorably reviewed by the Journal of Urban History, Business History Review, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, to name a few. 

Dr. Gilia C. Smith
Special Advisor to the Provost

Dr. Smith serves as Special Advisor to Provost Knerr.  Her responsibilities include representing the Office of the Provost on faculty committees and task forces, facilitating communication between the division of academic affairs and the division of student affairs, and supporting the College of Arts and Sciences on special projects.  During the 2016-2017 academic year she has been focused on strategic planning, general education, program review, and helping to prepare the institution for HLC re-accreditation in 2019.  Dr. Smith comes to UM-Flint with a background in academic affairs at Columbia University and a doctorate in Higher Education Research from UM-Ann Arbor. 


Heidi Zayan
Executive Assistant

Ms. Zayan has responsibility for major items that affect the Office of the Provost. She also serves as support and a liaison for the college/schools and other programs that report to the Provost.


Jill A. Hubbard
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Hubbard is the first person that one sees or talks to when visiting or calling the Office of the Provost.


Christine Kelly
Administrative Assistant

Christine Kelly serves as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Provost.  Her primary role is to assist in facilitating and organizing the efforts of the HLC re-accreditation project. Ms. Kelly also provides administrative support to Dr. Gilia Smith, Special Advisor to the Provost.