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

Reminder: College of Health Sciences Dean Candidate on campus this week:

  • Beth Meyerand visits campus Monday-Tuesday (February 4-5)
    Open Forum: Monday, February 4, 11 a.m.-Noon, Union Fireside Lounge

Candidate and visit information is posted on the finalists page. To submit feedback for the Dean candidate finalists, please use the online feedback forms linked on the finalists page.  There is a separate feedback form for each candidate. The deadline to submit comments is Tuesday, February 26 at 5 p.m.  All of your comments will be kept in strict confidence and reviewed by me alone.


Kathy Dolan (Distinguished Professor in Political Science) has been named Co-Editor of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) by The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA). The new editorial team will serve a four-year team beginning in June 2019. This is a wonderful recognition Kathy and congratulations!

Mark Schwartz (Also Distinguished Professor in Geography) has been included in the 2019 Class of American Association of Geographers (AAG) Fellows. The honors will be officially conferred at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday, April 7 as part of the Annual Meeting of the AAG in Washington, DC. Well done, Mark!

By all counts, the 4th annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium was a tremendous success! 51 colleagues contributed to the program, sharing their ideas and strategies to enhance student learning and success. 260 instructors participated, which represents a 30% increase from 2018.Congratulations to the CETL team for organizing this important event!

The Week


Today begins with a breakfast meeting with CHS Dean candidate Beth Meyerand, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, an External Strategic Partnerships meeting, the Chancellor’s Extended Cabinet Deep Dive meeting, the Chancellor’s monthly Enrollment Discussion, my standing meeting with Mark Harris, and my weekly staff meeting.


I start the day with the Deans’ Morning Meeting. Then, I have monthly meetings with Michael Doylen, Kris O’Connor, and Kristin Roosevelt. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with the University Committee and monthly meetings with Kim Litwack, Alan Shoho, and Bob Greenstreet. I also have my wrap-up meeting with Dr. Meyerand (The Dean candidate for CHS).

Wednesday – Friday

I’ll be in Madison for the UW System Provosts’ meeting on Wednesday and the Board of Regents (BOR) meeting on Thursday and Friday. We have one item at the Education Committee meeting, which is the Charter Schools. See the BOR Public Meeting Notice.


Weight Watchers at Work

Are you interested in Weight Watchers at UWM? As we prepare to launch Weight Watchers at Work (sponsored by the UWM College of Nursing Working Well Committee), we invite you to an information session on Wednesday, February 6 at noon in Cunningham 795. RSVP.

Multicultural Winter Welcome

Join us at the Multicultural Winter Welcome on February 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the first floor of Bolton Hall to check out multicultural centers, campus departments, and other resources that can help students succeed! Receive free Insomnia Cookies and hot chocolate and enter for a chance to win free basketball tickets!

Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL)

WWHEL presents, “Developing Effective Mentoring Relationships,” with Dr. Belle Rose Ragins (Business) on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Please register.

Black Feminist Symposium

The Women’s Resource Center is excited to announce the Black Feminist Symposium: Risk, Resistance, and Resilience, coming to campus on Saturday, February 23, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Register by February 16 if you would like lunch.

Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference
The College of Engineering & Applied Science and UWM’s Connected Systems Institute will host the 2019 Milwaukee Engineering Research ConferenceFebruary 28 – March 1 in the UWM Student Union. The theme is Connected Engineering. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a CSI sneak-peek tour. UWM faculty receive courtesy admission; contact Wendy Pero ( to register.

Academic Staff Training Opportunity

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 across campus. Please register.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Center for International Education (CIE) have Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships, to study less-commonly taught languages, available for undergraduates and graduates for Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019-2020. The deadline to apply is February 15. The award covers tuition and includes a stipend! Please also visit CLACS’ funding page for more details.


This must be Italy’s smallest library . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs