Provost's Digest - October 2009

Assessment Coordinator Search and Screen
The Assessment Coordinator Search and Screen Committee has begun a national search for a full time university assessment coordinator. The coordinator will assist instructors, groups and departments with assessment of student learning, and conduct university wide assessment. The search committee members are Bill Cerbin (CATL), Scott Cooper (Biology), Scott Dickmeyer (Communication Studies), Tom Gendreau (Computer Science), and Betsy Morgan (Psychology). 

Online Education Open Forum

  • Wednesday, November 18
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • 339 Cartwright Center

The Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning (CATL) would like to invite all interested faculty, staff, and administrators to an open forum Wednesday, November 18 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in 339 Cartwright. The topic will be the role and/or future of online education at UW-L.  Brian Udermann, Director of Online Education, will give a brief update on what has been happening at UW-L in the area of online education. The purpose of the forum is to allow the campus community to provide input and suggestions related to the opportunities and direction of online education at UW-L.  Information gathered at this open forum will be used by the UW-L Online Advisory Board to help determine how the university moves forward with possible future online initiatives. 

Upcoming Deadline Reminders

  • President’s Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • Proposals due November 4, 2009
    • UW System faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for the President’s Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning, a conference to be held April 29-May 1, 2010, at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison. The President’s Summit will bring together over 200 faculty and staff across disciplines to demonstrate UW System’s commitment to excellence in higher education during tough economic times.
  • The Wisconsin Idea Forum: Innovative Ideas for Need-Based Aid in Wisconsin

Visiting Scholar/Artists of Color Program
The Visiting Scholars/Artists of Color Program received a record number of proposals for the fall competition and awarded more than the annual budget for the program during this first of two rounds. The program supports the UW System-wide Inclusive Excellence initiative. Because the Inclusive Excellence initiative is a high priority for our campus, the provost has identified an alternate funding source to support up to $5,000 worth of proposals in the second round of awards in January. For more information about the program please visit

The below departments and programs were funded through the Visiting Scholar/Artists of Color Program this fall.

  • Victor Macias-Gonzalez, Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Enrique Morones, visited October 4 to 6
  • Thomas Harris, Office of Multicultural Student Services; Vanessa Roberts visited October 6 and 7
  • Victor Macias-Gonzalez, Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Tanya Torress, visited October 18 to 22
  • Melissa Wallace and Victor Macias-Gonzalez, Institute for Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Salvador Valdez, visiting November 11 to 13
  • Beth Cherne, Theatre Arts; Marcie Rendon visiting April 14-16, 2010
  • Matthew Cashion, English; Amuad Jamaul, visiting Spring 2010
  • Janis Hanson, Modern Languages and ESL Institute; Sunny Dooley visiting Spring 2010

Growth Agenda Grant Recipients
The following projects have been funded through the UW System Growth Agenda grants. The program funds activities that support UW System's Growth agenda, which is the system’s vision to help the state of Wisconsin and its citizens thrive in the 21st-century, innovation economy. For more information about UW System Growth Agenda grants, please visit

  • Victor Macias-Gonzalez; Eagle Mentoring Program; Closing the Achievement Gap Category
    • Project to establish and assess a pilot retention program serving cohorts of 10 economically disadvantaged, historically under-represented minority College of Liberal Studies majors in their second year.
  • Jennifer Kosiak, Robert Hoar, Maggie Lee McHugh; MathCAST: Collaboration and Alignment to Advance Student Learning in Mathematics; Collaboration with PK-12 on Math Preparation Category
    • Regional partnership to ensure preparation and retention of students in rigorous college mathematics courses through 9-14 curriculum alignment, development of technology-enhanced content modules, and implementation of a college readiness program.