Steven Dandaneau, the university's inaugural vice provost for undergraduate studies,
is an advocate for students. He started at Kansas State University in 2012.
Dandaneau came to K-State from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was an associate provost, associate professor of sociology, and director of the Chancellor's Honors and Haslam Scholars programs. Since he arrived on the Knoxville campus in 2006, he served as founding director of the prestigious Haslam Scholars Program and was instrumental in starting nine other programs and committees, including the Honors Peer Advising Program and the Honors Enrichment Fellows Program, that enhanced the experiences of exceptional undergraduate students.
Before Tennessee, Dandaneau worked with honors students and scholars at the University of Dayton, where he began as an assistant professor of sociology and later earned the rank of associate professor. In 2006 he also was a visiting professor of sociology at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Dandaneau earned master's and doctorate degrees in sociology from Brandeis University after graduating with honors from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in economics.