August 25, 2017
Welcome to the new academic year! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready to start another great year.
We have 30 Faculty, 25 Academic Staff and 10 Univeristy Staff in Academic Affairs to welcome to our Warhawk community this year. Among the staff is Suzanne Wiegert, University Staff Assistant in the Provost's Office. We are glad to have them on board! We are also welcoming our new Dean of the College of Arts and Communication, Dr. Eileen Hayes, and new Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success, Dr. LaVar Charleston. Please join me in welcoming all of these new members of our Academic Affairs team.
You might notice that the phrase Student Diversity, Engagement and Success is new. This new area encompasses the programs that were part of the Multicultural Affairs and Student Success office as well as several of our high-impact practices, such as our Honors Program, Undergraduate Research Program and coordination of our Community-Based Learning programs. The Tutorial Center and all of its programs have been relocated to the new Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center, but will be part of the Enrollment and Retention Office to better connect all of our students to these services in coordination with the services offered by our Academic Advising and Exploration Center.
We will also continue to have several leadership fellows serving the university in a variety of ways:
We welcome Dr. Erin Celello (Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures) and Dr. Kelly Delaney-Klinger (Associate Professor, Department of Management) as Administrative Development Fellows this year.
Dr. Jonah Ralston (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science) will serve a two-year term as Sustainability Faculty Fellow. He will be working with Wes Enterline, Sustainability Coordinator, to restart our Campus Sustainability Committee and continue to build momentum in support of campus and curricular sustainability efforts.
Dr. Dale Splinter (Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science) will continue in his second year as Special Assistant to the Provost for LEAP and Dr. David Reinhart (Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies) will continue as Academic Innovation Coordinator.
The LEARN Center will also have four new fellows who will collaborate on development and implementation of LEARN programs and as such will be part of the LEARN Leadership Team.
An important continuation of our campus strategic planning process will be to seek UW System Board of Regents approval for our revised Mission Statement. This will involve a formal presentation to the Board at their meetings but also an open campus forum chaired by Regent Bryan Steil that will be scheduled for later in the fall semester. You can learn more about this event on the Strategic Plan website. One of the objectives in our new strategic plan is to "create an inclusive campus culture where different perspectives are respected and individuals feel valued." To this end, we are excited to welcome Dr. David Yeager from the University of Texas at Austin as a keynote speaker for our Academic Affairs Fall Forum. The title of his talk is "Student Persistence: A Social Psychological Perspective" and everyone on campus is invited to attend. Please join us on Tuesday, August 29, at 8:15 a.m. in Hyland Hall Atrium.
As we all return to campus, I want to reiterate the values that Chancellor Kopper reminded us of in her recent email to campus regarding the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The beginning of the academic year is a time for us all to come together as a community united by our shared commitment to provide transformational and empowering educational experiences for all of our students.
For a listing of links to campus resources for reporting incidents of hate, bias, hazing, discrimination, harassment, or grievance, see the Winter 2016 Academic Affairs Newsletter. In addition, the Dean of Students website has been revised to provide improved access to resource links and the Institutional Policy and Compliance office has a new website that lists other important campus resource links.
We look forward to seeing you all at other events occurring during Welcome Back Week and wish you all a great semester! I look forward to seeing you at one of my upcoming office hours. Keep your eye on UW-Whitewater This Week or the Academic Affairs News website for details.
All the best,
Susan Elrod, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs