Academic Affairs

Welcome to the website of the Office of Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs has the primary responsible for implementing the University of Minnesota Crookston’s mission of teaching and learning, research, and outreach and public service. It exists to provide leadership and support for academic and programmatic units in carrying out this mission. Thus, Academic Affairs has the responsibility for all educational programs and services, as well as the development, implementation, and monitoring of academic policies and procedures, academic program planning and approval, academic personnel (including appointments and reappointments, tenure and promotion, annual evaluations), institutional accreditation and accountability, program review, assessment of student learning, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs - John Hoffman

Academic Affairs is made up of four academic departments, as well as several other educational programs and services.

Academic Departments Education Programs & Services
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Liberal Arts and Education
Math, Science, and Technology 
Academic Success Center
Honors Program
Institutional Effectiveness
International Programs
Office of the Registrar
Center for Sustainability



Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. 

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) utilizes a continuous improvement process and provides an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP, an institution has continuous quality improvement activities and accreditation becomes a continuous process.

Assessment Resources

Assessment Resources

Program Review Process and Procedures PDF File Icon

Program reviews are required by the Higher Learning Commission.  This process meets those requirements as well as insuring our programs are relevant and of high quality.  The process is designed to provide a framework for quality improvement.  The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (VCAA) maintains administrative authority over the program review process.  

Curriculum and Course Scheduling

Faculty - Hiring and Personnel

Faculty - Hiring and Personnel

New faculty hires at the University of Minnesota Crookston are guided by the university's Faculty Personnel Plan and must comply with the Faculty Credential requirements and guidelines.

Faculty - Information for Prospective and New Faculty

Faculty - Information for Prospective and New Faculty

New Faculty

Visit the New Faculty Information site

Prospective Faculty

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion and Tenure

Promotion and Tenure Dates and Deadlines

2018-2019 Processing Dates and Procedures for:
2018-2019 Four-Year Review of Associate Professors:

Promotion and Tenure Policies, Procedures, Template CV

See MyU > Faculty Center

Scholarship, Research & Professional Development

Scholarship, Research & Professional Development

Scholarship & Research

Advancing Scholarship PDF File Icon
The mission of the Academic Success Center is to promote the advancement of scholarship in every field. As part of that mission, the Center offeres numerous opportunities for faculty to engage in development opportunities, work with students in a comfortable, informal setting, avail themselves of books and articles on current topics in higher education, and promote a community of scholars. 

Grants Resource Center
UMC has joined the Grants Resource Center (GRC), a service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Our institutional subscription to GRC entitles UMC faculty and staff to access tools, services, and expertise to increase their success in competing for grants from federal and private sponsors. Contact Diane Christianson in Academic Affairs for GRC log-in information.

Research Release Requests PDF File Icon   |   Research Release Cover Page word-icon 
Get information about individual credit/overload hour limits and tenure-track and tenured faculty research release time procedures.

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
SPA is the University of Minnesota system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters.

University Research Resources for Researchers & Staff
Learn more about grants (applying & reporting), compliance, policies & procedures, subjects protection, technology transfer & IP, training opportunities, working abroad and get commonly used forms.

Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities
Visit the UMC Human Resources website under 'current employees' to find additional professional development opportunities.

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UMC Leadership Academy

The UMC Leadership Academy is designed to create a culture of leadership at the University of Minnesota Crookston by assisting faculty and staff in the development of leadership skills, capacity and readiness, and help position them to move their programs, units, departments, and the campus forward (“leadership in place”). The program is offered every other year with the next program being offered during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Currently, the program is designed to require participants to devote between 4 to 6 (4 hours average) per month on program activities. Program activities include four Core leadership training sessions, electives, mentor/coaching meetings and the Hogan assessment.

The UMC Leadership Academy program is a result of the 2015 Employee Engagement Survey where UMC faculty and staff shared their interest for more professional development, leadership and engagement opportunities. This program is also an important part of the UMC Strategic Initiative.

Application Form  UMC Leadership Academy Program Description 

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

University Undergraduate Research (UROP)
The University of Minnesota is one of the world’s great research universities. On our campuses, at our field stations and in our communities, literally tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff create new knowledge and develop new examples of human expression each and every day.  The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding to U of MN undergraduates who work on a research project with a faculty mentor. UROP provides a stipend and expense money to students. UROP is open to freshmen through seniors who are in an undergraduate degree program in good academic standing. Applications are accepted twice a year through the UROP web site.

The Twin Cities campus UROP application deadlines are as follows:
Spring 2019 projects - Deadline is October 3, 2018
Summer 2019 projects - Deadline is February 18, 2019
Fall 2019 projects - Deadline is February 18, 2019









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Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Vice Chancellor Acad/Stdnt Aff
(218) 281-8341
Administrative Associate 1
(218) 281-8341

Academic Affairs

University of Minnesota Crookston

307 Selvig Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

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