April 05, 2004

Open forums planned for associate provost candidates

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will hold open forums beginning Tuesday, April 6, for the two finalists in the running to become its Associate Provost of Academic Affairs.

Each candidate will speak to all constituency groups and interested members of the public at separate, single sessions. Evaluation forms will be available on site.

"These candidates both have vast, though very different, kinds of experiences that provide broad perspectives on education," said search committee chair Shirley Clay Scott, dean of the SIUC College of Liberal Arts.

"I encourage faculty, staff and students to attend the forums, to listen closely to each of these candidates and to determine which will best tend to our needs," she added.

Here is a closer look at the candidates, a bit of biographical information on each, and forum times and dates:

  • Leslie O. Schulz, associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin's Milwaukee campus, will meet students, faculty and staff from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Lawson Hall's Room 201.

    During that time, Schulz will give a presentation on "Lessons Learned from 20 Years in Undergraduate Education" and will field questions from the audience.

    In her current position, Schulz assists her campus' provost in overseeing and managing academic and curriculum matters as well as with program review and accreditation. She handles correspondence between her campus and the University of Wisconsin System Administration and she has served as the hearing officer for student academic misconduct.

    Her present responsibilities at UW-Milwaukee closely mirror those of the SIUC position, but she is eager to move up to a "larger, more complex institution" such as Southern, she told the search committee.

    A full professor and former chair of her university's health sciences department, she's performed 20 years of service at the UW-Milwaukee and is one of only a handful of its faculty to have won both a university-wide Outstanding Teaching Award and an Outstanding Research Award.

  • James S. Allen, director of the University Core Curriculum program and a professor of history at SIUC, will meet constituency groups and the general public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, in Lawson Hall's Room 231.

    Allen joined SIUC's history department, in the College of Liberal Arts, in 1991 after teaching at universities and colleges in California, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.

    For the last four years, he has held a three-fourths appointment as director of the University Core Curriculum, an administrative position that reports directly to the provost, and since 2002 he has also held a concurrent cross appointment in Women's Studies.

    A full professor, Allen continues to teach three courses a year and conducts research. A past president of the Faculty Senate, he presently chairs its undergraduate education policy committee.

    He believes his extensive experience and positive track record at SIUC make him well suited for the job opening.

    "Without neglecting other responsibilities of the job, I want to promote the university's mission to educate its undergraduates in the extraordinarily rich context of research and graduate training," he told the search committee.