Academic Affairs

Leading the Academic Mission of UM-Flint

Academic Affairs is comprised of of a number of units, lead by the three Colleges and three Schools of the University. Academic Affairs includes:

Sonja Feist-Price Biography: An Academic Leader for UM-Flint

Provost Sonja Feist-Price

Sonja Feist-Price is the Provost and Vice Chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint. A leading voice in academia and on issues on education as well as diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Feist-Price is a strong leader who advocates for first-generation college students.

Prior to joining UM-Flint, Dr. Feist-Pice served as Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky (UK).

A member of UK since 1992, Dr. Feist-Price came up through the ranks to the level of full professor before moving to administrative roles. She is an accomplished scholar, with research publications in areas such as ex-offenders with disabilities in correctional settings, service provisions among veterans with disabilities, and HIV prevention among persons at greatest risk, particularly women and adolescents. She has secured many state and federal grants including several from NIH. Her work is published in top academic journals and presented at prestigious conferences.

A preeminent voice on diversity, student success, and public higher education, Dr. Feist-Price served as Vice President for Institutional Diversity at UK, advising the president and provost on all academic, fiscal, programmatic, and administrative policy decisions regarding the university’s diversity and inclusivity goals. She advanced student and faculty diversity at UK and led programmatic and policy changes that have been institutionalized.

Dr. Feist-Price was also the senior assistant provost and assistant provost for faculty affairs. In the provost office, she worked with the deans of the 19 colleges and schools at UK on matters relating to faculty recruitment, promotion, and retention. She led program development and assessment in the areas of faculty conduct, leadership development, academic integrity, women’s career and leadership development issues, faculty recruitment and retention, mid- and late-career faculty development, and the implementation of unconscious bias initiative and training for students, faculty, and staff. She also served as the academic ombudsperson for UK.

Dr. Feist-Price served as the Director of African American Studies and Research Institute and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education & Rehabilitation Counseling. She is passionate about student success and has a keen grasp of challenges in the areas of retention and graduation rates, particularly for underrepresented students. Her training as a licensed psychologist, certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed professional clinical counselor, and trained mediator all complement her leadership abilities.

Dr. Sonja Feist-Price received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Kentucky in 2006, a Doctor of Rehabilitation from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL in 1992, a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1990, and her B.S. in Psychology from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1985.