Academic and Student Affairs

The Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs provides leadership in determining policies and procedures to assure high quality academic and co-curricular programs and excellence.

The Vice President assists the President and Board of Trustees with furthering the mission of the university and serves on various faculty committees (including the Promotion, Tenure and Standards Committee).

The office also handles the distribution of faculty overload and adjunct contracts each semester.

Reporting to the VPASA:
Maritza Espina, Dean, College of Business
Luke Beatty, Director, Library
Regina Matheson, Assoc. Vice President of Academic Grants and Sponsored Programs
Patrick Archer, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Dawn Henning, Executive Assistant to the Provost
Ryan Saddler, Assoc. Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Tracy Schuster-Matlock, Assoc. Vice President of Assessment and Institutional Research
Christopher Waugh, Dean of Students
Dan Zeimet, Registrar
International Education

Department Chairs Faculty Committees


Welcome from the Provost

Office of Academic and Student Affairs

Our role is to ensure that we provide students with effective learning environments both in and out of the classroom. We strongly believe that learning is at the heart of the student experience at St. Ambrose University and occurs in multiple contexts, including the academic curriculum; student services; clubs and organizations; and athletics in local, national, and international communities. We are first and foremost educators, and as an integrated Academic and Student Affairs team, we work toward creating a holistic student learning environment using common learning outcomes.

We define a holistic learning environment as one that provides opportunities for students to learn through inquiry, reflection, and emotional and social engagement in curricular and co-curricular contexts. To this end, we continue to work to integrate Academic and Student Affairs at St. Ambrose to ensure that students have every opportunity to succeed in learning wherever they find themselves, and that their lives are enriched in a manner that allows them to enrich the lives of others.

We invite you to join us on this journey, and do not hesitate to contact us as you prepare for your future.

Most sincerely,
Paul C. Koch, Ph.D.
Provost & Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Support Services

In addition to guidance and direction, the Academic and Student Affairs office offers a number of support services. These include:

  • Maintaining the current list of faculty committee members
  • Maintaining the current list of department chairs
  • Processing adjunct and overload contracts
    Each semester the office collects hundreds of contract requests from department chairs and deans for adjunct and overload contracts. As the semester approaches, the office creates and mails these contracts to faculty, who return them for processing through human resources and payroll. Those interested in teaching a class, should contact the department chair for assignment. Contract requests will not be processed without the approval of the chair of the department, as well as the dean of the college.
  • Scheduling the Ambrose Hall conference room and Lewis Boardroom
    To schedule the conference room located on the third floor of Ambrose Hall (Conference Room 301W) or the Lewis Boardroom located on the third floor of Ambrose Hall, contact the administrative assistant for the Academic and Student Affairs office to reserve the room. The key can be picked up in Academic and Student Affairs 15 minutes prior to the room reservation or by arrangement. To reserve either room, email us. Food and beverage service, room configuration, and equipment must be handled through Sodexo, Housekeeping, and IT/Library, respectively.


Paul Koch, PhD, Provost

Academic and Student Affairs
Ambrose Hall, 1st floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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