About the Office
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Mark Brodl joined Illinois Wesleyan as Provost and Dean of the Faculty on July 17,
2017. He is the chief academic officer of the University, overseeing all academic
departments in addition to The Ames Library, Athletics, and Information Technology.
In 2001, Dr. Brodl joined Trinity University, a private liberal arts college, as the
George W. Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Biology and remained active in teaching
and research after taking on his administrative role in 2012. He has established a
reputation for his work in support of student-faculty research, particularly work
with an interdisciplinary focus.
Dr. Brodl has served a rotation as program director at the National Science Foundation
and previously taught biology and chaired the Biology Department at Knox College.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Knox, a master’s in plant biology
from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a Ph.D. in plant biology from Washington
University in St. Louis. His research – consistently involving students – has focused
on heat shock responses in plant secretory cells, which play pivotal roles in key,
vulnerable steps in plant life cycles.
Dr. Rebecca Roesner
Direct responsibilities of the associate provost encompass student research, academic
facilities and equipment, the faculty salary budgets, and the hiring of adjunct faculty.
Doctor Roesner earned her bachelor's degree at Ohio Wesleyan University and Ph.D.
at University of Kansas.
More information on programs managed by the associate provost's office can be found
on the associate provost's office website.
Associate Dean of Curricular and Faculty Development
The Associate Dean of Curricular and Faculty Development, housed in the Mellon Center, provides leadership in strengthening all curricular programs, coordinates the General Education Program and May Term, and serves as the administrative representative to the Faculty Development Committee,
Curriculum Council, and Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
Born and raised near Detroit, MI, Professor Sullivan did his undergraduate studies
at the University of Michigan (B.A. 1994). He holds graduate degrees from the University
of Notre Dame (M.A., 1995), the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Dipl.,
1996), the University of Michigan (M.A., 1998), and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.,
Professor Sullivan was Chair of the Religious Studies Department from 2010-2016.
At IWU, he has chaired the Faculty Development Committee (FDC), served on the Strategic
Planning and Budgeting Committee (SPBC), and was the Chair of the Council on University
Programs and Policy Procedures (CUPP) 2016-17 .
Senior Administrative Assistant
The Senior Administrative Assistant to the Provost manages the daily operations of
the Provost’s office and is the liaison between the Provost and all internal and external
Ms. Brown-Ajayi joined IWU in 2012 and has served the University as the Office Coordinator
for MCLL/Hispanic Studies and the LRC and as the Senior Administrative Assistant to
the Mellon Center of Curricular and Faculty Development. She is also the co-founder
and co-director of the IWU Language School for Kids, advisor for IWU Black Student Union and co-chair of The Alliance. In April 2018, Ms. Brown-Ajayi was awarded the Inaugural Staff Award for Inclusive
Excellence. She has a BA in History from Illinois State University and has over a
dozen years of experience in education administration.