Mayoral candidate forum this Thursday (Mar. 7)

Public and Environmental Affairs and Democracy and Justice Studies invite faculty, staff, students and others in the campus community to attend a mayoral candidate forum on Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Students will have the opportunity to ask both candidates—Patrick Buckley and Eric Genrich—questions about their vision for Green Bay as a mayor. Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Public and Environmental Affairs) will moderate.

Candidate forums for Director of Student Success & Engagement, Tuesday, Feb. 26 through Thursday, Feb. 28

On-campus interviews will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 through Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 for the candidates for the UW-Green Bay’s Director of Student Success and Engagement position. During an open presentation, each of the candidates will present on “Priorities and Strategies to Promote Student Success.”

The schedule is as follows:

Kelly Smith, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Springfield College, 10 a.m to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Kelly Smith, Ph.D., has worked in student and academic affairs for more than a decade. She is the co-founder of the Midwest First-Year Conference, a not-for-profit that provides professional development and services to individuals and groups working with student transition, retention, and persistence issues, and an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Springfield College. As Director of First- and Second-Year Experience at Northern Illinois University, she oversaw all aspects of comprehensive and collaborative curricular and co-curricular programming to support the student academic, personal and social transition into college. Her background in higher education also includes work with students with learning disabilities, in Housing, Orientation, Advising, Student Conduct, and College Counseling Centers. Dr. Smith has edited a student transition textbook for eight years, and is a member of the editorial review board for the publication E-Source for College Transitions.

Amy Simons, Director of Student Success and Engagement at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Amy Simons is the Director of Student Success and Engagement at Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Amy has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Educational Psychology, with a dual concentration in School Counseling and Community Counseling, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Psychology. Prior to working in higher education, Amy worked in the field of market research, primarily focused on customer experience and satisfaction, as well as competitive intelligence research. She has used these experiences to inform her work on student success by using both data and the voice of the student to guide strategic decision-making.

Vince Lowery, Interim Co-Director of GPS, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre located in the University Union

Vince Lowery joined the UW-Green Bay faculty as an assistant professor of History and Humanities in the fall of 2009. His primary teaching obligations are African American History, US Immigration History, and Ethnic Studies. He first became involved in student success initiatives through the university’s Teaching Scholars program and then as a First Year Seminar Instructor. In the Fall of 2017, he joined the GPS program as a faculty mentor while also participating in the Equity Gap Fellows program. In the Spring of 2018 he served as interim co-director of the GPS program and now serves as its interim director.

The Open Forums will be live streamed here for all three candidates.

Open Forum Monday (Feb. 4) for Asst. Director of Admissions for Regional Recruitment

There will be one additional candidate joining the interviewing process for the Assistant Director of Admissions for Regional Recruitment next week. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 from 11:15 p.m. to Noon in the University Union, Manistique Room. Gema Garcia will give a 15-minute presentation with the prompt: “Please role-play that you are talking to juniors at Green Bay East High School who are listening to a 15 minute presentation about UW-Green Bay.” After the presentation, there will be a session for questions and answers. Your insight and feedback on the candidates is appreciated, and there will be feedback sheets for you to return after the session. Copies of cover letters and resumes will be available at the session.

Democracy and Justice Studies hosted an Assembly District 88 candidate forum on Tuesday, Oct. 9

Introduction to Democracy and Justice Studies hosted an Assembly District 88 candidate forum for John Macco and Thomas Sieber in the Christie Theatre in the University Union on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Macco, the Republican incumbent assembly representative and Sieber, the Brown County Supervisor and the Democratic challenger, answered questions suggested by students. The topics ranged from healthcare and jobs to climate change and mass incarceration. Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies) served as moderator.

