The new Wisconsin Research, Innovation and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Initiative is designed to help address significant, complex challenges of particular importance to Wisconsin and the world, through accelerated and strategic faculty hiring, research infrastructure enhancement, interdisciplinary collaboration and increased student and educational opportunities.
Diana Hess, dean of UW's School of Education since 2015, will return to the faculty in summer 2024, leaving a legacy of growth, excellence and innovation at one of the nation’s most prominent schools of education.
Scholz says that there are many things that he will miss about Madison, but the most important is the dedication of the thousands of faculty and staff members who help the university fulfill its teaching, research and outreach mission.
Jennifer Noyes, who has served in a variety of key positions at UW–Madison and in state government, will serve both Interim Chancellor Karl Scholz and incoming Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, coordinating administrative issues and projects.
Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education and Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, will become interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 1, when Provost John Karl Scholz assumes the interim chancellor position.
Plant scientist Glenda Gillaspy, a professor of biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech since 1998, has been named the next dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW–Madison.
She has been and head of the department since 2015.
William Cronon, who retired in 2020 as Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, returned to campus recently to deliver the keynote address at "Common Places: Keywords for a More Than Human World," a conference held in his honor by Cronon's former PhD students.
The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement has selected Raul Leon to be assistant vice provost for student engagement and scholarship programs, and Catherine Chan to be assistant vice provost for high impact practices.
Most students from nearly all backgrounds find UW–Madison to be a safe, welcoming and respectful place, according to initial results from the fall 2021 survey. But the responses indicate challenges remain.