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About the Division of Student Life

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Leading Student Learning, Growth, and Success

The Division of Student Life on the Oxford campus is made up of 18 diverse departments with approximately 150 staff members who all share the common goal of supporting and encouraging student learning, growth, and success.

This report, using data points from 2014/2015, provides an overview of each department within Student Life and summarizes the key ways that each contributes to the strategic areas of focus for the Division, and ultimately to the goals of Miami University and Miami 2020.

While the information in this report highlights the efforts of individual offices, it is important to emphasize that much of our work is collaborative, both across the Division and with faculty and partners in every other university division. Our Division could not be successful without working as a part of the larger Miami team.

A number of units in Student Life also partner with and support students, staff, and faculty on the regional campuses. We hope this report gives you a sense of the scope of our work, a better understanding of our priorities, and an appreciation for our talented and dedicated staff in Student Life.

Organizational Chart

Dr. Jayne BrownwellDr. Jayne Brownell
Vice President for Student Life

  • Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Assistant Vice President
  • Miami Tribe Relations
  • Off-Campus Outreach and Communication
  • Budget and Technology
  • Advancement
  • Assessment

Dr. Mike CurmeDr. Mike Curme
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

  • Emergency and Crisis Response
  • Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution
  • Rinella Learning Center
  • Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
  • Student Counseling Services
  • Student Disability Services
  • Student Health Services
  • Student Wellness
  • Transitions/ Associate Dean of Students
    • Orientation and Transition Programs
    • Parent and Family Programs
    • Residence Life

Dr. Scott WalterDr. Scott Walter
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Armstrong Student Center
  • Community Engagement and Service
  • Diversity Affairs
  • Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute
  • Student Activities and the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Women’s Center

All offices and all members in the Division of Student Life work to support the larger mission of Miami University and the goals of Miami 2020. In order to support that mission and the students of Miami, we have identified five focus areas to direct our efforts. In all that we do, we work to create an environment where each student feels they belong at Miami and are a part of our community, are engaged with and contributing to our vibrant campus life, and are supported to grow and to reach their goals. In addition, we aim to be good stewards of our resources while engaging in that work. While not every office in Student Life is equally focused on every goal, together, these five areas can be viewed as the desired outcomes of the programs, services, and practices offered across our Division. In the following pages, each office will highlight their contributions to two of these focus areas.


The Division of Student Life works to create an inclusive environment where each student feels welcomed and feels a sense of belonging at Miami.


The Division of Student Life supports students’ learning by providing a welcoming, safe, and caring environment that allows them to develop the skills they need to define and achieve their life’s goals.


The Division of Student Life creates an experiential learning environment where students are engaged in activities and experiences that contribute to their broader education and development.


The Division of Student Life works to help students connect with and contribute to the Miami community, on and off campus.


The Division of Student Life strives to be proactive and innovative in developing and using our human, physical, and financial resources while providing the highest quality service to our students and the Miami community.