Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

23rd Edition, 2013 Version


Chapter I: Introduction to UW-River Falls

1.5 Academic Organization

For academic purposes the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is organized into four academic colleges: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education and Professional Studies.

1.5.1 College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

1.5.1.1 Degrees (and related)

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Pre-Engineering program
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine program
  • Two-Year Certificate in Agricultural Science

1.5.1.2 Departments

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering Technology
  • Animal and Food Science
  • Plant and Earth Science

1.5.1.3 Majors

  • Agricultural business
  • Agricultural education
  • Agricultural engineering technology
  • Agricultural studies
  • Animal science
  • Biotechnology
  • Conservation
  • Crop and soil science
  • Dairy science
  • Environmental science
  • Food science and technology
  • Geology
  • Horticulture
  • International Studies
  • Land use planning
  • Marketing communications
  • Sustainable management

1.5.1.4 Minors

In addition to the areas listed in 1.5.1.3, minors are also offered in:

  • Agricultural economics
  • Crop science
  • Earth science
  • Environmental studies
  • Farm management
  • Hydrogeology
  • Outdoor education
  • Soil science

1.5.1.5 Other Responsibilities

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has responsibility for teaching and laboratory facilities, including dairy, food, and meat pilot plants; greenhouse; two laboratory farm sites with beef, dairy, horse, sheep, swine, crop and horticulture enterprises; and two school forests. The College has responsibilities for an extensive cooperative education internship program, and other educational programs, including UW-Cooperative Extension, Survey Center, Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Outreach.

1.5.1.6 Mission

The mission of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is to provide exceptional undergraduate education and related programs in agriculture, food and environmental sciences for Wisconsin, the region and world.

1.5.1.7 Vision

Our vision is to be widely recognized for excellent programs that educate students in wise agricultural practices and judicious use of the earth's resources. Our state-of-the-art facilities will enhance learning, scholarship, and service. Faculty will be dedicated to teaching. Graduates will be well positioned to pursue careers through achieving a broad foundation of knowledge as well as hands-on and multidisciplinary experience in best management practices and best available technologies.

http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/

1.5.2 College of Arts and Sciences

1.5.2.1 Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (art major only)

The College also has responsibility for the administration of pre-professional programs.

1.5.2.2 Departments

Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Art
  • Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Modern Languages
  • Music

Sciences and Mathematics

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Geography and Mapping Sciences
  • History and Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

1.5.2.3 Majors

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication studies
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • International studies
  • Journalism
  • Marketing communications
  • Mathematics
  • Modern language
    • French option
    • German option
    • Spanish option
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Science, broad field
  • Sociology
  • Social studies, broad field
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
  • Theatre arts

1.5.2.4 Minors

In addition to the areas listed in 1.5.2.3, minors are also offered in

  • Anthropology
  • Creative writing
  • Criminal justice
  • Digital film and television communication
  • Ethnic studies
  • Film studies
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)/Cartography
  • Musical theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Professional and organizational communication
  • Science, general
  • Women's studies

1.5.2.5 Other responsibilities

The College of Arts and Sciences is also responsible for Gallery 101.

1.5.2.6 Mission

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is to provide for the education of the complete person, education for citizenship and leadership, education for a productive life and education for the love of learning.

1.5.2.7 Goals/Vision

  • The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to teaching excellence in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences;
  • The College is an articulate and prominent advocate on campus, in the community and in the University of Wisconsin System for the value of a liberal arts education in a democratic society;
  • The College provides academic programs that are responsive to the changing demands of a diverse society, world, and workplace;
  • The College prepares students in all disciplines to succeed and thrive as ethical and engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective;
  • The College provides unique and varied international experiences for student and faculty learning and development;
  • The College is committed to the creation of new knowledge through faculty and student research, scholarly and creative activity, and seeks to be a regional and national leader in undergraduate research;
  • The College leads the campus, and strives to become a national model, in the development and support of innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching that crosses boundaries of departments and colleges;
  • The College seeks to be recognized as the intellectual, artistic and cultural center of the St. Croix Valley;
  • The College shares responsibility for the preparation of excellent, sought-after secondary education teachers.

http://www.uwrf.edu/CAS/

1.5.3 College of Business and Economics

1.5.3.1 Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science

1.5.3.2 Departments

The College of Business and Economics is made up of the following departments:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Management and Marketing
  • Military Science (ROTC)

1.5.3.3 Majors

The College of Business and Economics offers the following majors:

  • Accounting
  • Business administration (requiring a minor)
  • Business administration
    - Finance option
    - Management information systems option
    - Management option
    - Marketing option
  • Computer science and information systems
    - Computer science
    - Information systems
  • Economics

1.5.3.4 Minors

  • Business administration
  • Computer science and information systems
    - Computer science
    - Information systems
  • Economics
  • Military Science

1.5.3.5 Other Responsibilities

The College of Business and Economics has responsibility for the ROTC program (department of Military Science).

