Academic Affairs

Biography of Susan Elrod

Susan Elrod serves as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. As provost, Elrod is responsible for academic excellence across five academic colleges, university-wide strategic planning, enrollment management, academic advising, international programs, continuing education, information technology, grants and contracts, library and student success initiatives. These efforts now also include the new UW-Whitewater at Rock County branch campus located in Janesville, WI. She is leading the university's strategic enrollment planning process and student success initiatives which have already led to record high retention and graduation rates.

Elrod is also a nationally recognized leader and scholar in STEM higher education and leadership development. She has served as Executive Director of Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) in Washington where she led national projects focused on leadership development and on improving access and success of students in STEM. She has led or advised several state system, multi-campus and campus-based projects in STEM with support of federal grants and private foundations. She continues this work as a national leader in projects that focus on institutional systemic change in undergraduate STEM education. She also serves as a Senior Scholar at AAC&U and as a member of the HERS Board of Directors. Elrod was a postdoctoral fellow at Novozymes, Inc. in Davis, CA where she was an inventor on several patents. She holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Biological Science from California State University, Chico.  

Recent publications of interest are: Guide to Institutional Systemic Change, Navigating Institutional Change for Student Success in STEM, Turning on the Thrive Channel to Accelerate Change in Higher Education, Quantitative Reasoning: The Next "Across the Curriculum" Movement, Developing Leadership in STEM Fields.  She is involved in the Accelerating Systemic Change Network (ASCN) and served as a committee member at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that authored a report that describes a set of indicators for monitoring undergraduate STEM education. 


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800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-1672  
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