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

Reminder: College of Health Sciences Dean Candidate on Campus this Week

  • Timothy Behrens visits campus Tuesday-Wednesday (February 12-13)
    Open Forum: Tuesday, February 12 at 11 a.m. in Union Fireside Lounge

Candidate and visit information is posted on the finalists’ page, along with forms to submit feedback to me. A reminder that the feedback deadline is Tuesday, February 26 at 5 p.m. All of your comments will be kept in strict confidence and reviewed only by me.


UWM’s Food Center and Pantry received the 2019 Board of Regent’s Diversity Award, which recognizes programs that improve access and success on campus, particularly for historically underrepresented student populations. It was a very proud moment at the Board of Regents meeting when the award was received by Quincy Kissack (Student Affairs). Congratulations!

Gillian Rodger’s (Music) latest book, Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage, has won the Marcia Herndon Book Prize from the Gender and Sexualities Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Read the press release. Well done, Gillian!

Milwaukee Athletics

The next episode of the “Panthers Courtside Report,” featuring Milwaukee men’s basketball head coach Pat Baldwin and women’s basketball coach Kyle Rechlicz, is now available on the Black and Gold Network, the YouTube channel of Milwaukee Athletics.

First-year head track & field/cross country coach Andrew Basler wore a microphone during Milwaukee’s Tierney Classic. Check out some of the coaching insights, reaction, and features from behind the scenes of the Panthers’ dual meet with cross-town rival Marquette.

The Week


Monday starts, as usual, with my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, my weekly staff meeting, and a number of meetings with my direct reports, including Paul Klajbor.


This morning, I have a breakfast meeting with CHS Dean candidate Timothy Behrens, the Deans’ Morning Meeting, and a teleconference with UW System’s International Advisory Committee. In the afternoon, I have standing meetings with Nancy Nelson and Peter Sands, I’ll speak to the Academic Staff Senate, and the Academic Leadership Council meets the afternoon. Agenda items include a report on a high-affinity graduate marketing initiative with EAB and a discussion on experiential learning.


I start the day meeting with a delegation from Hubei University, followed by monthly meetings with Brett Peters and Ray Fleming, and a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute meeting with Purush Papatla. Later, I have standing meetings with a number of my direct reports, including Alberto Maldonado. I also have a wrap-up meeting with CHS Dean candidate Timothy Behrens.


Today, I have my monthly meeting with Scott Gronert, my bi-weekly meeting with Katie Miota, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, an Integrated Support Services Sponsors meeting, and standing meetings with Jennifer Gonda, Dave Clark, and Brian Thompson.


In the morning, I’ll be downtown to make remarks at the Foxconn/UWM International Engineering Co-op event. In the afternoon, I have a monthly Data Systems Institute Budget meeting, I’ll speak to the nursing delegation from Indonesia, and I have my monthly meeting with Student Association leadership.


Educational Technology Fee Call for Proposals
Proposals are requested for student technology-related projects, funded by the educational technology fee and to be reviewed by the Ed Tech Fee Advisory Committee. Project proposals should be submitted electronically on the Educational Technology Fund Form A to Laura Pedrick ( no later than midnight, March 1.

UWM TechStore iPad Sale

From February 11 – 22, Get an Apple Pencil® free with the purchase of any iPad Pro® with AppleCare+. Or, get and Apple® Smart Cover® free with purchase of any iPad® or iPad miniTM with AppleCare+. Sale is valid for personal or institutional purchases while supplies last. Offer not valid with any other discount. Visit the TechStore for details!

Participant Request from UWM’s Aging Research Collaboration Team 

A UWM-funded, interdisciplinary research study (SOIS, HBSSW, CON) is exploring various challenges experienced by older adults with both diabetes and high blood pressure. For more information and possible participation, please email or call Research Coordinator Michelle Kittelson (414-395-1162).

Festival of Films in French

The Program in French’s 22nd Festival of Films in French (FFF) runs from Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24 in the Union Cinema.

Recruiting Cancer Survivors for Exercise Programming

Doctor of Physical Therapy students will run an exercise program for cancer survivors in the community on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning March 5. Recruiting NOW! For more information, contact program coordinator Carlynn Alt ( or call (414) 229-3360.

IBC Deadline

All experiments in teaching and research labs that involve the use of recombinant/synthetic nucleic acid molecules and/or biological agents require an approved biosafety protocol at UWM. Protocols are reviewed monthly by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), and the upcoming deadline for March 2019 submissions is February 15.

LACUSL Speaker Series

Dr. Beatriz Botero (Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies, UW-Madison) presents, “The Contemporary Latin American Novel: Psychoanalysis and Violence,” on Wednesday, February 20 at 3:20 p.m. in the American Geological Society Library.

Academic Staff Workshop

The Non-Instructional Academic Staff Committee will host a workshop entitled, “How Can I Be of Service,” on Thursday, March 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Library E281. Bring your lunch and learn about different volunteer opportunities available from departments across campus. We are adding new opportunities this year. Please join us! Registration.

Collaborative Research Team Development Awards

The Office of Research invites applications to support the formation and development of collaborative research teams, laying the groundwork for inter/transdisciplinary, innovative, and competitive external research proposals. The Call for Proposals is open to all disciplines. Teams will be funded up to $15,000. Proposals are due by April 1. More information.

See Me Teach

Register to observe a colleague’s teaching or volunteer to be observed as part of CETL’s See Me Teach program.

Online Summer Courses

Are you teaching an online course in summer 2019? Consider promoting your course on the Online Summer Courses website!


For those of you who like to bike, you may want to know that the history goes back more than 600 years! And in February, we actually have the physics of biking.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs