Welcome to the Office of Academic Affairs
The mission of Academic Affairs is to exercise administrative authority and provide leadership and support to its academic and programmatic units in carrying out the teaching, research, and service mission of UMD. Academic Affairs oversees five collegiate units which include the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Human Service Professions, the School of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, as well as the the Natural Resources Research Institute, Minnesota Sea Grant Program, Information Technology Systems and Services, the UMD Library, the Liberal Education Program, the Honors Program, and the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, First Year Experience, Graduate Education, Sponsored Project Administration, International Education, Civic Engagement, and Continuing Education. Academic Affairs has primary responsibility for the University's academic policies and procedures, academic program planning and approval, budgeting, academic personnel (appointments and reappointments, tenure and promotion, annual evaluations) institutional accreditation and accountability, program review, assessment of student learning, enrollment management, student success initiatives, institutional research, and academic space assignment.
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Academic Affairs News
In an effort to reduce the volume of email messages and streamline communication, Academic Affairs will be posting regular updates on our homepage rather than sending campus-wide email.
The members of the NRRI Director search committee are as follows:
Tim Holst (chair), Academic Affairs
Matt Aro, Natural Resources Research Institute
Denise Endicott, Natural Resources Research Institute
Brian Hanson, APEX
David Hendrickson, Natural Resources Research Institute
Lucinda Johnson, Natural Resources Research Institute
Tadd Johnson, American Indian Studies
Jack LaVoy, Great Lakes Aquarium
Penny Morton, Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Carl Richards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Al Rudeck, Minnesota Power
Deb Swackhamer, UM Water Resources Center
The search firm of Storbeck/Pimentel will be assisting with the search.
Become part of UMD's Online Community of Practice!
If you have taught online, are currently teaching online, or thinking about teaching online, then you have something to offer. The Online Delivery Community of Practice will be an opportunity to learn and share and engage in evolving discussion around the question:
What does good online teaching look like at UMD?
Please join others for this opportunity to participate in building our community of practice.
The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 20th at 2:00 in Kplz 175.
RSVP to Kim Riordan: firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. Interested in showing what you're doing in your online class? Let Kim know if you're willing to provide a brief "show and tell" of your online teaching.
Midterm alerts are an important tool in helping students remain in good standing. The midterm alert system is open through October 26th. More information can be found here: http://www.d.umn.edu/faculty/midterm_alert/
The Chancellor's Awards recognize UMD faculty for excellence in teaching, research/creative activity, and public service. Descriptions of each award as well as the nomination process can be found here:
The deadline for submission of materials is November 15th. There is wonderful work happening across campus and many faculty who deserve recognition. Please consider nominating a colleague for one of these prestigious awards.
Dr. Keisha Hoerrner will visit UMD on September 17 and 18 to obtain information about the UMD
Seminar and to share her experience with First Year Experience courses and programs at Kennesaw State
University (KSU) in Georgia. Dr. Hoerrner is Associate Dean and Professor in the University College
and Co-Chair of the American Democracy Project at KSU. She supervises KSU's nationally-recognized
first year seminar program and its learning communities program for first year students.
You are invited to one of two meetings scheduled with Dr. Hoerrner on Monday, September 17: 10:00-
11:15 a.m. in Kirby 355-57 or 3:00-4:15 p.m. in RDC (formerly Kirby) 333. Both meetings will
provide an opportunity for participants to hear about Dr. Hoerrner's experience at KSU and to share their
impressions of the current UMD Seminar program.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to share ideas about enhancing the experiences of
UMD's first year students.
Monday, September 17, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Library Rotunda and
Thursday, September 20, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Library Rotunda
Attendees are encouraged to review SEM Council recommended enrollment goals and strategies prior to the discussions. Hosted by 2011-12 SEM Council co-chairs, Dr. Praveen Aggarwal and Mary Keenan, and EVC Andrea Schokker.
The members of the CEHSP Dean Search Committee are as follows:
Bill Payne, SFA Dean - Chair
Priscilla Day, Social Work
Bill Gronseth, Superintendent, ISD 709
Morris Levy, HPER
Sue Darge Lombardo, Student Affairs
Alexandra Luong, Psychology
Mark Mizuko, CSD
Kay Wohlhuter, Education
The members of the search committee for the UMD Library Director are as follows:
Jerry Pepper, AVC for Undergraduate Education – Chair
Tom Ambrosi, Library
Matt Busch, Student Representative
Judd Dudgeon, Student Representative
Scott Carlson, Psychology
Mags David, Library
Linda Deneen, ITSS
Ahmed Heikal, Chemistry
Betsy Hunt, Art & Design
Liz Benson Johnson, Interim Director, Library
Heather McLean, Library
Ahmed Maamoun, Marketing
Jeanine Weekes Schroer, Philosophy
Lisa Reeves has been named Interim Director for Students in Transition (formerly called First Year Experience & Students in Transition). Lisa was formerly in the Knowledge Management Center and is replacing Jen Eltink, who was recently named Director of Kirby Student Center.
Jill Jenson has been named Faculty Liaison for Writing and Learning. She will be focusing on the writing component of the new liberal education curriculum, including writing across the curriculum, helping to facilitate discussion on development of common course experience for all students, and developing writing support for faculty within the proposed Center for Teaching and Learning.
A search was initiated late last spring for a new Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning & Institutional Effectiveness (replacing Jackie Millslagle). Unfortunately, the pool did not provide us with adequate candidates for a hire. The search will continue this fall with the goal of having a hire in place by January, 2013.
Liz Benson Johnson has been appointed Interim Director of the UMD Library. A search will begin this fall for a permanent director, replacing Bill Sozansky who retired in August.
Continuing Education will begin moving their focus to non-credit-bearing outreach/extension courses beginning in the summer of 2013. This will move all credit bearing courses back into their academic homes within the colleges. CE will be sending an email to all Department Heads as well as faculty who had credit courses with them last summer with more details. This is a good opportunity for CE to focus on their mission of outreach/extension and to clarify the distinction between CE and our academic units. For faculty members planning a summer course, please plan to submit it through your Dean rather than CE.
The Supportive Services Program (SSP) will be moving from Student Life to Academic Affairs. After a series of conversations related to student success and retention, we've determined that to align SSP with Academic Affairs opens the door to new possibilities for collaboration and programming. In this year of transition from Student Life to Academic Affairs, Paul Treuer will serve as Interim Director of SSP. Under Paul's leadership, the SSP department will stay connected to Student Life through the excellent relationships that have been established, and begin the work of taking the program to new heights that support student success at UMD.
Mary Keenan has been named the Director of Strategic Enrollment Management. Mary was formerly the Coordinator of Student Success Initiatives, focusing on graduation and retention. She serves as co-chair for the Strategic Enrollment Management committee that will be continuing their work in the coming year.
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