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

Reminder: Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Dean candidate feedback due tomorrow.

Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Dean Candidate feedback is due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4. Please use the online feedback forms linked on the finalists page.


The Office of Undergraduate Research is one of two national recipients of the Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments (AURA) given by the Council on Undergraduate Research. The award, which will be presented at the January meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Atlanta, recognizes UWM’s outstanding work in advancing research opportunities for undergraduates across campus. Well done!

In the News

A recent Milwaukee Business Journal article showed the School of Information Studies’ engagement in the community with work being done in the SOIS Disruptive Technologies Lab around blockchain technology.


Milwaukee leads the chase for the 2018-19 McCafferty Trophy, given to the all-sports champion of the Horizon League, after the fall season boosted by three League championships.

The Week


Monday and Tuesday morning I’ll be in Madison for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) review of the UW Colleges restructure.


More HLC meetings and travel back to Milwaukee. Once I’m back in town, I have meetings with the University Committee, Ray Fleming, Scott Strath and Mark Harris, and the IT Advisory Council.

Wednesday – Friday

I’ll be in La Crosse for the UW-System Provosts meeting on Wednesday and the Board of Regents meeting on Thursday and Friday, where the Education Committee will consider our proposed MA in African and African Diaspora Studies and Doctor of Occupational Therapy. I’ll be back on campus Friday afternoon for budget model meetings with Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Freshwater Sciences, and College of Nursing. Finally, I will make welcome remarks at the 2018-19 Fall and Winterim African American Graduation Reception.


Lavender Graduation Ceremony 

The UWM LGBT+ Resource Center is here to remind you that December graduates, as well as those graduating in Spring 2019, are welcome and encouraged to sign up for our 10th Annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. In addition, December graduates can come into the center to get their rainbow tassel before they walk across the stage this winter! For more information, stop by the LGBT+ Resource Center located on the ground floor of the Union or email

First-Year Seminar Symposium 

The first annual First-Year Seminar Symposium will be held this Friday, December 7th, 1-3 p.m., in the Union Wisconsin Room. All are invited to attend and see the work produced by our first-year seminar students! Awards will be presented.
Additionally, CETL is still accepting proposals for Fall 2019 first-year seminars. Anyone interested may submit a proposal online.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Register for the 4th Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held on January 10, 2019!


Wednesday will be observed as a day of national mourning in honor of former President George H.W. Bush.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs