Associate Provost &



Steven P. Dandaneau is Associate Provost at Colorado State University and Executive Director of the Association for Undergraduate Education at Research Universities (UERU). In these roles, Dandaneau provides executive leadership for a national consortium of leading research universities focused on innovation in undergraduate education and collaborates with colleagues to strengthen the undergraduate experience at CSU.

Dandaneau previously served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Kansas State University; Associate Provost and Director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Halsam Scholars Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; visiting professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Director of the University Honors & John W. Berry Sr. Scholars Programs at the University of Dayton.

Steve resides in Fort Collins and has yet to summit Longs Peak.


Main Works: A Town Abandoned: Flint, Michigan, Confronts Deindustrailization (SUNY 1996); with Maude Falcone, A Wrong Life: Studies in Lifeworld-Grounded Critical Theory (JAI 1998); Taking It Big: Developing Sociolological Consciousness in Postmodern Times (Pine Forge 2001); "C. Wright Mills: Exact Imagination, Late Work," in The Routledge International Handbook of C. Wright Mills Studies (Routledge 2021); editor, The Equity/Excellence Imperative in Action (Johns Hopkins University Press, in progress); guest co-editor with Harry Dahms, Current Perspectives in Social Theory: Special Issue on the 50th Anniversary of Jurgen Habermas' Legitimation Crisis (Emerald, in progress).

Recent Works: Say Hey Little Prince: A Novel (Owl Canyon Press 2020); The Professor Will See You Now (Owl Canyon Press 2022).

First Generation Story

Steve was a first-generation Pell-grant recipient undergraduate student at Michigan State University, an experience which undergirds his service on the Advisory Board of the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success and his 2021 chapter “Unpacking First-Gen. Discourse: A Sociological Perspective,” in At the Intersection: Understanding and Supporting First Generation Students, edited by Rob Longwell-Grice and Hope Longwell-Grice. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Press. Pp. 25-38. Steve received the First Scholars First Generation Champion award in 2018.