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

Reminder: College of Letters and Science Dean Candidate on campus this week:

  • Scott Gronert will visit campus Monday-Tuesday (February 5-6)
    Open Forum: Monday, February 5, 11 a.m.-Noon, Union Fireside Lounge

Candidate CVs and campus interview schedules are online. Feedback forms, to submit feedback to the Provost, are also posted on the finalists’ page.


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP). Special thanks to Phyllis King, Academic Affairs, and Brian Thompson, UWM Research Foundation, for their leadership!

UWM Physicists were authors on several recent highly cited publications in prestigious scientific journals such as Science and Nature

describing the Nobel prize winning discovery of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star inspiral Well done, Physicists!

Panther News

Get your tickets to see the Milwaukee women’s basketball team play in-state rival Green Bay on Saturday, February 10 at the Klotsche Center! The showdown against the Phoenix will feature alumni from the past in attendance and the first 100 kids at the game will receive the popular Milwaukee Panthers replica jersey! Tip-off time is 2 p.m.

The Milwaukee women’s swimming and diving team is closing in on the end of the season and claimed a big win (172.5-127.5) over Green Bay in the last home meet of the year. Senior Sara Bentley was at it again, setting a new pool record in the 100-yard backstroke.

The Week


Today begins with a breakfast meeting with L&S dean candidate Scott Gronert. I then meet with Robin Van Harpen, Dave Clark, Bob Beck, and Mark Harris. I have a meeting on the Connected Systems Institute, the Chancellor’s Cabinet meets, and I have a meeting with my staff.


There is a deans’ morning meeting, I’m presenting the Janet and Carl Moebius awards to recognize and thank outstanding UWM Libraries staff for their contributions, I’m attending a University Committee meeting, and I meet with Brett Peters. I also have my wrap-up meeting with L&S dean candidate Scott Gronert.


I’ll be in Madison attending a UW System Provosts meeting and the Board of Regents meeting. On Friday, I’ll return to campus for an Outstanding Learning Environment meeting, as well as a meeting on the Budget Model.


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 at no later than midnight, February 19.

Panel Discussion on Race and Free Speech

The Center for 21st Century studies will present, “Race and Free Speech on Campus – Then and Now,” on Friday, February 9, with panelists Angela Lang (ACLU), Carolyn Rouse (Princeton), Rob Smith (Marquette), and Johnny Eric Williams (Trinity).

Winter Bike to UWM Day, Friday February 9!

Stop by the Fireside Lounge, Friday, February 9 for Winter Bike to UWM Day! There will be coffee, breakfast treats, and a small winter biking expo (while supplies last). Riders, feel free to stop by even if your wheels didn’t touch ice this winter! We are preparing the 2018 UWM Biking Calendar. Let’s gather together and get ready for another great season of riding!

OPC Meeting

The Online Program Council meets on Friday from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Lubar S250. The topic will be “Who are Our Online Students?”

Open Textbook/Open Educational Resource Adoption Project

The UWM Libraries and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) invite instructors to participate in the Open Textbook/Open Educational Resource Adoption Project. This grant supports the adoption of open textbooks and open educational resources (OERs) during the Fall 2018 semester.

Campus Connect Gatekeeper and Booster Sessions

Registration is now open for Spring 2018 Campus Connect Gatekeeper and Booster Sessions. Join a training and help to strengthen our network of UWM students, faculty, and staff prepared to reach out to students in crisis!

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer for Bring Someone you Love to School Day at Lloyd Barbee Montessori School! Commitment: Set up breakfast and do arts and crafts activities with students on February 14 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., with transportation provided by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR).

Institute of World Affairs (IWA) Event

IWA will kick off their 2018 Fireside Forum on Thursday, February 8 exploring innovative efforts that allow refugees to bring their past lives with them as they integrate into their new situation.

Tuesday Mindfulness Meditation Break
Join faculty, staff, and students for 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation. Listen to recordings of reflections on mindfulness topics and practice guided meditations. Sessions will be held each Tuesday from 12:15 (prompt) to 12:45 p.m. in Union 179 from January 30 until May 8. Contact Paul Dupont at 229-2927 or for more details.

Multicultural Winter Welcome

New and returning students are invited to the Multicultural Network’s Winter Welcome in Bolton Hall’s first floor on Tuesday, February 6 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check out all the ways we can help you succeed! Beverages and snacks in multiple offices – the more you visit, the more chances to win!

WGS Vilas Trust Lecture
Against the Evils of Democracy: Fighting Drug Wars and Femicide in Mexico and the Americas,” will be presented by Melissa W. Wright, Pennsylvania State University, on February 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Center. Reception to follow. For more information, contact Women’s and Gender Studies at 229-5918.

FLAS Fellowships

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies awards Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the study of Portuguese and other less commonly taught languages of the Americas. Both undergraduate AY and graduate summer fellowships are available. Application deadline: February 15, 2018.


UW-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities has issued a call for applications for fellowship appointments for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Institute offers up to four fellowships each year to faculty at University of Wisconsin System campuses. Fellowships may be for one or two semesters and may continue through the summer on a non-stipendiary basis. The deadline to apply is March 1. Application information and form are available online. If you have questions about the application or the process, please contact Ann Harris by email: or by phone: 608-262-3855.


Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles who won their first ever Super Bowl Championship last night against the New England Patriots! Americans’ Super Bowl spending was expected to be up 8.5%, reaching $15.3 billion, or an average of $81.17 per fan!

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs