December 7, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Rachel Carr (Lubar School of Business) was recognized with the 2020 Advising Excellence Award from the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association at its annual conference in September. Congratulations, Rachel!

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) voted to continue accreditation of UWM’s doctoral program in Physical Therapy for another five years. Well done!

Jane Hereth (Social Welfare) received the Award for Distinguished Feminist Scholarship and Praxis in Social Work from Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work for her article, “Queering Smart Decarceration: Centering the Experiences of LGBTQ+ Young People to Imagine a World Without Prisons.” Congratulations, Jane!

Pradeep Rohatgi (Materials Engineering) was ranked in the top 2% of the world’s scientists by a recent Stanford study ranking global scientists, based on citations for research. Congratulations on this prestigious recognition, Pradeep!

2030 School/College Meetings

Over the next two weeks, Kathy Dolan, Mark Harris (the co-leads of the 2030 implementation recommendation team), Robin Van Harpen, and I will “Team-visit” all our schools and colleges. The visits are with schools and colleges because the majority of issues being considered by the 2030 groups involve academic matters. The main reasons for the visits are to share updates on the planning, to receive your input, and to allow time for Q & A. The schedule is as follows:

-Monday, December 7 at 4 p.m.: College of Letters and Science Humanities

-Tuesday, December 8 at 4 p.m.: College of Letters and Science Social Sciences

-Friday, December 11 at 3:30 p.m.: Zilber School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, School of Information Studies

-Monday, December 14 at 4 p.m.: College of Letters and Science Natural Sciences

-Friday, December 18 at 11 a.m.: College of Engineering and Applied Science, Lubar School of Business, College of General Studies

-Friday, December 18 at 1 p.m.: School of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Freshwater Sciences, Graduate School

-Friday, December 18 at 2 p.m.: School of Education, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, Peck School of the Art.


In the News 

UWM Architecture students were interviewed for an article in the Journal Sentinel about how buildings and people interact along Milwaukee’s borders. [Note this content is available only to those with a Journal Sentinel subscription.]

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee men’s and women’s basketball teams will have another reason to focus on their attempts from the free throw line this season, as McDonald’s on North and Oakland will help support local charities based on how many free throws are made each home game. The McDonald’s “Charity Stripe” promotion will run all season long, resulting in a monetary donation of $10 for each made free throw by the Panthers over the course of the 20-21 campaign.

The Week


I start the week with my usual Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, my one-on-one with Mark Harris, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, a one-on-one with Phyllis King, my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick, my weekly staff meeting, a one-on-one with Dave Clark, and a 2030 School/College visit with L&S Humanities.


In the morning, I have my monthly meetings with Michael Doylen, Scott Emmons, and Purush Papatla, and a CEMAT Leads meeting. In the afternoon, I’ll provide an Academic Affairs update to the Academic Staff Senate, I have my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and a 2030 School/College visit with L&S Social Sciences.


Today, I have my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice, a Space Optimization Project kick-off meeting, the virtual Length of Service Awards Ceremony, the UW-System Provosts Council Pre-Board of Regents meeting, and a Center for Placement Testing Advisory Board meeting.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, followed by the Board of Regents Education Committee meeting, and a teleconference with Michael Cook, Rockwell Automation’s Director of Global Academic Partnerships. In the afternoon, I continue with the Board of Regents meeting, I have meetings with direct reports, and I’ll attend the Faculty Senate meeting.


Today, I have meetings with direct reports, will attend to administrative tasks, and have 2030 School/College visits with the Zilber School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and School of Information Studies.


Fall 2020 End of Semester Memo

My end-of-semester memo is now available.

2020 Length of Service Ceremony 

Join us for the 2020 Annual Length of Service Ceremony, which is being held as a live virtual event on Wednesday, December 9 at 12 p.m. See the list of all who are being honored and join the live event on Teams. During the ceremony, use the Q&A feature to submit congratulations and shout-outs to any of your colleagues being honored.

Book Release Discussion

C21 is hosting a virtual book chat on Friday, December 11 at 3:30 p.m. for the release of its new book, “Ends of Cinema,” with co-editors Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece and Richard Grusin in conversation with its contributors.

Zoom Reading

Hidden Timber Books Publisher, Christi Craig (Accessibility Resource Center) will host an online reading event spotlighting a new children’s book that speaks to the local indigenous language and culture on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. Please register for the free event. For accommodations, please contact Christi at

Panther Gift Guide

Check out all the great options for your UWM and Panther gift needs this holiday season! There’s a brand new UWM-branded Amazon storefront plus numerous other options.

Accessibility Training for Instructors

The revised, self-paced Accessibility Training for Instructors is now available.

2021 Fromkin Proposals

The UWM Libraries have extended the deadline for proposals for the $5,000 Fromkin Memorial Research Grant and Lectureship to January 8, 2021.


The top four finishers broke the world record in the Valencia Half Marathon.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs