December 6, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Change-in-Modality Guidelines Extended for Spring 2022 

Academic Affairs has extended the change-in-modality process for Spring 2022. Similar to the last few semesters, instructors wanting to change their courses from in-person (P) to online only or hybrid format (WW, H1-H3) should review the Guidelines and consult their chair, associate dean, or dean about desired changes. Please send requests for changes in modality for spring in-person courses to Stephen Schmid, The Review Team, including faculty and administrators, will make their recommendations to me for final approval.

Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Finalists Visits

UWM is hosting finalists for the position of Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations at UWM. The finalists and their final interview dates are:

During each visit, the candidates will make a presentation at an open forum via MS Teams that is open to all; times are noted above. Audience members may ask questions of the candidates. These sessions will be recorded for those not able to attend. Details about the position, the candidates, Teams link for presentations/open forums are available here.


Melinda Kavanaugh (Social Welfare) and her community partner, the United Community Center, are the recipients of a 2021 Community Impact Grant to develop a regional model of dementia healthcare and caregiver support to improve Alzheimer’s disease detection, diagnosis, and supports for Latinos in Southeast Wisconsin. The initiative, Latino Dementia Health Regional Consortium, is supported by the Wisconsin Partnership Program of Wisconsin School of Medicine Public Health. Congratulations, Melinda!

Jeanne Wagner and Ke’Andra Hagans (Social Welfare) recently received a grant that focuses on increasing diversity and mental and behavioral health competencies in school social workers. The Department of Public Instruction grant supports MSW students in the school social work track. Accepted students receive a $5,000 stipend for each of two semesters ($10,000 total). Post-MSW students are also eligible to apply and receive a $5,000 stipend for one semester. Well done, Jeanne and Ke’Andra!

Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) was one of two authors recently selected to receive a “Notable Author” award from the Wisconsin Library Association in 2021. This award, designed to promote greater awareness of the state’s literary heritage, recognizes an author’s entire body of work. Congratulations, Kim!

In the News

Associate Dean Margaret Noodin (L&S Humanities; English; America Indian Studies) discussed why Indigenous names matter on WUWM.

Amanda Simanek (Public Health) was featured in a PBS story about what is causing a gender gap in Wisconsin’s COVID vaccinations.

Amanda Seligman (History) and her students were featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story about their Twitter reenactment of the birth of a polar bear in Milwaukee in 1919.

The Week

I start the week by sitting in on Development and Alumni Relations finalist Joshua Knudsen’s Listening Session, then I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, my monthly meeting with Nancy Frank, my weekly check-in with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, and my weekly staff meeting. I end the day with a meeting with the Chancellor and VC Pat Borger.

In the morning, I’ll attend the listening session for Development and Alumni Relations finalist Joan Nesbitt, I have the annual Connected Systems Institute executive update, and my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting, followed by my one-on-one with Kim Litwack, my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and a 2030 planning meeting.

Today, I have Development and Alumni Relations finalist Steve George’s listening session, followed by a Strategic Partnerships meeting, my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, and my one-on-one with Kevin Hartman. I will then drive to Madison to attend the UW Center for Placement Testing Advisory Board meeting and the UW System Provosts Council Pre-Board meeting.

Thursday and Friday
I’ll be in Madison for the Board of Regents meeting, where we’ll present our proposal for a new Design and Visual Communication, BFA.


Asia: in Conversation
In the next Asia: in Conversation panel discussion, Arijit Sen (UWM) will discuss cities across difference with Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White (UC-Santa Barbara) on Friday, December 10 at 2 p.m. This event is free, but please register.

Non-Instructional Academic Staff (NIAS) Survey
The NIAS Committee provides engaging, educational, and often entertaining programs dedicated to the needs and concerns of UWM Non-Instructional Academic Staff. This two-question survey will drive our focus in the upcoming year.


This happened only 3 times in a test match . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs