UWGB faculty participate in boosting liberal education

On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, seven UW-Green Bay faculty members traveled to Madison to attend “Connecting Your Work to LEAP Wisconsin: A Faculty Collaboratives Conference.”

Organized by the UW System and AACU — the national Association of American Colleges and Universities — the conference focused on strategies for providing he highest quality learning experiences for students, connecting essential learning outcomes to institutional disciplines, and assessing student learning.

The nationwide LEAP initiative (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) seeks to advance liberal learning and high-quality undergraduate education for all students. Wisconsin and the UW System were pilot partners when the campaign launched in 2005. Workshops at the recent Madison conference included Advocacy, Signature Work, Tuning, Providing Evidence of Student Learning, Curriculum Mapping for General Education, and Value Rubrics.

The UW-Green Bay participants (from left, photo below) were JP Leary, assistant professor, First Nations Studies; Jennifer Ham, associate professor, Humanistic Studies; Heidi Fencl, professor and chair, Physics; Alison Gates, associate professor and chair, Art; Doreen Higgins, associate professor, Social Work; Kate Burns, associateprofessor and chair, Psychology and Human Development; and Matt Dornbush, associate vice provost for academic affairs and director of graduate Studies.

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Davis named Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies

Prof. Greg Davis

UW-Green Bay Prof. Gregory Davis has been named the University’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies. He will assume his new duties June 1.

Davis, recent chair of the Natural and Applied Sciences academic program, was selected following an internal search. He will succeed outgoing Associate Provost Andrew Kersten, who is assuming a new position as dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of Idaho.

In his new role Davis will be responsible for coordinating and integrating activities that promote an enriching academic experience for students, and for providing administrative leadership for programs and services that support student learning and instruction. The Associate Provost plays a role in oversight of academic program review implementation and curriculum development processes; assessment and testing services; faculty and staff development; institutional accreditation; institutional research; inter-institutional academic agreements; and international education programs.  As director of Graduate Studies, the responsibilities include graduate program budget, staffing, coordination of curriculum planning and strategic development of new programs. Davis will report to Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Julia Wallace and serves on the Provost’s Administrative Council.

“I know Professor Davis to be a collaborative leader, a creative thinker and a strong advocate for faculty and staff development and student success,” Wallace said. “His experience in a wide variety of University activities makes him well-suited for this position. I look forward to working with him.”

Davis is the Barbara Hauxhurst Cofrin Professor of Natural Sciences at UW-Green Bay. He has taught at the University since 1987, responsible for a wide variety of courses in math and environmental sciences and the development of a number of new courses. His awards and honors include UW-Green Bay Founders Association award for Institutional Development (2010) and UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Throughout his career, Davis has maintained a strong record of service at UW-Green Bay, including as a member of Faculty Senate, various search and screen committees and in advisory and mentorship roles.

Candidate forum for Associate Provost is Thursday

Prof. Gregory Davis of Natural and Applied Sciences, finalist for the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies, will be interviewed this Thursday (March 13). Members of the campus community are invited to a 15-minute open forum with the candidate from 1 to 1:15 p.m. in the Alumni Rooms of the University Union.
 

UW-Green Bay’s Kersten appointed dean at University of Idaho

The University of Idaho announced Friday that Andrew Kersten has been appointed dean for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Kersten will begin his new duties June 29, 2014. He serves currently as UW-Green Bay’s associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. He has been a member of the faculty and taught history here since 1997, and is one of only two professors in UW-Green Bay history to be a four-time recipient of the Founders Association Award for Excellence. He earned the award in the category of community outreach in fall 2009, for scholarship in 2008 and for teaching in 2007, and shared the 2006 Founders Award for collaborative achievement on the Voyageur local history magazine. At Idaho, Kersten will oversee the largest academic division with nearly 4,100 students in 11 departments and numerous programs. Kersten told us he intends to remain on the job here through much or most of the spring semester before transitioning to his new duties in Moscow, Idaho. See the U of I news release.

Kersten named Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies

UW-Green Bay Prof. Andrew Kersten has been named the University’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies. He will assume his new duties July 1.

Kersten, chair of the department of Democracy and Justice Studies (formerly Social Change and Development), succeeds outgoing Associate Provost Timothy Sewall, who is retiring effective June 30 after serving UW-Green Bay for more than 33 years. Kersten was selected following an internal search that yielded three qualified finalists who were interviewed in mid-December.

