Tag: Provost

Dornbush accepts post in academic affairs, grants, grad studies

post-dornbushProf. Mathew E. Dornbush is joining the academic affairs administrative team at UW-Green Bay as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Professional Development and Grants, and Director of Graduate Studies.

He will report to Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Gregory Davis, who announced the appointment this week. Dornbush will begin his new duties Aug. 24.

Dornbush is a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit who currently serves as chairman of UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In his new role, Dornbush will provide leadership for the Office of Grants and Research, the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Graduate Studies, with the latter expected to be an area of emphasis with strategic planning and new recruitment/marketing initiatives. Additionally, he will take a lead role in promoting undergraduate student research and serve as a liaison to the University’s Institutional Research Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

The position represents a reshaping of the administrative post left vacant earlier this summer by the retirement of Daniel McCollum, whose title was assistant vice chancellor for academic administration.

Dornbush earned promotion to the highest faculty rank, full professor, this past June. The promotion came only a decade after he earned his doctoral degree in ecology at Iowa State University and joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005. Along with his graduate-program experience as chairman of ES&P, Dornbush has been successful in winning outside grants to support his scientific research. His primary interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems. He has received state and federal grants for projects ranging from the potential use of native tallgrass for bio-energy purposes to the restoration of wild rice, bulrush and wild celery stands in the lower bay.

Clif Ganyard is new Associate Provost

post-ganyardUW-Green Bay Prof. Clifton Ganyard has been named the University’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. He assumed his new duties Aug. 10.

Ganyard, associate professor of Humanistic Studies and most recently chair of the History program, was selected following an internal search. He succeeds former Associate Provost Gregory Davis, who was promoted to interim provost and vice chancellor in May.

In his new administrative role Ganyard reports to Davis and is responsible for helping coordinate activities that promote an enriching academic experience for students, and for providing leadership for programs that support student learning and instruction.

The Associate Provost plays a role in oversight of academic program review implementation, curriculum development and data analytics; assessment and testing services; institutional accreditation; institutional research; inter-institutional academic agreements; international education programs; and commencement.

Ganyard was the 2014 recipient of a prestigious UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award. He joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1997 and has taught more than two dozen different courses for Humanistic Studies, History and Global Studies. His areas of specialization include modern European, German and Japanese history and culture, Western civilization and European intellectual history.

Ganyard has numerous publications to his credit, including “Artur Mahraun and the Young German Order: An Alternative to National Socialism in Weimar Political Culture” (2008), as well as a number of scholarly reviews. Ganyard’s many awards in addition to the Regents award include UW-Green Bay Research Scholar, Grants in Aid of Research, Teaching Enhancement and Teaching Fellow honors, as well as UW System and Beloit Center for Language Studies grants, among others. In 2010, Ganyard earned the UW-Green Bay Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ganyard earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

UW-Green Bay grad Davis appointed interim provost

Greg Davis, a 1981 graduate of UW-Green Bay who spent 27 years on the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty and the last year as associate provost and director of graduate studies, is the University’s new interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced the appointment of Davis to succeed Stephen Fritz, who resigned Wednesday (May 6). Miller said the interim appointment was for an indeterminate length of time, and he expresses his appreciation to Fritz for his service during a time of transition, and to Davis for his willingness “to accept this critical role as we complete the budget reduction process and look forward to an exciting 50th anniversary year.” Davis earned his master’s and Ph.D. at Northwestern University before joining the faculty at his alma mater in 1987, teaching courses in math and environmental sciences.

Bartel posts great time at Boston

Former Green Bay Phoenix cross-country standout Callie Bartel (Human Biology, class of ’09), a Prevea assistant athletics trainer assigned to Phoenix Athletics, beat last year’s time by nearly 10 minutes in finishing Monday’s Boston Marathon in 3:04:59, good enough to place 3,551 overall and a highly respectable No. 239 in the women’s division of the race that attracts marathoners from around the world.

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Other marathon results — Actually, it’s a small world, Boston-wise. Finishing a few minutes and places behind Bartel in the women’s division was Sarah Mahaney, age 33, who happens to be the daughter of our own Jan Snyder of the Provost’s Office. Mahaney finished her first Boston marathon (and only second 26.2-miler ever) in 3:07:22, good for women’s place 307. And, finally, Bob Blihar, an applications director with CIT, ran the inaugural Oshkosh Marathon over the weekend and shaved 28 minutes off his previous best and won his 50+ age group in 3:54:18. Congratulations, all.

Top UW-Green Bay students to display work at Tuesday’s symposium

The 14th annual Academic Excellence Symposium, showcasing the talent and research ability of some of UW-Green Bay’s best students, is scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 7) in Phoenix Rooms A and B of the University Union. The event is hosted by the campus chapters of the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. As always, faculty, staff, fellow students and others are invited to browse the displays and chat up the proud student exhibitors. A musical performance is scheduled for 1 p.m. About 60 students are responsible for the 35 exhibits.

