Ackerman named associate vice chancellor for physical sciences

This month, the University of Wisconsin-Madison changes its administrative structure to form a new Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, separate from the Graduate School.

Steve Ackerman. Credit: Jeff Miller, UW-Madison, University Communications.

Steve Ackerman. Credit: Jeff Miller, UW-Madison, University Communications.

Within the new office, Steve Ackerman, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences and director of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, has been named associate vice chancellor for the physical sciences. He previously served as the Graduate School associate dean for the physical sciences.

Ackerman is an accomplished scientist and widely known as an expert in the area of satellite meteorology, a field that has its earliest roots at UW-Madison. He is an active proponent of the Wisconsin Idea to expand the impact of the university beyond the classroom. In recognition of his teaching philosophy and ideals, he has received distinguished teaching awards from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and UW-Madison. Ackerman is also an elected Fellow of the AMS.

Ackerman is part of an elite team that will create a seamless interface between the new office, which oversees the university’s research enterprise, and the Graduate School, with its oversight of graduate students and graduate education.

The change is “intended to optimize and enhance the administrative engine that governs one of the world’s largest and most diverse academic programs of research and graduate education,” explains Marsha Mailick, interim vice chancellor for research and graduate education.

More information on the new administrative structure: http://www.news.wisc.edu/23076

by Leanne Avila