Steven 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, Interdisciplinary Programs, and Service-Learning. He specifically supports the School of Leadership Studies, K-State First (university-wide first-year experience programs), University Honors Program, Office of Undergraduate Research, Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, Office of Pre-Law Advising, and Honor & Integrity System. Dandaneau also works with the First Scholars Program (serving first-generation students), the Plan for Success Program (serving students admitted by exception to Qualified Admissions standards), and other student success-oriented units which report to the Division of Student Life.
Dandaneau co-chairs the University Advising Committee, represents the Office of the Provost on the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures, chairs the New Student Convocation working group, and serves as liaison to the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative. Current initiatives include, in collaboration with the Department of Housing & Dining, the development of Living-Learning Communities, in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Center, study of best teaching practices for large-enrollment courses, and analysis of strategic enrollment management.
Dandaneau is also Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. He received his B.A. in economics (1986) from Michigan State University and his M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1992) in sociology from Brandeis University. Over a nearly twenty-five year career, Dandaneau has added undergraduate education in sociology to his original fields of specialization in community sociology, social theory, and political economy. His publications include 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), while his current work centers on Doing Social Problems (with Harry F. Dahms, Pearson, forthcoming), and on-going collaboration with his mentor from Brandeis University, Maurice R. Stein (retired since 2002). Dandaneau serves as doctoral committee chair for Matthew P. Dance, and he is a member of the United Way Board of Directors of Riley County, Kansas.
Previous to his appointment as the inaugural Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Kansas State University, 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; Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Director of the University Honors & John W. Berry, Sr. Scholars Programs at the University of Dayton. Steve is married to Debra K. Dandaneau, Ph.D., Lecturer in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University, and is the proud parent of Patrick (20), Maxwell (14), and Eleanor (4). The Dandaneaus enjoy K-State sports. Go ‘Cats!