Dr. Stephanie Kirschmann serves as the associate provost for academic administration and quality assurance, a position she assumed in June 2012. She is also an assistant professor of education.
She has served full time in higher education administration for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining LeTourneau, she served as the director of institutional effectiveness and director of records at Richmont Graduate University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia, from 2004-2011. From 2000-2004, she served as the transcripts and affiliations manager and later the registration coordinator and V.A. certification officer in the Records Office of Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. She joined LETU in July 2011 as the special assistant to the provost.
Dr. Kirschmann was raised in south Florida and relocated to Tennessee to attended Southern Adventist University where she earned a B.A. in religious studies and an M.S. in marriage and family therapy. She received an Ed.D. in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her capstone project was entitled “Making Comparisons and Examining Experiences: A Program Evaluation of the Department of Energy’s Summer Undergraduate Internship (SULI) Program” and involved examining the short-, mid-, and long-term outcomes of four federally-funded undergraduate research experiences. She has provided training and presentations on topics including institutional effectiveness, assessment, accreditation, and student persistence in the STEM fields for organizations including the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Association for Institutional Research.
She has also been an active with professional and institutional service including acting as a peer institutional effectiveness evaluator with SACSCOC, serving on several committees including on-site reaffirmation, substantive change (institutional consolidation/merger), and a special committee for institutional effectiveness. Additionally she has served her institutions through service such as the QEP Committee, the Committee for Excellence in Counselor Education and Supervision (self-study for CACREP Accreditation), Institutional Review Board, Doctoral Program Development Task Force, and Chair of LeTourneau's Crisis Response Plan Taskforce. Dr. Kirschmann currently serves on the board of East Texas CASA and as an institutional representative to the Texas Women in Higher Education.
Dr. Kirschmann and her husband, Dustin, met in college and were married in 2001. Dustin works in Information Technology at LeTourneau as a network engineer. The Kirschmanns enjoy traveling to visit his family in North Dakota and her family in central Florida. Both have siblings who continue to live in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Of her transition to LeTourneau University, Dr. Kirschmann says, “I am honored to join the faculty and staff of LeTourneau University in pursuit of the 'Every Workplace, Every Nation' strategic vision. I am compelled by the idea that ‘God needs businessmen as much as he needs pastors’ and embrace that in my own vocational life as an educator. I look forward to supporting the achievement of that vision in the education of students from all disciplines through my role in the Office of the Provost.”
As the associate provost for academic administration and quality assurance, Dr. Kirschmann is the university’s SACSCOC liaison and serves as the university’s chief accreditation and institutional effectiveness officer. She oversees LeTourneau University's Office of the Registrar, Quality Assurance and the University Marketing & Communications department. Dr. Kirschmann reports directly to the provost and is a member of the President’s Cabinet.