February 3, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


César Ferreira (Spanish and Portuguese) received an Honorary Degree from the Universidad Ricardo Palma in Peru. Congratulations, César!

Hani Titi (Civil and Environmental Engineering) is the lead author of an article entitled, “Wisconsin’s Oversize-Overweight Truck Route Evaluation and Efficiency,” was published in the Transportation Research Board’s magazine TR News. Well done, Hani!

Adel Nasiri (Electrical Engineering) was named the inaugural holder of the Richard and Joanne Grigg Professorship, which will support his research on sustainable energy systems. Congratulations, Adel!

Elana Levine (English and Film Studies) published her book, “Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and U.S. Television History,” with Duke University Press. Well done, Elana!

Amanda Seligman (History) was selected as a finalist for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Mentor Award from the national Council on Undergraduate Research, in recognition of her leadership in developing exceptional humanities research opportunities for undergraduates the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project. This is wonderful news and congratulations, Amanda!

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Dean Finalists

I am pleased to announce that we have three confirmed finalists for the position of Dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Candidate names, with their current positions and institutions, are listed below. Full details, including CVs and campus visit itineraries, will be available when finalized.

·         Velmer Burton, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Strategy and Performance, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

·         Wesley Church, J. Franklin Bayhi Endowed Professor and Special Assistant for Assessment, School of Social Work at Louisiana State University

·         Tina Freiburger, Department Chair and Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

I would like to thank the Search Committee, and especially Chair Rebecca Neumann, for their service to the University and for producing a very strong pool of candidates.

Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Executive Director Candidates on Campus:

  • Marissa Jablonski will be on campus Wednesday, February 5. Her Open Forum will be at 11 a.m. in Lubar S250

Candidate CVs and visit itineraries are posted online. You’ll also be able to access forms to submit feedback on the candidates.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team for the 2019 fall semester.

For the first time ever, season ticket memberships are now on sale for the 2020 Milwaukee baseball season. After 26 seasons at Henry Aaron Field at Lincoln Park, the Panthers will now call Milkmen Stadium home. Season tickets for the general public are available for $65 while UWM faculty, staff, and alumni can purchase the package for $55.

In the News

Chancellor Mone was quoted in the EDUCAUSE Review Top 10 IT Issues 2020 special report.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by my monthly meeting with Student Association leadership, The Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting, an Associate Deans meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and my one-on-one with Dave Clark.


In the morning, I have a Design Solutions Center (DeSC) Core Team meeting, standing meetings with Tom Lipinski, Kathy Dolan, and Nancy Nelson, and an Enrollment Management meeting with Kay Eilers and Dave Clark. In the afternoon, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting and I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.

Wednesday – Friday

On Wednesday, I have an interview with Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin Executive Director candidate Marissa Jablonski before I travel to Madison for the UW-System Provost meeting. I’ll be at Board of Regents on Thursday and Friday. I’ll be back on campus Friday afternoon for my monthly meeting with Brett Peters and meetings with my direct reports.


Educational Forum on Human Trafficking

The Social Justice Committee at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare invites you to attend an educational forum on human trafficking. Tricia Lewis (Anti-Violence Services at Pathfinders in Milwaukee) will lead a discussion on the topic of supporting youth survivors of sex trafficking on Wednesday, February 5 from 3-5 p.m. in Sabin G90. Please RSVP to hbssw-socialjustice@uwm.edu by Monday February 3.

SOIS Disruptive Technology Lab

The SOIS Disruptive Technology Lab is offering an opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration for faculty and grad students. If you are interested in any of these topics, please join us for this networking opportunity. Please contact Jacques du Plessis (jacques@uwm.edu) with any questions.

C21 and Serious Play Collaboratory

Game Studies Scholar Raine Koskimaa (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland) presents, “Introduction to Esport Culture,” on Friday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 118.

2020 Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award

The Academic Staff Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the 2020 Regents Academic Staff Excellence Award. This award recognizes the dedicated work, vital services, and outstanding contributions of the UW System’s non-instructional academic staff. Nominate your colleague for recognition. Nomination deadline is February 7.

Call for Proposals

The 10th Annual Integrative Medicine for the Underserved Conference entitled, “Pathways to Health Equity: Dismantling Barriers and Creating Solutions through Integrative Health,” is accepting presentation proposals through March 30.


Certainly an interesting weekend:

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs