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Steven Dandaneau


Steven DandaneauSteven P. Dandaneau, Ph.D., serves as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, a position he has held since August, 2012. Dandaneau’s areas of responsibility include General Education, Academic Advising, Retention and Student Success. He supports K-State First (the university-wide first-year experience programs), University Honors Program, Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry, Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, Office of Pre-Law Advising, and Honor and Integrity System. Dandaneau also works with the First Scholars Program (serving first-generation students).

Dandaneau chairs the Undergraduate Programs Council, co-chairs the University Advising Committee, represents the Office of the Provost on the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures and KSIS Taskforce (student information system). He serves as the University’s principal liaison to the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative and to The Suder Foundation of Plano, Texas. Dandaneau also serves on the Council of Deans and President’s extended Cabinet and is a member of the national Reinvention Collaborative and the regional Konza United Way boards.

Dandaneau is also Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. He received his B.A. (1986) in economics from Michigan State University and his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) in sociology from Brandeis University. His areas of specialization are community sociology, social theory, political economy, and undergraduate education. His publications include three books: A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrialization (SUNY, 1996), A Wrong Life: Studies in Lifeworld-Grounded Critical Theory (with Maude Falcone, JAI, 1998), and Taking It Big: Developing Sociological Consciousness in Postmodern Times (Pine Forge, 2001). His most recent publication is “Leadership and the Land-Grants: The Case of Milton S. Eisenhower,” in Leadership and the Humanities (2017).

Prior to Kansas State, Dandaneau served as Associate Provost & Director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Haslam Scholars Programs (the latter as founding director) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2006-2012); Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park (2006); and Director of the University Honors & John W. Berry, Sr. Scholars Programs at the University of Dayton (2000-2005). He also previously taught sociology at the University of Dayton, University of Michigan-Flint, C.S. Mott Community College (Flint, Michigan), and Framingham State University (Framingham, Massachusetts).