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Ed Aboufadel | Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Grand Valley State University

Ed Aboufadel | Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Grand Valley State University

Current Position and Past Experience
Ed Aboufadel is currently Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. His portfolio of responsibilities includes two primary areas – faculty affairs (e.g., personnel, governance, policy) and academic facilities. In his work in the Office of the Provost, he emphasizes the importance of responsiveness, clear and effective communication, creative problem solving, innovation, continual improvement, encouragement of faculty engagement, and rigor.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Dr. Aboufadel earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rutgers University and his B.S. from Michigan State University. He has been at Grand Valley State University since 1995, receiving tenure and promotion in 1998 and promotion to full professor in 2005. Dr. Aboufadel is an applied mathematician whose scholarship revolves around the solution of realistic problems via mathematics. He is the recipient of GVSU’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Niemeyer Award. Prior to 2016, Dr. Aboufadel served as the Chair of the Faculty Council of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years, the Unit Head for the Mathematics Department for six years, and the Interim Unit Head for the Biomedical Sciences Department for one year.

Nationally, Dr. Aboufadel served for eight years as the Secretary of the Mathematics section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and for several years, he was the Chair of a select AAAS committee concerned with their Fellows program, leading to their revocation policy. He is also an active member of the Mathematical Association of America, having chaired the MAA’s Committee on Faculty & Departments for several years, as well as editing the In Memoriam pages. Dr. Aboufadel is a Fellow of the AAAS.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Ed is currently a member of the board of Voters Not Politicians, the Michigan-based organization that has led on pro-voter ballot initiatives in the state. In the past, he was a Research Information Volunteer for one of the chapters of JDRF in Michigan. In 2022, he ran a spirited campaign for a seat on his local school board. Ed stays in shape running 5K’s and 10K’s.

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