Suzanne Lang

Suzanne   Lang
  • Interim Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources
  • Administration Building
  • 426 Auditorium Rd. Room 421
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 353-5300
  • Fax: (517) 353-9601

The Office of Academic Human Resources (AHR) has responsibility for ensuring that Michigan State University is able to attract and retain an internationally competitive faculty and academic staff so that MSU can accomplish its mission of advancing knowledge and transforming lives. Specifically, AHR has four primary roles:

  • To develop and maintain academic human resources policies and procedures that enhance the ability to recruit and retain an outstanding, internationally competitive faculty and excellent academic staff.
  • To promote diversity and inclusion in the appointment and advancement of faculty and academic staff.
  • To provide faculty, academic staff, and academic leaders with faculty development, leadership development, and organizational development programs and activities that are aligned with institutional priorities and which work to enhance individual and unit effectiveness.
  • To provide strategic expert advice, information, and data collection and analysis on academic human resources issues.

Additionally, Academic Human Resources works closely with MSU Human Resources on issues that are cross-cutting for faculty, academic staff, and University support staff, e.g. records, employee benefits, etc.

Dr. Lang has served as the associate dean for faculty and administrative affairs, and director of faculty development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources here at MSU. In that role, she oversaw the academic human resources portfolio of the college, which includes support for new faculty orientation; faculty mentoring; the reappointment, promotion and tenure process for the college; grievances/administrative reviews; Academic Program Reviews; faculty awards; and support for faculty across the spectrum of their careers, via professional development programing. She also served as the dean’s liaison to the College Advisory Council, and provided AHR support to unit leaders.

Professor Lang’s academic home is in the Department of Horticulture, where she is a scholar of whole plant physiology who has widened her focus to include teaching and learning within the classroom, faculty mentoring, and evaluation of excellence in teaching. She earned her B.S. in horticulture from MSU, her M.S. in horticulture from Clemson University, and her Ph.D. in horticulture at North Carolina State University. Before joining the faculty at MSU in 2000, she served on the faculty of Washington State University and Louisiana State University.