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.
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.
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.
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 https://blog.uwgb.edu/chancellor/2015/06/02/budget-update-2/.