Sandra M. Flake has joined California State University, Chico, as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Previously, from 2004-2007, Dr. Flake was provost at the University of West Florida. From 1997-2004 she was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to her appointment at Northern Colorado, she served for a total of nine years as associate dean of the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences and then Dean of the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota from 1978-1988 and also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Flake earned her BA in English and secondary education from the College of St. Catherine in Minnesota and her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Flake has been a presenter and panelist at meetings of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Society for College and University Planning, the American Association of Higher Education and the National Association of Women in Education on such topics as disaster recovery, general education, assessment, collaborative learning and learning communities, university reorganization, leadership, hiring and affirmative action, and linkages with teacher education. For four years, two of them as co-director, she was a session leader at the CCAS-AACTE Seminar on Collaboration in Teacher Preparation, and she also served as a U.S. Department of Education facilitator and consultant for a series of teacher quality summer institutes. She has published on teacher preparation, general education assessment, retention programs, and composition. As a faculty member, she directed a University Reading and Writing Center, developed and directed persistence and retention programs for students of color and for non-native speakers of English, and taught a wide variety of courses in literature, composition, and literacy development.
She served on the board of directors of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences and previously served on the Board of Directors of ASTEC Project 30, an alliance of Universities with strong collaborative programs between the Arts and Sciences and Colleges of Education, holding offices of president elect, president, and past-president. She also served as a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dr. Flake has also served on boards of community agencies promoting archaeological preservation and community involvement, the arts, applied cognitive research, education, workforce development, women’s health, and the environment.