November 2016

Dear colleagues,

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, and as we head into the semester homestretch, I wanted to take a moment to wish you well. We have a lot to be proud of right now at Marquette, and I’m looking forward to all that we accomplish together next semester.

In this second edition of the POST, we have some great news around our diversity and inclusion efforts, an update on the electronic grants management system, new task forces designed to propel the university forward, and much more.

I hope you continue to find these “short takes” helpful and informative.

Thank you for all you do for Marquette!

-Dan Myers, Provost

Faculty leadership development program

Marquette faculty will participate in a faculty leadership development program beginning fall 2017. The program will focus on 1) the unique role of leaders within the higher education landscape, 2) theories of leadership and their evolution, 3) leadership styles, and 4) mastery across four key levels of leadership, including personal (knowing oneself), interpersonal (dynamics of relationships), groups (working with and leading groups) and systems (creating systemic change). Through presentations, discussions, exercises, journaling, guest speakers and group work, participants will come to understand and appreciate the challenges and rewards of being a leader in higher education. For more information, please contact Dr. Gary Meyer, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, at

Community-Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant

The Offices of the Provost and Community Engagement invite individuals to apply for the Community-Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant. This grant will provide a stipend to a faculty member and community organization to forge a new community engaged research partnership that produces a research pilot project in response to a mutually identified community need. The purpose of this stipend is to expand the number of bi-directional, community-engaged research partnerships. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Bergen, executive director for community engagement.

Update on electronic grants management system

The award module for the university’s new electronic grant management system will go live in early 2017. Faculty will be able to see their award information and high-level legacy data regarding their proposals. The system will also be able to track progress on sub-awards and other agreements. Training will likely take place in early 2017. Development will begin on the application module immediately after the rollout of the award module. For more information, contact Kathy Durben, executive director for research and sponsored programs.

Relocation and expansion of the Kohler Center

The Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and the Social Innovation Initiative in March 2017 will relocate to a new home on the first floor of the 707 Building. This new campus innovation space, called the 707 HUB, has been designed with student input over the past year through the Co-Lab Strategic Innovation Fund project. For more information, contact Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation.

Marquette Forum

This year’s forum, “Freedom Dreams Now,” will continue with a series of events next semester, and the culminating event will be a keynote address by Dr. Angela Davis on March 29, 2017. For a complete list of events, including affiliated events hosted by schools and colleges, visit the Marquette Forum website.

Planning for Marquette Forum 2017-18 is already underway, and the theme will address a health-related issue—a more specific focus and forum events will be announced at a later date. If you have questions or ideas for events that could engage faculty, students, faculty, staff and Milwaukee community members, please contact Dr. John Su, vice provost for academic affairs.

Ethnic racial studies initiative working group

A group of faculty and staff have been exploring opportunities to enhance curricular and co-curricular offerings around race, ethnicity and indigeneity. One central area of exploration is the possible formation of an ethics studies program. If you are interested in learning more or participating in these conversations, please contact Dr. John Su.

Native American initiatives

Throughout November, as the campus joined in an annual national celebration of Native American heritage, Marquette continued its efforts to address issues of educational access, campus climate, scholarship and learning, and engagement with Wisconsin’s First Nations. The Committee on the Recruitment and Retention of Native American Students and Underrepresented Minorities continues to meet to address a range of issues, including campus-level education and training on issues of race and inclusion, enhancing educational programming, and strengthening campus-community relationships. For more information contact Dr. William Welburn, executive director for diversity and inclusion.

Hispanic-Serving Institution steering committee

A steering committee has been convened to assist the university in attaining its goal of becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution. The committee is exploring current practices and determine needs in a variety of areas, including but not limited to community outreach, pre-college programs, recruitment, retention, support services, school climate, curricular offerings, hiring practices and alumni engagement. If you would like to contribute to this effort or have questions, please contact Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives.

Academic advising process

The Office of the Provost has created a task force, which includes representatives from each college, to discuss the various college models of advising and associated resources. Their goal this year will be to recommend the best mix of faculty and professional advising for Marquette, and for each of the colleges. For further information, contact Anne Deahl, associate vice provost for academic support programs and retention.

U.S. News ranking task force

U.S. News and World Report annually publishes its Best National Universities ranking, which is based on several academic indicators, such as graduation and retention rates, reputation, class size, and faculty resources. A newly formed U.S. News ranking task force is currently examining all ranking metrics and data to identify ways in which the university can improve its rank. The group will make recommendations to Provost Myers by March. For more information, contact Alix Riley, director for institutional research and analysis.


Do you know a colleague who should be recognized for a noteworthy accomplishment? Someone who published an article in a top-rated journal, won an award within their discipline or provided a community service that changed the lives of others? If so, please recommend her or him for inclusion in the “Cheers!” section of the Office of Faculty Affairs website. The office is seeking nominations as they strive to recognize and “toast” faculty throughout the year. To nominate a colleague for recognition of a particular achievement, contact Dr. Meyer at




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