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Senior vice provost finalists visiting virtually

Forums will be livestreamed for 4 candidates for SVP for academic affairs

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


Virtual interviews began Tuesday for four finalists for the position of Central Michigan University’s senior vice provost for academic affairs.

Each of the candidates — Jennifer Fager, Kristi Haik, Julia Johnson and Cheryl Torsney — is conducting a virtual open forum livestreamed for the CMU community. Livestream links, along with candidate evaluation and background information, are posted on the Provost’s Office website.

The virtual forums are open to faculty, staff and students, who may join and leave as their schedules allow. The livestreams include the ability to ask the candidates questions.

Each forum begins at 1 p.m.

Tom Masterson, dean of CMU’s Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, is chair of the 12-member search committee for the new senior vice provost, assisted by search firm Greenwood/Asher & Associates. The successful candidate will replace retired interim senior vice provost for academic affairs Ian Davison.

Tuesday, April 14, Cheryl Torsney

As vice provost for faculty affairs at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro since 2017, Torsney is responsible for faculty recruitment and retention, development, promotion and tenure, and retirement planning.

Previously, she served as senior vice provost at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2012 until the position was eliminated in 2015.

Torsney earned her doctorate in English from the University of Florida in Gainesville; her Master of Arts degree in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge; and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French, cum laude, from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, April 15, Julia Johnson

Johnson served as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, San Marcos, from 2017-19 and as special assistant to the interim dean from August-December 2019. She became a full professor in Communication Studies and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies this year. As dean, she was the primary academic leader of the largest college on campus.

From 2015-17, Johnson was dean of the College of Liberal Studies at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She was associate dean of the college from 2011-15.

Johnson earned her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, specializing in communication and culture, rhetoric and cultural studies, and critical (communication) pedagogy. She earned her Master of Arts degree in rhetoric and performance studies from California State University, Northridge; and her Bachelor of Arts degree in rhetoric and public address from California State University, Long Beach.

Friday, April 17, Jennifer Fager

As vice president of academic affairs since 2017, Fager is the chief academic officer at Mid Michigan College in Harrison. Since 2018, she also has been an adjunct faculty member at CMU, where she teaches an upper-division, writing-intensive general education course.

From 2019 to the present, she also has been a virtual faculty member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Institute in Alexandria, Virginia.

Previously, she served as director of university assessment, director of the Testing Center and associate professor of Educational Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 2011-17.

Fager earned her doctorate in administration, curriculum and instruction, with emphases in assessment and teacher education; her Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction, with a minor in educational psychology; a social studies education certification and middle school endorsement; and a
Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with minors in English, sociology and history; all from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Monday, April 20, Kristi Haik

Since 2016, Haik has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.

From 2013-16, she was chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and associate professor of biological sciences at Northern Kentucky University. She became a full professor of biological sciences in 2016.  From 2012-13, she was interim director of NKU’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics.

Haik earned her doctorate in applied experimental psychology with a neuroscience focus, Master of Science degree in general experimental psychology with a neuroscience focus and Bachelor of Science degree in biology, all from CMU.


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