Ellen Schendel began her appointment as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in August 2017 and now serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her primary responsibility is oversight of the university’s curriculum. As such, she supports curriculum development initiatives across the university, conducts program reviews, administers distance education initiatives, and sits ex officio on the University Curriculum Committee and Online Education and Microcredential Council.
Dr. Schendel earned her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville; an M.A. in English with a concentration in Rhetoric and Composition from Florida State University; and a B.A. with majors in English and history from Birmingham-Southern College. She came to Grand Valley as an Assistant Professor of Writing in 2000, earning tenure and promotion in 2006 and promotion to Professor in 2012. Dr. Schendel taught a wide range of courses in academic and professional writing while publishing numerous articles, chapters, and a book on writing assessment.
Prior to her appointment in the Office of the Provost, Dr. Schendel served for five years as the associate dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and for 10 years as the director of the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors. She believes strongly in the critical role of faculty in shared governance, having served for ten years on ECS and UAS, chairing the University Assessment Committee, and participating in numerous task forces and university committees over the years.