Christine Shanaberger has agreed to step into the temporary role of assistant to the provost for cross-university programs. This position is funded by a M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust "Leading Through Change" grant, and Christine will take a partial leave from her work with Advancement and the Office of Grants and Strategic Initiatives through June 2021 to take on these additional responsibilities. Her broad experience of grants and initiatives across the institution prepares her to make an excellent contribution to the university in this new role.
Christine's duties will include working with the provost's Academic Council, various campus offices and merger integration groups and faculty working groups to ensure collaboration and alignment in the development of cross-university programs. This fall and winter, she will gather feedback from faculty and other campus stakeholders engaged in the creation of recent cross-university programs such as public health, data science and our undergraduate business programs to learn about potential barriers, opportunities and structures needed in the creation of strategic cross-university academic programs. This spring, she will engage a series of working groups to assist in developing a model for future program development for presentation to the PAC.
Christine's work will lead her to contact many stakeholders on campus. Please be on the lookout for an invitation from her to discuss these matters, and if you would like to provide additional insight regarding cross-university programs at Willamette, please do not hesitate to contact her.