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Francine Tompkins

Francine Tompkins

1632 Van Hise Hall

In 2001, I joined the University of Wisconsin System as an Academic Planner and Director of PK-16 Initiatives.  Before coming to System, I was an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where I also held the positions of Chair of the Education Program and Director of the Institute for Learning Partnership. While at UW-GB, I was elected to serve as Speaker of the Senate, Chair of the University Committee and UW System Faculty Representative.  

In my current position, I have the privilege to work with faculty, staff, and administrators from across the entire UW System as well as collaborate with leaders from numerous state level education-related agencies and organizations.  After 35 years in the field of education, including 8 years as a public school teacher, I am still excited by the challenges of our work. 

I invite you to check out the PK-16 Initiatives link.  You may find there’s a project that interests you. While the specific missions of the initiatives vary, the central outcome of this work is to build effective collaborative partnerships and enhance the quality of teaching and learning, PK-16. 

While earning a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, I cultivated a fascination for the power of collaboration and general inquiry.  Although the focus has evolved, my current scholarship continues to focus on promoting collaborative inquiry as a tool for reform. The energy and balance in my life comes from working with incredible colleagues and playing with my friends and family.