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

UWM Libraries Director

Dr. Michael Doylen has accepted the permanent position of Associate Vice Provost and Director of UWM Libraries, effective as of July 1.

Since 2016, he has served in the Director position on an interim basis, steering efforts to integrate library services and collections across UWM campuses at Waukesha and Washington County.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries and as the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Wisconsin Association of Academic Libraries.

Prior to his service as interim Director of Libraries, Michael served in the UWM Libraries as Assistant Director for Archives, Special Collections and the Music Library (2012 to 2019), as interim Assistant Director for User Services (2010-2012), and as Head of the Archives (2003-2016). He has over 15 years of leadership in academic libraries with increasing levels of administrative responsibility. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Literature, and his Master of Library and Information Science from UWM.

I extend my thanks to the Search and Screen Committee, chaired by Amanda Seligman, for its excellent work!

Michael, I look forward to continuing to work with you in your permanent role!


Tami Williams (English/Film Studies) has been appointed to the board of the Women and Film History International (WFHI), a clearinghouse for the scholarly study of all periods of women’s film history worldwide. Through her duties on the board, she will be contributing to the development of conferences, along with other important scholarly and professional opportunities. Well done, Tami!

UWM’s Animal Care Program had a successful site visit with AAALAC on June 5 and expect their accreditation to be renewed. Congratulations to Berri Forman and her team!

From the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement

Senior Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer Candidate Theresa Jones will be on campus on Tuesday, June 18. Her Open Forum will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Regent’s Room (Chapman 211). Candidate materials and itineraries are posted online.

The Week


In the morning, I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, a Water@UWM meeting, and the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting. In the afternoon, I have standing meetings with Stan Stojkovic and Mark Harris, a Keypath meeting with Ron Perez and Brett Peters, and my weekly staff meeting.


I start the day meeting with Tom Luljak, followed by an M3 Update with the Chancellor, standing meetings with Brett Peters, and Val Klump and Tim Grundl, and a lunch meeting with Rockwell Automation’s Michael Cook. Later, I have a meeting with Joel Arredondo, Director of Operations for the Guanajuato Water Fund Project, a campus budget meeting, and an interview with Theresa Jones.


Today, I have my monthly meeting with Michael Doylen, my monthly Integrated Support Services meeting, and a meeting with the Indian Community School Board.


In the morning, I have the Chancellor’s Committee on Hispanic Serving Initiatives, the UW Colleges Restructuring Leads meeting, and my monthly meeting with Scott Emmons. In the afternoon, I have the Northwest Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, standing meetings with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska and Ron Perez, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I have the Northwest Mutual Data Science Institute monthly budget meeting and will also attend to administrative duties.


UWM Alumni Survey – Last chance to share your thoughts!
Alumni employees – your opinions matter! Time is running out to share your thoughts in the UWM Alumni Survey before it closes this Friday, June 21 at 11:59 p.m. All alumni are invited and encouraged to participate. Responses will help shape how UWM and the Alumni Association connect and engage with our alumni family, as well as our future programming. Survey results will be shared this fall.

Call-out for UNITE Giveaways
Professionals from UWM are excited to get out in the neighborhood surrounding UWM this August to welcome UWM students back to school and deliver bags full of great giveaways, goodies from campus resource centers, and coupons from local businesses to our students who live within walking distance of campus!

15th Annual Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk
Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 12 at 10 a.m. We’re celebrating 15 years of family fun for all ages (and breeds), including the Kids’ & Toddlers’ Dashes, Milwaukee Mascot Race, Canine Costume Contest, Most Spirited Stroller, and more! Adult registration fee is just $28 when you register by July 15. All proceeds benefit UWM student scholarships.

Lunar Party

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic 1969 Apollo Moon landing on July 20 with an afternoon of activities, fun, food, and music at the UWM Planetarium! Featured inside the Physics building will be free 20-minute planetarium shows at 12, 1, and 2 p.m. as well as 30-minute talks from space expert guest speakers at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 p.m. Drs. Nathan Salowitz, Janis Eells, and Rani Elhajjar will describe space exploration in the past, present, and future. Visit the Moon using a virtual reality headset in the hallway. Also on display will be artifacts and models of space exploration, including some of the first maps of the lunar surface provided by UWM’s American Geographical Society Library.


World Cup Soccer: Go USA Team!

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs