Dr. Mary Hoffman has been named UW-Eau Claire's interim associate vice chancellor and graduate studies dean. She will begin serving in the interim position effective June 6.
Among Hoffman's responsibilities as interim associate vice chancellor are providing operational direction and coordination for curriculum development and review, as well as and oversight of programs, units, and initiatives such as the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, McNair Program, University Honors, Blugold Fellows, Center for International Education, First-Year Experience, and intercultural immersion. She also will serve as the UW System liaison for new academic programs and serve ex officio on university committees.
As interim dean of graduate studies, Hoffman's duties will include collaborating with deans and graduate program directors to ensure quality graduate curricula and to strengthen recruitment; serving as chair of the Graduate Council; and, in consultation with the Graduate Council, coordinating and administering all UW-Eau Claire graduate programs.
Hoffman has been a member of UW-Eau Claire's communication and journalism faculty and has served as department chair since 2008. In 2016 she also has served as acting academic director of UW-Eau Claire's bachelor of professional studies program. Hoffman also was a communications studies faculty member at Texas State University-San Marcos from 2000-2008, and she served there as the director of graduate studies for the communication studies department from 2005-2008.
“Dr. Hoffman is well positioned to effectively lead us forward on a number of strategic priorities we have identified as a campus community," said Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "She brings to this position broad perspectives — informed by her years of service as a department chair, graduate program director, and member of curriculum and assessment committees."
Kleine said Hoffman has been a champion of international opportunities for faculty and students, the new liberal education core, and undergraduate student research.
"With Mary joining the academic affairs leadership team, I believe essential engagement with and communication about the many campus academic initiatives going 'live' in the next academic year will be significantly enhanced,” Kleine said.
Hoffman said she is pleased to join the academic affairs team in continuing to enhance student learning at UW-Eau Claire.
"Curriculum — in and beyond the classroom — is at the heart of any university," Hoffman said. "I am looking forward to working with excellent staff in many of the university's signature programs."
Hoffman received a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Winona State University, a master's degree in speech communication from Colorado State University, and a doctorate in communication studies from the University of Kansas.