August 20, 2018  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Communication Science and Disorders’ M.S. graduate program for the preparation of professional speech-language pathologists was officially re-accredited for another 8-year period from 2018 to 2026. The program was first accredited in September 1969 and will celebrate 50 years of re-accreditation in 2019. Congratulations to those serving this outstanding graduate professional program!

Marjorie Piechowski, Emerita Director of Research Support for the College of Engineering and Applied Science, was selected by the Society of Research Administrators International to receive the Herbert B. Chermside Award for Distinguished Contribution to Research Administration for 2018. The award recognizes Dr. Piechowski’s contributions to the knowledge of research administrators, as well as her dedication to the continuous study and development of the field. Well done, Marjorie – this is a well deserved honor!

Milwaukee Athletics

Season tickets are on sale now for the 2018-19 Milwaukee men’s and women’s basketball season and can be ordered by calling (414) 229-5886. Don’t miss a minute of the exciting action at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and the Klotsche Center as the Panther men and women battle for a spot atop the Horizon League standings. Season tickets start for as little as $130 for men and $50 for women.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my monthly meeting with the Academic Staff Committee. I will be providing updates at the Department Chair Retreat and there is a Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting. Later, I have a meeting with Alan Shoho and the Chancellor, my standing meeting with Mark Harris, a teleconference with UW-System, and my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I’m hosting a professional development event for deans at the Urban Ecology Center. In the afternoon, I have monthly meetings with Trudy Turner and Alan Shoho. I also have a UW Colleges restructuring meeting and a teleconference with our search consultant for the Lubar School of Business.


I’ll be in Madison for the UW-System Provosts meeting, followed by the Chancellor’s Welcome Reception for Scott Gronert.

Thursday and Friday

I’ll be in Madison again for the Board of Regents meeting, returning Friday afternoon to attend to administrative tasks.


Start of Semester Memo

My start of semester memo is online.

Student Accommodations

The UWM Accessibility Training Site for Instructors—an online, self-paced training resource developed by CETL and ARC—provides valuable, just-in-time information for instructors on student accommodations and Universal Design.

Male Allies and Advocates Workshops

As part of UWM’s effort to build a more inclusive climate for female faculty members, the university is offering Male Allies and Advocates workshops on September 27 and 28 in the fourth-floor conference center of the Golda Meir Library. All male faculty members are invited to the interactive workshops, which will look at ways to improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women, especially in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) areas. Male faculty members can sign up for one of the workshops online. The interactive workshops will be based on a National Science Foundation-funded model developed at North Dakota State University designed to improve gender equity through the direct and proactive engagement of male faculty members.



Manchester United had a shocker.


Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs