July 15, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Sandeep Gopalakrishnan (Nursing) has been credentialed as a Diplomate of the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA), which is a non-physician member who is involved in wound care-related research and has completed continuing education in wound care. The APWCA is a non-profit medical association welcoming medical providers from all disciplines involved in the prevention and treatment of difficult wounds. Congratulations, Sandeep!

Nan Kim’s (History) book, “Memory, Reconciliation, and Reunions in South Korea,” was awarded this year’s Scott Bill’s Memorial Prize by the Peace History Society. The Prize comes with a $500 award and will be presented at the biennial conference at Kent State University on October 26. Well done, Nan!

School of Architecture and Urban Planning Interim Dean

Nancy Frank (Urban Planning) has agreed to serve as Interim Dean for the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, effective August 15. With 38 years at UWM, and 25 in SARUP, Nancy brings a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge to the role. Previously, she served as Department Chair for Urban Planning, Associate Dean of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Acting Dean of the School when Dean Greenstreet served as Interim Chancellor in 2003-04.

Nancy earned her MS and Ph.D. from the State University of New York-Albany where she earned the Distinguished Dissertation Award. Her teaching areas are Environmental Planning and Planning process, and her research interests include policy analysis, sustainable energy, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. I look forward to working with you in this new capacity, Nancy.

I also want to express my personal gratitude and appreciation to Bob Greenstreet for his 29 years of remarkable and outstanding service as Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, making him the longest-serving Architecture dean in the country. That’s quite a legacy, Bob! Apart from serving as Dean of SARUP, Bob was also Interim Chancellor (2003-04) and double Dean of SARUP and Peck School of the Arts (1999-2001). Bob will still be around on campus since he will return to his faculty position in SARUP. Thank you again, Bob!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletics Department announced that season ticket memberships for the 2019-20 men’s and women’s basketball season are now on sale. A season ticket membership is the best value for Panther Basketball and members save on the per-game price, while also receiving discounts on the purchase of additional single-game tickets and many other benefits.

Head Coach Pat Baldwin of the Milwaukee men’s basketball team is the featured guest on the newest edition of Stephen Bardo’s, “America Loves Food and Sports,” a restaurant review show that spotlights the finest food in Chicago. Bardo, a former NBA player and Fox Sports and BTN college basketball analyst, serves as the host of the show. This episode was filmed in Oak Park, IL.

The Week


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a Water @ UWM meeting, a meeting with the Academic Staff Committee, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, and a Budget meeting. Later, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Mark Harris, a Sales Force meeting, and my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I have an M3 update with the Chancellor, my monthly meeting with Ron Perez, and my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl. In the afternoon, I have an Integrated Support Services Sponsors meeting, my standing meeting with Pat Borger, and a personnel meeting.


I start the day providing welcome remarks at the Farewell Breakfast for the 2019 American Indian Science Scholar program, followed by my monthly meeting with Michael Doylen, and my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone. Later, I have my monthly meeting with Trudy Turner and a Chancellor’s Committee for Hispanic Serving Initiatives meeting.


In the morning, I have a UW Colleges Restructuring Leads meeting and a Campus Budget Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, standing meetings with Katie Miota and Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, and a Charter School meeting with the Chancellor.


I start the day with my monthly meeting with Kaushal Chari, followed by my monthly meeting with Scott Gronert. Later, I have a monthly Data Science Institute budget meeting and a Budget Model meeting.


Data Science Website

A website for data science at UWM is being created under the direction of Purush Papatla, Co-Director of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute. Faculty members involved in data science are invited to submit biographical information for a faculty profile on the site. Also, faculty members and students engaged in data science research are invited to submit information for research profiles on the site.

Mission Possible

Sign up to facilitate Mission Possible for the Class of 2023! Host two 90-minute workshops on academic skill building for groups of 25-35 students. Panther Academic Welcome will be held Friday afternoon on August 30. Training will be provided in advance.

Common Read

The WUWM “I’m an American” series by Teran Powell has been selected as UWM’s 2019 Common Reading Experience text. “I’m an American” spotlights perspectives otherwise overshadowed in the national conversations surrounding civility and tolerance. Faculty are encouraged to sign upto facilitate a CRE discussion during Panther Academic Welcome.


There was a lot going on in the sporting world over the weekend, but I thought the men’s World Cup Cricket final was a once in a lifetime thriller.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs