I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Northern Michigan University Academic Affairs Office. As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at NMU, I am responsible for providing strategic vision, leadership and management for the Academic Affairs Division of the university, which includes the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Health Sciences & Professional Studies, Business, Graduate Studies and Research, as well as, Library and Instructional Support, Institutional Effectiveness and the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center. I also work closely with other divisions of the university including Northern Student Experience, People, Culture & Wellbeing, Finance & Administration,  Student Affairs & Success, the Foundation and Extended Learning & Engagement to ensure the close association of these divisions with academic programs, faculty and students.

Anne Dahlman
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Anne Dahlman

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Dr. Anne Dahlman began her appointment as provost and vice president on April 1, 2024. Anne comes to Northern Michigan University with 27 years of experience as a teacher, faculty scholar, and administrator.  Prior to  NMU, she served as interim associate provost and interim dean of global education with Minnesota State University Mankato  where she advanced through the faculty ranks and various leadership positions over the past 17 years. 

Dr. Dahlman earned her first master's degree in Swedish-German education from the University of Joensuu in her home country of Finland, and her subsequent master's degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages and German from Colorado State University.  She completed her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities- her dissertation research focused on second-language teachers' process of learning to teach.

Provost Dahlman

Dale Kapla

Associate Provost


Dale has held the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs,  since 2012 after serving five years as the department head of Criminal Justice.  Dale was appointed as Interim Provost from October 2021 until April 2024.  Between 2019 and 2021, he also served as the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies. Prior to NMU, he held an academic appointment at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis in public policy from West Virginia University after spending 12 years in law enforcement. He also holds a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Security Administration from Northern Michigan University.


Dale Kapla Portrait

Weronika Kusek

Provost Fellow


Dr. Weronika Kusek is an Associate Professor of Geography in the EEGS Department since 2014 and has been appointed as our 2024-2026 Provost Fellow.

Weronika is a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award. She served on a variety of university committees: Interim Strategic Plan, The Dean of Students’ Retention Committee, UNITED Conference, Freshman Mentoring Program, and Senate Committee on Internationalization.

Weronika's areas of specialization are human geography, cultural geography, ethnic geography, and urban geography. She is an author of numerous publications and she has given dozens of talks at academic conferences.

Dr. Kusek earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Toledo and her Ph.D. from Kent State University.   





Weronika Kusek

Claudia Mankee

Executive Administrative Specialist

Bree Butler

Academic Employment Specialist

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