Two key university leaders, Dr. Margaret Bloom and Dr. William Wiener, will have new homes in the College of Education. Both Dr. Bloom, who has served as the vice provost of undergraduate programs and teaching, and Dr. Wiener, the former dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research, hold tenure in the College and now join us after stepping down from their positions at the end of the 2009-2010 academic year.
Following a one-year sabbatical, both Peggy and Bill will return to their respective areas of teaching and research interests.
Peggy will continue her involvement with Harvard’s Higher Education Institute Program on Performance Assessment in Higher Education and will be connected with both the CECP and EDPL departments as well as the College of Nursing. Bloom earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Arizona State University in Tempe; she also holds certificates in management and leadership in education from Harvard University
Appointed to her position in 2004, Dr. Bloom successfully led the establishment of comprehensive learning assessment at Marquette and the university’s preparation for the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission’s 2009 focused visit on assessment. Peggy created the campus-wide assessment system designed to strengthen teaching and improve student learning. She also implemented numerous other efforts to improve the experience of undergraduate students, including the Foundations for Excellence First Year Experience self-study. She was commended for having demonstrated an exemplary commitment to using data and technology to improve and inform all aspects of student learning and engagement.
Dr. Wiener’s research focuses on disability services for the blind and visually impaired. He holds a doctorate in counselor education and master’s degrees in blind rehabilitation and speech pathology and audiology. Bill has also worked closely with the Council of Graduate Schools, an organization comprised of more than 500 universities in this country and another 16 in other countries. The CGS focuses on policies, research, and advocacy related to graduate education. During his sabbatical, he will be working on its Scholarly Integrity project (Responsible Conduct of Research), their Master’s Completion Project, and the revitalization of the Preparing Future Faculty Program. In addition Bill will serve the field of visual impairment and blindness by serving as the Chairperson of the University Approval Program.
Since coming to Marquette in 2005, he has helped to dramatically increase the university’s federal funding for research, which is expected to exceed $25 million this year. Under his leadership Marquette also made significant strides in areas such as research compliance and technology transfer, including the successful licensing earlier this year of Promentis Pharmaceuticals. Bill has also been commended for his strong commitment to the welfare and well-being of Marquette’s graduate students including the expansion of graduate student health care, the creation of the Graduate Student Organization and increased dissertation and doctoral student support.
Commenting on the transition, Dean Bill Henk offered, “We are unusually fortunate to have two such talented and experienced academics as Peggy Bloom and Bill Wiener joining us in the College of Education. Our academic community welcomes them and looks forward to the significant professional and personal value they will add.”