In his new role, Kersten will assume responsibility for International Education programs and services, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, FOCUS and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. In addition, Kersten will direct the University’s Graduate Studies program and serve as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. He brings an array of talent and experience to the position, said Julia Wallace, UW-Green Bay Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“I know Professor Kersten to be a collaborative leader, a creative thinker and a strong advocate for faculty and staff development and student success,” Wallace said. “His experience in a wide variety of University activities, as well as community and System-wide areas, supports my belief that he will be able to enter a complex position with competence and confidence. I look forward to working with him.”

A noted historian, researcher and author, Kersten is the Siegfried Frankenthal Professor of History at UW-Green Bay. He has taught at the University since 1997, offering a wide variety of courses including the U.S. History Survey, U.S. Immigration History, U.S. Economic and Business History and Wisconsin History. His awards and honors include UW-Green Bay Founders Association awards for excellence in collaboration (2006), teaching (2007), scholarship (2008) and outreach (2009). He also received a student-nominated teaching award at the University in 2011.

Kersten’s research and writing have centered on the experiences of workers in the late 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of numerous published works, including articles, chapters, encyclopedia entries and books. His books include “Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast” (Hill and Wang, 2011), “Labor’s Home Front: The American Federation of Labor and World War II” (New York University Press, 2006), and “A. Philip Randolph: A Life in the Vanguard” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). Kersten also has an interest in public history, and helped create a digital archive of World War I records from Brown County, along with a Pullman Porter exhibit at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay.

Throughout his career, Kersten has received numerous grants and fellowships, and has presented papers, moderated conference sessions and served as an invited lecturer both across Wisconsin and nationwide. He has maintained a strong record of service at UW-Green Bay, including as a member of Faculty Senate, various search and screen committees and in advisory and mentorship roles.

The longtime UW-Green Bay faculty member was chosen from a very qualified group of finalists, Wallace said.

“I was pleased that we had a very strong candidate pool,” she said. “It shows the commitment and interest of our faculty to the future success of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”

Second candidate, Davis, has interviews today


Reminder: The second finalist for the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies, Greg Davis, has three open sessions on campus this morning (Thursday, Dec. 15). As of this writing, there’s still time to catch his third and final session, at 11 a.m., UU Manistique Room, with representatives of Student Affairs, American Intercultural Center, International Education and FOCUS.

First finalist, Bauer, has interviews today


Reminder: The three finalists for the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies will be interviewed today, Thursday and Friday on campus. The candidates are:

Prof. Angela Bauer, Human Biology, Dec. 14

• Prof. Gregory Davis, Natural and Applied Sciences, Dec. 15

• Prof. Andrew Kersten, Democracy and Justice Studies, Dec.

Each candidate will take part in three separate hour-long interviews, with start times, locations and interview groups the same for each candidate and day, as follows:
8 a.m., MAC 301 (Vista Room), Graduate Faculty Board of Advisers, with graduate students;
10 a.m., UU Wequiock Room, members of the Academic Affairs Council, Institutional Research and Assessment, unit chairs and Provost staff;
11 a.m., UU Manistique Room, representatives of Student Affairs, American Intercultural Center, International Education and FOCUS.

Finalists for Associate Provost: Bauer, Davis, Kersten

Three finalists for the position of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of Graduate Studies will be interviewed Dec. 14-16 on campus. The candidates are:

» Prof. Angela Bauer, Human Biology
» Prof. Gregory Davis, Natural and Applied Sciences
» Prof. Andrew Kersten, Democracy and Justice Studies

Associate Provost sessions are open to the public
The three candidates to succeed Tim Sewall as associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies are scheduled for interviews as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 14 — Angela Bauer
Thursday, Dec. 15 — Gregory Davis
Friday, Dec. 16 — Andrew Kersten

Each candidate will take part in three separate hour-long interviews, with start times, locations and interview groups the same for each candidate and day, as follows:

8 a.m., MAC 301 (Vista Room), Graduate Faculty Board of Advisers, with graduate students;

10 a.m., UU Wequiock Room, members of the Academic Affairs Council, Institutional Research and Assessment, unit chairs and Provost staff

11 a.m., UU Manistique Room, representatives of Student Affairs, American Intercultural Center, International Education and FOCUS

Members of the campus community are invited to attend any of the open sessions listed here. Prof. Aeron Haynie of Humanistic Studies is chairperson of the search and screen committee.