Associate vice provost named

June 11, 2018 | News, UToday
By Vicki L. Kroll

Dr. Denise Bartell, director of student success and engagement at the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, has been named UT’s associate vice provost for student success.

She was among more than 30 applicants who applied for the position during a national search. Bartell will start her new job Aug. 1.


“We are excited to have Dr. Bartell join the University,” Dr. Andrew Hsu, provost and executive president for academic affairs, said. “With her extensive experience helping students succeed, she will help propel UT’s student success programs to new heights.”

“I am very excited to join The University of Toledo as the new associate vice provost for student success. During my interview, I was incredibly impressed with the institution’s efforts to support the success of all students and the clear dedication to those efforts of the faculty, staff and administrators I had the pleasure to meet,” Bartell said. “I look forward to working with these stakeholders from across campus to advance together the University’s student success goals.”

The associate vice provost for student success is responsible for providing leadership in the implementation of strategic initiatives related to retention and the undergraduate experience from pre-college through degree completion.

Bartell will oversee the offices of Success Coaching and Academic Support Services, and lead efforts to support undergraduates in several areas, including advising, orientation, first-year experience, academic enrichment, and blending curricular and co-curricular learning.

At the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Bartell founded and led several student initiatives: Gateways to Phoenix Success Program, Phoenix Emergency Grant Program, Center for Students in Transition, Peer Mentor Program for First-Year Seminars and First-Year Seminar Program.

She joined the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay in 2002 as an assistant professor of human development and psychology, and was promoted to associate professor in 2008. For two years, she was co-director of the First-Year Seminar Program and then started and served as director of the Center for Students in Transition from 2011 to 2016. During that time, Bartell also founded the Gateways to Phoenix Success Program in 2013 and still serves as its director.

In 2016, she was named director of student success and engagement, a position she advocated to be developed in the Office of the Provost.

Bartell received a bachelor of science degree in human development from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and headed to the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a master of arts degree in child development and family relationships, and a doctorate in human development and family sciences in 1998 and 2002, respectively.

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