Provost and Staff

Dr. Kerri Schuiling, Provost & Vice President Dr. Kerri Schuiling
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Kerri Schuiling began her appointment as provost and vice president on July 1, 2014. She recently served as dean of NMU's College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies. Schuiling has also held positions as the dean of Oakland University's School of Nursing and associate dean and director of NMU's School of Nursing. Kerri has most recently served the University as co-chair of the NMU Press task force and is currently the co-chair of the Sexual Assault Policy task force.

Dr. Schuiling holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, master's degree from Wayne State University and baccalaureate degree from NMU. She is certified as both a women's health nurse practitioner and nurse-midwife.

Dr. Schuiling is the co-editor of the International Journal of Childbirth, the official journal of the International Confederation of Midwives, and has published more than 42 peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Her book Women's Gynecologic Health has received two book of the year awards and is currently in revision for a third edition. Dr. Schuiling is the current chair of the Research Standing Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives. 

Dr. Dale Kapla, Associate Provost

Dr. Dale Kapla
Associate Provost & Dean of the College of Health Science & Professional Studies

Dr. Dale Kapla accepted the appointment of assistant provost for Undergraduate Programming and Faculty Affairs in September 2012, and was promoted to associate provost in the spring of 2016. He provides leadership in undergraduate administrative needs, faculty affairs, and contract maintenance. 

He has served the university as a department head for the past five years, most recently as head of the Political Science and Criminal Justice departments.  Prior to his employment at NMU, Dr. Kapla held law enforcement positions with the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department and Marquette Police Department.  

Dr. Kapla holds a Ph.D. in political science (public policy) from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and security administration from Northern Michigan University.


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Administrative Assistant



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Academic Employment Specialist






Rachel Perala
Executive Secretary