Meet the Provost

Joan FickeDr. Joan C. Ficke has been appointed interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at San Jose State University, effective July 16, 2018.

She served as dean of The Graduate School at Montclair State University, a doctoral research university with almost 21,000 students. As the graduate dean, she provided oversight for 4,200 graduate students in more than 100 degree and certificate programs, and for eight doctoral programs, seven of which confer the PhD.

Prior to this deanship, Dr. Ficke served as senior vice provost for Academic Affairs in the Office of the Provost. Her main responsibility was to guide and provide oversight for the expansion of the tenure track faculty cohort broadening research characteristics and expectations for faculty, and for the instructional platform at Montclair State.

Ficke has had several administrative positions including associate vice president for Academic Affairs for Personnel and Resource Planning, dean of Students and director of the University’s Women’s Center. She is a professor of Community Health, with disciplinary experience in health policy, the administration of health care facilities, health counseling and women’s health issues.

In addition to her graduate preparation at both the masters and doctoral levels from New York University, Dr. Ficke has completed additional work in Clinical Training in Behavioral Medicine at Harvard Medical School; was a visiting faculty fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Policy at Princeton University; and completed the Management Training Program for Women at Wellesley College; and, served as the executive director of The New Jersey Business Group on Health.

Dr. Ficke also participated for several years on the board of the Yogi Berra Museum, spoke frequently there on issues pertaining to women in athletics in collaboration with speakers such as Suzyn Waldman, Deb Kaufman and Donna Lopiano; coordinated Yogi Berra Museum activities with a variety of campus leaders; and received the Panzer Award of Honor for professional excellence. Dr. Ficke is a member of the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame, her sport basketball, and her leadership positions reflective of that experience.