‘Squaretable’ format for learning-technology series; next session is Thursday

Academic Technology Services is using the term “squaretable” to describe the format for the new monthly forum series addressing timely learning-technology topics. This month’s forum — on the topic of electronic textbook supplements — takes place at 3 p.m. this Thursday (Feb. 19) in Room 1004 of the Instructional Services Building. “Many faculty likely have been approached by publishers to use services such as Cengage’s Mindtap and wondered what, if anything, this might be able to add to your course,” writes Todd Dresser of ATS. “This is your chance to find out how your fellow faculty members have used these services and the degree to which they have found these services useful. We will have faculty members who use Mindtap, Aplia, and Pearson’s learning tools.” Future squaretables will cover topics such as building quizzes and tests, creating activities, integration with D2L, FERPA regulations, and more. Open to all.

In the news: Chancellor candidate visits continue

The search for the next UW-Green Bay chancellor was front-page news in Wednesday’s (May 14) Green Bay Press-Gazette, as reporter Patti Zarling attended Tuesday’s open forum and wrote a larger story about the selection process and what’s next. Zarling sat in on the public session for Bradley University’s David Glassman, who was the second of five candidates to present in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. Her story noted the packed room, with more than 100 people in attendance, and also featured commentary on the selection process from students and staff.

Reminder: Thursday’s forum features Romero of SIU Edwardsville

Speaking of the chancellor search, here’s a friendly reminder that candidate Aldemaro “Al” Romero Jr., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will present and answer questions during his public forum, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday (May 15) in Fort Howard Hall. As always, search committee members encourage you to attend and offer written or online feedback. The complete open forum schedule and additional search info is available here.

And remember: Turn in those candidate feedback forms

Turnout has been strong for the first three chancellor candidate open forums, and our friends on the search committee are reminding attendees to please weigh in with feedback if they haven’t yet. You can turn in the paper form provided at each session or click the “provide feedback” button on the Chancellor Search website. Your voice is important — be heard!

UW System President Cross names five finalists for UW-Green Bay chancellor

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has announced the five finalists for the position of UW-Green Bay’s next chancellor.

A 23-member Chancellor Search and Screen Committee, chaired by UW-Green Bay Music Prof. Cheryl Grosso, recommended the finalists to Cross and a special committee of the UW System Board of Regents.

Each finalist will visit UW-Green Bay during the next 10 days for a series of tours, meetings and interviews. UW-Green Bay will host five public forums during which campus and community members are invited to hear from and weigh in on the candidates. All public forums will be held in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The candidates and their public forum times are as follows:

Gayle L. Ormiston
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 9

David Glassman
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13

Beth Rushing
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, Md.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14

Aldemaro Romero Jr.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Ill.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15

Gary L. Miller
University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, May 16

Resumes (curricula vitae) can be found at the Chancellor Search website,

Public forum attendees will have the opportunity to submit feedback at the events or online via the Chancellor Search website, Each chancellor finalist will deliver an approximately 20-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 40-minute question-and-answer session. There is no specified topic for the presentation, but committee members expect candidates will share information about their background and qualifications, likely introduce their significant other (if applicable) and speak about their interest in becoming UW-Green Bay’s sixth chancellor.

The upcoming public sessions will be the second group of forums held to gauge campus and community input on UW-Green Bay’s next chancellor. In late January and early February, the Search and Screen Committee held a series of five on-and off-campus sessions to gather thoughts on important considerations for choosing UW-Green Bay’s new leader.

After a series of presentations and personal interviews, UW System President Ray Cross and a special UW System Board of Regents Committee will recommend one individual to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment. That is expected to happen at the board’s June meeting. The special committee is chaired by Regent Tim Higgins of Appleton; others on the committee are Regent Mark Bradley of Wausau, Regent Janice Mueller of Madison, and Regent Chuck Pruitt of Milwaukee.

The UW-Green Bay Chancellor Search website,, has more information on the process, including a video that showcases the campus and community. The Search and Screen Committee consists of 12 UW-Green Bay faculty members, two academic staff members, two classified staff members and two students. Two administrators and three community representatives round out the committee. A full roster is available online.

UW-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,600 students, exceptional facilities and affordable, high-quality programs. The University’s 360° of Learning brand is a promise that UW-Green Bay students will learn to examine and solve problems from multiple perspectives. Founded in 1965 and a member institution of the tradition-rich University of Wisconsin System, UW-Green Bay boasts more than 32,000 alumni.