Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., began his tenure as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Valparaiso University July 1, 2014. As the University’s chief academic officer, he provides leadership for Valpo’s academic programs as well as student affairs, including campus ministries, international programs, and diversity initiatives.

Biermann’s primary responsibility is to uphold the high quality of Valpo’s academics and to provide vision and guidance in all aspects of educational programs, research endeavors, and community and international outreach and service programs.

A dedicated educator with more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Biermann has an extensive background in teaching, research, and public engagement. He also loves to learn, especially at the confluence of the liberal arts and professional and pre-professional studies.

Previously, Biermann was the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, serving on the president’s cabinet as the chief academic officer. He was also dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., where he was responsible for realizing the vision of the newly developed school and working closely with administrators, faculty, and staff to define budgets, set policies, and clarify roles in order to set the school up for a vibrant and accomplished future.

Biermann’s research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Applied Physics, the American Institute of Physics’ Applied Physics Letters, and the Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science and Technology. In addition, he has contributed chapters regarding the broadening participation in undergraduate research and quantum-well laser array packaging. More recently, he contributed a chapter exploring the balancing of teaching, research, service, and one’s life for a book focused on STEM undergraduate research initiatives.

Education

Ph.D. – University of Rochester
M.S. – University of Rochester
B.S. – University of Rochester

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