The Teaching and Learning Environment

Advancing the university’s commitment to teaching, learning, and scholarship.

The Office of Academic Affairs serves as the central point for all faculty and curricular issues as well as student academic concerns. The Chief Academic Officer of the university oversees curriculum, academic policies and procedures, faculty, faculty development, assessment of student learning, and academic support services. 

The Chief Academic Officer works with two Associate Vice Presidents and the Dean of Business and Technology, the Dean of Education, the Dean of Sciences and Health Professions, and the Dean of Arts and Humanities to advance to an environment that enriches opportunities for effective student learning and promotes a culture of scholarship, research, and performance among students and faculty. 

Academic Deans

Office Location

Saint Mary's Hall, Room 135
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Mailing Address

Academic Affairs Office
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #3
Winona, MN 55987-1399

Connect With Us

Robert Smith, FSC, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Presidential Initiatives and Special Advisor to the President

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP106

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5201

Robert Smith Ph.D.
Mark Barber, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Heffron Hall, HE142B

Campus Box: # 70

(507) 457-6900

Mark Barber Ph.D.
Michael Charron, M.F.A.

Dean of Arts and Humanities

Saint Mary's Hall, SM107B

Campus Box: # 22

(507) 457-1606

Michael Charron M.F.A.
Sarah Ferguson, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean

Martin DePorres Hall-TC Campus, MDP104

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5112

Sarah Ferguson Ph.D.
Rebecca Hopkins, Ed.D.

Dean of Education, Associate Professor of Education

Saint Mary's Hall, SM133A

Campus Box: # 78

(507) 457-6620

Rebecca Hopkins Ed.D.
Thomas Marpe, Ed.D.

Dean of Business and Technology; Business - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM107A

Campus Box: # 22

(507) 457-6963

Thomas Marpe Ed.D.
Todd Reinhart, ScD

Dean, School of Sciences and Health Professions, Professor of Biology and Health Professions

Brother Louis Hall, BLH239

Campus Box: # 82

(507) 457-1758

Todd Reinhart ScD