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Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Karen Klomparens

Karen Klomparens

The Graduate School is an advocate for quality graduate education at MSU. The Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School and staff support the faculty and graduate students across campus with the goal of excellent graduate programs augmented by a variety of professional development programs. The Graduate School shares with the collegiate deans the responsibilities to review and monitor graduate programs, improve the training of teaching assistants, facilitate the University Fellowships program, assist with the recruitment and retention of a diverse pool of graduate students, and to generally assist graduate programs. The Dean of the Graduate School is ex officio on University Graduate Council. The Graduate School is linked to the Office of the Provost and the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. Since all doctoral programs, and many master’s programs, are inextricably linked to research, this dual reporting line supports advocacy for graduate education across the two offices and serves as a unique linkage between the two.

Karen Klomparens has served as Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education at Michigan State University since 1997. She is a Professor of Plant Biology and is on leave as Director of MSU’s Center for Advanced Microscopy. With her graduate students, Dr. Klomparens published 60 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books on the topic of ultrastructural development of sporulating structures in fungi. Prior to becoming Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Welfare in 1994, Dr. Klomparens was on a Fulbright-supported sabbatical at Cambridge University. Dr. Klomparens’ passions as a Graduate Dean focus on completion issues for doctoral students, interdisciplinary graduate education, and inclusive excellence. Klomparens and her colleagues developed a FIPSE (U.S. Department of Education) and Hewlett Foundation-supported program on “Setting Expectations and Resolving Conflicts between Graduate Students and Faculty. ” The program uses interest-based approaches to resolving conflicts and has been used in a variety of settings inside and outside of academe for the past 9 years. Klomparens served a 2-year term as the Chair of the Big Ten (CIC) graduate deans group and is currently serving on the CGS Board of Directors and Executive Committee, the AGS Executive Committee, and the GRE Board of Directors.

  • Karen Klomparens, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Linton Hall
  • 479 W. Circle Dr. Room 110
  • East Lansing, MI 48824-1044