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About the Office

The Office of the University Provost is located in rooms 110 and 111 of the Cope Administration Building. Our regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main office phone number is 615-898-2880.

Mark ByrnesMark Byrnes, Ph.D.

Interim University Provost



Faye JohnsonFaye Johnson

Assistant to the Provost for Special Initiatives

Responsibilities: Co-director of Learning, Teaching and Innovative Technologies Center, SACSCOC reaccreditation liaison, coordinator of Academic Master Plan implementation, faculty development, strategic planning, regional initiatives and selected special projects.

Allison McGoffinAllison McGoffin

Administrative Assistant I

Responsibilities: Administrative Assistant to the University Provost

Pat Thomas

Pat Thomas

Coordinator of Special Events

Responsibilities: New Faculty Orientation, Foundation Awards & Fall Faculty Meeting, Outstanding Teacher, Promotion & Tenure Reception, Retirement Reception, Career Achievement Award, LT&ITC Faculty Learning Communities support, HERS Bryn Mawr Conference, SACSCOC Conferences, Administrative Searches coordinator/support.

Newtona (Tina) Johnson, Ph.D.Newtona Johnson

Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Responsibilities: Reports to the University Provost. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs provides leadership in all areas of academic administration including policy formulation and administration, personnel decision-making, academic assessment of programs and staff, faculty mentoring programs, and general education. The Vice Provost handles student complaints, chairs the University Graduation Committee, as well as ex-officio on other committees. Acts as Chief Diversity Officer for the University.

Darlene Fults     Darlene Fults 

Coordinator of Academic Affairs
Phone: (615) 898-2881

Responsibilities: Administrative assistant to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, grade appeals, international travel authorization, subscriptions and memberships approval processing, graduation planning, oversee faculty grant award budgets, Curriculum Committee paperwork processing, portal management of
faculty and staff web page, and assist Director of General Education.

Mitzi Brandon

Mitzi T. Brandon, M.S. 

Curriculum Specialist
Phone: 904-8210 
111 Cope Administration Building 

Responsibilities: manage and maintain content of the online undergraduate and graduate catalogs and oversee approved catalog changes; ensure data integrity related to undergraduate, graduate, and TN eCampus curriculum; work with University Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Council to incorporate curricular changes and advise on approval process including implementation dates.

Watson Harris

Dr. Watson Harris

Director, Academic Technology Planning and Projects, ADA Coordinator

Responsibilities: Technology Access Fees, classroom maintenance, Academic Affairs web site, space issueswork order requests, renovation, capital projects, and ADA coordination.

David Edgar

David Edgar

Manager, Space Allocation

Responsibilities: Space issues

Maria Knox

Maria Knox

Financial Management Analyst II

Responsibilities: Accounting and website for Technology Access Fees, Data Analysis for Space Utilization, Support for ADA Coordination.

Becky ColeRebecca Cole

Associate Vice President, Academic Resources

Responsibilities: budget and resource allocation, faculty recruitment and hiring processes, payroll, market salary studies, workload guidelines, and faculty workload


Sharon BoyceLisa Thayer

Specialist, Faculty Recruitment and Immigration
Tel: 898-5128

Responsibilities: Administer faculty work flow through the MTSU online employment system to include electronic and paper work flow for all levels of faculty searches including recruitment plans, advertisements, candidate rating instruments, salary recommendations, verification of credentials for accreditation body requirements, and preparation of employment contract.

SewakLynn Sewak

Financial Management Analyst II

Responsibilities: Provides assistance to the Associate Vice President for Academic Resources in all budget related functions and activities. Verification of education credentials for SACS for all adjuncts teaching each semester, maintenance of all adjunct faculty files and verification of pay instruments. Maintains online SACSCOC faculty roster, creates departmental staffing assessments, and monitors position budgets.

Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey

Specialist, Academic Resources
Tel: 898-5544

Responsibilities:  Preparation of Fall and Spring term Faculty Cohort reports. Preparation of the Administrative Staff and Full-Time Faculty List book for publication each Fall. Preparation and submission of CUPA faculty reporting each Fall. Banner data entry and verification of faculty credentials for reporting, University Catalog, etc. Primary liaison between Academic Affairs and Information Technology as it relates to administrative software.

Sheila OttoSheila Otto, Ph.D.

Director of General Education
Office: 615-898-5586 
Peck Hall 240 

Scott CarnicomDr. Peter Cunningham

Professor, Health and Human Performance
Academic Affairs Administrative Fellow

Responsibilities:  Academic Common Market, Curriculum Development

Ms. Linda Jordan

Jeremy Ancar, J.D.

Coordinator, Academic Misconduct

Responsibilities: Academic Misconduct Review

Chris Brewer

Assistant Vice Provost, Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, and Research

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