Reminder: Farewell to Deans Mattison and Amenson-Hill

A celebration is planned in honor of the departing Deans Brenda Amenson-Hill (Dean of Students) and Sue Mattison (Dean of Professional Studies), from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, in the Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Winter Garden. Amenson-Hill is departing after an 18-year career at UW-Green Bay for a role as VP of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mattison is leaving after five years at UWGB for the Provost position at Drake University. Please join us in celebrating their dedication and commitment to UW-Green Bay.

Drake announces UW-Green Bay’s Mattison as provost-designate

Congratulations to Sue J. Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, whose appointment as provost of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, was announced this morning (Friday, Dec. 18) by Drake President Marty Martin. Her appointment will take effect in summer 2016. For Mattison, it’s a return to her home state, as she served in faculty and administrative roles at the University of Northern Iowa for 21 years before coming to Green Bay as dean in 2011. Drake is a highly rated private institution of about 5,000 students; As provost, Mattison will oversee the academic division, which includes more than 70 programs of study and approximately 280 full-time faculty, as well as Cowles Library, the Office of Student Life, and other related University operations. To see the full news release, go to

Regents approve more dynamic administrative model for UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted Friday (Dec. 11) to approve a UW-Green Bay request for the first major restructuring of academic administration at the University in two decades.

“I am extremely pleased the Board has supported our proposal to reorganize,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller. “This will help our ability to be more responsive to state and regional needs. It creates an administrative structure that is more in line with our peers. It gives us the flexibility to prosper in what is a dynamic higher education environment.”

With the restructuring, UW-Green Bay will move away from the two-colleges model currently in place to one in which academic majors, faculty, staff and resources will be aligned in four distinct colleges (or schools).

The four divisions will be:

  • The College of Health, Education and Social Welfare
    (formerly the College of Professional Studies)
  • The Austin E. Cofrin School of Business
    (formerly housed in the College of Professional Studies)
  • The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    (created from the existing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
  • The College of Science and Technology
    (created from the existing College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Miller says the move from two colleges to four — to be accomplished in 2016 — is cost neutral but growth positive. The structure should enable deans to be more active and effective in targeting enrollment, outside grants and fundraising along with new partnerships and community engagement specific to their programs.

At its founding in the late 1960s, UW-Green Bay employed a five-college model but budget cuts and consolidation reduced that number during the 1970s. With the exception of 1990-1996 (when there were three), the University has had two colleges through most of its history.

Miller calls that model outmoded, given the rising expectation for universities and their administrators to expand programming and generate revenue. Noting the four-college model approved Friday is common for institutions of UW-Green Bay’s size and scope, Miller says 10 of 13 UW System universities have four or more deans, only Superior has fewer than UW-Green Bay’s two, and only one has three.

The new academic structure has been endorsed by governance groups including UW-Green Bay’s Faculty Senate and its executive council, the University Committee.

“The reorganization proposal was a community effort,” Miller says. “I am deeply grateful to the faculty, staff and student leadership for their great wisdom and courage in a time of great change.”

The Chancellor also credited the University’s Council of Trustees for endorsing the plan and its vision of an outward-oriented and entrepreneurial University, where deans are empowered to be more accountable for programs in their areas.

“We are most fortunate to have an extremely active and informed Council,” Miller says. “That group of business leaders helped us develop the proposal and advocate for it to the Board of Regents. I want to thank Council of Trustees Chairman Lou LaCalsey and Advocacy Committee Chair Craig Dickman for their work.”

At present, the two deans reporting to the University’s primary academic administrator, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Greg Davis, are Scott Furlong, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies. Major programs in Mattison’s area are Business, Education, Social Work and Nursing, while most other academic programs at UW-Green Bay report through Furlong.

It is expected that searches aimed at identifying candidates for the newly created deanships will begin in spring 2016.


Philosophers’ Café: We have nothing to fear but…

The next UW-Green Bay Philosophers’ Café has an exceedingly timely topic: “The Perception of Risk.” Epidemiology expert Sue Mattison, UW-Green Bay’s dean of the College of Professional Studies, will be the discussion leader for the gathering from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 9) at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington St. in downtown Green Bay. Do we overestimate our risk of certain outcomes, like plane crashes, cancer, or terrorist attacks? How difficult it is to change these perceptions? Just how much data do we need to refute fear? (Please note: The location for this month’s program has been shifted to St. Brendan’s Inn.) For more on the Philosophy Café series and upcoming monthly gatherings, click

Yes! Online bachelor’s in Health Information secures initial accreditation

UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”

Mattison begins term on AACSB board of directors

Congratulations are in order for Dean of Professional Studies Sue Mattison, who on Tuesday began her first term on the international board of directors for AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB is the longest-serving global accrediting body and membership association for business schools worldwide, currently accrediting 711 collegiate business schools across 47 countries and territories, according to a news release. More than 1,450 educational institutions and businesses in 89 countries and territories make up its membership. We published news of her appointment here earlier this year. See the most recent AACSB news release.


Thanks from Dean Mattison

Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, offered her heartfelt thanks for our own Phuture Phoenix program in a letter published Friday (Nov. 15) in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. In it, Mattison praises the efforts of UW-Green Bay students and faculty members, community volunteers and others who help make October’s annual Phuture Phoenix tour days a success. “For 11 years, the Phuture Phoenix program has been the gateway to higher education in every form — not just at UW-GB,” Mattison writes. “Increased percentages of students from Brown County who participated in the Phuture Phoenix program now attend post-secondary institutions.” Read more.

Mattison to keynote leadership, networking luncheon

“Breast Cancer: How Far We’ve Come, and What We Still Don’t Know” will be the topic of keynote speaker Sue Mattison, dean of professional studies, at the annual Women’s Leadership Networking Luncheon organized by the Office of Student Life. The program runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Phoenix Room B of the University Union. This year’s program is a chance to meet women who have recently become members of our campus community, join the “round table” discussions, enjoy a complimentary light lunch, and to hear Mattison’s talk, which also opens Breast Cancer Awareness Month programming. Lunch is free, but space is limited. Register on line at

Research Council awards two dozen grants in aid of research

Each year the Office of the Provost provides funds for faculty research to help cover research expenses such as travel costs for faculty who are invited to present research papers at conferences, to participate in concerts or exhibitions, or to purchase materials and supplies for research projects. Those funds are supplemented by additional support from the deans of the College of Professional Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The members of the UW-Green Bay Research Council met in April to select Grants in Aid of Research recipients. Twenty-five GIAR faculty grants were awarded for a total of $17,795, as follows:

Spring 2013 Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) Grant Recipients
Kristy Deetz, Art and Design, “FABRICation.”
Kevin Fermanich, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Presenter and Session co-Chair: 56th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research.”
Adam Gaines, Music, “Jazz and Orchestral Performance in Slovakia.”
Alison Gates, Art and Design, “Continuance of Ongoing Scholarship.”
Jennifer Ham, Humanistic Studies, “Schooling Desire: Modern Pedagogies and Nation-Building in Germany.”
Hye-Kyung Kim, Humanistic Studies, “Korean Confucianism and Its Debate on Women.”
Minkyu Lee, Art and Design, “Research Data Collection from the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2013 Conference in Houston.”
J. Vincent Lowery, Humanistic Studies, “Hugh MacRae’s Progressive Plan for the Soldier Settlement Movement in Southeastern North Carolina.”
John Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Trace Element and Isotope Chemistry of Late-Stage Calcite Minerals.”
Sarah Meredith, Music, “Invitation to teach/perform at International Music Festival, U. of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto.”
Jennifer Mokren, Art and Design, “Bead Looms and Beads.”
Amanda Nelson, Human Biology, “Effects of Chronic Exercise Training on Glucocorticoid Levels and Neuroplasticity in Cardiorespiratory and Locomotor Centers of the Brain. Does a Dose-Response Relationship Exist?”
Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Humanistic Studies, “Pure Liminality: Discursive Ambiguities in Daniel Alarcon’s Lost City Radio.”
Courtney Sherman, Music, “American Musical Theatre Repertoire from 1943 to the Present.”
Christine Smith, Human Development, “National Women’s Studies Conference.”
Alison Stehlik, Art and Design, “All Purpose’ at Wriston Galleries.”
Jill White, Human Development, “Acquiring Arabic Dialect in Jordan.”
Amy Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Spatial and Temporal Structure of Breeding Bird Communities at the Wabikon Forest Dynamics Plot in Northern Wisconsin.”
Le Zu, Human Biology, “Iron Fortification in Baked Products.”
Gaurav Bansal, Business Administration, “Security Concerns in the Nomological Network of Trust and Personality (Big 5): First Order Vs. Second Order.”
Maria Aurora Cortes de Fulton, Education, “Looking at Present-day Mexican Rural Educational System to Reinforce Green Bay Elementary Schools Move toward Two-Way Bilingual Education.”
James Doering, Business Administration, “Circuit Court Conflict: Are Supplemental Unemployment Compensation Benefits (SUB payments) taxable wages under FICA?”
Steven Kimball, Education, “Accepted Presentation at the 16th Biennial Seminar on Water Resources and Environmental Management: Towards a sustainable future.”
Sampathkumar Ranganathan, Business Administration, “Study on Supply Chain Operations of Small Industries in India.”
Sara Schmitz, Human Biology, “The Effect of Human Patient Simulation Activities on the Clinical Competence of Dietetics Students at UW-Green Bay.”