Wilson named interim provost, vice chancellor

April 17, 2017
Dr. Joanne Wilson

Dr. D. Joanne Wilson will be the new University of Wisconsin-Platteville interim provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, Chancellor Dennis J. Shields announced Monday.

She will replace Dr. Elizabeth Throop, who has been serving in the interim capacity but has accepted a provost and vice president position at Frostburg State University. Wilson’s two-year appointment becomes effective July 1.

“Dr. Wilson brings a vast amount of experiences to the provost role, and all her experiences have centered on one major characteristic: helping our students succeed,” Chancellor Shields said. “I am pleased to have Dr. Wilson in this new role, as she will be a strong advocate for our students as well as our faculty as we begin several new initiatives in providing an outstanding education.”

Wilson has served many roles since arriving on campus in 1986. Most recently she was a senior associate dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Previously, she was the assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. She has also been a professor of general engineering, chair of general engineering, executive director of First Year Experience, interim dean of the College of EMS, and interim assistant chancellor for Student Affairs.

“The position of provost will be a new opportunity with many challenges,” Wilson said. “I am honored that Chancellor Shields has asked me to serve the university in this position. In my 31 years at UW-Platteville, the provosts were committed to the success of students, faculty and staff. I have been fortunate to have them serve as my role models and mentors. I intend to honor this tradition.”

Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in applied mechanics and engineering sciences from the University of California at San Diego, and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Wilson has received many accolades, including the inaugural UW-Platteville Woman of the Year Award, the Tau Beta Pi Wisconsin Epsilon Chapter Excellence in Teaching Award, and the UW System Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award.

Past research and grant work includes a National Science Foundation grant for “Creating a Framework to Enhance the Engineering Literacy of Education Majors and the Instructional Effectiveness of Engineering Faculty,” as well as the “Development of a Web-Based Curriculum for Use as the Basis for Course Entitled ‘Introduction to College Life.”

Written by Paul Erickson, Communications, 608-342-1194, ericksop@uwplatt.edu.

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