Good morning, colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs


The Undocumented Student Taskforce has developed a toolkit for instructors and staff. The Inclusive Excellence Center lists additional resources.


Congratulations to the 2017 UWM Distinguished Professors: Kathleen Dolan (Political Science); Thomas Holbrook (Political Science); John Isbell (Geosciences); Christine Kovach (Nursing); and Mark McBride (Biological Sciences).

Erin (Sahlstein) Parcell, Communication, has earned the National Communication Association (NCA) Family Communication Division’s 2017 Distinguished Article Award for her publication, “Contradictions and praxis contextualized by wartime deployment: The wives’ perspective revealed through relational dialectics.” According to the division, the award recognizes outstanding scholarly journal articles that contribute significantly to the field of family communication and that have been published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal at least five years prior to the date of the award. Excellent work, Erin!

Gary Cooper-Sperber, Senior Academic Advisor in African American Student Academic Services in the Office of Central Advising, is the incoming President-Elect for the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA). Gary is also co-presenting a session titled, “Tools of the Trade: Knowing What to Use and When in Advising,” at the 2017 WACADA Conference. Congratulations, Gary!

Margaret Noodin, Director of the Electa Quinney Institute, received a $99,950 NSF grant for her project entitled, “Collaborative Research: Expanding the Documentary Record for Two Algonquian Languages of the Great Lakes.” UWM is the lead institution in partnership with two tribal colleges, who also received $99K each. Well done, Margaret!

All of our federally-funded TRIO/Pre-College programs have received funding for another five years. Well done, everyone!

Panther Kudos

The Milwaukee women’s and men’s soccer teams joined forces to help Hartford Elementary School get the first day of school off to a strong start Tuesday.

Milwaukee women’s soccer remains one of just five teams in the NCAA to not allow a goal so far in 2017. Panthers start week at 5-0-1 and receive votes in national poll.

The Panther Volleyball team claimed the team title at the Rambler Challenge; Jenn Dore named to All-Tournament Team.

The Week


My Monday morning starts the usual way with my meeting with Robin Van Harpen, I have a College of Letters and Science budget meeting, and meetings with Tom Lipinski, Katie Miota, and Alan Shoho. The Chancellor’s Cabinet meets and I have a staff meeting in the afternoon.


The Deans meet in the morning, the Chancellor and I have a regularly scheduled meeting with Alan Shoho (the focus is mainly on UWM/MPS collaboration), and Phyllis King, Brett Peters and I have a lunch meeting with MATC leadership. In the afternoon, I’m splitting time between the AAUP meeting and the Academic Staff senate meeting.


I have meetings with Nancy Nelson, Ron Perez, and Joely Urdan. I have my one-on-one with the Chancellor, a campus budget meeting, and a meeting of the Strategic Opportunity Action Plan (SOAP) Research Excellence group. I end the day with a meeting on our Student Success strategic initiatives.


I’m attending part of the APBC meeting and I have meetings with Kim Litwack, Stan Stojkovic, Bill Hebert, and Trudy Turner. I’m making remarks at the School of Education’s all-school meeting and at the Fall Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) UWM gathering. In the evening, I’m also speaking at the College of Nursing Dean Appointment Celebration for Kim Litwack.


Friday is mainly occupied by meetings and administrative work, including a discussion of the process for the next biennium’s pay plan and the School of Information Studies 50th Anniversary Open House.


It’s not too late to join the Campus Spirit Kickoff (free Holey Moley donuts!) – September 13

The UWM Chapter of WWHEL will be holding its annual Welcome event – September 14

Selected woven pieces from Fibers courses in the Department of Art and Design will be presented in Woven Images 2017, with opening reception September 14

PSOA Art and Design Department Biennial Faculty Exhibition “Sum Total 2017” opens on September 15

The Online Program Council has its first meeting of the semester – September 15

C21 Fellows’ Presentations and Open House – September 15

Register for a Banned Books Week talk and workshop featuring James LaRue – September 25

Men’s Soccer International Night: Panthers vs. Northern Kentucky – September 30

The UWM Graduate School will honor its new fellows with a celebration on October 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library 4th floor conference center.

Student Association Green Fund to provide support for student-led sustainability projects

Submit a proposal and register for the 3rd Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium

Interested in publishing open access for better visibility or impact worldwide? UWM Libraries can help


Guess who was spotted at Lambeau Field on Sunday. . .!

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs