This just in from Dr. Ben Withers, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education:
I would like to share with you information on a recent reorganization of the various units within the Division of Undergraduate Education. Based upon several unit reviews conducted within the last few years, we have decided to reorganize our student-directed, programmatic units into three primary areas: Academic Enhancement and Presentation U!; the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence, and Academic and Career Exploration.
A top priority in this reorganization is the need to redefine and strengthen the services we provide for career development and career services. Nationally—and here at UK—there is growing concern about how to better prepare undergraduates for personal and professional life after college. I organized and charged an ad hoc faculty/staff committee in the Spring of 2014 to explore the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of prominent national models. That committee’s report was in turn shared with staff of the Stuckert Career Center and Undergraduate Studies who discussed it intently at a half-day retreat.
As a result of these recommendations and deliberations, and in consultation with the Provost, Undergraduate Education is moving forward with the development of a new model that more closely aligns exploratory academic advising and career development. As part of this transition, the organizational structure of Undergraduate Studies and the Stuckert Career Center is undergoing change.
To support this organizational change a new leadership structure will be established for these units that will enable us to enhance teamwork, communication and collaboration among professional staff of both units to better meet student needs. In order to implement this model three leadership positions in Undergraduate Studies and the Stuckert Career Center have been eliminated. The future leadership structure will consist of two positions: an Associate Dean and an Assistant Dean, who will jointly oversee the offices and initiatives of the Stuckert Career Center and Undergraduate Studies.
Until these new leadership positions are filled, Azetta Beatty (Senior Assistant Director, Stuckert Career Center) and Susan Herrick (Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies) will function as the main contact for their respective offices. I will provide future updates as we continue with our re-organization.
Benjamin C. Withers, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
University of Kentucky