Anderson named interim dean for UWP College of Liberal Arts and Education

September 10, 2010

PLATTEVILLE - Laura Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty member since 1996, has been named interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. Anderson most recently served as assistant dean of the College of LAE.

In her new position, Anderson will be responsible for providing leadership and working with faculty in ensuring quality in curriculum review and development, faculty and academic staff professional development, community outreach and public service, and evaluation and improvement of instruction. She will also be responsible for the management of enrollment within the College of LAE, recruitment, hiring and evaluation of all College of LAE personnel, academic advising, and providing leadership in external fund raising for scholarships and other non-state funded College of LAE activities or equipment.

Anderson will have authority over budget development and administration of allocated resources, implementation and administration of federal, state, system and campus laws, rules, regulations and policies, supervision of security and maintenance of facilities and equipment assigned to the College of LAE, administration of academic regulations and maintenance of academic standards.

"Laura Anderson is a strong and competent faculty leader," said Mittie Nimocks, UWP provost and vice chancellor. "She has not only served as assistant dean in the College of LAE, but has also served on almost every major governance committee, including chairing the Faculty Senate. She has my confidence as well as the faculty's and I am delighted she agreed to serve as interim dean of liberal arts and education."

Anderson said she is looking forward to learning more about how the College of LAE operates from an administrative standpoint and is specifically interested in seeing the college work together to meet its goals for this year, as well as those of the university.

"I'm very grateful to Chancellor Dennis J. Shields and Provost Nimocks for granting me the opportunity to serve as interim dean," said Anderson. She added that she is also looking forward to working with Mary Nechvatal, dean's assistant; Carolyn Fries, administrative assistant; and Ken Wiegman, information processing consultant; in the dean's office.

Anderson's focus for the coming year will include diversity initiatives, participating in the university-wide discussion on revising the general education program, and strengthening and expanding the education abroad opportunities for students majoring in the College of LAE.

"I have really appreciated being part of a university that is large enough to offer a broad range of programs, but small enough to foster a true spirit of collaboration among faculty, staff and students," said Anderson. "Students in the College of LAE are not just preparing themselves for a career; they are also gaining a foundation for lifelong learning and an understanding for what it takes to be a responsible member of an increasingly global society."

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