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; Graduate School; Registrar; Office of Sponsored Programs; Interdisciplinary Studies including Honors Program, Individualized Studies, General Studies, and Leadership Studies; Institutional Research; Academic Assessment; Center for Extended Learning; Gordon B. Olson Library; Academic Support Center; and 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 
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
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

Jim Sturm, M.Ed.
Director, Looyenga Leadership Center
Office: 101 Old Main
Phone: (701) 858-3129
Looyenga Leadership Center

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]

New Adjunct Faculty - Onboarding

Submit Faculty Scholarly Accomplishments