Academic Affairs

Welcome to Academic Affairs at Minot State!

The academic affairs team is composed of a number of offices and people, including 15 department/division chairs who lead 16 departments and divisions in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Health Sciences, and Business; the Graduate School; Registrar; Office of Sponsored Programs; International Programs; the Honors Program; Institutional Research; Academic Assessment; the Center for Extended Learning; the Gordon B. Olson Library; the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning; and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. Some of the academic affairs leadership team members are listed below. Feel free to contact any of us.

Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship, and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.

Minot State University will:

  • Deliver high-quality education where, when, and how it is needed to a diverse, multi-generational student population.
  • Prepare students and the institution for the evolving social and technological challenges of the world.
  • Inspire scholarship and creative activity among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Empower graduates with a distinctive combination of professional expertise and broad-based education to support varied careers and productive lives.

Contact Us:

Laurie Geller Laurie Geller, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Second floor of Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3310 / (701) 858-3329
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Jacek Mrozik Jacek Mrozik, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Graduate, Online,
Distance, and Continuing Education
Office: 365 Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3113
Center for Extended Learning
Graduate School
photo_sm_kana-2019.jpg Erik Kana, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Head of Teacher Education Unit (starting fall 2020)
Office: 363A Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3064
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Teacher Education Unit

Lisa Borden-King, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Assessment
Associate Professor of Education & Director of Reading Clinic
Head of Teacher Education Unit (summer 2020)
Office: 218B Swain Hall 
Phone: (701) 858-3158
Teacher Education Unit

Cari Olson Cari Olson
Director, Institutional Research
Office: 363B Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3323
Institutional Research
Rebecca Ringham Rebecca Ringham
Office: 161 Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3126
Registrar's Office
Bernt Askvig Brent Askvig, Ph.D.
Director, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Office: 234A Memorial
Phone: (701) 858-3052
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Amy Armstrong Amy Armstrong, M.Ed.
Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Office: 207A Memorial
Phone: (701) 858-3578
Office of Sponsored Programs
Robert Norman, D.E.T.
Director, Center for Extended Learning
Office: 366B Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3058
Center for Extended Learning
Celeste Simmons  Celeste Simmons
Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs
Office: Second floor of Administration
Phone: (701) 858-3310

Academic Affairs
Minot State University
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707

Phone: 701-858-3310
Phone: 800-777-0750
Fax: 701-858-3825

Strategic Plan

MSU Organizational Chart [pdf]

VPAA Organizational Chart [pdf]

University Chairs Council

Department/Division Contacts [pdf]

Pre-Tenure/Tenure Application [pdf]