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

Special Word of Welcome

Colleagues, please join me in a special word of welcome to our new faculty members and teaching academic staff that have joined our campus this year.


Taylor Koss, former Panther track and field captain, took home two bronze medals from the 2017 Deaflympics hosted in Samsun, Turkey. Well done, Taylor!

Richard Grusin, English, has agreed to serve as Director of the Center for 21st Century Studies. Richard previously served as Director from 2010-2015, and we are glad to have his leadership as the Center approaches its 50th anniversary in 2018. Congratulations, Richard!

Dr. Jean Creighton and her staff at the UWM Planetarium hosted more than 2,500 people of all ages on the KIRC lawn to observe the partial total eclipse on Monday, August 21. Thanks, Jean!

In the News

Milwaukee Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Baldwin settling in after first few months on the job.

The Week


It’s a busy day and week. I start Monday with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen – we will then join an SPC meeting to discuss the targets set for 2017-18. Later, I’ll attend the Chancellor’s Cabinet meeting, the Associate Deans Retreat, and I’ll give opening remarks at the College of Nursing White/Lab Coat Ceremony.


I have the Deans Morning meeting and my small staff retreat.


In the morning, I’ll attend the Chancellor’s Campus Budget meeting and have meetings with some of my direct reports. In the afternoon, Tim Opgenorth and I will continue our meetings with schools/colleges to discuss scholarships and financial aid. Wednesday’s meeting is with CON, HBSSW, and SOE. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the International Student and Scholar Services Ice Cream Social and also say a few words of welcome to our international students.


I have a regular meeting with EDS Director Nelida Cortes and will attend the New Faculty/Staff Orientation. Later, I will attend the New Graduate Student Orientation. In the evening, I’ll attend the 4th Biennial Symposium on Optical Micro-spectroscopy and Molecular Imaging reception and dinner.


I have a number of meetings with direct reports during the day and will participate in the University Welcome event welcoming new students to campus.


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

Orientation and training for classroom technology available to instructors this week

UWM New Graduate Student Orientation – August 31

Multicultural Open House and Feast – September 6

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 New Zealand women’s rugby team won the world cup, beating England in the final.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs