Regents OK tenure for 10 UW-Green Bay professors

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions and tenure for UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee. Those promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are:
Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work
Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies
T. Heather Herdman, Nursing
Minkyu Lee, Art and Design
Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development
Courtney Sherman, Music
Alison Stehlik, Art and Design
Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration
Gail Trimberger, Social Work
Le Zhu, Human Biology

Miller appointment in NAS

In approving the statewide slate of faculty promotions, the UW System Board of Regents took action Friday to ratify the concurrent appointment of Gary L. Miller — who joined UW-Green Bay as chancellor last Aug. 1 — as a full professor with tenure in the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. Miller was a professor of ecology with the University of Mississippi prior to entering academic administration on a full-time basis.

Regents OK tenure, promotions for UW-Green Bay faculty members

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions or tenure for 17 UW-Green Bay faculty members during the board’s meeting June 4 and 5 at UW-Milwaukee.

Faculty members promoted from assistant professor to the rank of associate professor with tenure are Tohoro Francis Akakpo, Social Work; Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Humanistic Studies; T. Heather Herdman, Nursing; Minkyu Lee, Art and Design; Deirdre Radosevich, Human Development; Courtney Sherman, Music; Alison Stehlik, Art and Design; Mussie Teclezion, Business Administration; Gail Trimberger, Social Work; and Le Zhu, Human Biology.

The Regents also approved moving the following individuals from associate professor to the senior rank of full professor: Lucy Arendt, Business Administration; Mathew Dornbush, Natural and Applied Sciences; Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Nursing; Catherine Henze, Humanistic Studies; John A. Luczaj, Natural and Applied Sciences; Bryan D. Vescio, Humanistic Studies; and Amy T. Wolf, Natural and Applied Sciences.

Arendt is a professor of management who serves as director of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business and as associate dean for the College of Professional Studies. She teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and organizational theory. She has published widely about her research into decision making, influence and leadership. Much of her recent scholarship focuses on community response to natural disasters. She is the co-author of the book Long-Term Community Recovery from Natural Disasters (CRC Press, 2014). Arendt received her B.S. in Business Administration and Spanish from UW-Green Bay in 1987, and her M.S. in Administrative Science in 1990. She earned her Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee. The 2008 recipient of the Founders Association Award for Excellence in Teaching, Arendt has taught courses at UW-Green Bay since the 1990s, and joined the faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2004 and as an assistant professor in 2006.

Dornbush is a professor of biology with the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serving as chairman of UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary master’s degree program in Environmental Science and Policy. His primary research interests involve the role of native plant restorations in improving ecosystems. He has won 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. Dornbush, who joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2005, holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s from Augustana (Ill.) College.

Gallagher-Lepak has been a member of the UW-Green Bay Nursing faculty since 2003. She serves as chair of the department and director of BSN-LINC, the online degree-completion program enrolling nurses nationwide. She teaches courses including Pharmacology, Healthy Aging, Theoretical Foundations of Nursing, Management and Leadership, Global Aspects of Healthcare, and Financial Management. Her scholarship has focused on e-learning, clinical reasoning and nursing diagnosis. Gallagher Lepak and colleague T. Heather Herdman are the creators of a new electronic app to aid nurses involved in direct patient care and treatment/diagnostic decisions. Gallagher-Lepak earned her Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology at UW-Madison after completing her bachelor’s in nursing at Marquette University and master’s at UW-Milwaukee.

Henze is a professor of English affiliated with both the Humanistic Studies academic unit and the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She teaches courses in the humanities, Renaissance literature and music, women in literature, and environmental literature. She is particularly interested in the role of music in English Renaissance theater and the works of Shakespeare. Henze was faculty chairperson of UW-Green Bay’s Adult Degree program at a time the adult-learning program was earning national rankings for its excellence in engaging students via distance learning. Henze earned her doctorate at the University of Chicago, her master’s from the University of Idaho, and bachelor’s from the University of Arkansas. She joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 1996.

