College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mary Schutten, PED

Mary Schutten

Title: Associate Dean of Students and Curriculum

Office: B-4-232 MAK

Phone: 616-331-2495

Fax: 616-331-3675



Office Hours




  • Liaison with CLAS Curriculum Committee
  • Student welfare
  • Manage the CLAS Student Advisory Committee
  • Promote internships and service learning
  • Resolve appeals and complaints
  • Address academic misconduct issues
  • Facilitate Student ADA requests
  • Serve as liaison for student veterans
  • Foster undergraduate research, Student Scholarship Day
  • Promote best practices in teaching and advising
  • Liaison for university curriculum related committees such as: Honors College, Assessment, Records, Admissions, Provost’s office
  • Facilitate departmental strategic planning, assessment and self studies
  • Oversee CLAS Academic Advising Center


Dr. Schutten graduated from Calvin College with a B. A. in education with majors in physical education and mathematics, and a minor in German. While teaching at a Los Angeles area high school, Dr. Schutten completed a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University at Long Beach. She received her P.E.D., a research based doctorate, in motor control with emphases in health education and statistics, from Indiana University. She has been a faculty member at Grand Valley since 2003.

Dr. Schutten serves as the Associate Dean for Students and Curriculum within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her portfolio of responsibilities spans many aspects of the university and includes curriculum, student welfare (recruitment, retention, academics, student success), liaison with the College of Education, advising, policies and procedures.

Dr. Schutten is a professor in the GVSU Department of Movement Science. She has served on the CLAS curriculum committee from its inception, serving as its chairperson for three semesters. She is involved in various service activities both at Grand Valley and in the community. Most recently, Dr. Schutten and her school health education students have partnered with the Ottawa County Department of Health to serve as peer educators in the county’s high schools. Dr. Schutten was the 2008 recipient of the University award for outstanding academic advising and, in that same year, received the service award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was presented with the College/University Health Education Specialist Award by the American Association for Health Education in 2011 and received the state of Michigan honor as well.   Dr. Schutten is a 2011 graduate of the HERS Denver Summer Institute (Higher Education Resource Services).  Offering HERS Institutes annually since 1976, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is the premier residential professional development program dedicated to advancing women leaders in higher education administration. She is a member of Allies & Advocates, Vet Net, and is an inclusion advocate.

Encouraging undergraduate students to engage in scholarly pursuits has been a consistent theme in state level activities where Dr. Schutten collaborates with students to present workshops to other professionals. She has developed many health-related projects related to readability of health related websites; peer health education programming; the link of fitness levels and body mass index to academic and socioeconomic factors in K-12 students; investigations involving exergaming and their impact on physical activity and fitness using the Wii; and effectiveness academic advising programs for students within a department. She serves as a consultant and program reviewer for area high schools, universities, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). Her current area of focus is serving as part of the implementation team for the Student Success Collaborative, a data driven approach to student advising, collaborating on a 2014 Department of Education Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress grant, and developing new student focused initiatives with area community and liberal arts colleges. 

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