August 24, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues, and for our faculty, welcome back to campus! Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

Chancellor’s Plenary Address

Chancellor Mone will present his annual plenary address to the UWM community on Wednesday, August 26, from 2-3 p.m., via MS Teams Live.  The Chancellor invites all faculty, academic staff, university staff, students, and friends to join him. The same link can be used for viewing the Plenary Address at a later time if you are unable to watch it live. A captioning function is available (read this information from Microsoft to learn more). Live viewing with an interpreter is available by contacting Amy Hogle in our Accessibility Resource Center. Questions for the Q&A portion can be sent to: If your question is related to our reopening plans, please check the FAQs in the Fall 2020 Reopening website as your question may already be answered; there are hundreds of answers available just a few clicks away.


Mark Schwartz and Alison Donnelly (Geography), along with collaborators from Cornell University and the University of Arizona, received a $982,043 NSF grant ($532,202 to UWM) to develop more accurate and diverse models of spring plant growth stages. Well done, Mark and Alison!

Tajammal Yasin (Social Welfare) has been selected, through a competitive process, for a Graduate Education Diversity Internship by the American Evaluation Association. He will be working with the American Indian College Fund, which makes much-needed investments in Native students and tribal college education. Congratulations, Tajammal!

Leah Rouse (Educational Psychology), the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and a team of seven doctoral Counseling Psychology students received a $1.2M grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for the project, “Menominee Zero Suicide Program.” Congratulations, Leah, to you and your team of doctoral students!

Chris Yogerst’s (Communication) new book, Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures (University Press of Mississippi), was recently published. Well done, Chris!

Ching-Hong Yang (Biological Sciences) received a $324,901 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his proposal entitled, “Virulence Inhibitors as Antibiotic Alternatives in Fire Blight Management.” Congratulations, Ching-Hong!

Chia Vang (History and Global Inclusion and Engagement) was named one of Wisconsin’s 48 Most Influential Asian American Leaders by Madison365. Congratulations, Chia!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Horizon League announced the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Horizon League Tournament Championships, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related health and safety concerns.

In the News

DeAnn Huinker (Teaching and Learning) was interviewed for the Kids Math Talk Podcast released last week.

The Week


I start the week with my daily Crisis Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Academic Staff Committee meeting, the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting, the larger CMT meeting, a practice session for the Chancellor’s Plenary, my weekly staff meeting, and I end the day with a budget meeting.


In the morning, I have the CMT Leadership meeting, my standing meeting with Pat Borger, and an enrollment management meeting. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Kay Eilers, and Dave Clark, my one-on-one with Simon Bronner, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and my end-of-day check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick.


I start Wednesday again with another CMT Leadership meeting, followed by the Deans Morning Meeting, my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger, the weekly UW System Provosts Council meeting, and the Chancellor’s Plenary Address.


In the morning, I have my daily CMT Leadership meeting, the APBC meeting, an Executive Cabinet check-in, and a Campus Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I’ll provide welcome remarks at the virtual New Faculty Orientation, and I have my standing meeting with Peter Sands.


I start the day with my last CMT Leadership meeting of the week. Then, I’ll make opening remarks for the Distinguished Professors panel discussion and welcome remarks at the College of Health Sciences Kick-off. The rest of the day, I will be busy with administrative tasks and meetings with my direct reports.


COVID-19 Syllabus Statements
If you are teaching a class that includes a face-to-face, on-campus component, please include this information on your syllabus.

UWM Libraries

The UWM Libraries reopen today, Monday, August 24. Overview of reopening plans. Detailed look at the Libraries reopening status.

Distinguished Professors

The Divisions of Global Inclusion and Engagement and Academic Affairs invite all faculty to “A Conversation with Distinguished Professors” on Friday, August 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. Panelists include Paul Roebber, Nadya Fouad, Kathy Dolan, and Fred Helmstetter.

Toward an Anti-Racist Campus: A Call for Action Mini Grants for Faculty and Staff

The Office of Research and the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement are allocating funds for action mini grants aimed at ideas and specific actions to address systemic racism on our campus. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on September 14. Details are available here.

Multicultural Student Centers
Take a look at the new brochure for UWM’s Multicultural Student Centers!

Campus Technology

  • The fall 2020 TechTraining course schedule is now available online. All fall 2020 TechTraining courses are free to faculty and staff and will be held online with no registration necessary.
  • This fall, Linkedin Learning is offering webinars with content tailored to students, faculty, and staff. Learn how Linkedin Learning can help you in your role. All sessions are free and require preregistration.


How to connect with UWM faculty (virtually!)

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs