• Faculty and students working at round tables during a Diversity Thursday Commons
  • Faculty walking on the Mall to Lysaker Gymnasium for Commencement
  • Students and faculty who won the NACTA trophy
  • Confetti thrown at commencement with a male and female student smiling and laughing.

Academic Affairs

Welcome to the website of the Office of Academic Affairs. Academic Affairs has the primary responsible for implementing the University of Minnesota Crookston’s mission of teaching and learning, research, and outreach and public service. It exists to provide leadership and support for academic and programmatic units in carrying out this mission. Thus, Academic Affairs has the responsibility for all educational programs and services, as well as the development, implementation, and monitoring of academic policies and procedures, academic program planning and approval, academic personnel (including appointments and reappointments, tenure and promotion, annual evaluations), institutional accreditation and accountability, program review, assessment of student learning, and undergraduate research opportunities.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs - Anthony Kern

Academic Affairs is made up of four academic departments, as well as several other educational programs and services.

Academic Departments Education Programs & Services
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education
Math, Science, and Technology 
Student Success Center
Honors Program
Institutional Effectiveness
International Programs
Office of the Registrar
Center for Sustainability
Center for Rural Education in Science and Technology



Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. 

Assessment Resources

Assessment Resources

Program Review Process and Procedures PDF File Icon

Program reviews are required by the Higher Learning Commission.  This process meets those requirements as well as insuring our programs are relevant and of high quality.  The process is designed to provide a framework for quality improvement.  The Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs (VCAA) maintains administrative authority over the program review process.  

Curriculum and Course Scheduling

Faculty - New Hires and Prospectives

Faculty - New Hires and Prospectives

Hiring and Personnel

New faculty hires at the University of Minnesota Crookston are guided by the university's Faculty Personnel Plan and must comply with the Faculty Credential requirements and guidelines.

New Faculty

Visit the New Faculty Information site

Prospective Faculty

Professional Development

Professional Development

Professional Development

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UMC Leadership Academy

The UMC Leadership Academy is designed to create a culture of leadership at the University of Minnesota Crookston by assisting faculty and staff in the development of leadership skills, capacity and readiness, and help position them to move their programs, units, departments, and the campus forward (“leadership in place”). The program is scheduled through the 2022 – 2023 academic year and includes four required Core leadership training sessions, Electives, [Hogan or EQI] Assessment, and Mentoring/Coaching Discussions.

Please read the UMC Leadership Academy Program Description for detailed information regarding the program and before applying.

Use the Application Form button below to complete the application.  The application deadline is Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 11:59 pm.

The UMC Leadership Academy program is a result of the Employee Engagement (E2) Survey where UMC faculty and staff have shared their interest for more professional development, leadership and engagement opportunities. This program is also an important part of the UMC Strategic Initiative.

UMC Leadership Academy Program Description 

UMC Leadership Academy Application Forms:

Application Form   Supervisor Discussion and Commitment of Support Form

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Visit the UMC Human Resources website under 'current employees' to find additional professional development opportunities.

Promotion and Tenure

Scholarship & Research

Scholarship & Research

Scholarship & Research

Engaged Scholarship
The University of Minnesota is proud to advance community-engaged scholarship as a potential means by which we achieve the scholarly goals of the university and our faculty. Community engaged scholarship involves the collaboration of faculty members and individuals outside the academy in scholarly endeavors that lead to mutually beneficial outcomes and the advancement of the pubic good. While faculty members who participate in community-engaged scholarly projects are expected to demonstrate rigorous applications of the scholarship of their discipline (e.g. inquiry, formal research, knowledge generation, creative works) within the collaborative environment, the dissemination aspects of the scholarly endeavors may be non-traditional and situated more within specific community contexts (e.g. outcomes achieved with partners that promote the public good) and not solely or primarily in competitive, peer-reviewed publications.

The website of the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement is a valuable resource for faculty members who are interested in community-engaged research projects. This website includes Criteria for Community-Engaged Scholarship PDF File Icon (also called Publicly Engaged Scholarship) as well as a peer-review process that faculty members can utilize to both strengthen their community-engaged scholarly projects and demonstrate the quality of their community-engaged scholarly work through a formal peer-review process.

UMC Library's Guide to Faculty Publishing
What you need to know about journal impacts, acceptance rates, peer-review status, and UMC's institutional repository.

Grants Resource Center
UMC has joined the Grants Resource Center (GRC), a service of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Our institutional subscription to GRC entitles UMC faculty and staff to access tools, services, and expertise to increase their success in competing for grants from federal and private sponsors. Contact Academic Affairs for GRC log-in information.

Research Release Requests PDF File Icon   |   Research Release Request Form
Get information about individual credit/overload hour limits and tenure-track and tenured faculty research release time procedures.  Due to the volume of research release requests received in recent years, a single application for research release will occur each spring.  The application will be for both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year.

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)
SPA is the University of Minnesota system-wide office authorized to submit research proposals and receive awards from external sources on behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota. SPA is also the fiduciary for the U on grant-related matters.

University Research Resources for Researchers & Staff
Learn more about grants (applying & reporting), compliance, policies & procedures, subjects protection, technology transfer & IP, training opportunities, working abroad and get commonly used forms.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

University Undergraduate Research (UROP)
The University of Minnesota is one of the world’s great research universities. On our campuses, at our field stations, and in our communities, literally, tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff create new knowledge and develop new examples of human expression each and every day.  The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding to U of MN undergraduates who work on a research project with a faculty mentor. UROP provides a stipend and expense money to students. UROP is open to freshmen through seniors who are in an undergraduate degree program in good academic standing. Applications are accepted twice a year through the UROP web site.

Current UROP application deadlines:
Spring 2022 projects - Deadline is October 11, 2021
Other Undergraduate Research Opportunities:
The Office of Undergraduate Research is hosting a Fall 2021 Virtual Symposium so students from all campuses can present their findings there.  The deadline for registering is November 17, and the presentations will go live on December 10.
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (April 4-8, 2022) has decided to do the conference virtually next year. The Office of Undergraduate Research is encouraging departments to help cover students' registration costs, but will help to find funding for those who don't have alternative sources.
Early-Abstract Registration and Competition Deadline October 20, 2021
Final Registration Deadline March 21, 2022









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Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

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Academic Affairs

University of Minnesota Crookston

307 Selvig Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8343

FAX: 218-281-8040


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