Phyllis King

Vice Provost for Academic Partnerships

Dr. King provides campus leadership in a wide array of strategic, academic and budgetary planning and decision-making activities. She provides thought leadership, vision and policy direction as it relates to partnerships among and between different layers of academic institutions. She manages initiatives such as the Higher Education Regional Alliance and M3, a Milwaukee public education network comprised of Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and UW-Milwaukee leadership designed to increase the retention, graduation and career success of students. Dr. King is the Executive Director of TechEd Frontiers, an innovative online talent development platform for upskilling in the workplace. She guides alternative credentialing strategies for UWM that serve as on-ramps and off-ramps between higher education and the workplace. She leads academic collaborations with other institutions of higher education, including UW System campuses, the technical college system and private institutions. Dr. King is instrumental in shaping academic partnerships, curriculum design and degree planning for the Connected Systems Institute, Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute and the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin. She is a liaison for campus to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the University Economic Development Association’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation.

Dr. King is a full professor in occupational therapy and a licensed occupational therapist. She previously served as UWM's program director and department chair for occupational therapy as well as the associate dean for the College of Health Sciences. As associate dean, Dr. King had administrative oversight responsibilities for instructional budget, program development, professional accreditations and community partnerships. She is an internationally known researcher and lecturer in ergonomics, manufacturing and health care. Dr. King has authored over 30 scientific publications related to topics of health, safety, education, human factors and ergonomics. She has served as the corporate ergonomist for Kohler Company and advised the Ministry of Health of Singapore on occupational health and safety policy. Dr. King continues to serve as the director of Campus Ergonomics Services and the director of the Occupational Ergonomics Laboratory.

Dr. King serves on campus, corporate and community boards. She is a member of the UWM Center for Aging and Translational Research advisory board, the UWM College of Health Sciences advisory board and the Connected Systems Institute Academic Advisory Council. She is an executive board member for STEM Forward and Milwaukee Women inc and a board member of the UW Credit Union and Penfield Children’s Center. Dr. King is president of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions, representing 116 academic institutions and four professional associations. Her prior leadership service includes being president of the UWM Alumni Association, chair of TEMPO Milwaukee and chair of Milwaukee Women inc.

Dr. King holds a doctorate in urban education, with a specialization in industrial engineering, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is recognized as a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, a fellow of the Association for Schools of Allied Health Professions and a protégé of the Millennium Leadership Institute for higher education executives. She is the recipient of the UWM Distinguished Public Service Award and Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award.