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


Architecture received an impressive eight-year accreditation – a particular kudos to Karl Wallick (Department Chair), who spearheaded the planning and organization of the accreditation site visit.

Bev Zabler, College of Nursing Institute for Urban Health Partnerships (IUHP), received an HRSA Nursing Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Interprofessional Education continuation award of $452,883 for Year 3 of her three-year, $1.3 M partnership project, Teaching Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s America. The project aims to improve access to and quality of primary care for local immigrants and refugees while educating health care providers and students to meet the unique health needs of this population. Congratulations, Bev!

Jacqueline Brellenthin, 2014 graduate of the Coordinated Degree in Music Librarianship, will begin a new position as a cataloger at the Library of Congress. Jacqueline has been cataloging at Alexander Street Press since she finished her degree. While at UWM, she served as Cataloging Intern in the Libraries’ Collections and Resource Management division, as an Intern in the Music Library, and as the TA for the Music History area. Well done, Jacqueline!

College of Letters and Science Dean Dave Clark is pleased to announce that:

  • Rachel Buff (Professor, History) has agreed to serve as the new Director for Cultures and Communities, one of our most critical programs for promoting engaged learning and community partnerships in undergraduate education.
  • Daad Saffarini, Biological Sciences, has been appointed as the new Associate Dean (Natural Sciences).

Reminder: Sabbatical Deadline

The Sabbatical deadline for departments to forward proposals to the deans’ offices is October 2. See Announcements below.

The Week


A usual start to the Monday morning with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by meetings with Scott Emmons, and the Chancellor’s Cabinet. I have a follow-up meeting on the Mexican Consulate visit, my weekly meeting with my staff, and a meeting on the Academic Performance Solutions tool from EAB.


Most of my day will be taken up by an advising retreat where we will plan the activities for the coming academic year. In the afternoon, I meet with the University Committee and I have meetings with Trudy Turner, Joely Urdan, and Ron Cisler. The Chancellor, Alan Shoho, and I also meet.


In the morning, I have regular meetings with Nancy Nelson, Jim Hill, the Chancellor, and there is a campus budget meeting. Later, I have meetings with Ron Perez, Brett Peters, and John Reisel. Tim Opgenorth, Director of the Office of Financial Aid, and I are beginning a sequence of meetings with leadership teams from all schools and colleges to discuss scholarships and financial aid. This group meeting will include deans from CEAS, SOIS, and SARUP.


I’m attending the APBC meeting and I meet with Michael Doylen. For the remainder of the day I’m attending a deans’ retreat at the School of Freshwater Sciences.


I have meetings with Kanti Prasad and Stan Stojkovic, and I have time booked for administrative work.


Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit abstracts and attend the first annual Water Conference

Adobe Creative Cloud will launch this week for UWM Faculty & Staff!

Faculty and staff can now access the latest web conferencing tool, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

2018-19 Faculty Sabbatical Program Guidelines

Show your Panther Pride and support student scholarships with a 2017 Prowl T-shirt! 

Help fight food insecurity on our campus and donate to the Student Association’s August food drive

The Student Association’s initiative, Program Representatives, is a great way for students to become involved in making change for our university. Students represent their own individual program, making their experience personal and flexible – as they get to choose the focus of their work and efforts. Program Reps meet as a group approximately every other month, but are encouraged to also meet with their department heads.

There will be a recruitment event taking place at the beginning of this academic year, helping students apply to represent their program. As the year goes on, advisors, faculty, and staff are encouraged to recommend their students to apply, and continue to help students learn more about their program and pass important information on to their peers.


Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs