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Summer Update 2007

In This Issue:

  • Administrative Staff Updates
  • General Education Assessment Taskforce Formed
  • E-portfolios for Retention & Promotion Workshops
  • Internal Grant Reporting Form - Now Online
  • New Student Orientation Plans
  • Fall Teaching and Learning Conference - August 28, 2007
  • Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance Search Update
  • Provost/Vice Chancellor Search Update
  • Administrative Staff Updates

    An update regarding changes in administrative staffing this summer:

    ·         Karen McLean has accepted an offer to extend her role as Dean of Science and Health an additional year through the 2008-2009 academic year. Consequently, both SAH and CLS will conduct national searches during the 2008-2009 academic year for permanent deans after a provost has been named.

    ·         Ray Abhold has started his position as the associate dean in the College of Science and Health (; 785-8218).

    ·         William T. (Billy) Clow has started his two-year position as interim associate dean in the College of Liberal Studies and director of the School of Arts and Communication  (; 785-6636).

    ·         Betsy Morgan will continue as faculty intern to the provost through the academic year when Bob Hoar (Mathematics) will become the intern (; 785-8159).

    ·         Bill Colclough assumed the position of interim provost on June 1st.

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    General Education Assessment Taskforce Formed


    The Provost’s Office has originated a short term task force charged with developing a comprehensive plan to assess general education learning outcomes. Consultation with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Emily Johnson (Director of General Education) led to the concept of a task force that will allow UW-L to make more progress toward implementing assessment and respond to UW System and NCA reporting deadlines. A complete description of the charge and structure of the task force is available at


    The committee, comprised of Scott Cooper (biology), Deb Hoskins (women’s, gender, and sexuality studies/honors), Sandy Grunwald (chemistry), and Carmen Wilson (psychology), has been charged with providing a complete draft of a plan for review by the General Education Committee in late August, 2007. 

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    E-portfolios for Retention & Promotion Workshops

    Three workshop times have been set for faculty interested in attending a hands-on session regarding the use of electronic portfolios (Digital Measures) for retention and promotion. 

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    Internal Grant Reporting Form – Now Online

    In order to streamline the reporting requirements of accomplishments/outcomes resulting from UW-L internal grants, the Provost’s Office has developed an online final reporting form. As of August 2007, the deadline for any grant received in the past 18 months will be February 15, 2008. Thereafter the formal deadline will be the third Friday in February annually.


    Faculty and staff who have received UW-L internal grants may access the form at any time from the Office of Sponsored Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity’s website ( Reminders will be sent in late January or early February to individuals who received grants for which final reports are due. If a grant recipient has already submitted a final report, he/she need not resubmit via the online form.

    The following grants will now be using this form:

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    New Student Orientation Plans


    Chris Dziekan has been overseeing a new initiative to create a more integrative first year and new student orientation. Move-in day will be Saturday, September 1, 2007. This Fall there will be no freshmen convocation. However, there will be new opportunities for faculty and staff to be involved in welcoming new students to campus. Orientation activities are shown at this link and additional information will be forthcoming

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    Fall Teaching and Learning Conference - Tuesday, August 28, 2007


    Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff are invited to attend the 9th Annual UW-L Conference on Teaching and Learning, “Managing the Teaching Load,” on Tuesday, August 28, 2007. The conference will feature sessions by UW-L faculty and staff on four topics:

    1.      Responding to and Grading Writing Assignments Effectively and Efficiently

    2.      Quick and Easy Methods of Evaluating Group Assignments or Discussions

    3.      Using Active Learning Techniques in Large Classes

    4.      Responding to Difficult Students


    Continental breakfast available starting at 8:00 am. First session starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. Please register by email to If you have questions, contact Scott Cooper, or Bill Cerbin,


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    Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance Search Update

    The Search & Screen Committee reported 26 applications were received for the Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance position. The first of the day-long interviews for the five finalists began July 17. For a complete job description, listing of candidates, resumes, and schedule go to The campus community is invited to attend open sessions and provide feedback to the committee.

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    Provost/Vice Chancellor Search Update

    The position ads and announcements have been placed and the application deadline will be September 28, 2007. Initial screening of applications will formally begin in October. The preferred email for questions, comments, or nominations relating to the provost search is and the official website that includes the job description and announcement is

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    This newsletter is provided in the spirit of on-going communication. It is for informational purposes only and does not represent official policy statements or administrative positions.