Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
(location map)
(248) 370-2190


C. Michelle Piskulich

C. Michelle Piskulich
Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Associate Professor of Political Science

Interim Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Michelle Piskulich (Ph.D. Political Science, 1992, Binghamton University; MA Political Science, 1984, University of Missouri-Columbia; BJ Journalism, 1981, University of Missouri-Columbia) joined the Office of the SVPAA in February 2009.

Her primary responsibilities as the Senior Associate Provost, include leadership of strategic programming, outreach, issues and initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences, enrollment, working with academic human resources, and academic space.   She also is a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Science.

Professor Piskulich has held a number of administrative positions at Oakland University including Acting Director of Women’s Studies, Director of the Master of Public Administration Program, Chair of the Political Science Department, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition, she has served the University as a member and Chair of the Senate Planning Review Committee, a member of the Senate Athletic Committee, Co-Chair of General Education Task Forces I and II, member of the NCAA Self-Study Steering Committee, chair of the NCAA Self-Study Academic Integrity Subcommittee, the First Year Experience (FYE) Task Force, co-chair of the advising subcommittee of the FYE Task Force and most recently as a member of the NCA Accreditation Steering Committee.  Her college service included serving on the Assembly, Graduate Committee, Committee on Instruction, the Women’s Studies Executive Committee, and chair of the Women’s History Month committee. 


As an associate in the Public Affairs Research Laboratory she conducted numerous surveys, needs assessments, focus groups, and trainings for community organizations and local governments.  Her research interests include welfare policy, women and politics, effective public organizations and political dissent and civil society.


She has taught classes in research methods and statistics, quantitative techniques, computer techniques, women and politics, public policy, public administration theory, public budgeting and finance, citizenship and civil society, and comparative politics.


Professor Piskulich is a member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Midwest Political Science Association, the Policy Studies Organization, and the North American Association of Summer Sessions.  She also is active in the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) where she has served as the Chair of the Small Programs Section, a member of the Executive Council, a member of the marketing committee, a member of the Standards 2009 task force, a member of the Self-Study Instructions Task Force, and as a member and chair of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA).