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Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

News and Updates

  • September Academic Affairs Update

    Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome back to a glorious start of the 2015-16 academic year. As you know, we have a unique opportunity at the University of Northern Iowa to create a national model for teaching and learning in the 21st century, and given the pressures facing higher education there is some level of responsibility that falls to our shoulders because of this opportunity. Read more


  • Welcome Back - Fall 2015

    Dear Colleagues,

    As the fall semester begins, and the energy and enthusiasm on the campus returns, I want to welcome all of you back to a glorious start of the 2015-2016 academic year. In some way, each of us individually and all of us collectively are called to this work of teaching, which is, at its heart, centrally about creating opportunities for students to learn.

    I have had the chance today to talk with students as they scurry from one class to the next or sit on the lawn studying. They are excited to be here, and for them we must model the type of community that we want to see in the classroom—a community of curiosity and inquiry, of high expectations filled with a desire to learn and grow and become, of respect and deep listening. Read more


  • New Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College Appointment

    Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kavita Dhanwada as the interim associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate College.  She has served as an associate dean in the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences since 2010, and as a Faculty Research Fellow in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs since 2013.  Kavita also served as interim head of the Department of Biology from 2007 to 2008.  Kavita has many years of experience on Liberal Arts Core category review committees and has served on the Regents Committee on Educational Relations.  She has also been heavily engaged in graduate education, having received a Milestone Award from the Graduate College in 2013, and she has published with six of her graduate students.

    Kavita's interim position will begin July 1, to replace Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter, who is leaving UNI to be the chair of the Speech Communication Department at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

    Please join me in congratulating Kavita Dhanwada!

    Mike Licari


  • New Interim Dean of the College of Education Appointment

    Colleagues,

    I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Victoria Robinson as the interim dean of the College of Education.  She has served as head of the Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education since 2011, and served as interim head from 2009 to 2011. Vickie is also an accomplished teacher and scholar, and she will bring all of this valuable experience to the position.

    Vickie's interim position will begin July 1, to replace Dr. Dwight Watson, who is leaving UNI to be the provost at Southwest Minnesota State.  A national search for the new dean will begin this academic year.  Although the interim dean will not be eligible to be a candidate, I know that Vickie will be a strong leader for the College of Education.

    Please join me in congratulating Vickie Robinson!

    Mike Licari


  • February Academic Affairs Update

    Professional Development Assignments Propel UNI's Contributions to Scholarship and Iowa

    Every fall, a committee comprised of one faculty representative each from CBA, COE, and CSBS, and two representatives from CHAS, evaluates applications for Professional Development Assignments (PDA). A PDA provides full regular salary for one semester or half-salary for an academic year.


  • January Academic Affairs Update

    Two Centuries of the North American Review

    By Jeremy Schraffenberger, Associate Professor of English
    Department of Languages and Literatures

    The North American Review, the oldest and one of the most important literary magazines in the United States, will celebrate its bicentennial by hosting a conference on June 11-13, 2015 on the University of Northern Iowa campus (where it has been housed since 1968).


  • November Academic Affairs Update

    Retention Council Efforts Show Results

    The UNI Retention Council was established in 2010 as a result of the 2009-10 Foundations of Excellence (FoE) initiative. UNI's retention and graduation rates remain strong, and should be a source of pride for the institution.
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  • October Academic Affairs Update

    New Student Assessment Instrument Debuts at UNI
    During 2013-14, eighteen meetings and dedicated faculty-administrative collaboration, in the form of the Student Assessment Instrument Committee, resulted in a new instrument by which students can evaluate their courses at UNI.
  • September Academic Affairs Update

    Is This for "Real?" 3D Printing at UNI
    By Scott Giese, Associate Professor of Technology
    Adrienne Lamberti, Associate Professor of Languages and Literatures
    The Economist claimed that "it is likely to disrupt every field it touches." A recent article from the CNN website predicts it "could become a household appliance that saves people thousands of dollars a year." A high-productivity software corporation argues that it's a promising phenomenon only when used at the industrial level.

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