Academic Affairs

Text: Provost's Perspectives, An Update from Provost Sheerer


December 7, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As we come to the close of the fall semester, I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays and a restful break. Commencement is upon us, and I encourage you to attend one of the ceremonies. It is so gratifying to see the happy graduates and their families. It is truly what we are about!

Senior Associate Provost

We are beginning our search for Dr. Barlow’s replacement as vice provost. The title of the position has been changed to senior associate provost. Cathy’s last day at UNCW will be June 30, 2017. Below are the highlights of the job description and the names of the search committee, chaired by Martin Posey.

The Senior Associate Provost (formerly Vice Provost) is a newly configured position that provides leadership, direction, and coordination to accomplish the strategic goals of Academic Affairs within the broader University Strategic Plan.  The individual also represents and acts in lieu of the Provost as needed.

This position has direct responsibilities for supervision of enrollment management which includes the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, the Office of Admissions and the Center for Teaching Excellence (“CTE”)/Center for Faculty Leadership (“CFL”).  Additionally, the position is responsible for a number of administrative/operational areas.

The goal is to have the successful candidate identified in mid-spring, in anticipation of a start date of approximately June 1, 2017.

Ann Marie Beall
Jane Fox
Chris Lantz
Pat Leonard
Jessica Magnus
Kemille Moore
Marcio Moreno
Martin Posey, Chair
Donyell Roseboro
William Sterrett
Aaron Wilcox

Nicole Kenney, Ex Officio
Sharon Lindgren, Support

New Name for Unit

Please note that the former IPAE has now been renamed Institutional Research and Planning (IRP). Currently, Andy Mauk is serving as interim associate provost for IRP and a search is underway for the permanent associate provost.

Master of Science in Data Science

Congratulations to all of the faculty in the Departments of Math and Computer Science for their excellent work on this master’s degree. It has now been officially approved by General Administration and the Board of Governors. We are ready to implement!

This program meets the criteria for a professional science master’s and reflects our relationships with the business community. It is designed to prepare students with advanced data analytics skills in demand across industry sectors through a combined focus on computer science, applied statistics and applied business analytics.

New Travel and Electronic Check Request System Coming

UNCW has purchased a new travel and electronic check request system that is replacing the current eTravel system and paper check requests. More information, including training dates, will be shared soon via SWOOP.

University Learning Center Certifies 67 Tutors

On Reading Day, the University Learning Center was proud to celebrate the certification of their newest tutors at the annual Tutor Certification Reception. All tutors are required to complete the ULC on-the-job tutor training program, which is certified internationally through the College Reading and Learning Association. This training program engages our tutors in learning about the latest trends in peer education and requires a culminating research project presented as a poster or new resource for the ULC. A total of 67 peer tutors from learning, math, supplemental instruction, writing and a wide variety of majors were certified.

I encourage faculty and staff to become familiar with the work of our tutors. They are indeed impressive and deliver much-needed services to our students

Faculty Fellow Appointed

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Nguyen as the 2017 Faculty Fellow in the Provost’s Office. Peter is a faculty member in CHHS’s School of Social Work. He will receive a 50 percent assignment for this role and begins his duties in January. A large part of his responsibilities will focus on business process review.

Eleven faculty applied for this position; three interviews were conducted and Peter was selected.

Congratulations Carol Ellis!

When a member of the UNCW community reaches the milestone of 50 years of service, we need to celebrate! To recognize Carol Ellis on this remarkable achievement, I was privileged to join the Center for Teaching Excellence on December 1 in dedicating the annual Celebration of Teaching to Carol. Current and retired faculty and staff joined the fun, enjoying a slide show of images from Randall Library’s University Archives and music from 1966. Lewis Walker gave a delightful tribute from the Department of English to salute Carol’s 36 years teaching literature and composition. Carol was a freshman at Wilmington College in AY 1961-62 and joined the faculty in the Department of English in August 1966. After 36 years in the classroom, she retired in 2002 but continued to work in the Office of the Provost. Carol was surrounded by many friends and colleagues who gathered in her honor.

Thank you for all of your hard work during the fall semester.  We have an outstanding faculty and staff here at UNCW, and we should feel proud!

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Marilyn Sheerer
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs