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Academic affairs

Office of Academic Affairs

The BSC provost is the college’s chief academic officer with broad responsibilities for the full range of the college’s academic program and support services. The provost and the Office of Academic Affairs oversee faculty and academic departments, the curriculum, academic records, the college library, advising, and BSC’s special programs, including those in leadership, honors, international study, and service-learning.

Here’s who you’ll find in the Office of Academic Affairs:

Dr. Susan K. Hagen, Interim Provost (shagen@bsc.edu; 226-4650
Dr. Hagen has been a member of the BSC faculty since 1976, with publications on medieval allegory, Chaucer, and the 14th-century English author Julian of Norwich. She served as coordinator of the English faculty, chair of the division of humanities, and associate dean of the college before assuming her current role. Several summers she has taught courses on Chaucer’s poetry at St. John’s College, Oxford, as part of the British Studies at Oxford program, and was selected as BSC’s Commencement speaker in 2011.

She remains active in teaching and advising as the Mary Collett Munger Professor of English and also serves as a senator of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Dr. Hagen received her bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her master’s degree is from the University of Maryland and her doctorate from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Timothy B. Smith, Associate Provost (tsmith@bsc.edu; 226-4660)
Dr. Smith has been a member of the BSC faculty since 2006, teaching courses on ancient, medieval, and early modern European art and architecture. His research and publications have focused on fifteenth and sixteenth-century visual environments created for sacred relics in the Italian city of Siena. Dr. Smith has been the recipient of a number of honors from the College, including the Henry C. Randall Award for Outstanding Advisor to a Student Organization in 2008 and the Bob Whetstone Faculty Development Award in 2010. He was named BSC's Outstanding Educator of the Year in 2016.

As associate provost, Dr. Smith assists the provost with the administration of the academic program, with special focus on curriculum and faculty development. In addition, he continues to teach courses in art history and advises students. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Carolina, and his doctorate, with distinction, from Florida State University.

Martha Ann Stevenson, Assistant Provost (mstevens@bsc.edu; 226-4648)
Ms. Stevenson has been on the staff at Birmingham-Southern since 1986. As Assistant Provost, she helps coordinate the college’s retention efforts, meets with and counsels students having academic difficulty, and works closely with the Student Development Office and the Care Team helping students at risk. She serves as a resource for parents and acts as a liaison between faculty and families. She assists with the preparation of the college’s academic calendar and with the annual revision of the catalog. Ms. Stevenson also coordinates the Seedling Grant Program and the Charles B. Vail College Fellows Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her master’s from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Rhonda Constance, Administrative Assistant to the Provost (rconstan@bsc.edu; 226-4651)
Ms. Constance has been on staff at Birmingham-Southern since 1998. As administrative assistant, she is responsible for maintaining multiple worksheets containing faculty information, issuing letters of faculty employment, and annual contracts. She works on the collection of data needed for the preparation of the annual college budget, tracks expenses for various budgets, and provides varied support to the provost, associate provosts, and assistant provost.