Dean's Profile

Dean Mary Schutten

On July 6, 2015 Dr. Mary C. Schutten became Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Dr. Schutten joins us from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, where she served as associate dean for students and curriculum within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2009 and held a faculty appointment in the Department of Movement Sciences since 2003. Prior to that, she served as a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sports at Calvin College in Michigan for 12 years, including time as chair. She also served as an associate professor and chair for the Department of Physical Education and Recreation at Dordt College in Iowa for five years.

Dr. Schutten received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physical education from Calvin College, with a minor in German and a master’s degree in exercise science, with a minor in administration, from California State University, Long Beach. She received a doctoral degree in physical education, with an emphasis on motor control and a minor in health education and statistics, from Indiana University.

In addition to her strong academic and administrative background, Dr. Schutten brings significant student retention and success experience. She managed an academic advising center within her college that became a campus-wide model. In addition, her most recent article, “Student Retention and Success = Big Data + the Human Touch,” was included in the conference proceedings at the Hawaii International Conference on Education this year.

Dr. Schutten enjoys hiking and any water related activity. She was a coach in DIII college athletics for volleyball, softball and swimming. Although she coached many sports, volleyball is her forte. We are excited to see Dr. Schutten support Spartan Pride and help all us cheer on our fellow Spartans in athletics.