Dr. Susan Hasseler, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College

Dr. Susan Hasseler began her tenure as VP of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College in June of 2012.

She most recently served as the Dean of Business, Education and Social Sciences and Community Engagement at Messiah College in Grantham, PA, where she provided leadership to multiple graduate and undergraduate departments, the Ernest L. Boyer Center, the Agape Center for Service and Learning, the Harrisburg Urban Institute, and the International Business Institute and the Early Learning Center. Prior to Messiah College, Dr. Hasseler served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., from 2000-2008 as well as serving as a professor in the Education Department there from 1994-2008.

“Dr. Hasseler is a passionate educator, a talented scholar and an extraordinary leader with more than 30 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Her experience in recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty, developing curriculum, and establishing outreach initiatives for students, alumni and community members, along with her track record for innovation and her willingness to go the extra mile on behalf of the faculty, staff and students she serves absolutely make her well suited for this role,” said Rob Oliver, president of the College.

Dr. Hasseler is no stranger to Sioux Falls, having taught in the Unique Learning Experiences program at Patrick Henry Middle School and multiple elementary schools from 1986-1990. She is the author of numerous articles on education-related issues and has presented at forums for educatorsthroughout the globe. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. from the School of Education and Social Policy atNorthwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

“As someone whose hobby is exploring new places, I was immediately intrigued by Augustana’s invitation to “Go Viking.” Working with a top quality faculty and staff to create new opportunities for students to explore in ever widening circles; to serve in Sioux Falls, the region, and the world; to discover the wonder of the natural and social sciences, the humanities, the arts and athletics; to create communities on campus and off – there are so many opportunities at Augustana that excite and challenge me as a leader,” Hasseler said. “I am especially looking forward to exploring what it means to embrace diversity and innovation within the context of a rich Lutheran tradition. I am eagerly anticipating having many opportunities to celebrate the joy of Augustana with alumni, faculty, staff, and students in the years to come.”

Dr. Hasseler’s appointment marks the first time in Augustana’s 151-year history that a woman is serving as VPAA/Dean of the College.