Provost's Digest - February 2011

In This Issue

Curricular Redesign Grant Proposal Deadlines

  • Request for Proposals
  • Project completed Summer 2011
    • Due to department chairs March 14, 2011
    • Due to deans March 21, 2011
  • Proposals for projects completed in Fall 2011
    • Due to department chairs April 8, 2011
    • Due to deans April 15, 2011
  • Contact Bob Hoar with questions ( 5-8159;

The Curricular Redesign Grant program supports efforts that bring advances in disciplinary knowledge into the undergraduate experience and/or create and adapt learning materials and teaching strategies that embody what we know about how students learn. Previously supported projects include Anita Develos Baines, Meredith Thompson, and Tim Gerber (redesign of BIO204’s E2 laboratory); Kenny Hunt and David Riley (redesign of Intro to Computational Thinking); and Linda Levison & Justyne Badach (design and implementation of 4 new photography courses).

Joy DeGruy Campus Visit February 27 and 28

Reflections of Ebony dinner and performance begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, February 27 in Valhalla, Cartwright Center. The keynote speaker, Joy DeGruy, will present on Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome "Beyond Surviving Historical Trauma: Creating a Blue Print for Healing." She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications; two master's degrees in social work and clinical psychology and a doctoral degree in social work research. Attire is formal. To reserve tickets call 785.8898 or visit the Cartwright Center information counter before 2 p.m. Friday, February 25.  For more information, download a flier.

DeGruy will also hold a special session for students from 1:10 to 2:05 p.m. Monday, February 28 in Valhalla, Cartwright Center. She will discuss institutionalized racism in the free session. Download a flier with more details. 

Third United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival March 4 and 5

The 3rd United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival is March 4 and 5 from 12:00 to 9:45 pm each day at the Cleary Center. The film festival is an excellent opportunity for instructors to engage students in discussion about topics with an international scope. Instructors may want to consider having students respond or react to the films they view. For that purpose, the Select Committee on Internationalization offers the below assignment template for possible use with your students:

  • What did you know about this topic before viewing these films?
  • What have you learned or what new insights have you gained?
  • How do you see the world differently now?
  • What actions are you planning to take at this time?

A flyer and schedule in a format with descriptions which you may wish to share electronically with your students and others can be found here. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Gary Gilmore (, Chair of the Select Committee on Internationalization, or Francine Klein (, Chair of the Film Festival Subcommittee.

UW-L Faculty and Staff Presenting at UW System President’s Summit

The 2011 UW System President’s Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning will be held April 14-15, 2011, at the Madison Concourse and Governor’s Club. The Summit will bring together over 200 faculty and academic who excel at teaching to share their collective experience with assessing student learning and the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as student affairs professionals who provide the academic and student support services that enhance student success. Research on the intentional relationships among teaching, learning, and making excellence inclusive will be highlighted throughout the event. In addition to keynote addresses by UW System President Kevin Reilly and others, the Summit will feature plenary and concurrent sessions on the scholarship of teaching and learning across the disciplines.

A number of faculty and staff members from UW-La Crosse have been selected to present at the conference. The registration deadline is March 20. For full details, please visit

  • 2nd Year Mentoring and Retention Programs in the Humanities presented by Víctor Macías-González and Barbara Stewart focuses on enhancing student academic performance in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Achieving Advising Excellence through Collaboration presented by Emily Johnson, Kathy Elgin, Justine Grant and Jodie Rindt. This presentation focuses on the advising model of the UW-La Crosse Psychology Department, a collaborative effort between the Student Affairs Administration graduate program and the undergraduate psychology program.
  • Course Design: Impact of Online Instructor Training presented by Kristin Koepke from Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning.   This presentation will share the results of the study that was conducted with training participants to analyze how the training impacted their perception of online learning and changed attitudes towards common myths regarding online education.
  • Creating Digital Materials to Support Student Learning presented by Jennifer Kosiak and Robert Hoar. This presentation will showcase multiple collections of learning objects and templates that have been created though the UW System Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research and Learning (IIURL).  Participants will explore how they can easily create these learning objects for their own courses.
  • Cultural Constraints in an Intro to LGBT Studies Course presented by Mahruq Khan to discuss ideological and cultural constraints that emerge in discussing international LGBT experiences in a newly-offered Intro to LGBT Studies with a focus on developing multicultural competencies.
  • Learning in Community: Best Practice in Education presented by Patricia Markos, Sarah Dixen and Susan Hughes. This presentation will describe best practices utilized in the ME-PD Learning Community program and how these techniques and practices are transformative for adult
  • Private Social Networks for Students, Faculty, and Alumni presented by Robert Jecklin. Community Health Education majors used a private social network to connect with one-another, faculty, alumni, and preceptors as part of their alignment and preparation for a full-time professional practice experience during their final semester.
  • Resource Wiki for Online & Blended Best Practices & Training presented by Kristin Koepke, Karen Skibba and Scott Wojtanowski. This presentation will review the “Resources and Best Practices in Online and Blended Teaching and Learning” wiki that was set-up for Learning Technology Center and Instructional Design individuals at UW colleges and universities.
  • Improving the Mathematical Transition from High School to College By Communicating Mathematically through Podcasts presented by Erick Hofacker (UW-River Falls), Sherrie Serros (UW-Eau Claire) and Becky LeDocq (UW-La Crosse). This presentation will show how a team of university faculty and 20 high school teachers identified threshold concepts associated with the Wisconsin Math Placement Exam, and developed podcasts to be used by students to remediate misconceptions concerning these key mathematical concepts.