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, Retention and Student Success. He specifically supports K-State First (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 & 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 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 Subcommittee, and serves as the University’s principal liaison to the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative and to the Suder Foundation.Dandaneau also serves on the Council of Deans and President’s extended Cabinet. Nationally, Dandaneau is a member of the Reinvention Center Board, while in Manhattan, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Konza United Way.
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. His areas of specialization are community sociology, social theory, political economy, and undergraduate education. 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), and on-going collaboration with his mentor from Brandeis University, Maurice R. Stein (retired since 2002).
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 (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). Steve is married to Debra K.Dandaneau, Ph.D., Lecturer/Advisor in the Department of Physics at Kansas State University, and is the proud parent of Patrick (22), Maxwell (16), and Eleanor (6). Steve is proud of Max, a current first-year Wildcat, and enjoys K-State sports. Go ‘Cats!