Susan Stapleton

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Susan Stapleton
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
(269) 387-8233
262W Walwood Hall Mail Stop 5456
Mailing address: 
Office of Academic Affairs
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5204 USA
  • Post-doc, University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D., Miami University, 1983
  • B.S., Juniata College, 1979
Teaching interests: 
  • Biochemistry
Research interests: 
  • Signal transduction
  • Regulation of gene expression
  • Scientific inquiry and science identity

Dr. Susan Stapleton was named as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Michigan University in July 2017, after serving as Dean of the Graduate College at Western Michigan University (WMU) since 2012. In her role as Graduate College dean she led a team that serves as the institution’s primary advocate for graduate study, oversees graduate enrollment services, promotes academic excellence by taking the lead in shaping graduate policy, assists faculty in guiding and mentoring graduate students, and integrates services that support students in becoming accomplished and ethical scholars, researchers and professionals. Additionally, Dr. Stapleton has also served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and holds a joint appointment as professor of both chemistry and biological sciences.

Dr. Stapleton received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Juniata College and her Doctoral degree in chemistry from Miami University with post-doctoral work completed at the University of Wisconsin, Case Western Reserve University and the University of Iowa. Dr. Stapleton has a long history of funded research and her expertise is in the area of understanding the regulation of carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism, including the relationship to metabolic disorders such as diabetes.  She has also had funding for and made substantial contributions in science curriculum reform and in broadening the diversity of individuals in STEM, including those who seek advanced degrees. Her recent accolades include the Michigan Society for Medical Research, Educational Leadership Award in 2007, a National Society of Leadership and Success - Excellence in Service to Students Award in 2013 and in 2010-11 she served as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.