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November 2008

Data Available

The UW System is participating in the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA). The College Portrait, created as part of the VSA, is a source of basic, comparable information about public colleges and institutions presented in a common, user-friendly format. It is designed to be a trustworthy source of reliable data for prospective students and their families. The VSA and College Portrait are sponsored by two nonprofit organizations in Washington DC – the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). At the following site, you can see the data reported separately by the UW campuses, including such items as the campus-specific gender and cultural break down of faculty and students:

Dean Search and Screen Updates

Searches for the position of dean in both the College of Liberal Studies and the College of Science and Health are well underway, with the December 1 deadline for receipt of applications fast approaching. The search and screen committees will be conducting phone interviews and reference checks in December and January, and finalists are expected to visit campus in early to mid February. The on-campus interviews will include and open forum with a candidate presentation and meetings with the following constituents: chancellor, provost, vice chancellor for administration and finance, Provost's Council, chancellor's staff, department chairs, governance groups, dean's staff, and the department of tenure. The committee chairs welcome your assistance in bringing these positions to the attention of individuals who you believe to be highly qualified for the deanship. Position vacancy announcements are available at

UW System Funded Grants

UW System offers grant opportunities for faculty and staff in spring 2009 including:

  1. Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Grants
  2. Closing the Achievement Gap
  3. Support Grants for Racial & Ethnic Studies
  4. Emerging Technology Pilot Grants (New)
  5. Supporting the Growth Agenda Action Steps (New)

For descriptions, guidelines and application materials go to the UW-L Faculty Development webpage,

Call to Participate: A Celebration of Campus Authors: Five Years of Books

The Celebration of Campus Authors program is sponsored by Murphy Library and the Provost's Office. The celebration will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore and discuss books published by campus authors from all disciplines. The program includes a reception, an archival website, and a longer-term display in the library. It provides a forum in which experienced authors can share, future authors can learn, and all can benefit from the exchange of ideas. The reception will be open to everyone. The first annual program will highlight books published by UW-L faculty and staff during the past five years. If you have authored, co-authored, compiled, edited, co-edited, translated, or illustrated a monograph that was commercially published in the past five years your book could be a part of the first celebration. Use the author participation form to sign up: The reception will take place from 4 – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2009, in Murphy Library Special Collections.

Scholarship Opportunity

Announcing the Fourth Annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA). This competition is open to any undergraduate student with a current GPA of at least 3.4 who has completed a minimum of 60 credit hours by the end of the Fall Semester 2008, with at least one semester (Fall 2009) as a full-time student remaining. Two scholarships for $2,000 each are available to students from the UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions. All submissions are to be original essays. This year's topic: Discuss ways that a liberal education prepares you to be a more engaged and effective citizen. For more detailed submission information, download a flyer at Deadline for submission is February 1, 2009.

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