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Dr. Michael Carney named to associate vice chancellor post

February 25, 2014
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Dr. Michael Carney

EAU CLAIRE —Dr. Michael Carney has been named the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's associate vice chancellor for curriculum, internationalization and immersion following an internal search.

Primary duties of the associate vice chancellor position 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 positioned to bring significant leadership to the distinctive hallmarks that set a UW-Eau Claire education apart from its peers," said Provost Patricia Kleine, citing undergraduate research and liberal education as examples of those distinctive hallmarks. "In the last five months and during the search process, Dr. Carney continually demonstrated his ability to look beyond simply managing processes and overseeing academic initiatives to envisioning solutions and embracing requisite skills necessary for success as a vice chancellor."

Carney had served as interim associate vice chancellor for curriculum, internationalization and immersion since August 2013.

A member of UW-Eau Claire's chemistry faculty since 2000, Carney served as the chemistry department chair from 2010-13. 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 position," Carney said. "During my short tenure as the interim associate vice chancellor, I've appreciated the chance to interact with the people and programs reporting to me, and I've been incredibly impressed by their dedication to our students."

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.

"As a UW-Eau Claire alumnus, I'm reminded every day of the positive effect that high-impact practices and my liberal arts education had on my career," Carney said. "I look forward to helping broaden and strengthen these programs for the benefit of all UW-Eau Claire students."

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