Office of the Provost

Mary Ann Rafoth, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

Dr. Rafoth is is the chief academic officer for the university, overseeing RMU’s four schools, their degree programs, and scholarly research. She oversees the Office of the Registrar, Special Academic Programs, and academic budgets.

Sushil K. Acharya, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Research, Global Initiatives & Development
Professor of Software Engineering

Dr. Acharya oversees faculty and student research and grants and the Center for Global Engagement as well as acts as a liaison to graduate studies.

Maria V. Kalevitch, Ph.D.

Associate Provost, Innovation and Academic Outreach
Dean, School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
University Professor of Science

Dr. Kalevitch oversees outreach and innovation projects for the University including several collaborative partnerships such as the Bridges and Pathways, LiftOff PGH, Neighborhood 91, and RMU Next Initiative. She is in charge of the newly formed RMU Outreach and Innovation Center. Dr. Kalevitch also represents RMU at newly formed consortium AIM-DOD in support of regional AI, Robotics and manufacturing workforce.

Jon Radermacher, M.F.A.

Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Associate Professor of Media Arts

Prof. Radermacher directs operations for RMU's fully online programs, manages and leads improvement on academic software applications, including CLAS, FAP, PTCAS and curriculum tracking, manages program and certificate outcome assessments, assists in new program development, works with the Office of the Registrar regarding academic policies and compliance, provides oversight of the Academic Integrity process, oversees k-12 academic partnership projects, leads the summer school committee, manages various academic budgets, and liaises with IT and facilities regarding academic technology and space.

Timothy Schlak, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost for Articulations
Dean, University Library

Dr. Schlak is responsible for establishing, maintaining and updating articulation agreements with high schools, community colleges, and other universities working in coordination with the Office of the Registrar and the Deans' Council.

Daniell Matthews, M.A.

University Registrar

Ms. Matthews ensures the integrity, accuracy, and security of all academic records of current and former students, provides leadership in planning, organizing, and managing all of the activities related to the operations of the Office of the Registrar, and ensures that these activities and operations reflect best practices.


Visit the Center for Global Engagement and discover opportunities to study, research, or intern around the world.


Several special programs are available at RMU for students who aspire to positions of leadership and seek to challenge themselves and to gain the insights and guidance of professional mentors and of their peers.


This department functions as the main resource for students, faculty, and staff seeking information and/or services relating to the academic affairs within this system. Click here to view the Academic Integrity Policy

Scholar Development

The Office of Scholar Development is dedicated to helping our most ambitious undergraduate students achieve their intellectual and professional goals. We help students assess their strengths, explore opportunities, and complete applications for prestigious national and international awards. Click here to contact us for more info.


The Center for Innovative Teaching seeks to support the professional development of RMU faculty through a variety of programs and activities. Initiatives include a faculty mentoring program and a faculty advisor training program. The center also supports RMU faculty engagement in pedagogical research and presentation.