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Two Associate Deans Named in UW-Eau Claire
College of Arts and Sciences

 MAILED:  April 28, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - Two long-time faculty and administrators have been named to associate dean positions in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Margaret Cassidy will assume the duties of associate dean for academic affairs and curriculum for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Wilma Clark will assume the duties of associate dean for student affairs and graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Both appointments begin July 1. Provost and Vice Chancellor Ronald Satz announced the appointments this week.

Cassidy and Clark joined the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office as assistant deans in the summer of 1999. They became interim associate deans in September 2001.

"Both Margaret Cassidy and Wilma Clark have done outstanding jobs in their interim positions," Satz said. "Their knowledge of the campus and commitment to the students made them ideal candidates for these positions."

Cassidy, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1982, earned her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees at Washington State University.

In her position, Cassidy is responsible of the College of Arts and Science's undergraduate and graduate curriculum, the catalogue, assisting with curricular initiatives, new faculty and new chair orientation, university assessment and service learning. She is the liaison to the School of Education and the Women's Studies program. Cassidy also is a professor of sociology, with specialty areas of family, gender and social gerontology.

"My role as a professor, department chair and administrator have provided valuable experience for this position," Cassidy said. "Much of the work I do is tied to the curriculum, and it has been gratifying to help faculty and staff achieve their curricular goals. I have found working with faculty and staff from across the college and the university to be interesting and enjoyable. I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to continue this work."

Clark, who came to UW-Eau Claire in 1978, earned her doctorate degree at Michigan State University, her master's at Western Michigan University and her bachelors at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

In her associate dean position, Clark works primarily with students and their academic programs. She works with students who have questions or concerns regarding academic requirements, academic standing, waivers or substitutions, and topical minors. She serves as a contact for academic advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences, and organizes workshops for faculty advisers on a regular basis. Clark is a professor of English, with interests in technical writing, editing and grant proposal writing.

"My goals in this position are to uphold academic standards in the College, support faculty in upholding standards and help students solve academic problems," Clark said. "I enjoy leading faculty development initiatives, and I look for every opportunity to help faculty become well-informed academic advisers.

"To help students solve academic problems, I connect daily with department chairs and academic advisers throughout the college, as well as with student support staff in many offices. The best part of the day happens when a student comes in with a furrowed brow and leaves a half hour later with a smile and a sigh of relief."

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Updated: April 28, 2003