I am extremely pleased to inform you that Dr. Karen Badger has accepted a position in Undergraduate Education (UGE) as Assistant Provost. While she will continue her responsibilities such as Associate Dean in the College of Social Work, a portion of her Distribution of Effort be assigned to UGE. Among other campus-wide responsibilities, she will chair Undergraduate Council and the UK Core Education Committee (UKCEC) and will be tasked with working closely with college and Senate curriculum committees to assist colleges and the University Senate in streamlining the curriculum process for undergraduate programs and courses.
As you all know, our recent Strategic Planning discussions have highlighted the need to improve the efficiency and timeliness of the campus process for review of courses and programs. The Division of Undergraduate Education plays a pivotal role in this process for undergraduate curricula through leadership of the University Senate’s Undergraduate Council and the UK Core Education Committee and sponsorship of campus-wide courses (the UK and UKC series). Dr. Badger’s appointment will help improve communication and functioning between the various levels of the approval process.
Dr. Badger’s professional experience and knowledge of UK are crucial for this work. She has brought to her appointment at UK almost 25 years of social work experience which included a manager position in a large university hospital. Since arriving in Lexington, she has developed considerable knowledge of UK’s campus culture. In addition to her contributions to the College of Social Work as administrative faculty in the areas such as accreditation, program and curriculum development, she has served on a variety of campus-wide committees, including the Academic Programs Approval Committee, University Assessment Council, the Institutional Effectiveness Advisory group, the Graduation Writing Requirement Task Force, the Women’s Leadership and Career Development Task Force, and the UK Strategic Planning Committee. She is a long-time member of Undergraduate Council and has chaired that body for the last two years. She knows Undergraduate Education well, having chaired External Reviews of the Division of Undergraduate Education (2012) and the Stuckert Career Center (2013). Her contributions to teaching have been recognized through the UK Teacher Who Made a Difference Award and the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award (2013). In addition to her expertise in the psychosocial adjustment of burn survivors, her research interests include undergraduate curricula and assessment.
Dr. Badger’s administrative skills, her teaching excellence, and experience in curriculum development are great additions to the UGE team. Please welcome her to her new official role.
Benjamin C. Withers, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
Director, Honors Program
University of Kentucky