Nimocks appointed UWP Liberal Arts and Education dean

January 21, 2003

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2003_01_21.jpgMittie Nimocks, University of Wisconsin-Platteville Liberal Arts and Education dean, assumes her duties in her office at Warner Hall. UWP Public Relations photo by Andy McNeill.

PLATTEVILLE-A University of Wisconsin-Platteville speech communication professor, who served as interim dean of UWP's College of Liberal Arts and Education (LAE), was the search committee's top choice for dean.

A national search was conducted to fill the position.

According to Paula Nelson, UWP social sciences professor of history who served as chair of the search committee, there were 41 applicants for the position of LAE Dean and three finalists.

These included Frank Hubbard of Georgia Perimeter College and Rik D'Amato of the University of Northern Colorado.

Nimocks has the qualifications to lead a college like UWP's LAE, said Nelson. "She did exceptionally well in the interview process. Mittie has a fairly unusual blend of liberal arts and education background and experience, and is very clear on actualizing her vision for UWP. Her people skills are especially strong. We are very pleased to hire someone with her leadership abilities."

Nimock's insights and leadership skills also rank high with UWP Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Sue Butts. "Mittie's scope, vision and understanding for the whole University will help take us forward," said Butts. "She is a good leader."

UWP's principles of liberal arts and education fits with UWP's management team, said Butts. "I particularly appreciate her vision and understanding on various issues."

Nimocks will not only continue on the excellent course she laid out as interim dean, but will make an exceptional addition to the Academic Affairs Council, Butts added.

The new dean has been at UWP for 17 years and has served as assistant LAE dean for three years. She earned her Ph.D. in speech communication from the University of Florida and has taught a wide variety of oral communication classes at UWP.

Research is one of Nimocks' strong points. She has worked with Dr. Patricia Bromley, psychology chair, on research projects investigating a variety of topics including apprehension in public speaking, in-law relationships and attachment styles as they relate to communication style.

Actively involved in public and university service, Nimocks is a former board member of the Grant County Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional teacher organization, and the Platteville Optimist Club. In addition, she is active in campus and community theater and the Platteville United Methodist Church.

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