Admissions is calling on you

Chancellor Gary Miller

Chancellor Miller and Provost Fritz made calls last Friday, March 6, to undecided admitted freshmen. Would you consider joining the Admissions team from 5-7 some evening? No prior knowledge is necessary, and support is given throughout the evening to the callers. E-mail Jen Jones at jonesj@uwgb.edu if you are interested.

Remaining call nights for this spring:
• March 16, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31
• April 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30
• May 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14

Provost Stephen Fritz

A reminder of other ways to help:

• Academic departments and units can volunteer as a group to call or e-mail prospects.

• To those already planning to go into high school or college classrooms to guest lecture, teach, or give a presentation, Jones can provide promotional materials and/or talking points.

• Engage student organizations that are allied with academic departments to help with any of the above outreach to prospective students.

• When you see tour groups in the hallway, feel free to welcome those families and introduce yourself. (Where are you from? Know what you might like to study?) Your interaction is welcomed!

• Reach out to the Admissions Office if you want to learn more about recruitment/enrollment. Admissions would be happy to come to your meetings to share updates and ideas for recruitment. Also, let Admissions know if you have groups of prospective students on campus.

Fritz to begin as provost in January

Stephen Fritz

Stephen Fritz

Stephen Fritz has agreed to serve as UW-Green Bay’s provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs, effective January 2015. “I believe Dr. Fritz’s academic background and extensive leadership experience will be a great asset as we work through our immediate challenges with enrollment, continue our Invent the Future process and move fully into a shared strategic planning process using the UPIC model,” Chancellor Gary L. Miller said Monday in announcing the appointment. (UPIC is the University Planning and Innovation Council.)

Fritz was one of two candidates to interview for the position and visit campus last week. Fritz’s most recent academic appointment was as interim dean of The Honors College at Texas Tech University, from July 2010 through December 2013. He has previous chief executive experience as president of Midland Lutheran College (Neb.), New England College (N.H.) and Hiwassee College (Tenn.). He studied history and international diplomacy and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky. Miller has said it is his intention that Stephen Fritz will serve for 18 months or more.

Interim Provost candidates Fritz, Richert available to meet university community Oct. 23

Two candidates for the position of Interim Provost at UW-Green Bay will be available to meet interested members of the university community at a joint, open reception from 1 to 2 p.m. next Thursday (Oct. 23) in the 1965 Room of the University Union.

The candidates are Stephen Edward Fritz and John H. Richert.

Fritz’s most recent academic appointment was as interim dean of The Honors College at Texas Tech University, from July 2010 through December 2013. He has previous chief executive experience as president of Midland Lutheran College (Neb.), New England College (N.H.) and Hiwassee College (Tenn.). He studied history and international diplomacy and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky.

Richert is a consultant and educator with previous executive experience as president of Mundelein College in Chicago (now part of Loyola University) and the College of St. Mary (Neb.), and as associate dean for the School of Education and Human Services at St. Johns University in New York. He holds a a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to the joint open-to-the-public gathering on Oct. 23, the two men will participate in separate rounds of interviews both Wednesday and Thursday. UW-Green Bay is seeking an interim successor to Julia Wallace after it was announced Sept. 23 that she was stepping down after five years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. The provost is the institution’s top academic officer reporting to the chancellor.

Chancellor Gary Miller said it is his intention that the interim will serve for the next 18 months or more. “Once our course as a University is set,” said Miller, who has commissioned an Invent the Future visioning process to be completed by April  2015, “in consultation with the faculty and staff, we will initiate a national search for the next provost.”

Resumes for Steve Fritz and John Richert have been posted online.

UW-Green Bay Provost Julia Wallace resigns

Julia Wallace, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, has submitted her resignation as provost and vice chancellor, effective immediately.

Wallace had been in her position at UW-Green Bay since July 2009, when she was appointed by former Chancellor Tom Harden following a nationwide search. Wallace previously had served as vice president and provost of Central Michigan University; and prior to that, spent more than two decades as a professor, department chair and dean at the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York College at Oswego, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced Wallace’s resignation in an all-campus email Tuesday morning, Sept. 23. For the immediate future, he said, Chief-of-Staff Dan Spielmann will direct the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Provost in collaboration with Associate Provost Greg Davis and other direct reports to the Provost.

“I hope you will join me,” Miller wrote, “in extending our deep gratitude to her for her service to this great institution.”

Former UW-Green Bay provost prepares to step down at Metro State

We saw this news last fall, and post here now because her June departure is imminent. Sue Hammersmith, the president of St. Paul’s Metropolitan State University, is stepping down after six years in which she has presided over rapid growth on the urban campus — growth that the university has at times struggled to keep up with, according to news reports, faculty and Hammersmith herself. Hammersmith was provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UW-Green Bay from 2002 until her 2008 departure for the Twin Cities. A link to last fall’s announcement.