Luczaj joined the Natural and Applied Sciences faculty in 2005. He teaches a wide variety of geoscience and environmental science courses including Introduction to Earth Science, Physical Geology, Geologic Evolution of the Earth, Stratigraphy & Sedimentation, Quaternary Geology, Geologic Field Methods, Groundwater Resources and Regulations, and more. He has won widespread public and scholarly attention for his grants and research. Among the topics he has addressed: mapping the bedrock of Brown County, documenting strontium levels in local aquifers, and exploring groundwater fluctuation in Northeast Wisconsin. Luczaj holds a Ph.D. in geology from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s from the University of Kansas, and a bachelor’s from UW Oshkosh. He is co-author of the fourth edition of the textbook Earth System History.

Vescio is a professor of Humanistic Studies and former chair of UW-Green Bay’s English program. In addition to teaching introductory and advanced humanities courses, he teaches and publishes in the areas of American literature, literary theory, film studies, and world literature. His research has involved theoretical work on the future of the humanities in general and literary studies in particular. He holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. He graduated from UW-Madison with a B.A. in English in 1993. Vescio joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in 2002.

Wolf, a biologist and professor of Natural and Applied Sciences, was honored in 2014 with UW-Green Bay’s Founders Association Award of Excellence in Scholarship. Her studies of plant-animal interactions, of native bee populations, and of forest dynamics in Northern Wisconsin are highly regarded. Her work has earned grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, among others. A member of the UW-Green Bay faculty since 2005, Wolf holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, and received both her bachelor’s in Biology and master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay.

Additionally, the UW System Board of Regents made official the concurrent appointment of Gary L. Miller — who joined UW-Green Bay as chancellor last Aug. 1 — as a full professor with tenure in the Natural and Applied Sciences academic unit. Miller was a professor of ecology with the University of Mississippi prior to entering academic administration on a full-time basis.


Chancellor Miller comments on budget

In a memorandum to the UW-Green Bay community, June 2, Chancellor Gary Miller summarized the omnibus motion passed by the Joint Finance Committee regarding the UW System. “The motion reduces the budget reduction to the system by $50 million ($25 million in each of the biennial years). The motion also restores the UW System to the compensation pool and provides advances in some of the important flexibilities needed by the system. This would mean our cut, without further modification, would be reduced from $4.6 million to $3.1 million. The budget reduction is still large but we have been encouraged by the constructive conversations we have had with legislative colleagues over the past several months about the importance of higher education in Wisconsin.” Chancellor Miller’s Budget Update Memorandum to campus is posted here:

Chancellor committed to tenure and shared governance despite statutory changes
Chancellor Miller also noted in the budget memo that as he has affirmed in the past, he is a strong supporter of shared governance and tenure as is the Board of Regents. The omnibus motion included changes to shared governance statutes and the removal of tenure from the statutes (now to be included in Board of Regents policy). Chancellor Miller stated that he expects both of these important features of UWGB’s culture to continue.

Town Hall meeting planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, June 3)
Chancellor Miller and campus leaders will be convening a Town Hall Meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 in the University Theatre to hear comments and continue our community discussion of these issues.

Regents take steps to protect governance, tenure

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports this afternoon that the UW System Board of Regents has voted to appoint two task forces to rapidly develop policies that would protect shared governance and tenure — tenets of academia that UW President Ray Cross referred to as “fundamental pillars of a world-class university system.” The task forces, to be appointed within weeks, would be led by chancellors and include provosts, faculty, staff and students.

Good news for Green Bay: A roundup from Friday’s Board of Regents meeting

In case you missed them in Friday’s Log Extra, there were several good news for Green Bay items that came out of last week’s UW System Board of Regents meeting at UW-Milwaukee. A dozen UW-Green Bay faculty members received promotion and/or tenure designations, including new full professors Heidi Fencl, Cristina Ortiz and Michael Zorn. Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard accepted his Regents Teaching Excellence Award, and outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden was honored for his years of service to UW-Green Bay.

We’ve got a press release, recap and photos, here:
“Twelve UW-Green Bay faculty members earn academic promotions, tenure” read more
“Associate Prof. Ganyard, Chancellor Harden honored during UW Regents meeting” read more

Twelve UW-Green Bay faculty members earn academic promotions, tenure

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved promotions or tenure for 12 UW-Green Bay faculty members during its meeting June 5-6 at UW-Milwaukee.

The following faculty members promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure: Gaurav Bansal, Cofrin School of Business; Caroline Boswell, Humanistic Studies (History); Michael Knight, Cofrin School of Business; James Loebl, Cofrin School of Business; James Vincent Lowery, Humanistic Studies (History); Sampathkumar Ranganathan, Cofrin School of Business; Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Humanistic Studies (Spanish); Christine Vandenhouten, Nursing; and Lora Warner, Public and Environmental Affairs.

The Regents also promoted the following individuals to the rank of full professor:

Heidi Fencl, Natural and Applied Sciences, teaches Modern Physics, Introductory Physics, and Astronomy, and is a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty. She received her B.S. in Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University, her M.S. in Physics from the University of Nebraska, and her Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Physics faculty at UW-Green Bay in the fall of 2001, Fencl taught physics and astronomy at Concordia College Moorhead and was concurrently founding director of the UW System Women and Science Program and coordinator of UW Oshkosh’s Science Outreach Program. Fencl also was the founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at UW-Green Bay.

Fencl’s scholarly interests are in physics education, and in particular she studies pedagogical approaches and out-of-classroom support for effective problem solving process and development of self-efficacy in physics. In addition to the enjoyment she takes in teaching, Fencl enjoys gardening, knitting and making vegan cheeses.

Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies (Spanish), is chair of the Modern Languages program and coordinator of the Spanish program at UW-Green Bay. She joined the faculty in 1993 after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Ortiz has authored a monograph on Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges and has published her research on contemporary Spanish and Latin American female writers in top-tier journals in Spain and the United States. Her area of research focuses on issues of gender, nation and nationalism in contemporary Spanish and Latin American literature and film. Her work has also been included in several edited collections, most recently in Across the Straits: New Visions of Africa in Contemporary Spain.

Ortiz is a member collaborator of the American Academy of the Spanish Language and a special contributor to the academic journal of this organization. In addition to teaching a wide range of courses at UW-Green Bay, Ortiz has been instrumental in the creation of a Visiting Spanish Scholar in Residence program and the Spanish in the Professions program at the University, as well as in establishing numerous local internships for UW-Green Bay students and institutional connections with the Hispanic/Latino community. She also has led study abroad programs to Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Australia and Cuba. Ortiz is the recipient of two UW-Green Bay Founders Awards. She received the Founders Award for Excellence in Institutional Development in 2004-05 and, most recently, for Excellence in Community Outreach (2013-14).

Michael Zorn, Natural and Applied Sciences, teaches Chemistry and Environmental Science courses and is a member of the graduate faculty of the Environmental Science and Policy program. He was chair of the Chemistry discipline for six years from 2006 to 2013, and he is currently the vice chair of Natural and Applied Sciences.

Zorn’s research interests include development and application of real-time environmental sensors; studying the cycling of nutrients and oxygen in the lower Fox River and Green Bay; utilization of catalysis and photocatalysis for conversion of undesirable organic compounds to non-toxic products; and development and evaluation of alternative energy technologies. Since coming to UW-Green Bay, Zorn has been directly involved in research projects totaling more than $1.6 million in funding.

Zorn has participated in several international travel opportunities associated with UW-Green Bay, including travel to Panama (to set up a January travel course); Finland (to establish research collaborations); and the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile (to further collaborative activities between the two universities).

Zorn began his UW-Green Bay career as an assistant professor in fall 2001, and received promotion to associate professor in 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from UW-Green Bay and his Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Technology from UW-Madison.


Busy Regents meeting features award, honor, promotions for UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay will be well represented at the UW System Board of Regents meeting later this week (June 5-6), with an award-winner, an honored outgoing chancellor and a dozen set-for-promotion faculty members on the agenda.

Associate Prof. Clifton Ganyard will receive his Regents Teaching Excellence Award Friday (see story), the same day outgoing Chancellor Tom Harden will be honored with a resolution in appreciation of his years of service. Also during the meeting, the Regents will consider promotions and/or tenure for 12 UW-Green Bay faculty members — nine who are set to move from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure, and three who would move from associate to full professor. We’ll bring you more on those folks in a future edition of the Log.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to livestream the meeting on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, you can find instructions here: Agendas and other information are available here: