About the Office

Mark Brodl

Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Mark Brodl
(309) 556-3101

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.


Becky RoesnerAssociate Provost

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.


Kevin SullivanAssociate Dean of Curricular and Faculty Development

Kevin Sullivan
(309) 556-3886

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., 2003).

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

Sharla Brown-AjayiSharla Brown-Ajayi
(309) 556-3101

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 constituents.

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.