University of California, San Diego


August 17, 2007


SUBJECT:    Sixth College Provost

After seven years of outstanding service as Provost of Sixth College, Dr. Gabriele Wienhausen has announced her intention to step down from her position as Provost effective August 31, 2007 to accept a full-time administrative position as Associate Dean for Education in the Division of Biological Sciences beginning September 1. In addition to her position as Provost, Dr. Wienhausen has held an appointment as a Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment in the Division of Biological Sciences since 1993.

As founding Provost, Dr. Wienhausen chaired the Sixth College Steering Committee, which developed an innovative academic plan and a broad vision for delivering a novel approach to undergraduate education, at the core of which is Sixth College's three-quarter sequence for freshmen, Culture, Art and Technology (CAT). Also embedded in Sixth College's educational vision is the Practicum requirement for seniors, which aims to educate effective global citizens who are innovative, interconnected and aware. The Practicum engages students in service learning through communal work in both local and global communities while fostering an ethical obligation to service, promoting civic engagement and global consciousness, challenging students to connect their academic education to surrounding communities locally, nationally and globally. The Sixth College Pre-Planning Committee report recommended that the campus look beyond UCSD's practices in approaching the next format for a general education and that the Steering Committee should solicit novel ways to use instructional technology and foster student learning. Under Provost Wienhausen's leadership, Sixth College has far surpassed these goals.

Sixth College's unique identity has been forged in large part through outreach programs, integrating experiences and events inside and outside of the classroom. Provost Wienhausen's vision and energy in this area have been extraordinary and her interaction with campus academic departments and community resources has been fruitful in the development of numerous programs and events. Her energy, devotion, and creativity have played a significant role in the success of UCSD's newest college.

In addition to her efforts on behalf of Sixth College, Provost Wienhausen has been actively engaged in the development of innovative activities to enhance and enrich the quality of life on campus. Her service as Chair of the Undergraduate Student Experience and Satisfaction Committee and the Committee's subsequent report has generated considerable dialogue and created a new level of discussion on student life at UCSD.

As Associate Dean for Education in the Division of Biological Sciences, Dr. Wienhausen will provide leadership and innovation to the educational mission of the Division, including undergraduate and graduate education, experimental learning programs for students, and outreach programs for executives, K-12 students, and the general public. She will provide direction in all aspects of the Division's instructional programs and advancing the educational goals of the faculty.

Please join me in thanking Provost Gabriele Wienhausen for her many contributions to the campus, both past and future. An internal search for her successor will commence early in the Fall Quarter. David Jordan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and former Warren College Provost has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Provost of Sixth College while the search is conducted. His decade of distinguished service as Provost makes him ideally suited to serve the campus in this capacity. I am grateful to Professor Jordan for his dedication and exemplary service to the University.

Marjorie C. Caserio
Interim Senior Vice Chancellor