MAILED: Oct. 3, 2000
Provost Ronald Satz announced this week that he is retitling the position held by Dr. Christopher Lind, assistant dean of University Research, and renaming the office.
Lind's new title will be assistant vice chancellor and director of the Center of Excellence for Faculty and Undergraduate Student Research Collaboration. The Office of University Research will become known as the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. These changes will be effective Oct. 9.
"Last year, after conversations with members of the North Central Association Visiting Team, I began exploring ways to more accurately reflect the Office of University Research's university-wide responsibilities on our organizational chart and to establish a 'one-stop shop' for professional development support on campus," Satz said.
Working together with Research Coordinator Donald Zeutschel and Program Assistant Betty Feia, Lind will continue to manage day-to-day extramural grant development activities and provide leadership for all university-sponsored programs for promoting research, other scholarly and creative activities and professional development support. He and his staff will continue to assist faculty and academic staff in utilizing internal grant programs as well as other support systems, such as "seed" funding for promoting the development of extramural grant and sponsored program applications. They will help faculty and academic staff to identify funding sources and develop successful applications for extramural grant and sponsored programs and maintain liaison with federal, state and private funding agencies.
As director of the Center of Excellence, Lind will facilitate multidisciplinary faculty research and faculty/student research collaborations and coordinate Student Research Day activities. Finally he will provide leadership in the merit review of internal proposals and compliance review of funded grants and continue to chair the Research and Creative Activity Council, the Academic Staff Professional Development Committee, the Sabbatical Review Committee and the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.
He and Satz will explore ways to increase the funding level for existing research and professional development programs and look for ways to create new opportunities. They will work with the leadership of the Network for Excellence in Teaching (NET) and the Center for Instructional and Technological Innovation (CITI) to better coordinate all such activities on campus.
"Given the large number of retirements that we will be experiencing in the years ahead, Chris Lind's central role in leading our professional development programming and his role in interviewing all candidates for tenure track probationary faculty positions should assist us in positioning the University to aggressively recruit the very best candidates," Satz said.
Lind joined UW-Eau Claire in 1992. He holds a bachelor's degree from St Olaf College and master's and Ph.D. degrees from UW-Madison.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 4, 2000