Associate Chancellor for External Affairs & Chief of Staff

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller sent the following message via e-mail to employees on Tuesday, June 23, 2015:

By now you will have learned of the appointment of Mr. Ron Pfeifer to the new position of Associate Chancellor for External Affairs and Chief of Staff.

This new position is part of the reorganization of my executive team in order to increase efficiency and create a leadership structure to advance our goal of becoming a national leader in institutional engagement.  Our prosperity in today’s higher education environment depends on the success of an engagement paradigm that not only focuses education on problem-solving but, importantly, applies interdisciplinarity to affect real economic and social change in our community.  Ron will be a key leader in this effort.

Our link to the community is through our faculty, staff and students.  The principal asset we bring to any community challenge or opportunity is the expertise, commitment and creativity of the faculty, staff and students.  Because of this, it will be extremely important for Ron to develop a deep understanding of the work and interests of faculty and staff.  I respectfully request that you find time to meet with Ron as he reaches out to you in the coming weeks and months.  In the fall, we will organize more formal meetings with the Shared Governance groups, the UC, the UPIC and academic and administrative units.

Thank you.


Austin’s Notes on Problem-Focused Interdisciplinary Education

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Andrew Austin, contributed to the discussion of interdisciplinarity by submitting his Notes on Problem-Focused Interdisciplinary Education. The discussion began with Chancellor Miller’s essay Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity posted here this past January and continued with a paper issued in response by UW-Green Bay Secretary of the Faculty and Staff Cliff Abbott a week later.

Austin introduces his notes as follows:

Drawing on the substantial body of literature on interdisciplinarity, this essay clarifies problem-focused interdisciplinary practice and asserts its usefulness, indeed, its necessity in addressing the problems of a complex world. In the sections that follow, I review the literature on interdisciplinary education and research, as well as the history of and reasons for interdisciplinary studies; highlight the advantages of budgetary structures and requirements; provide examples of interdisciplinary programming; and examine the concept of the discipline and the limitations of disciplinary approaches to complex problems. I conclude with a discussion of UW-Green Bay’s distinct institutional character and its continuing relevance to our present and future.

View the full text of Prof. Austin’s response in the paper below.

Notes on Problem-Focused Interdisciplinary Education
by Prof. Andrew Austin
Chair of Democracy and Justice Studies
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
June 2015

View the full text of Prof. Abbott’s response in the paper below.

Response on Interdisciplinarity
by Prof. Cliff Abbott
Secretary of the Faculty and Staff
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
February 2015

View the full text of Chancellor Miller’s original essay below.

Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity
Essay: Thoughts on Interdisciplinarity
by Gary L. Miller, Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
January 2015

State Budget Town Hall Recording

Chancellor Miller addressed an audience of 300 faculty, staff and students in the fifth in a series of informational budget “town hall” sessions in the University Theatre on Wednesday morning (June 3). After making brief remarks, he opened the floor to a question and answer session. A synopsis of the budget forum will be available on the UW-Green Bay Inside news site.

Chancellor Miller’s opening remarks

12:47 | 5.2MB | Download the audio file

Question and answer portion

1:15:07 | 28.8MB | Download the audio file

Town Hall meeting planned for tomorrow (Wednesday, June 3)

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller released the following invitation to faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, June 2, 2015:

Chancellor Gary Miller and campus leaders invite you to a Town Hall Meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3 in the University Theatre to hear comments regarding the budget update, budget process and summer activities. We hope you will join us. A summary of discussion points is available in a memorandum here

Budget Update

The UW-Green Bay Office of the Chancellor e-mailed the following Budget Update Memorandum from Chancellor Miller to faculty and staff on Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

Budget Update 6-2-15

UW-Green Bay leadership will convene a town hall meeting at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, June 3 in the University Theatre to hear comments and continue discussion on issues involving the state budget.