January 19, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. Here is an update from Academic Affairs for this very abbreviated week.


Maria Novotny (English) and John Gagnon (University of Hawaii-Manoa) published their article, “Revisiting Research as Care: A Call to Decolonize Narratives of Trauma,” in Rhetoric Review (39.4). Congratulations, Maria and John!

A special issue of the Chinese journal Folklore Studies (Issue 155, 2021) was devoted to Simon Bronner’s (College of General Studies) essay, “Toward a Definition of Folklore in Practice,” translated into Chinese by Lei Cai. Four additional articles by Chinese scholars discuss the essay. Another Chinese journal, Cultural Heritage, will be publishing a translation of another of Simon’s essays, “The Handiness of Tradition” (translation by Juwen Zhang). Well done, Simon!

Anne Pycha (Linguistics) and her colleagues at UC Davis have been conducting linguistics research relevant to the Covid-19 pandemic. Their paper investigating how listeners perceive face-masked speech was just published in the journal Cognition. Congratulations, Anne!

Kudos to the UWM Panthers women’s basketball team (13-1, 10-0 Horizon League)! The team has now won 13 straight regular season league contests dating back to last season, the longest such streak in program history.

In the News

Aneesh Aneesh (Sociology) was featured in CNN’s series on Y2K.

Bill Holahan’s (emeritus professor in Economics) article on reversing schooling loss during the pandemic appeared in The Cap Times.

Stacey Nye (Psychology) discussed conspiracy theories and confirmational bias in a CBS58 report.

Laurie Marks (Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research) appeared as a guest on Central Time on Wisconsin Public Radio last week, talking about the role mutual aid groups have during crisis, and how they have increased in popularity during the pandemic.

Bettina Arnold (Anthropology) was quoted in a New York Times article about a notorious archaeological artifact, the Nebra sky disk.

Milwaukee Athletics

Don’t miss your chance to support Milwaukee men’s and women’s basketball, as well as the upcoming volleyball season, in a unique way this year. Join the MKE Maniacs by purchasing a cardboard cutout for events at the Klotsche Center. For just $25, you can purchase a cutout of yourself, a family member, a friend, or pet!

The Horizon League Board of Directors announced, as part of its role of overseeing League-wide safety protocols focused on consistency and clarity for all League competition, that all men’s and women’s basketball League games will be played without fans for the remainder of the regular season.

The Week

I start the week with the Coronavirus Management Team Leadership meeting, followed by an M3 meeting with Chancellor Mone, my one-on-one with Nancy Nelson, and an AY 21-22 Planning session with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Then, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting, I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger and Hope Longwell-Grice.

Today, I have a meeting with the Chancellor, Jennifer Abele, and Sue Weslow, my one-on-one with Kim Litwack, my monthly meeting with Jonathan Hanes, my standing meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, the Department Chairs meeting, one-on-ones with Scott Gronert and Mark Harris, and a 2030 Implementation Team meeting with campus support units.

In the morning, I have another Coronavirus Management Team Leadership meeting, followed by a TechEd Frontiers meeting, my one-on-one with Michael Doylen, and my standing meeting with Peter Sands. In the afternoon, I have a System-wide Provosts meeting and the monthly Integrated Support Services Executive Sponsors update meeting.

Friday I have a furlough day.


Start of Semester Memo
My start-of-semester memo is posted online.

Preparing Your File for Indefinite Status
The Instructional and Research Academic Staff Review Committee (IRASRC) will offer a workshop designed for instructional and research academic staff in probationary appointments on Tuesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. The workshop will cover the ins and outs of preparing for indefinite status, including record keeping, documentation, other requirements, and frequently asked questions.

Virtual Study Abroad Fair
The Center for International Education is hosting their Virtual Study Abroad Fair February 1-5. Learn about international study and internship programs (on-site and virtual), funding opportunities, and academic and career enrichment. Hear first-hand from study abroad alumni about their amazing experiences, including how they financed their program. The fair will consist of live information sessions hosted by the CIE team, UWM partners, study abroad program providers and program leaders from across the globe, and study abroad student alumni. Visit studyabroad.uwm.edu for a schedule of events.

Book Drive for Literacy Link
The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) and the UWM Golda Meir Library are co-sponsoring a book drive for Literacy Link, a UW-Extension program that allows parents incarcerated at the House of Corrections to read a book to their child(ren). Books are donated, and then a recording of the parent reading the book and the book are sent to the child(ren). You’ll find more information and a list of needed books online. You can purchase a book and have it sent directly to the CCBLLR office or you can drop it off at the donation bin in the Library Learning Commons.

Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Deadline Extended
With the challenges in our research environment this year, the Office of Undergraduate Research has decided to open the SURF application for rolling submission and review for the next month or so, depending on demand and available resources. SURF awards provide student hourly salary and sometimes S&E to support faculty research activities. If you would still like to take on an undergraduate research assistant for Spring semester, or if you would like to add an additional student to your team, please apply as soon as you can through the SURF application portal.

Accessibility Training
The revised, self-paced Accessibility Training for Instructors is now available.

Canvas Course Template
CETL has developed a Canvas Course Template for instructors to use to set up their Canvas course sites.


The Packers seem to be unstoppable and a truly remarkable win for India at the Gabba.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs