Provost and deans

Dr. Rex Ramsier

Senior Vice President and Provost

Dr. William M. “Mike” Sherman

Dr. Rex Ramsier

Dr. Rex Ramsier was named senior vice president and provost by the Board of Trustees on Oct. 19, 2016. He began serving as interim senior vice president and provost on Jan. 1, 2016. As UA’s top academic officer, Ramsier has oversight of academic planning and budgeting, curriculum development and assessment, among other functions.

Prior to taking on this role, Ramsier served as senior vice provost. Throughout his UA career, Ramsier has served in a number of positions, including vice provost for academic programs and operations; associate provost for academic policies, procedures and reviews; director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning; associate professor of physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering; and assistant professor of physics. After earning his Ph.D., Ramsier was a senior scientist in stress corrosion cracking and advanced energy conversion at Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.

Ramsier graduated summa cum laude from The University of Akron with a B.S. in physics. He earned an M.S. in physics from UA and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more.


Deans

Dr. Eric J. Amis

Dean, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Vice Provost for Research

Dr. Eric J. Amis was appointed in June 2014 as dean of The University’s world-renowned College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. In 2015, he was appointed vice provost for research.

As dean, Amis oversees a program that is the largest and broadest in the U.S. The college is organized for teaching and research at the graduate level, granting the M.S. and Ph.D. in either polymer science or polymer engineering. In addition to the Department of Polymer Science and Department of Polymer Engineering, there is the Institute of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. The institute oversees the facilities, instrumentation and support staff and generally provides a research focus for the department faculty and graduate students.

Before UA, Amis was director of physical sciences at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). He led a team of 140 scientists and engineers responsible for research and development in advanced manufacturing, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, structural integrity, applied physics and measurement science. His responsibilities included developing external partnerships aligned with UTRC strategies. More.


Dr. Susan G. Clark

Interim Dean, LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education
Professor of Education
Juris Doctor

Susan G. Clark, interim dean of the College of EducationDr. Susan G. Clark is interim dean of the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education. As a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership she has taught school law, disability law, and other leadership and management courses for practicing and prospective school leaders.

Clark earned a law degree at UA's McDowell School of Law, a Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Kent State University, a master's degree in educational administration and instructional services at Xavier University, and a bachelor's degree at Miami University.

A frequent speaker at local, state, national and international conferences, she also has provided many school and staff in-services for public school districts, educational service centers and for career centers. Clark also hosts a yearly Women Leaders Conference on campus through the College of Education Office of Outreach and Professional Learning. She is a member of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys as well as the Ohio State, Akron and Cleveland Bar Associations and is licensed to practice in all state courts in Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In addition, she is the past president of the Education Law Association, an international organization serving as the premier source of information on education law, and has served on its board of directors since 2007. More.


Sarah M.R. Cravens

Ryan G. Vacca

Interim Co-Deans, School of Law

Sarah M.R. CravensOn July 11, 2016, Sarah M.R. Cravens and Ryan G. Vaca became interim co-deans of the School of Law.

Cravens, who joined the School of Law in 2005, most recently served as associate dean and is an associate professor of law.

She earned a bachelor’s or A.B. from Princeton University, a master’s in philosophy at Cambridge University, and a Juris Doctor at Washington & Lee University.

Prior to joining the faculty, Cravens was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in products liability litigation. More.

Ryan G. VaccaVacca is a professor of law and director of the school’s Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science/law, jurisprudence and social thought from Amherst College, a Juris Doctor at the University of Missouri-Columbia and an LL.M in intellectual property and trade regulation at the New York University School of Law.

He joined Akron Law in 2010. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Oregon’s School of Law and the University of Denver’s College of Law. More.


Dr. Aimée L. deChambeau

Interim Dean, University Libraries
Associate Professor of Bibliography

deChambeau-Aimee-headshotDr. Aimée L. deChambeau was appointed in June 2016 as the interim dean of University Libraries. Previously, she was serving as associate dean.

As associate dean, deChambeau’s responsibilities included responding to changes in higher education, the academic environment and the library profession, and ensuring that the organization, management and skill levels of all library personnel evolved to meet new challenges.

A tenured associate professor of bibliography, deChambeau joined the University as head of electronic services in April 2011. Prior posts include serving as an associate librarian at the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., and director of the Schmidt Family Information & Technology Center at The Knox School in St. James, N.Y. From 1997-2004 she also served as engineering librarian here at The University of Akron.

deChambeau holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College and an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in managing library services and systems in higher education as well as K-12. Her research focuses on sustainable education and student success at the intersection of technology, communities of practice, and collaboration. deChambeau has additional research interests in the area of feminist pedagogy and collaboration.

Her service on campus includes membership on the Williams Honors College Advisory Council since 2015, the Diversity Council since 2013, and the University Council Information Technology Committee since 2011. More.


Dr. John C. Green

Interim Dean, College of Buchtel Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

Dr. John C. Green was appointed interim dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 14, 2015, by the Board of Trustees.

The college is the largest and most diverse of UA’s degree-granting colleges with 22 departments and several institutes, centers and programs. has served in a variety of roles since joining.

Green, who joined The University of Akron in 1987, is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, and is best known for his work on religion and politics.

He is co-author of “The Bully Pulpit: The Politics of Protestant Clergy;” “Religion and the Culture Wars: Dispatches From the Front,” and “The Diminishing Divide: Religion’s Changing Role in American Politics.” In addition, he is co-editor of “The State of the Parties,” now in its 5th edition; “Multiparty Politics in America, and Financing the 1996 Election.”

As director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, a bipartisan research and teaching institute dedicated to the nuts and bolts of practical politics, Green is widely known as an observer of Ohio and national politics. He is frequently quoted in the national and state media.

Green earned a B.A. at the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1983.


Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy

Interim Dean, College of Applied Science and Technology
Professor of Social Science 

Elizabeth Kennedy, College of Applied Science and TechnologyDr. Elizabeth Kennedy became interim dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) in 2016, after serving for a year as associate dean of academic programs. CAST offers nationally accredited associate and bachelor's degree programs in a variety of technical areas.

As associate dean, Kennedy has led initiatives related to curriculum and new degree development, and worked with business and industry leaders to deliver relevant and innovative academic programming to CAST students. She also has worked closely with the Training Center for Fire and Hazardous Materials and the Police Academy, which are both part of CAST.

Kennedy, who joined UA in 1997, is a professor of social science in the Department of Applied General and Technical Studies and a Fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. Earlier in her career, she chaired the department for five years.

The interim dean earned both a B.A. in Psychology in 1990 and an M.A. in Psychology in 1993 at UA before continuing on to earn a Ph.D. in Psychology (Applied Cognitive Aging) here in 2000. She also has earned a Certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement from the Association of Death Education and Counseling.

Kennedy also serves as an educational advisor for the Northeast Ohio Medical University Palliative Care Advisory Board. Her research interests center on death education, and loss and bereavement issues.


Dr. Ravi Krovi

Dean, College of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Information Systems 

Krovi-Ravi-2016-headshotDr. Ravi Krovi, who joined The University of Akron's College of Business Administration in 1999, was appointed dean of the college on Dec. 15, 2010, after serving as interim dean since July 1, 2009.

Krovi oversees a college that offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting, e-marketing and advertising, finance, management, marketing, sales and international business. The CBA’s graduate program is “a best business school” and “one of the best MBA programs in the world,” according to the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools.

Krovi's distinguished record of service to the University includes holding positions as chair of the Department of Management from 2005-09 and director of the Center for Information Technologies and eBusiness from 2003-05. Krovi also played a significant role in the college's reaccreditation efforts.

A native of India, Krovi earned a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Baroda in India in 1986. He then went on to earn both an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science and Statistics) and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems at Memphis State University, in 1988 and 1993, respectively. More.


Dr. Chand K. Midha

Executive Dean, Graduate School
Vice Provost/Executive Dean-Laison to Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
Liaison to the Northeast Ohio Medical University
Trustees Professor

Dr. Chand MidhaDr. Chand Midha was appointed executive dean of the Graduate School by The University of Akron Board of Trustees in October 2015. He previously served as executive dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

Midha’s distinguished record of service includes being the founding chair of the Department of Statistics. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

He joined UA in 1983 after service as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He rose through the ranks in UA’s Department of Mathematical Sciences from assistant professor to become director of the Center for Statistical Consulting in 1992. In 1996, he became a full professor.

Midha earned an M.S. and PG Diploma in agricultural studies at the Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, and a Ph.D. in Statistics at Iowa State University.


Dr. Lakeesha K. Ransom

Vice Provost and Dean, Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College

Lakeesha K. RansomDr. Lakeesha K. Ransom who was named vice provost and dean of the Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College in June 2015, brings 20 years of leadership experience in educational, governmental, nonprofit and corporate entities to her role at UA.

Ransom comes to Akron from the University of Toledo, where she was the chief academic and administrative officer and founding dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College. She is highly experienced in developing innovative learning initiatives and problem-solving strategies, along with entrepreneurship programs.

At the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Ransom earned a Ph.D. in human resource development and strategic management and an M.A. in comparative and international development education. She earned a B.A. in international business at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The academically rigorous Honors College was created in 2005 as an extension of the University Honors Program. It is housed in the Honors Complex, a combination living and learning center. More.


Dr. Jarrod Tudor

Dean, Wayne College

Tudor-Jarrod-headshotDr. Jarrod Tudor became dean of Wayne College in July 2016.

Wayne College, located in Orrville, is a regional branch of The University of Akron offering the first two years of general bachelor’s degree classes for students who plan to continue at the Akron campus. The college also offers certificate programs and associate degrees in numerous areas, as well as bachelor’s degrees in organizational supervision and social work that can be earned entirely on the Orrville campus.

Tudor was dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga and the Twinsburg Regional Academic Center, where he was responsible for the oversight and management of a $15 million budget, 70 full-time personnel and 2,600 students across two campus locations.

Over 20 years at Kent State, Tudor served in several capacities and taught law and social science courses in the fields of political science, history, business administration, higher education administration, journalism, criminal justice and paralegal studies.

Tudor has earned nine degrees: a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Kent State; a master of laws degree in intellectual property law from UA; a master of public administration in labor-management relations from Kent; a master of law degree in international and comparative law from Cleveland State; an MBA from Kent; a J.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Toledo; and, a bachelor’s degree in political science and industrial relations from Ohio State University.


Dr. Donald J. Visco

Interim Dean, College of Engineering

Dr. Donald J. ViscoDr. Donald J. Visco was appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering by The University of Akron Board of Trustees in July 2016. He joined UA in 2010 as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering. Before that, he was professor of chemical engineering at Tennessee Technology University for 11 years.

Visco earned a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. More.