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David Leaman

Hello, I'm David Leaman. As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, my major task is to protect and renew the educationally progressive academic programs for which UW-Eau Claire is renowned. This includes working with faculty to implement the exciting new Liberal Education Core. As an undergraduate student, my life was transformed by participating in a living learning community, interning at a free medical clinic, and studying in Central America – and I am happy when UWEC students benefit from one or more of these high impact experiences. My other roles as Dean include working with departments to recruit, nurture, and retain the highest quality faculty members; representing the College in deliberative decision-making with the Provost, Chancellor, and other college deans on important university initiatives; collaborating with Arts and Sciences associate deans and staff to manage the budget, curriculum, instruction, advising, and facilities of the College; and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of students, faculty, and programs. While I am a Professor of Political Science (specializing in comparative politics), my intellectual life over the years has been enriched by interdisciplinary activities that have connected me with every area of Arts and Sciences. Please reach out to me by clicking my name.

Bernard Duyfhuizen

Bernard Duyfhuizen
Hi, I'm Bernard Duyfhuizen, better known as "Duffy," Associate Dean for Budget, Personnel, and Scheduling in the College of Arts and Sciences. My specific duties include the leadership areas of budget development and management, personnel recruitment, scheduling, and internal/external resource development. I also represent CAS on the Course Availability Task Force, the Planning committee for the New Education Building, and the Campus Master Planning committee. My academic background is English, specifically study of the novel and literary theory. If you have questions or need further information about any aspect of my work in the College, feel free to talk with me by clicking on the link above.

Margaret Cassidy

Margaret Cassidy
Hello, I am Margaret Cassidy, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). My main responsibilities in the College focus on the undergraduate and graduate curriculum, the development and change of academic programs, and the catalog. I provide leadership to and serve as Secretary of the CAS Curriculum Committee. I am the CAS liaison to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education and Human Sciences. I help coordinate orientation sessions for new CAS department chairs, program directors, and faculty. I represent the College on the Living-Learning Community Advisory Committee. In terms of my academic background, I am a Professor of Sociology, with specialty areas in family, social gerontology, and gender. I also am a Women's Studies Program Affiliate and serve as the Gerontology Minor Advisor. If you have questions or need further information about any aspect of my work in the College, feel free to talk with me by clicking on the link above.

Michael Weil

Michael Weil
Hi, I am Michael Weil, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and Special Projects in the College of Arts and Sciences. My primary responsibilities involve working with students on issues related to their academic programs. These include such things as academic requirements, waivers or substitutions, topical minors, retention and readmission to the University. In addition to student issues I am involved in a variety of special projects within the College. For example, I lead the liberal education initiative within the college, coordinate the selection process for multidisciplinary scholarships, and deliver workshops for new faculty advisors. With respect to my academic background, I am a Professor of Biology, primarily interested in reproduction in snakes and frogs. If you have questions or need further information about any aspect of my work in the College, feel free to talk with me by clicking on the link above.

Marc Goulet

Marc Goulet
Hi, I am Marc Goulet, Professor of Mathematics and Director of UWEC's Liberal Studies Degree Program.  The program provides an opportunity for a student, with the help of an advisor, to construct a comprehensive, interdisciplinary major. I am also the lead advisor for the College.  My scholarly interests include probability theory, applications of mathematics to the social and natural sciences and studying the participation of women and minorities in mathematics and science.  Contact me if you would like to learn more about our Liberal Studies major or need some help with some advising questions.

Peggy Foy

Peggy Foy
Hello, I am Peggy Foy, CPA and Budget Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences.  I work closely with Associate Dean Duyfhuizen on college budget and financial matters. If you need assistance, please click on the link above to contact me.

Paula Collins

Paula Collins
Hello, I am Paula Collins, Dean Assistant in the College of Arts and Sciences.  If you need to make an appointment or speak to the Dean, or have questions related to administrative, recruitment, and personnel issues, please contact me by clicking on the link above.  I hold a Master of Science and an Education Specialist degree from UW-Stout.  Welcome to the College.

Astie Nilsen

Astrid Nilsen
Hi, my name is Astrid Nilsen, but I'm better known as Astie. My primary area of responsibility is in working with matters related to curriculum and the Catalogue, both undergraduate and graduate. If you have any questions or concerns related to curriculum, please feel free to talk with me by clicking on the link above.

Kathy LaValley

Kathy LaValley
Hi, my name is Kathy LaValley. My Arts and Sciences area of responsibility is undergraduate Student Affairs. If you want to know about University academic regulations and standards, College policies and procedures, and forms for undergraduate students, just talk with me by clicking on the link above.

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