office of the provost

The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is committed to promoting academic excellence at the University of Michigan-Flint. 

Academic Affairs is led by the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Yener Kandogan, who serves as the chief academic officer of the campus and provides leadership in the pursuit of campuswide academic excellence.

Message from the Provost

Dr. Yener Kandogan

Welcome to Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan-Flint!

At the beginning of the 2023-24 academic year, I was honored to receive a plaque commemorating 20 years of service at UM-Flint. Having begun my career here as an assistant professor and moving up the ranks throughout the years, I consider myself, first and foremost, a faculty member. 

When needed, I got involved with the administration of my home academic unit, as I am truly committed to and feel responsible for the success of this institution. I do recognize that I am not unique in this situation. Many of you are tenured faculty members, seasoned lecturers or long-term staff members. This responsibility is not just mine or other faculty administrators. We need to come together, produce feasible solutions, and act decisively on issues in a timely manner.

Now, as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, I am determined to continue this work together with you and take this institution to new levels as we collectively help it reach its potential.  

Our institution is at a historical crossroads. In 2022-23, we embarked on a strategic transformation of our university with many new and expanding academic and student support program plans. While some of these are already in progress, their implementation over the next several years is going to require hard work from each one of us.

As we do this work, let’s remember the reason behind these efforts: our students. We change their lives for the better by preparing them for their careers, positively impacting their social mobility, and generating economic growth for their communities. 

Go Flint and Go Blue!

Yener Kandogan, PhD
Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we firmly uphold the principles that empower the faculty to freely conduct research and teach, express their ideas, and engage in robust discourse without reprisal.

While performing such duties, the faculty may incur criticism from within or outside the university community. There is a critical difference between civil disagreement and harassment that makes the faculty feel unsafe or interfere with their duties.

The university offers various resources and support to the faculty experiencing threats and/or harassment.

Let’s Talk

The Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is committed to promoting open conversations with one another. Your thoughts and suggestions assist our office with doing our jobs to the best of our abilities, especially as we strive to innovate and transform our campus community.

With that in mind, we invite everyone to share their thoughts via email at [email protected] or by using the form to the right. 

While all responses submitted via the form will remain confidential, we encourage you to share your name and email address. Doing so will allow us to contact you for additional information and context, which is so vital in understanding and improving our university.