Roberta Teahen, PhD
Roberta Teahen, PhD

Associate Provost for Accreditation, Assessment, Compliance and Evaluation
Director and Faculty, Doctorate in Community College Leadership
Doctorate in Community College Leadership
Phone: (231) 591-3805
Email: [email protected]


  • PhD, Michigan State University, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Leadership, Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Design
  • MA, Michigan State University, Business and Distributive Education
  • BA, Michigan State University, Business and Distributive Education
  • AA, Port Huron Junior College


Dr. Teahen has served as a secondary, community college, and university faculty member and administrator. Before joining Ferris in 2002 as the Dean of Extended Learning, Dr. Teahen served as a faculty member, division director, and occupational/workforce dean at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City for 30 years. After serving 5 years as Dean of Extended Learning at Ferris, she was promoted to Associate Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs. In 2010, with the launch of the new Doctorate in Community College Leadership, Dr. Teahen began service as its director, a role that she continues today along with her associate provost duties in the areas of accreditation, assessment, and associate-degree career programming.

She is professionally involved in the areas of leadership development, curriculum development, accreditation, and assessment. She is active as a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission where she serves as a Team Chair, Institutional Actions Committee Member, Completion Academy Mentor, Assessment Academy Mentor, member of the Peer Reviewer Evaluation task force, and Change Panel Reviewer. She is a frequent presenter at HLC peer review trainings and at the annual meeting, along with other conferences such as the League for Innovation and AACC. She has participated in more than 60 HLC site visits. She is also a frequent consultant to campuses preparing for accreditation or advancing assessment. For many years, she has also served as the secretary on the executive board of the Community College Baccalaureate Association.

Dr. Teahen believes in high expectations and support for success and brings that belief to her work, particularly with the doctoral program students. Her motto is that "the organization that develops the most people wins."

In recognition of her professional excellence, community service, and active assistance to women in attaining professional excellence and leadership skills, Dr. Teahen was awarded the Athena Grand Traverse Award in May 2014 and the Distinguished Woman in Higher Education by the Michigan chapter of the American Council on Education (ACE) in 2015. Also in 2015, the Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence recognized her with the Distinguished Leadership Award in Higher Education.

She currently teaches the Critical Issues in the Community College course and the Practicum in the DCCL program. Through the practicum, she leads several study-abroad experiences with recent travels to China, Finland, and Australia.

Publications and Intellectual Contributions


  • Lecture
    Teahen, R. (Presenter), Chesley, L. (Presenter), CCA Annual Conference, "Education and Regional Development: A View from American Community Colleges," Community College Association of Australia, Melbourne, Australia, (July 26, 2017).
  • Lecture
    Teahen, R. (Presenter), Balkema, S. (Presenter), International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, "What Community Colleges Need Now in Leaders," National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Austin, Texas, (May 29, 2017).
  • Conference Presentation
    Teahen, R. C. (Panelist), Wimbish, J. (Discussant), Washington, L. (Panelist), Kattuah-Snyder, L. (Moderator), American Association of Community Colleges Annual Conference, "Charting a Course for Next-Generation Leaders," AACC, New Orleans, Louisiana, (April 24, 2017).
  • Lecture
    Teahen, R. (Presenter), Lee, T. (Presenter), Innovations, "What the World Needs Now in Leaders," League for Innovation, San Francisco, CA, (March 13, 2017).
  • Lecture
    Teahen, R., Faculty Development Program, "Designing for Learning," Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, (October 2008).
  • Presentation
    Teahen, R., NASPA Assessment Conference, "A Journey of Transformation: Creating Systems and a Culture of Support for Assessment," Phoenix, AZ, (June 2006).
  • Presentation
    Teahen, R., All-Faculty In-Service Workshops, "Assessment Contemplations/Linking the Learning Paradigm and Assessment," Dixon, IL, (2004).
  • Lecture
    Teahen, R., National Council for Workforce Education, "Preparing Tomorrow's Workforce Educators," Baltimore, MD, (October 2004).
  • Lecture
    Teahen, R., Trends in Higher Education Conference, "Rethinking Tradition as We Move Toward Building Learning Organizations," University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, (2003).
  • Lecture
    Teahen, R., AACC Presentation, "Building a Community of Learners Begins with Leaders," (April 2002).