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Teresa Mastin

Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs

426 Auditorium Road, Room 437
East Lansing, MI  48824

Teresa Mastin is Michigan State University’s vice provost and associate vice president for faculty and academic staff affairs. In this role she is responsible for envisioning, leading and implementing the university’s strategic commitment and priority to advance faculty and academic staff success in addition to fostering an academic climate of respect, care, diversity, equity and inclusion at the university.

Previous to this role, Mastin served as the interim dean of MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, or ComArtSci. While in that role, she focused on fostering a college culture of communication, connection and celebration; preparing the ComArtSci landscape for the smooth onboarding of its incoming dean; and encouraging reflection on what it means to be a 21st-century land-grant institution. Prior to stepping into the role of interim dean, Mastin served as a professor and chairperson for the Department of Advertising and Public Relations in ComArtSci. She earned her doctorate in mass media from MSU, her master’s in public relations from California State University, Fullerton, and her bachelor’s in theology/liberal arts from Ambassador College.

An accomplished scholar who has been published in a broad range of peer-reviewed journals, Mastin’s primary research interests include sustained dialogue as a tool for community action, media advocacy as a public relations tool, and media coverage of health issues related to women and vulnerable populations, especially regarding individuals residing in struggling urban communities and low-income countries. She introduced sustained dialogue to Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine students, to MSU’s ComArtSci community and to MSU students who participated in the inaugural “Visual Storytelling in Kenya” education abroad program in 2022. Mastin was also a Big Ten Academic Alliance Leadership Fellow in the 2021-22 cohort.

While serving as director of diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Mastin completed a health care executive diversity and inclusion certificate program sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and was the school’s intercultural development inventory certified administrator. She frequently presented diversity and inclusion and cultural competency talks, workshops, grand rounds, LGBTQ safe space trainings and taught sustained and intergroup dialogue courses that addressed critical issues such as racial climate/privilege and sexual misconduct/harassment in the medical profession.