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Michael Carney appointed interim associate vice chancellor

August 23, 2013
Michael Carney
Dr. Michael Carney

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Michael Carney has been named UW-Eau Claire's interim associate vice chancellor for curriculum, internationalization and immersion following the retirement of Dr. Robert Knight, former associate vice chancellor for undergraduate studies. Carney's appointment was effective Aug. 19.

Primary duties of the interim associate vice chancellor position will include:

  • Providing institutionwide vision and strategic leadership for the liberal education core.

  • Overseeing selected programs and units, including the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, University Honors Program, Center for International Education, Blugold Fellowship program and universitywide curricular grants.

  • Overseeing and working collaboratively with faculty and staff on international and domestic immersion experiences.

  • Tracking and documenting student involvement in all forms of immersive learning experiences.

  • Building strategic partnerships with faculty, deans, regional leaders and other on- and off-campus leaders to advance global education policy development and implementation.

  • Working closely with stakeholders to internationalize the curriculum and pedagogical practices.

  • Overseeing universitywide curriculum approval and review processes.

"Dr. Carney is well-prepared to effectively lead us forward on a number of priorities we've identified as a campus community," said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "He brings to this position a broad perspective — informed by his years of service on our faculty and as a department chair, his industry experience and his status as a Blugold alumnus who understands the value of a UW-Eau Claire degree."

Carney has been a member of UW-Eau Claire's chemistry faculty since 2000 and has served as the chemistry department chair since 2010. He previously held positions in industry as a staff scientist with W.R. Grace & Co. and as a research chemist with Chevron Chemical Co. 

"I'm honored to be selected for this important position," Carney said. "In the coming year, I look forward to helping University Honors, the Center for International Education and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs meet the needs of students and faculty across all academic disciplines. I also look forward to working with the newly formed Council on Internationalization and Global Engagement as it builds strategic relationships that will enhance global education on campus. I'm particularly excited to provide leadership to complete our long-awaited liberal education reform. As an alumnus, I understand and appreciate the value of my UW-Eau Claire liberal education. Through shared governance, I'm committed to establishing an improved liberal education core that is meaningful, assessable and sustainable."

Carney received his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University and his bachelor's degree in chemistry from UW-Eau Claire. He also was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

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