1.5.3.6 Mission

The primary mission of the College of Business and Economics is to meet the needs of its stakeholders with high quality undergraduate programs, a Masters of Management program, and business outreach services to the St. Croix Valley region. Our programs are grounded in the liberal arts tradition and include the application of business and economics knowledge through the integration of the classroom and the community.

1.5.3.7 Values

  • High quality teaching combined with a high level of student/faculty interaction
  • An environment that fosters global awareness, ethical behavior, sensitivity to diversity, and integrity
  • Helping students and the community meet the constantly changing needs of business and our society
  • A strong intellectual community with contributions of the college faculty to our respective disciplines
  • Service to the University, community, and discipline

http://www.uwrf.edu/CBE/

1.5.4 College of Education and Professional Studies

1.5.4.1 Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
  • Bachelor in Social Work
  • Bachelor in Music Education

The degree in secondary education is offered in all disciplines in which the University offers a major and which are taught on a middle or secondary level.

1.5.4.2 Departments

  • Communicative Disorders
  • Counseling and School Psychology
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education

1.5.4.3 Majors

  • Communicative disorders
  • Elementary education
  • Health and human performance
  • Secondary education
  • Social work

1.5.4.4 Minors

In addition to the areas listed in 1.5.4.3, minors are also offered in

  • Adapted physical education
  • Coaching
  • Dance education
  • Early childhood certification
  • Health education
  • Language arts reading
  • Outdoor education

1.5.4.5 Other Responsibilities

The College of Education and Professional Studies is also responsible for offering instructional educational technology services in the Educational Technology Center and maintaining a comprehensive wellness program.

1.5.4.6 Mission

The Mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies is to support the development of teachers, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, speech language pathologists, and health and human performance professionals. Our goal is to prepare practitioners through rigorous coursework and field-based practice so that they know the content of their disciplines, have the skills and knowledge to produce positive change in students and clients, and are creative, reflective, ethical practitioners in their field.

http://uwrf.edu/CEPS/

1.5.5 Graduate Studies

1.5.5.1 Degrees

  • Master of Science in Agricultural Education
    - Option I: Professional Development in Agricultural Education
    - Option II: Sustainable Community Development
    - Option III: Initial Certification
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education
  • Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education, Post Certification
    - Fine Arts
    - Mathematics
    - Social Sciences
    - Sciences (biology, chemistry, geology/earth science, physics)
  • Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education, Initial Certification
  • Master of Science in Communicative Disorders
  • Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education, Communicative Disorders
  • Master of Science in Education, Counseling
  • Master of Science in Education, Reading
  • Master of Science in Education, Professional Development
    - Principal Licensure
    - Shared Inquiry Communities
  • Master of Science in Education, School Psychology
  • Education Specialist, School Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

1.5.5.2 Graduate Certificates

  • Alternative Education (CEPS)
  • Learning Disabilities (CAS)
  • Reading Teacher (CEPS)
  • Technology for Educators (CEPS)
  • Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism (CAFES)

1.5.5.3 Mission

To provide quality learning experiences that respond to the needs of lifelong learners.

1.5.5.4 Vision

  • We are valued as a partner within the University community and by external communities, institutions, and private enterprises
  • We are integral to the University's vision: We meet the specific educational needs of nontraditional students and lifelong learners
  • We serve as the key point of access to the resources and services for lifelong learning available from UW-River Falls
  • We offer programs that are affordable, accessible and financially sustainable

1.5.5.5 Values

In addition to the University's core values of integrity, academic excellence, inclusiveness, community, and continuous improvement, we have the following core values:

  • Responsiveness: We respond accurately and promptly to the needs of internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration: We collaborate with internal and external partners in ways that are mutually beneficial. We are flexible and seek new and innovative ideas.
  • Academic Accessibility: We are dedicated to offering students quality academic programs that are practical, flexible and convenient, thus fostering a climate in which our students can thrive.
  • Sustainable and Self-supporting: We offer programs that are sustainable and self-supporting in the long term. Our programs provide equitable and reasonable compensation for instructors and returns to management and investment. We use responsibly all the resources at our disposal.
  • Work-Life Balance: We recognize and support, for our employees and customers, the importance of balancing professional and personal lives.

http://www.uwrf.edu/GraduateStudies/Index.cfm

1.5.6 Continuing Education

Working with the four colleges of the University and other partners, the UW-River Falls Outreach office offers quality learning experiences in a broad range of disciplines.

1.5.6.1 Professional Development

  • Alternative Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Online Learning for Educators
  • Pigeon Lake Field Station
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Teacher
  • Technology for Educators

1.5.6.2 Mission

We are committed to:

  • Offering affordable and useful programming and services
  • Meeting the needs of educators, business professionals, agriculture providers, government employees, leaders and other lifelong learners in the community
  • Creating courses that are immediately applicable in the workplace or community
  • Delivering programs on campus, online, off campus (including interactive television, video, and independent study), and during evenings and weekends

http://www.uwrf.edu/ContinuingEducation