Susan Capalbo

Susan Capalbo serves as Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Interim Senior International Officer and Professor of Applied Economics at Oregon State University.  Her portfolio focuses on enhancing faculty excellence and success, leading OSU’s internationalization efforts including collaboration with INTO OSU, and fostering strategic initiatives to advance our scholarship, innovation and impact. She is also responsible for the University Accreditation efforts and serves as OSU’s Accreditation Liaison Officer to the NWCCU.

Susan Capalbo's curriculum vitae.

The Faculty Affairs portfolio has four thematic areas:

  • Academic policies and procedures
  • Faculty recruitment, development and diversity
  • Faculty personnel review, retention and promotion
  • Strategic initiatives including University Accreditation and strategic planning

Effective academic policies and procedures are essential to unleashing the potential and creativity of the faculty. The SVP reviews and implements policies and practices in all areas of faculty and academic policies, with the objectives of creating the foundation to support a highly productive, diverse, and internationally recognized faculty, increasing accountability and measurable progress in diversifying OSU’s faculty, and retaining our highly-valued faculty. The Office of Faculty Affairs works with deans, chairs and search committees in supporting the recruitment, advancement, and retention of our reputational faculty and serves as a central resource for all newly hired faculty and leadership in their transition to the OSU community. Coordination with OSU Board of Trustees and collaboration with Faculty Senate are paramount as we collectively hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and compliance with our land-grant mission, academic policies and regulatory obligations.

OSU strategic initiatives deliver impact to the OSU community, to Oregon and the world. Together with our strategic planning and assessment these initiatives inform institutional decision-making and establish priorities for centrality, growth, and external support.    Co-location of strategic initiatives in the Provost Office’s division of Faculty Affairs advances the synergies among university-wide investments that are consistent with developing distinctive academic programs and policies, fostering the preeminence of our faculty, and supporting student success.  


Meet the Faculty Affairs Team

Sara Daly, Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

In her role as Executive Assistant, Sara Daly provides executive-level support to the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (SVPFA). Sara’s responsibilities include assisting the SVPFA with a wide range of duties related specifically to academic personnel, faculty recruitment and retention and faculty excellence. Sara is also responsible for a specialized and thorough understanding of the University’s Promotion and Tenure guidelines as well as various other policies and procedures specifically related to academic and professional faculty. Related to her academic personnel work, Sara liaises with the University’s senior leadership, administrative offices, the Faculty Senate and faculty at large. She coordinates the University’s Dual Career Hiring program, the Tenured Faculty Diversity Initiative and the Professional Faculty Professional Development Fund. Sara serves as a member of the Accreditation Steering Committee and provides administrative support for the Strategic Plan Steering Committee.  Before Sara joined the Office of Faculty Affairs (formerly Academic Affairs) in 1999, she earned her bachelor degree in graphic design from Oregon State University.

Michelle Klotz, Faculty Affairs Associate

In her role as Faculty Affairs Associate, Michelle Klotz supports the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. Michelle’s primary focus is on faculty excellence and faculty development projects which serve the needs of the Provost’s Office and the University’s strategic goals. Michelle joined the OSU community in 2013 and has held positions in the Research Office and International Programs. Prior to moving to Oregon, Michelle managed the regulatory compliance program for a large academic medical center. Michelle holds a Masters of Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from Iowa State University.



Heather Horn, Assistant Provost for Academic Employee and Labor Relations

Heather Horn is the Assistant Provost for Academic Employee and Labor Relations. In this role, Heather is responsible for work related to the ongoing negotiations with United Academics and administering the labor contract when achieved. In addition, Heather manages academic human resources and employee relations matters, addressing individual employee concerns, providing advice and assistance to academic and administrative units, and working with leadership to enhance overall employment management practices.

Heather holds a master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business. Her Administrative Assistant is Jeannine Cropley.