February 22, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Virtual Town Hall

This is just a reminder that there will be a virtual town hall meeting for faculty and staff on Tuesday, March 9 from 9-10 a.m. Chancellor Mone will discuss planning for a fully operational fall ’21, share 2030 implementation updates, and more. Campus leaders will share related updates and will be available to answer questions.

Position Announcements

  • Secretary of the University
    Chancellor Mark Mone seeks nominations and applications for the position of Secretary of the University, which is held by a UWM faculty member. This is a part-time, limited appointment that reports to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor’s Expanded Cabinet. The Secretary of the University facilitates, supports, and assists the effective functioning of faculty, academic staff, and university staff’s roles in shared governance, and serves as the primary liaison between the faculty and campus leadership. To view the position description and application process, please see https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/30466. The initial review of applications is set to begin on Monday, March 15.
  • Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
    HBSSW is conducting an internal search for an Associate Dean (0.75 FTE), 12-month limited appointment, and invites applications and nominations from qualified faculty members. The Associate Dean will play a critical role in promoting a shared culture and collaboration between the School’s two departments, Criminal Justice and Social Work. The Associate Dean will also assist in fostering the academic excellence and integrity of both departments, as well as work with faculty, staff, and students to promote a stimulating and dynamic climate for research, teaching and learning, and scholarship. The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and serves on the Dean’s Administrative Team. Please see https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/30484 to view the position description and application process. Deadline to apply is March 17.


UWM’s Institute for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation received an $88,168 award from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to create an implementation-ready WisDOT Data Inventory that documents the structure, quality, definitions, and usage of WisDOT data. Congratulations to project researchers Andrew Graettinger, Yue Liu, Xiao Qin, and Mark Gottlieb!

Bob Greenstreet’s (Dean Emeritus, Architecture and Urban Planning) article, “The Consequences of Copyright: The Origins and Implications of Architectural Copyright Protection and its Impact on Originality in Design,” was recently published in the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research. Well done, Bob!

David Pacifico (Art History) co-edited a book on Peruvian archaeology entitled, “Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru” (University Press of Colorado, 2021). One chapter reports his research on social hierarchy at the ancient city of El Purgatorio (AD 700-1400) while the other synthesizes recent research on ancient households in that region. Congratulations, David!

David Southward’s (Honors College) sonnet, “An Aging Poet Explains,” won the $500 first prize in the Kim Bridgford Memorial Sonnet Contest. Well done, David!

In the News

A. Aneesh (Sociology), a 2020-21 USC Berggruen Fellow, appeared in a featured interview in the Italian magazine, Changes (Issue 6: Intelligent Economy).

Chris Cantwell (History) and History students recently launched a new podcast in partnership with the Milwaukee Historical Society called The Healthiest City. The show explores the history of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Milwaukee and asks what it can teach us about surviving the Coronavirus pandemic today. A preview of the show is available on all podcasting platforms now, and the first episode will drop March 1.

Joel Berkowitz (Foreign Languages and Literature) was interviewed in Forward, a national Jewish publication, where he talked about his participation in last week’s presidential town hall. He was also interviewed by other news outlets including TMJ4 and WISN.

Milwaukee Athletics 

Andy Van Sistine has been promoted to Assistant Director of Academic Services in the Milwaukee Athletic Department.

The first episode of the “Panthers Sports Report, presented by the Milwaukee Brewing Company,” featuring Milwaukee men’s basketball head coach Pat Baldwin, is now available on the Black & Gold Network YouTube channel.

The Week 


I start the week with 2030 meetings that including a meeting with Chancellor Mone, Kathy Dolan, and Mark Harris (the two co-leads of the 2030 working group), followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting, my weekly staff meeting, my weekly check-in with Dev Venugopalan and Laura Pedrick, and the IT Advisory Council meeting.


In the morning, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Paul Klajbor and the CEMAT Leads meeting. In the afternoon, I have a TechEd Frontiers Planning meeting, a meeting with Phyllis King, my monthly meeting with Jonathan Hanes, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack and Amy Harley, I’ll join the Chancellor for his weekly Zoom meeting with UW System President Tommy Thompson, I have an Academic Administration meeting with the Peck School of the Arts, my monthly update meeting with Dave Clark, a DEI Recruitment and Selection Protocol meeting, and a meeting with Student Association leadership.


In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team Leadership meeting. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Peter Sands and a Campus Budget Planning meeting.


Today, I’ll join a meeting with UW System Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Anny Morrobel-Sosa and University of Wisconsin Extended Campus Executive Director Aaron Brower regarding online education. Later, I join the other Provosts in the System for our bi-monthly meeting.


Progress Reports

This semester’s Progress Report campaign began on Wednesday, February 17 and will run through Wednesday, March 19. Instructors have received an email with their course-specific link.

2021 Diversity Fair

Faculty and staff, please encourage your students to attend the 2021 Diversity Career Fair that will be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. via the virtual platform Handshake. Students must register to participate.

Literature and Cultural Theory Annual Lecture

  • Hester Blum (Penn State) will present, “A Humanist in the Northwest Passage,” on Thursday, February 25 from 3 – 5 p.m., with a reception to follow. Please email Mark Netzloff (Netzloff@uwm.edu) for a meeting link.
  • On Friday, February 26 from 12 – 1 p.m., she will also lead a brown bag discussion of a pre-circulated essay, “I, Nuligak and Indigenous Arctic Temporalities,” in conjunction with C21. Please email Mark Netzloff (Netzloff@uwm.edu) for meeting link and a copy of the essay.

C21 Lecture Series

C21 continues its Long 2020 Series on Tuesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. with Stefanie Fishel (University of the Sunshine Coast), Eben Kirksey (Alfred Deakin Institute), and Wai Chee Dimock (Yale) in conversation about the COVID-19 virus and how it has complicated our notions of freedom, agency, and vulnerability.

Diversity at UWM

As you may be aware, UWM has a new book project underway, about the history of diversity at UWM from 1956-2020. This book, to be entitled, “Telling Our Stories,” will include a chapter focused on the experiences of international students, faculty/staff, and other participants in campus internationalization. We encourage you to share your thoughts and guide us to include stories that increase understanding of how campus internationalization contributes to UWM’s diversity.

P2P Automation

The Procure to Pay (P2P) Automation project is a system-wide initiative that will transform the existing Shop@UW platform and most paper-based purchasing processes at UWM. The new system, ShopUW+, will launch in April 2021.

2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Filing 

2021-22 FAFSA filing is in full swing! Please help us spread the word and encourage students to submit the FAFSA if they have not done so already. The 2021-22 FAFSA became available October 1. It is important to complete the FAFSA now as some programs have limited funds and we do not want students to miss out on funding opportunities! Students attending UWM during Fall 2021 and/or Spring 2022 terms should complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit uwm.edu/FAFSA to find additional FAFSA filing information and helpful tips.


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Take care,


Johannes Britz