Dr. Heather Fielding, an experienced higher education honors administrator, has been named director of the University Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Fielding, who will join UW-Eau Claire this summer, will oversee programming and curriculum of the honors program and provide leadership of ongoing program changes and improvements. More than 800 students participate in UW-Eau Claire’s University Honors Program, which offers interdisciplinary, innovative courses, a living-learning community and other programming for high-achieving students who seek educational and leadership opportunities that provide unique intellectual experiences.
“Dr. Fielding brings considerable experience and innovative ideas for moving the honors program forward,” said Patricia A. Kleine, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “Professionally, she has a strong commitment to honors programs in general and an excitement to be leading an honors program that enjoys national recognition.”
Fielding currently is an associate dean of the Honors College at Purdue University Northwest. In that role, she has been charged with implementing and continuously improving the college’s interdisciplinary curriculum. She also is an associate professor of English and has served on the faculty since 2009. Prior to her associate dean role at PNW, Fielding was the founding director of the Honors Program at Purdue North Central, one of two regional campuses in the Purdue system that merged in 2016 to become PNW. At the time of the merger, she was part of a team that created a larger Honors College for the new, two-campus university.
Fielding holds doctorate and master’s degrees in English from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree with honors in English from Tulane University.
“I’m honored to take on this role in UW-Eau Claire’s thriving University Honors Program, which has been a national leader in promoting a holistic approach to honors admissions,” Fielding said. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with faculty and staff from across the university to support and build opportunities for honors students — and I’m so excited to meet and start working with this amazing group of students.”
Dr. Karen Mumford, director and associate professor in UW-Eau Claire’s Watershed Institute and chair of University Honors Program director search committee, said Fielding’s prior honors program leadership experience will benefit UW-Eau Claire honors students.
“Dr. Fielding brings administrative experience and collaborative expertise to our growing honors program,” Mumford said. “Under her guidance students will benefit from high-impact and leadership-rich learning experiences.”