Prof. Kuenzi named high-impact practices coordinator

Please join the Office of Academic Affairs in congratulating Assistant Prof. Kerry Kuenzi as the 2021-2023 high-impact practices (HIPs) coordinator. Kuenzi has been with UW-Green Bay since 2018 in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, in the Public and Environmental Affairs (PEA) unit. In the role as HIPs Coordinator, Kuenzi will be working with the Provost Office to promote high-impact practices and experiences in our institutional culture. Collaborating with offices across the institution, including the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Student Success and Engagement, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Institutional Strategy and Effectiveness, and the assessment coordinator.

Kuenzi was a faculty facilitator during the Pivotal Pedagogy course held by CATL over the 2020 summer. The focus of this course was implementing community-based projects in an online modality that emphasized evidence-based strategies for experiential learning.  Kuenzi is a member of the UW-Green Bay HIPs Initiative Task Force, and a representative for the system-wide HIPs Initiative. Kuenzi was a co-coordinator for the NASH grant in her unit. She has experience using HIPs initiatives in planning courses, evaluation of peers for merit and promotion, and recruitment of student to the PEA unit. Having a background in public administration, which focuses in part on policy/program implementation, has helped her to develop the strategies needed for addressing equity gaps and increasing student success on college campuses.

Kuenzi is an alumnus to UW-Green Bay and received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver.



Reminder: Registration for Retiree Association Banquet ends on Sept. 29

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 is the deadline to register for the 18th annual UW-Green Bay Retiree Association Banquet. The banquet takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. and the guest speaker will be Matthew Dornbush, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of Graduate Studies. He will be discussing current challenges and opportunities in higher education and UW-Green Bay’s recent accomplishments and opportunities positioning the University for sustained success in the future. Invitations have been mailed and you can register to pay online at

UW-Green Bay recognizes excellence in the awarding of Founders Awards

Green Bay, WI — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has recognized some of its top faculty and staff members August 23, 2017, with 2017 Founders Awards for Excellence. The awards were presented before an audience of more than 450 in the Phoenix Room of the University Union, UW-Green Bay. Made possible by private philanthropic support, the awards program has been an annual fixture at UW-Green Bay since 1975. Honorees are selected by a campus-wide committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff and others. The award winners honored at the annual UW-Green Bay Fall Convocation are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching — Phil Clampitt
The Founders Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognized Prof. Phil Clampitt for going the extra mile to the help students obtain the best educational experience during college. His dedication to challenging students with independent study experiences, research and teaching assistantships, honors projects and internships was noted in his nomination, as was his demonstrated enthusiasm, teaching relevance and academic rigor. A student nominator described Clampitt as a teacher who “challenges each student, strives for continual improvement, teaches students to think critically and provides interesting and engaging content in lectures.” Clampitt is known to stay closely connected to many of his students as they graduate and contribute to the greater community.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship — Bob Howe
Prof. Bob Howe’s scholarship is exceptional by any metric. This faculty member has published more than 65 peer-reviewed articles, written numerous article in his field and has been cited thousands of times. He has been an author or co-author for multiple grant applications, that in the past decade alone, has brought approximately $2 million to the University. While scholarship is at the center of his career, it also extends into every aspect of his teaching and service. His research is particularly valued in the wider community because of its intentional focus on biological conservation, making it directly relevant and of great concern to the public. In the summer of 2017, he and his colleagues had their work published in the foremost science journal in the world — Science. Howe’s efforts are noted at the national, state and community level in areas of ornithology, forestry, environmental protection and wildlife, with a special emphasis on Great Lakes ecosystems.

University Award for Collaborative Achievement — Vicki Medland, NAS Heirloom Plant Sale
For nearly two decades, a collaborative team of faculty, staff, students and volunteers, has been making a huge impact on the UW-Green Bay landscape. Led by Vicki Medland and faculty and staff from Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), it is estimated that the annual NAS Heirloom Vegetable and Plant Sale has generated about $100,000 for student research and academically related travel. The collaborative nature of this program is manifest at several levels — “Involvement of community members as volunteers in the growing process, involvement of the general public (as well as faithful UW-Green Bay faculty/staff customers) as eager growers of the heirloom plant varieties, and involvement of students who have been able to use the funds to complete and present their work,” according to one nominator. Results of the sales help UW-Green Bay students to achieve their academic goals, learn practical field experience and attain an affordable education by providing thousands of dollars for student academic development opportunities. In the greater Green Bay area, this team has committed to providing education programs that support our communities, public entities, park programs and organizations.

University Staff Award for Excellence — Janet Ludke
Academic Department Associate of Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS), Janet Ludke is recognized as a staff member whose activities, accomplishments and service within the University and the community are most deserving of acknowledgement by the University. Ludke has been described by her colleagues as “extremely dedicated, effective and efficient, helpful, knowledgeable, accomplished, proactive and remarkable.” She is said to carry excellence in all aspects of her career. She is a creative problem-solver and engages in positive interactions with community, faculty, staff and students. Due to staffing shortages in recent years, Ludke has served as the only administrative support person in an area which typically has multiple support staff. Her unwavering support has helped the academic unit to train new personnel and maintain accreditation standards and budget oversight on grants and external funding obtained by the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty.

