Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Diane Stearns was appointed as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in March 2019. She has worked for and served NAU in a variety of capacities for over eighteen years. Most recently, Dr. Stearns has been serving as the Interim Dean for the College of Engineering, Informatics and Applied Sciences and as the Associate Vice President for Research from 2015-2018.
Dr. Stearns joined the faculty at NAU in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1997. She holds an undergraduate degree from Carleton College in Chemistry, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in Inorganic Chemistry. Dr. Stearns was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Dartmouth College and a Research Assistant Professor at Dartmouth before joining NAU. During her career at NAU, she has served as a Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on numerous impactful grants. She played a significant role in the Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative (SHERC) at NAU which was recently awarded a $21.4 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.