Dr. Elizabeth Throop, who becomes acting provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs on Friday, July 1, has confirmed her leadership team. The membership includes Dr. Dominic Barraclough, Dr. Chanaka Mendis and Dr. Patrick Hagen.
Barraclough will remain in his role as special assistant to the provost, taking responsibility for assessment, Higher Learning Commission reaffirmation, Karrmann Library and the Teaching and Technology Center. “Dr. Barraclough has worked hard at getting assessment plans up and running; he also has redesigned the old Teaching and Learning Center to good effect,” Throop stated. “His work with shared governance in the last two years has positioned the Provost’s office to move forward.”
Mendis, currently assistant dean in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science and professor of chemistry, will join the Provost’s office on Monday, Aug. 1 as acting assistant provost for academic planning. Mendis will take responsibility for academic strategic planning, curriculum innovations, faculty development activities, program prioritization and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Graduate Studies.
“Dr. Mendis is a highly respected and well-liked leader on our campus,” Throop said. “He has worked tirelessly to encourage innovative teaching and learning both within EMS and across the university; his activities with pre-college education, his scholarly profile and his successful grant work makes him a valuable member of my team.”
Hagen, formerly the chair of the Department of Humanities at UW-Platteville and campus dean at UW-Richland, will join the Provost’s office on Monday, July 18 as acting assistant provost for Academic Affairs. Hagen’s responsibilities will include working closely with UW System and other organizations, prioritizing work flow within the Provost’s office, working with student and faculty concerns, budget management and implementation of the RCM budget model, and creating structures for data collection and analytics.
“Dr. Hagen brings a deep knowledge of System policies and procedures; he also has worked through a transition to the RCM budget model while campus dean at UW-Richland,” Throop noted. “Because of his experience as a faculty member and academic leader at both UW-Platteville and the Colleges, Dr. Hagen brings important perspectives on institutional priorities.”
Throop has identified a number of projects as key to the success of UW-Platteville: the HLC reaccreditation visit, a significant core curriculum redesign, preparation for, and enactment of, the implementation of the RCM budget model, and program prioritization along with curricular and pedagogical innovation. “The provost’s team is ready and excited to begin its work,” Throop remarked. “I am privileged to be able to work with Drs. Mendis, Hagen and Barraclough.”
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