Academic Affairs

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

August 2, 2017                               NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

Dear Colleagues,

The summer is fast coming to an end, and the fall semester is just around the corner. We’re excited to be getting ready to welcome new faculty and staff. The CTE is in full swing with New Faculty Orientation as are departments and other units! Thanks to everyone for providing a warm welcome to our new people

Changes in Academic Affairs

Dr. Rich Ogle is officially Senior Associate Provost in Academic Affairs as of July 1, upon the departure of Dr. Cathy Barlow. 

In this newly configured position, Dr. Ogle oversees enrollment management through the oversight of the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, the Office of Admissions, Randall Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence/Center for Faculty Leadership. In addition, he will work closely with deans, vice chancellors and other university leaders to provide leadership and coordination to accomplish the strategic goals of Academic Affairs within the university’s Strategic Plan. 

In addition, he will be responsible for the following within AA:

  • Contact and coordination with UNC-General Administration (requests and responses);
  • Review of grant proposals;
  • Coordination with Faculty Senate regarding policies and implementation;
  • Representation of the provost on particular university committees;
  • Cultivation and sustainability, along with the Provost, of faculty relations, including faculty support and development;
  • Assessment of academic programs through an external review process;
  • Collaboration with Human Resources on background checks and AA resource management to approve certification packages and supplemental pay; and
  • Collaboration with faculty and deans for program approvals.

In May, Laura Wiegand assumed the position of interim director of the Randall Library for the 2017-18 academic year.

Laura, who started at UNCW in 2008, has been a member of the library leadership team as an associate director and comes to this interim position with strong support from her colleagues. She has nine years of experience in various positions within the library, where she has facilitated the streamlining of processes, been involved in discovery and research, shepherded several technology projects and collaborated in multiple web development events.

Kristen Brogdon, in addition to her role as director of the arts at UNCW, has assumed the position of Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement. As such, she will be responsible for the entities under that office (OLLI, QENO, continuing education, summer school) and strategic goals for community engagement. The vacancy was due to the acceptance by Dr. Lori Messenger of an ACE fellowship, which starts in August of 2017. Lori will be located at Virginia Commonwealth University for one year and will work with the university’s leaders on special projects. She will return to UNCW at the conclusion of the fellowship.

Academic Programs in Development

On the chart below, you will see the status of academic programs submitted and approved at the General Administration level. Most recently, at the July BOG meeting, two programs were approved: the M.S. in Business Analytics and the M.S. in Finance and Investment Management. 
Academic Program Development

Congratulations to the faculty who designed these critical programs.

Lumina Festival of the Arts

Over the past week, I hope many of you have enjoyed the many different artistic events that constitute our new summer Lumina Festival. Thanks to Kristen Brogdon and her staff, along with the department chairs of the arts departments, who have worked so well together to make all of this happen. Some of the exciting events that have occurred so far are:

  • Opera Wilmington’s Carmen
  • Broccoli Brothers Circus
  • Mozart Celebration
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Latin Dance Salsa Party
  • Ernest Turner Piano Trio

Search for the Vice Chancellor of Business Affairs

As announced, Dr. Rick Whitfield will be retiring in January. Consequently, the Chancellor has appointed a search committee, the members of which are listed below:

  • Provost Marilyn Sheerer (Co-chair)
  • Eddie Stuart, VC University Advancement (Co-chair)
  • Dr. George Schell, Professor, Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain
  • Dr. Mark Spaulding, Professor, History
  • Dr. Nivine Richie, Chair, Economics and Finance
  • Sharon Boyd, Associate Vice Chancellor – Business Services
  • Maurice Smith, President/CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union and Trustee - UNCW Board of Trustees
  • Jason Wheeler, UNCW Alum and CEO, Pathfinder Wealth Consulting
  • Adrianne Swinney, Deputy Director, Athletics
  • Eric Simon, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs
  • Dr. Ron Vetter, Associate Provost of Research & Dean, Graduate School
  • Dawn Brown, Access Operations Coordinator/Library Specialist
  • Julia Lee, Associate General Counsel
  • Liz Grimes, HR Representative (ex officio)

The committee will also be working with a consultant, Jerry Baker, who will assist in this national search. The Chancellor intends to appoint a new VCBA by January or before. Please contact Jerry if you wish to nominate an individual for consideration.

Randall Library Change

As we move through the next fiscal year, you will likely see more and more changes in our library. The team there has developed a PowerPoint presentation on the “Library of the Future.” Basically, there will be more emphasis on collaborative learning spaces and the use of up-to-date technology. Look for updates from the library staff on this topic!

Grant Success!

In Graduate School and Research, Dr. John Morrison received $2.4 million for his sustained Ocean Color Observations with nanosatellites.

Ann Stapleton, associate professor of plant genetics at UNCW, received a $490,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant through a program sponsoring research that leads to improved crop production, yield and disease control. Her research involves developing a data analysis tool to help predict how specific plant varieties will react in environmental conditions such as extreme temperatures, drought, strong winds and a range of soil types.

Welcome New and Returning Faculty

This week marks the beginning of New Faculty Orientation and a flurry of activities to kick off the new academic year. We welcome both new and returning faculty and look forward to sharing further communications as the year unfolds. 

There is much to be proud of on our campus. Here’s to an exciting and successful fall semester!


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Marilyn Sheerer
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs