Update from School of Education Dean Diana Hess

March 20, 2020

Dear School of Education Faculty and Staff:

In these unprecedented times, I want to offer reassurance and thank you for your resilience, care, and commitment as we work together to navigate through this evolving and challenging situation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every day I meet remotely with campus leadership, including the other deans from across the university. Our School of Education leadership team also meets online daily to address issues and develop creative solutions. We are guided by four key priorities: safeguarding the health of students, faculty, and staff; ensuring students complete their classes; maintaining the university’s research and other operations; and joining in the national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Throughout this past week many faculty and staff have been spending a great deal of time ensuring instructional continuity by transitioning our courses from face-to-face to alternate, high-quality delivery modes. These classes begin Monday, March 23 with the end of spring break, and run through the completion of the spring semester.

Please take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Stay informed on the latest campus news in this realm by frequently visiting the university’s website: covid19.wisc.edu. Here, you will find information on UW–Madison’s plans and responses to COVID-19. There is also a special section specifically for employees as we adapt to a new way of working: covid19.wisc.edu/for-employees/

Despite the many steps that campus has taken, I understand that you’ll continue to have questions and concerns about what COVID-19 means to each of us academically, professionally, and personally. You can reach out to the Dean’s Office for guidance at any time via email at: soe-deansoffice@education.wisc.edu.

Thank you for the countless ways all of you have risen to this challenge with service above and beyond expectations.

Stay healthy,

Dean Diana Hess