January 18, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Spring Semester

UWM will start spring semester classes on January 24 as planned, with both in-person and online presence. To facilitate the transition to full-scale campus operations, with the added challenges of the omicron variant, UWM will allow units to shift, as needed, in-person classes to online during the first week of the semester. Deans will work with departments and programs to determine which courses will start their first week in an online format. Departments should finalize their plans as soon as possible and instructors should notify students of any first-week shifts in modality no later than Wednesday morning, January 19. Additional details on the spring semester are in last week’s update from University Relations and Communications, and in my messages to Academic Affairs and to Deans, Associate Deans and Department Chairs.


Christy Greenleaf (Kinesiology) was named to Self’s 2022 Future of Fitness Advisory Board. Well done, Christy!

Colin Daly (Welcome Programs) was elected to a three-year term on the General Board of NODA, the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention. Congratulations, Colin!

Kudos to the fourteen academic programs at UWM that were recently ranked among the best in the country by Intelligent.com in its 2022 report. Our online History program was ranked No. 1, the MBA in Nonprofit Management was ranked No. 4, and our master’s in Film came in at No. 5!

News from Enrollment Management

The Division of Enrollment Management is excited to announce that we are recruiting the inaugural Executive Director of Student Experience and Talent. The Office of Student Experience and Talent (SET) is an innovative, new, collaborative office for students, faculty, and employers to collectively advance student work experience and talent. Reporting to Kay Eilers, AVC for Enrollment Management, the Executive Director of Student Experience and Talent (SET) leads the career advising, experiential learning, student employment, and employer relations for UWM, directly supervising a team of four directors. We are actively seeking candidates for the position and ask that you broadly share these resources across your professional or personal networks. Please visit the full job announcement for more information and reach out to Amy Lensing-Tate, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Alumni Relations and the Search and Screen Committee Chair (lensing@uwm.edu), with any questions.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletic Department has announced a new partner for the “Educators Credit Union Milwaukee Panther Men’s Basketball Radio Broadcast.” Due to affiliate adjustments within the Good Karma brands’ network of stations, Milwaukee men’s basketball games will now be heard on 101.7 The Truth (FM). Fans can listen to veteran broadcaster Scott Warras with the play-by-play call on 101.7 The Truth, and streaming live.

The Week


In the morning, I have a college realignment meeting, a collaboration meeting with the National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, an M3 update with the Chancellor, and my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris. In the afternoon, I have the Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meeting, the University Committee meeting, my monthly meeting with Keri Duce and Michelle Johnson, and my standing meetings with Chia Vang and Purush Papatla.


I start the day with a Strategic Partnerships meeting, followed by a DEI update meeting, my one-on-one with Simon Bronner, and my monthly meeting with Amy Harley. Then, I have the quarterly Connected Systems Institute Executive briefing and the monthly Campus Space Planning meeting. In the evening, I’ll attend the Indian Community School Board meeting.


In the morning, I have a Coronavirus Management Team Leadership meeting and my one-on-ones with Tina Freiburger and Nancy Nelson. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Dave Clark, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and a research-management meeting.


Today, I have a meeting with Tim Behrens and Amy Harley, followed by my one-on-one with Kevin Hartman and the bi-monthly UW System Provosts Council meeting. I also meet with the Provosts to discuss the UW System President transition process and will end the day meeting with direct reports.


Educational Technology Fee Call for Proposals

Proposals are requested for student technology-related projects, to be funded by the educational technology fee and reviewed by the Ed Tech Fee Advisory Committee. Project proposals should be submitted electronically on the Educational Technology Fund Form A and sent to ed-tech@uwm.edu no later than midnight, February 18.

Diversity Career Fair

Save the date and get ready to meet employers at the Diversity Career Fair on Wednesday, February 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the UWM Union Ballroom.

Culturally Aware Research Mentoring in STEMM fields: A workshop for mentors

Angela Byars-Winston, PhD, will present a virtual workshop on Thursday, February 24 from 12-1:30 p.m. aimed at those who are engaged in mentorship of graduate student researchers in STEMM fields, with a focus on best practices of mentors to support mentee success. Both faculty and graduate students are welcome to attend. Space is limited. Please contact Interim Associate Dean Bonnie Klein-Tasman (bklein@uwm.edu) with questions.

Online Poetry Series

Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) will be among the poets featured in “Poetry of Resilience: Voices of Nature,” an online program hosted by Danusha Laméris and James Crews. Other featured poets include Naomi Shihab Nye, Ada Limón, and Camille Dungy. Blaeser will appear on the February 25 program. More details.


A new record . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs