Dr. Roberta C. Teahen was appointed Associate Provost in 2007. Her responsibilities include leading Ferris State University in accreditation, assessment, compliance, and evaluation efforts. Dr. Teahen serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Higher Learning Commission activities. Additionally, she works with the University and Graduate and Professional Council and the Academic Program Review process. She oversees the Office of Graduate Studies and Perkins Grant administration. Dr. Teahen also serves as Director for the Ferris State University Doctorate in Community College Leadership (DCCL) program and as a member of the faculty in that program.
Prior to coming to Ferris in 2002 as the Dean of Extended Learning, Dr. Teahen spent most of her career at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) in Traverse City, MI, from which she retired in 2001 with Faculty Emeritus status. During her 25 years at NMC, she served in varied roles, including Business Faculty, Business Division Chair, Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Business and Industry, Dean of Occupational Studies, Director of Student Development and Learning Services, and Dean of Workforce Development.
As an active member of the peer review corps with the Higher Learning Commission since 1990, where she serves as a frequent team chair, member of the Institutional Actions Council, assessment mentor, and a frequent peer review trainer, among other roles, Dr. Teahen stays current on contemporary higher education issues, including accreditation expectations. Many of her efforts focus on development of others, as she was the first coordinator of the highly successful Trends in Occupational Studies conference that attracts about 700 Michigan community college educators annually, developed Leadership for Learning institutes for the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, and worked with the Michigan Virtual Learning Collaborative in the development of online programs. She has served on a wide variety of professional committees, work groups, and community organizations throughout her career.
Dr. Teahen earned a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, a Master of Arts degree in Business and Distributive Education, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Distributive Education from Michigan State University. She also holds an Associate of Arts degree from Port Huron Junior College (now St. Clair Community College). Her professional interests include learning in its varied perspectives, including a focus on designing effective learning systems, contextualized learning (situated cognition or curriculum integration), the learning-centered college, and organizational transformation.