Office of the Provost
Dr. Michael Hannan
Dr. Michael Hannan was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2014 after serving in an interim capacity since 2012. Dr. Hannan had formerly held the position of Founding Dean of the School of Business, following his service as Associate Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Science, Management and Technology. In these positions, his primary focus was on support for accreditations and curriculum development across multiple programs. Dr. Hannan also served for eight years as Chairperson of the Department of Business and Economics, where his teaching centered on economic theory, applied statistics, modeling and forecasting.
From April 2018 until June 2019, he served as Interim President of Edinboro University.
Dr. Hannan joined Edinboro University in 1988 after earning his Ph.D. in Resource Economics from West Virginia University, specializing in regional economics and economic modeling. He also earned a BA in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 with a minor in Political Science.
His research interests are in the areas of pedagogy, economic modeling, forecasting and macroeconomics, and he has published in the Pennsylvania Economic Review and the International Regional Science Review, the International Journal of Business and Social Science and The Prison Journal, among others. He was also named Reviewer of the Year for 2009 by the Journal of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics & Technology.
Dr. Hannan is a long-term member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as webmaster for the Pennsylvania Economic Association. Among other executive positions with the Association, he served as President in 2004-2005.
Dr. James Daniel Fisher was named Edinboro University’s Associate Provost in July 2019 after serving as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
A member of the Edinboro faculty since 2000, Dr. Fisher brings more than 20 years of teaching and research knowledge to the role, as well as expansive administrative experience.
During his tenure as a professor of politics and legal studies, Dr. Fisher served for six years as chairperson of Edinboro’s Political Science and Criminal Justice Department. He has been an active member of the executive council of the Association of Pennsylvania College and University Faculties (APSCUF) and served on the board of directors of the local and state chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dr. Fisher also trained as a community organizer with the Gamaliel Foundation and is a founding fellow of Edinboro University’s Leadership Institute. Most recently, he served as chair of the board of trustees of Villa Maria Elementary School in Millcreek Township.
Dr. Fisher has developed and taught a broad range of courses in law, American politics, political theory and criminal justice, and he has been nominated three times for Edinboro's Educator of the Year award. Committed to engaging students and the broader community in careful discussions about important political issues, he has organized and participated in more than 40 public forums, given more than two dozen invited lectures, written several op-ed pieces and regularly provided political analysis to local media organizations.
A proud Edinboro alumnus, he graduated in 1993 with bachelor's degrees in political science and English. He then earned a law degree from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Fisher lives with his wife, Veronica, and their two children in Erie, PA.