Steve Graham

Steve Graham

  • Professor, Higher Education
  • Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - University of Missouri System

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional education
  • Training and development
  • Leadership


Dr. Steve Graham serves as Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri System and provides overall leadership for Academic Affairs issues at the UM System. Dr. Graham’s current work includes the UM eLearning and course sharing initiatives, legislative activities, faculty policies, and he serves as a liaison to the University of Missouri campus provosts, the Intercampus Faculty Council, the Missouri Department of Higher Education the Council of Chief Academic Officers, and chairs the public 4-year university CAO group.

Dr. Graham is a Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri – Columbia (MU). Prior to his current position, he served as an Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, and Director of Continuing Professional Education on the MU campus. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education as an administrator, professor, and consultant.

He has written approximately 100 articles or papers on a variety of topics including leadership development, manager coaching, college outcomes research, adult learning, adult development, professional education, and business training effectiveness. His most recent book, Academic Quality Work, was co-authored with William Massy and Paula Short. His current research efforts focus on the the dramatic changes occurring in higher education and the impact they are having on the traditional public universities and he is working on a new book with two MU faculty entitled Volatility in Higher Education: An Anthropological Perspective.