University Academic Support Award for Excellence — Darrel Renier
Director of Academic Advising, Darrel Renier is being recognized for his exemplary commitment to work, collaboration, innovation and creativity in activities that are valuable to the institution or helpful to a range of people in a number of ways. Renier is noted as an exceptional leader on campus who approaches work with an unshakeable commitment to student success and the questions, “How will this promote student success?” and, “How will it move us forward in efforts to improve the student experience at UWGB?” Renier has gained tremendous respect from different constituencies across the University. He helps students reach their goals efficiently and effectively. Faculty and staff view him as a valuable coach, resource and fierce advocate for students. Renier has led the Office of Academic Advising successfully through a period of significant change. He created new programs such as the advising task force and student success committee to better address student success and has been a major collaborator in the development of the Gateways to Phoenix Success (GPS) program.

University Award for Excellence in Institutional Development — Andrew Austin
Professor Andrew Austin has a record of extraordinary service to the University. He has not only served as a member of innumerable University and departmental committees, but also played a leading role at most every opportunity. Austin led in efforts to transform Social Change and Development into Democracy and Justice Studies (DJS). He fought to keep DJS thriving despite staffing shortages and dramatic change. While serving as department chair DJS was transformed with reinvigorated faculty, revised curriculum and a dramatic increase in student majors and minors. His campus contributions include service on Faculty Senate, University Committee, General Education Committee, Institutional Review Board, Research Council , Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Team, Board of the Center for History and Social Change , Writing Across the Curriculum Task Force, Invent the Future Steering Committee, Online Education Vision Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Education Task Force.

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Office of the Provost is seeking applicants for IRB Chair

The Office of the Provost is seeking a faculty member to serve as chair of the UW-Green Bay Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB provides campus leadership in the area of human subjects research in educating faculty, staff and students of legal and ethical research standards, in overseeing the review of research protocols, and assuring compliance with the most current federal and state guidelines for standards of conducting research on human subjects. To apply, submit via email, a letter of application (two-page maximum) justifying qualifications and general vision for the UW-Green Bay IRB, along with a brief (two-page) vita to Mathew Dornbush, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies at The application deadline is Monday, May 1, 2017.

Help call our prospects

Admissions and Academic Affairs are teaming up to invite faculty, staff and friends to help high school seniors apply to college. These particular students are special because while they have expressed an interest in UW-Green Bay, they haven’t yet formally applied. Admissions would like to have an application push for the month leading up to Thanksgiving. If you can donate some time to call prospective students, you will have a list, script and FAQ’s to work from. You can call during the day or in the evenings at home, work, or in the Admissions Office. “We have a student/staff call team that calls from the Admissions Office every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. If you’re able to help encourage students who have already expressed an interest in UWGB to apply, please email Jen Jones, Director of Admissions.

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.

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.

McCollum is new assistant vice chancellor for academic administration

Daniel R. McCollum
Daniel R. McCollum
Daniel R. McCollum has been named the new assistant vice chancellor for academic administration at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

He will report directly to Julia Wallace, the University’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. His appointment, which follows a national search, is effective June 25.

McCollum joins UW-Green Bay from UW-Marshfield/Wood County, where he has served since 2002 as assistant campus dean for administrative services for the two-year college. Previously, he was a regional director for Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, where he also taught courses and coordinated institutional research and continuing education. From 1983 through 1995 he was director of campus services for UW-Stevens Point.

“We are delighted that Dan McCollum has agreed to join our division’s administrative team,” Provost Wallace said. “His far-reaching experience with budgets, planning, data analysis, private-industry consulting, institutional shared governance, curriculum and program development make him an excellent match for this position.”

McCollum will have both operational and administrative responsibilities. He will assist the provost with oversight and coordination of facilities usage, budget and planning related to the recruitment of faculty and academic staff. Areas of additional attention will be oversight of the Institute for Research and organization of both May and December commencement ceremonies.

McCollum succeeds Michael Marinetti, who is retiring this summer after more than 30 years with UW-Green Bay.

McCollum holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UW-Stevens Point and a master’s degree in business leadership from Upper Iowa University. He is completing his doctoral program in educational leadership at Cardinal Stritch University.

He has taught college- and university-level courses in management, psychology, organizational development, software applications, leadership and more for UW-Marshfield, Northcentral and MidState technical colleges, the University of Phoenix and the Wisconsin Military Academy at Camp Douglas, Wis. He has 18 years of service with the Wisconsin Army National Guard, where he held the rank of staff sergeant.


Searches on for two administrative posts

UW-Green Bay is now accepting applications for two administrative positions. The associate provost for information services serves as the University’s chief information officer and holds leadership responsibility for the Information Services Division. The second position, assistant vice chancellor for academic administration, has a variety of administrative responsibilities related to budget and academic affairs. Both positions list a start date of July 1, 2012. For these and other positions at UW-Green Bay, click here.