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Melissa Sortman, Assistant Provost

Melissa Sortman

Director of Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs
426 Auditorium Road, Room 442
(517) 353-5802

Melissa Sortman is an assistant provost within the Office of the Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources (AHR).  She provides leadership and support for the university on all aspects of academic employment including human resources, bargaining, policies, and procedures. She has been at MSU since May 2019.

Prior to coming to MSU, she worked at the University of Michigan as the Associate Director of Academic Human Resources and served as chief negotiator in the bargaining with the Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO). She previously worked at the Michigan Education Association (MEA) serving in a variety of positions including chief negotiator for the largest MEA local (MSU-APA) and bargained the Coalition of Labor Wage and Health Care Agreement. She has negotiated many contracts representing public school employees for over 16 years with MEA. She started her career as a congressional staff person before running political campaigns for the Michigan Legislature and Michigan Supreme Court.  



FASA Unit Liaison for:

  • Director of Academic Labor
  • College of Law
  • Office of Civil Rights & Title IX Compliance and Education

Melissa also handles all OCR and misconduct allegations for:

  • Asc Provost & Asc VP for Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs
  • Asc Provost for Academic Services 
  • Associate Provost of Enrollment & Academic Strategic Planning 
  • EVP for Administration 
  • Finance 
  • General Counsel 
  • Government Relations 
  • Information Technology Services 
  • Investment Office
  • MSU University Research Organization 
  • Office of the President 
  • Provost & Academic Affairs
  • Student Life & Engagement 
  • University Advancement 
  • University Communications 
  • University Health &Wellness 
  • University Procurement and Logistics 

Contact Melissa