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UW Academic Leaders Hone Skills in New Program

January 15, 2015
three women and two men talking at a conference table
Members of the first cohort of UW LEAD discuss approaches to conflict resolution during the January session of the program. From left are Robert Schuhmann, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor and head of the Department of Political Science; Kate Welsh, associate professor and chair of the Department of Secondary Education; Karen Bartsch-Estes, professor and head of the Department of Psychology; Ken Gerow, professor and head of the Department of Statistics; and Suzanne Young, associate dean of the College of Education and professor of professional studies. (UW Photo)

Thirty-one University of Wyoming academic department heads, directors and associate deans are members of the first cohort of a new program aimed at developing leadership skills and fostering a positive leadership culture at UW.

UW LEAD was initiated this academic year by a group of UW deans interested in mentoring the next generation of campus leaders, says College of Arts and Sciences Dean Paula Lutz, one of the organizers.

The participants, nominated by their academic leaders, take part in monthly workshops on professional development and technical skills. They are scheduled to complete the program in late April.

“We have designed UW LEAD to provide an introduction to leadership issues in higher education as well as skill development to meet these challenges,” Lutz says. “We recognize that most academic leaders did not plan for careers in administration, nor did they feel fully prepared as they accepted their first leadership positions. Our ultimate goal is enhancement or rejuvenation of leadership skills and enthusiasm.”

All participants have or have had budgetary and personnel management responsibilities in their respective positions. With representation from nearly all of UW’s academic colleges, the group includes people new to campus and some who have been at UW for many years.

Among the issues the participants would like to address are recruitment and retention of students; interdisciplinary collaborations; attracting and retaining top faculty; building constructive partnerships with the state; communicating the value of higher education; involving more women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and articulating the value of a liberal arts education.

“Each participant has agreed to commit time and energy to be a part of UW LEAD, with the goal of gaining personally and contributing to an engaged community of campus leaders,” Lutz says.

Joining her in organizing the program were Jacquelyn Bridgeman, interim dean of the College of Law; John Mittelstaedt, interim dean of the College of Business; Joe Steiner, dean of the College of Health Sciences; and Susan Frye, dean of the Outreach School.

The members of the first UW LEAD cohort are:

Cecelia Aragon, director of Latina/o Studies and associate professor of theater/dance and Chicano studies.

Susan Aronstein, interim director of the Honors Program and professor of English.

Steve Barrett, associate dean in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Karen Bartsch-Estes, professor and head of the Department of Psychology.

Donna Bliss, associate professor and director of the Division of Social Work.

Theresa Bogard, professor and head of the Department of Music.

Bruce Cameron, associate professor and head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Tyler Cline, digital programs archivist at the American Heritage Center.

James Delaney, professor in the College of Law.

Anthony Denzer, undergraduate program director and associate professor in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.

Adrienne Freng, associate professor and chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.

Teena Gabrielson, associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

Jean Garrison, director of the Center for Global Studies, professor of political science and interim head of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

Ken Gerow, professor and head of the Department of Statistics.

Ann Marie Hart, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program coordinator and associate professor in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

Angela Jaime, Shepard Symposium on Social Justice chair and associate professor in the College of Education.

Mary Lou Larson, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Greg Lyng, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics.

John McInroy, professor and head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

David Messenger, director of Global and Area Studies and associate professor in the Department of History.

Quincy Newell, associate professor and head of the Department of Religious Studies.

Peter Parolin, associate professor and head of the Department of English.

Mary Anne Purtzer, master’s program coordinator and associate professor in the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.

Timothy Robinson, director of the WWAMI Medical Education Program and professor of statistics.

Leslie Rush, associate dean of the College of Education and professor of secondary education.

Robert Schuhmann, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor and head of the Department of Political Science.

Reed Scull, associate dean of the Outreach School and head of Outreach Credit Programs.

Scott Seville, interim UW-Casper director, associate dean of the Outreach School and professor of zoology and physiology.

Kate Welsh, associate professor and chair of the Department of Secondary Education.

David Williams, professor and head of the Department of Botany.

Suzanne Young, associate dean of the College of Education and professor of professional studies.


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