Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

Cynthia PembertonResponding to the challenges of:


   Information technology

   Increased demand for service and support

   Decreased budgets

   Rising energy consumption and climate change

will require educated, engaged, and responsible citizens

In their 2011 book, That Used to be Us: How America fell behind in the World it Invented and How we can come back, Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum cite globalization, a revolution of information technology, decreased budgets, increased demands for services, increased energy consumption and climate change as major challenges for the years ahead.

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, I have the privilege of providing leadership and vision in the planning, direction, administration and evaluation of our academic programs.  At Dickinson State, it is my role and responsibility to support and facilitate educational excellence in our academic programs, the work of our faculty, and most importantly the learning of our students.

Dickinson State University is committed to educational excellence.  As a regional four-year higher education institution, our mission is to provide you with access to high-quality academic programs and to support you in your scholarly and creative activities.

This is an important time in your life.  Education generally and higher education in particular will empower and embolden you to engage responsible citizenship. During your time at DSU, you will be provided options and opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and life-long learning dispositions to not only participate, but to create, innovate, collaborate, communicate, and shape how you and we move forward in our ever changing world.


Dr. Cynthia Pemberton

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs