Alan’s Weekly August 14th, 2017

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BUDGET UPDATE

This past week, the Provost approved two faculty searches (both at the Assistant/Associate Professor level), one in K-12 leadership for Administrative Leadership and the other for MCEA in Curriculum and Instruction. I want to thank the Provost for entrusting us with the resources to strategically invest in areas where we need faculty leadership.

APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS UPDATE

Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2017 semester as of August 7, 2017, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 17 in net admissions (down 26 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is up 19 in net admissions (down 4 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 21 in admissions (up 59 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 23 in admissions (up 29 in applications)

Our Fall 2017 semester credit hours generation point in time is down .9%.

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

This week I had regular monthly meetings with Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, and Michael Bonds.

Deans Leadership Retreat

On Monday morning, the Deans met at Bader Philanthropies for a half-day retreat. It was a very productive morning where we were able to discuss and come up with action steps for items we were grappling with. I want to thank Hope Longwell-Grice, Jeremy Page, and Jessica Russell for engaging in a productive exchange of ideas and thoughts to advance the School of Education.

Deans Provost Meeting

The Provost provided the Deans with a variety of updates including reminders to insure all departments initiate their post tenure reviews for the selected faculty members this fall, upcoming searches for Deans, and the issue of most concern was p-card abuse. The Provost also discussed the importance of the correct use of p-cards. BATO will be sending out information on p-card guidelines on what is permissible and impermissible to use a p-card for. UWM is being audited for p-card usage due to irregularities.

Summer Custard Social

Wednesday afternoon, the Deans sponsored the 3rd Annual Summer Custard Social on the 5th floor break room. It was nice to see all those who came by for an afternoon treat.

Institute for Urban Education (IUE) Conference

On Wednesday evening, I attended a dinner hosted by IUE for scholarship recipients. We heard from a teacher who shared how last year’s conference impacted their teaching with culturally relevant practices. The following morning on Thursday, I welcomed the conference attendees to the 4th Annual IUE Conference at the School of Continuing Education. I want to congratulate Tracey Nix and Amy Gutowski for organizing a wonderful professional development opportunity for all the teachers in attendance. The theme of this year’s conference was “Families First: Building School and Family Partnerships in Urban Settings.” They always attract a great keynote speaker to come in and share their thoughts. This year, it was Dr. Tyrone Howard from UCLA and he addressed, “Why Race, Culture, and Trauma Matter in School.” In the past, Gloria Ladson-Billings spoke at the conference. 175 teachers signed up for the conference, most were from the Greater Milwaukee area as well as teachers from Green Bay, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, and Madison.

PROCTOR & GAMBLE LET’S TALK COMMERCIAL

You may have seen this recent commercial from Proctor & Gamble entitled, “The Talk.” I thought this commercial was very powerful and is highly relevant to Milwaukee and some of the challenges we experience. Hopefully, this commercial will spur productive conversations that lead to life changing actions to improve societal experiences.

FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION VIDEO INTERVIEW

Here is a video interview with two experts on the future of higher education and what innovations are the most promising and which ones are the most over-hyped.

SPRING 2017 DEAN’S LIST

Here is a link to the Spring 2017 Dean’s list recipients.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DR. LEIGH WALLACE

I am pleased to share that the Chancellor approved indefinite teaching academic staff status for Dr. Leigh Wallace effective on August 21, 2017. Congratulations Leigh on attaining this appointment.

SEARCHING FOR NEW ACADEMIC ADVISOR

The Office of Student Services seeks a 12-month, Academic Advisor to join their team. For more information or to apply, please visit: http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/26469
The deadline to apply is 9/7/17.

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION PRESENCE AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

I want to thank the following people (Jeremy Page, Hillary Vara, John Tharp, Mary Walz-Chojnacki, Kristen Taylor, and Allee Hochmuth) for representing the School of Education and passing out over 100 postcards to mail to teachers expressing appreciation for the work that teachers do to make a difference in each student’s life.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • September 14th – Fall All School Meeting in Library 4th Floor Conference Room, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • October 2nd – Sabbatical proposals due to Dean’s office