Vice President for Academic Affairs

“As a community, the University practices its Christian commitments by educating students, pursuing excellence in scholarship, challenging students to live lives of worth and purpose, and preparing students for service to the church and the world.” - University of Dubuque Mission

The Office of Academic Affairs coordinates the work of faculty and staff in accomplishing the University’s educational mission.

This coordination occurs in four major areas:
  • Academic departments and programs, including faculty, courses, and degree requirements.
  • Academic resources, including the Charles C. Myers Library and Moodle (UDOnline), our digital learning management system.
  • Student academic support services, including the Academic Success Center, Bridge Program, and Academic Advising Center.
  • Academic administration, including the Registrar’s office.

The educational journey is not traveled alone. Faculty members offer the knowledge and experience that guides your learning. Staff members encourage your development as a whole person. Fellow students bring a diversity of experiences that will inform and inspire you in college and beyond. This is a journey of discipline and hard work, but one that is full of rewards as well.  If we can contribute to your educational journey, let us know. Stop by our offices on the first floor of Severance Hall or email us. We are eager to help.

Academic Affairs Staff

Mark Ward - 2018
Dr. Mark Ward 

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Dr. Ward joined the University in 2010 and serves as the Chief Academic Officer of the University. He earned a B.A. in Business and Economics from Calvin College, an M.B.A. from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research centers on work values and beliefs. He and his wife, Annalee, have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Gail Hayes 2018
Dr. Gail Hayes
Dean for Academic Affairs, Graduate and Adult Programs

Dr. Hayes joined the University in January of 2000 and oversees graduate and adult programs. She taught and directed the Computer Studies program at the University before assuming her administrative role. She earned a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Iowa, where she was an intercollegiate athlete, an M.A. in Computer Applications in Education from Clarke University, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. She has done research in comparing how social capital and technology impacts college persistence of first- and continuing generation students. She is married to UD Alumni Dennis Hayes (C’68) and has three children, (including one who graduated from UD), two step sons and two grandchildren.

Joe Green - 2018
Dr. Joe Green
Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Green joined the University in 2013 and is responsible for coordinating the traditional undergraduate academic programs. He earned a B.A. and an M.A. in English from Truman State University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri.

Debra Stork - 2018
Dr. Debra Stork
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Stork joined the University in 2006 and serves as the Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning. She earned a B.A. in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.A. in Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wyoming. Debra served as the Head of the Teacher Education Department at UD for eight years. Her scholarship focus has been in teacher preparation. She and her husband, David have two adult daughters. They both are interested in environmental science, love to travel globally and work to make the world a better place.

Ann Kendell -2018
Ann Kendell
Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Ms. Kendell joined the University in 2005 and provides administrative support for the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Academic Affairs office and college faculty. She earned a B.S. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dubuque. She and her husband, David, are the parents of three adult children, including one who is a UD alum.

Beth Parkin - 2018
Beth Parkin
Academic Affairs Coordinator

Ms. Parkin joined the University in 2007 and manages financial and contractual operations and provides support for Moodle (UDOnline), UD’s learning management system. She earned a B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University and an M.B.A. from the University of Bridgeport. She and her husband, Guy are the parents of two adult sons.  

Christina Stringer - 2018
Christina Stringer
Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs

Ms. Stringer joined the University in 2017 and provides administrative support to the Dean & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs as well as providing support for Mentor, UD’s faculty reporting and course evaluation system. She earned a B.A. in English from Oakland University. She and her husband, Brian, are parents to one daughter, Katie.

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