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Finalists Named for UW AVP for Undergraduate Education

April 3, 2020

After an extensive and informative internal search process, finalists for the position of associate vice provost for undergraduate education at the University of Wyoming have been identified.

The finalists are: Stephanie Anderson, professor and head of the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies; Steven Barrett, professor and associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science; and Teena Gabrielson, professor and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“The exceptional applicant pool for this position demonstrates the value UW faculty place on undergraduate education,” says Associate Vice Provost Jim Ahern, who chairs the search committee. “Thank you to all who applied for the position, and thank you to the campus community for the support throughout the search process.”

One-day, virtual, on-campus interviews of the candidates are being scheduled the week of April 13. Details about the interviews, including public presentation times and instructions for faculty, staff and students to provide feedback, will be released next week. All public presentations will be captured using UW’s WyoCast system, which will allow near-real-time viewing as well as archiving for later viewing.

Anderson, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, joined UW in 2004. She teaches courses in political science, international studies, and gender and women's studies. Her research focuses on the nexus between European Union identity and security policy. She has won two Fulbrights and held three senior fellow positions. She is the author of two books and has published in several journals and edited volumes.

Anderson was selected as Faculty Senate speaker in 2015. She won the College of Arts and Sciences’ Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Award and is a three-time winner of the “Top Prof” award. Her past leadership roles include serving on the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and as associate director of the Center for Global Studies. Beyond campus, she has served on the United Kingdom Marshall Scholarships selection committee and the Executive Committee of the European Union Studies Association.

Barrett has been with UW since 1999. He earned a B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, a master’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas-Austin. After serving as an active-duty faculty member and professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, he is now professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean for academic programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

His research interests include digital and analog image processing, computer-assisted laser surgery and embedded control systems. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and chief faculty adviser of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. He is an author of several textbooks, and his book, “A Little Book on Teaching,” was published in 2012. In 2004, Barrett was named Wyoming Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching; in 2008, he was the recipient of the National Society of Professional Engineers’ Professional Engineers in Higher Education, Engineering Education Excellence Award.

Gabrielson joined UW in 2006 and is a professor in the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies, where she teaches courses in political theory. She earned her Ph.D. and her M.A. in political science from the University of California-Davis and a B.A. in political science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.

Her recent research focuses on questions of environmental citizenship and environmental justice and has been published in journals such as Environmental Politics, Citizenship Studies and Environmental Humanities. She is a co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory (2016). Since coming to UW, Gabrielson served as department head of political science from 2014-17 and as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2017 to present.

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