June 6, 2012
An advocate for students: Dandaneau is university's inaugural vice provost for undergraduate studies
Kansas State University has a new advocate for the undergraduate experience.
Steven Dandaneau has been named the university's inaugural vice provost for undergraduate studies. He joins the campus Aug. 1.
"Undergraduate education and our students' experiences have always been a priority at Kansas State University," said Provost April Mason. "Having Steven Dandaneau's leadership in this new role will advance our goals for an outstanding undergraduate educational experience -- one of the ways we'll become a top 50 public research university by 2025."
Dandaneau comes to K-State from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he is an associate provost, associate professor of sociology and director of the Chancellor's Honors and Haslam Scholars programs.
Since his arrival on the Knoxville campus in 2006, he served as founding director of the prestigious Haslam Scholars Program and has been instrumental in starting nine other programs and committees. Programs like the Honors Peer Advising Program and the Honors Enrichment Fellows Program enhance the experiences of exceptional undergraduate students.
"Kansas State University's undergraduate students are widely recognized as among the nation's most engaged and accomplished. I am truly honored to have this opportunity to work on their behalf to help advance K-State toward its admirable long-term goals," said Dandaneau.
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.