|Aaron Brower, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice Chancellor
University of Wisconsin-Extension
432 North Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706
Web page: www.uwex.edu/provost/
Aaron Brower, Ph.D., currently serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor of UW-Extension, a position he began on an interim basis in Aug. 27, 2012 and resumed after serving as Interim Chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension from February 2014 to December 2014.
UW-Extension embodies the Wisconsin Idea – partnering with all 72 Wisconsin counties, three tribal nations, and statewide and local public and private organizations to bring university resources to bear on issues and problems important to Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. UW-Extension employs about 260 faculty and 900 staff, with a total operating budget of about $232 million.
As Provost and Vice Chancellor, Brower provides strategic and operational leadership as UW-Extension's chief academic officer. He oversees its four major divisions (Continuing Education and Online Learning, Public Radio and Television, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Cooperative Extension); provides administrative support for business and finance; and develops and supports collaborative programs between UW-Extension and all other University of Wisconsin System institutions.
Brower also helped create, and continues to lead, the UW Flexible Option - the competency-based educational program for the UW System and State of Wisconsin. UW Flex is the first-in-the-country program that provides students a way to receive degrees and certificates through competency-based and direct-assessment methods from existing public institutions: UW faculty, staff and departments provide the oversight and governance, using existing campus academic approval processes and policies, to award degrees from their UW institutions.
Prior to joining UW-Extension, Brower was UW-Madison's Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning (VPTL) for six years. As VPTL, he was responsible for guiding and supporting undergraduate education and professional development for teaching and learning. The VPTL oversees the Office of Undergraduate Advising, the Teaching Academy and the Wisconsin Institute for STEM Education & Community Engagement. Brower remains a tenured professor at UW-Madison in the School of Social Work, and in the departments of Integrated Liberal Studies and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.
Brower's expertise is in educational innovations, student learning and outcome assessment – engaging the whole university on issues important to students and the people of Wisconsin. His scholarship focus is on the transition from high school to college, and issues related to college student life, demonstrating that academic and social outcomes are produced when college environments blend in- and out-of-class learning and experiences to create communities of students, faculty and staff who share common learning goals (i.e., learning communities). He has created and led many teaching and learning programs focused on integrative learning and evidence-based curricular reform, with an emphasis on high-impact learning practices.
Brower earned his bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree in social work, a master's degree in psychology, and his doctorate in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan.
Read full curriculum vitae: www.uwex.edu/academic-affairs/documents/BrowerCV.pdf
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