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

Public Health Accreditation

UWM’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health has attained national accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a 5-year period (the maximum that is allowed on an initial accreditation), making us the first accredited school of public health in Wisconsin. A wonderful affirmation of years of excellent work by the School’s faculty and staff plus colleagues from across campus who helped make this a reality! See related articles in JSOnline and the UWM Report.


Congratulations to Julia Snethen, Nursing, for her induction into the American Academy of Nursing. This is a tremendous personal honor for her and to the College of Nursing, as well!

Ashley Falzetti, former UWM grad student in Philosophy, was named a 2017 Nancy Weiss Malkeil Scholar by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Well done, Ashley!

Havidán Rodríguez, a UWM Sociology Alum (MA 1986), has just been named president of the University of Albany. Kudos also to his mentor, William Velez, Professor Emeritus, also in Sociology!

Chemistry alumnus Dr. John Monnier (Ph.D. with George Keulks in 1978) was just elected to the National Academy of Engineering and will be promoted to Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina this fall. Congratulations!

The Week


I meet with Robin Van Harpen and there is also a Strategic Position Control meeting that Robin and I will attend. Later in the day, I have meetings with my staff, Mark Harris, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and the CEMAT Executive Committee.


I’m attending a meeting related to the Clinical and Translational Science institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin, a School of Education chairs’ retreat, the Academic Staff Senate meeting, and I meet with Ron Cisler.


I have a number of meetings with my direct reports, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and meetings with Alan Shoho and Bill Hebert.


This is another day of meetings, including Brian Thompson, Amanda Braun, Pat Borger, and Trudy Turner.


I will be attending the UW System Provosts retreat in Madison.


Please consider stopping by the CLACS summer teacher institute

School of Information Studies in Uganda

Attention Advisors, Faculty, and Instructors! Common Read and Mission Possible need facilitators

Volunteer to help set up and prepare classrooms for the first day of class at a local MPS school


See upcoming events from the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research


Awareness is growing of how vital it is to preserve our liberal arts foundation in higher education.

This will be my last update until the week of August 7.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs