March 11, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Diane Reddy (Psychology and CETL) has been named a Fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA). Fellow status is the highest honor MPA can bestow upon its members. This is a huge honor and congratulations, Diane!

Trudy Turner (Anthropology and Secretary of the University) has been named Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the official journal of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Well done again, Trudy!

Rachel Buff (History) and Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece (English and Film Studies) were awarded UW-System Fellowships at the Institute for Research in the Humanities for the 2019-20 academic year. Congratulations, Rachel and Jocelyn!

UWM alum Meghan (McCallum) Konkel (2010 MA in Language, Literature, and Translation, with a concentration in French-to-English Translation) was recently elected to the American Translator’s Association Board of Directors. This is wonderful news and congratulations, Meghan!

Good news from SARUP: A combined team of students from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee and the College of Engineering at UW-Madison are attracting national attention for a housing design that combines the convenience of urban living with maximum energy-efficiency standards. Representatives of the joint “Domus Solis” design team, whose UWM members are advised by architecture professor Mark Keane, were invited to present their work at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Weekend in Golden, Colorado, in April. Congratulations and we wish them luck!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee women’s basketball team had a pair of players earn All-Horizon League honors last week. Ryaen Johnson was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team, while Megan Walstad was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.

The Week


I start the week with the Chancellor’s Retreat (from 8 – noon). Then, I have meetings with Katie Miota and Dave Clark and my weekly staff meeting. I also have a meeting at the College of Health Sciences.


Today, I have the Deans’ Morning Meeting, followed by a Connected Systems Institute meeting with Jennifer Gonda, the Chancellor’s Council on Hispanic Serving Initiatives, and standing meetings with some of my direct reports. Later, I have meetings with Peter Sands, Nancy Nelson, and Michael Doylen and will give my monthly update to the Academic Staff Senate.


In the morning, I have meetings with Brian Thompson, Brett Peters, and my one on one meeting with the Chancellor. In the afternoon, I have a meeting with the Chancellor’s Council on Hispanic Serving Initiatives Community Advisory Board.


I start the day at the APBC meeting, followed by a campus budget planning meeting. Later, there is an Integrated Support Services Sponsors meeting, I’ll attend the Faculty Senate, and provide welcome remarks at the UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony (see below).


Paul Klajbor and I have a budget meeting with Robin Van Harpen, Drew Knab, and Cindy Kluge. I have my standing meeting with Margaret Noodin, my monthly Data Systems Institute budget meeting, a Budget Model Support Team meeting, and my monthly meeting with Scott Gronert.


Teaching Fellows Panel and Open House

The Digital Humanities Teaching Fellows Panel and Open House will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. in the UWM Digital Humanities Lab.

UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony

The 2019 UWM Authors Recognition Ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 14 at 4 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Conference Center.

Women’s and Gender Studies Brown Bag Series

NEW TIME – The Women’s and Gender Studies Spring Brown Bags will now start at 12:30 p.m. in Curtin 535B. Upcoming dates include March 27, April 10, and May 1.

Student Association Town Hall Debate

Join the Student Association for a Town Hall Debate on Thursday, March 28 from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Union Ballroom West. Candidates for Student Association President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Vice President of Student Affairs will answer previously submitted questions covering relevant and timely issues such as campus dining, parking, and the quality of courses offered at UWM. Join us at this debate to have an informed voice in student government elections. Refreshments will be served.

Get out the Vote

Stop by the Union Concourse on Monday, April 1 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to learn more about student government and why students should vote in the Student Association Elections. We will be handing out free cookies!

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for UWM’s R1 Celebration on Friday, April 5 from 3 – 5 p.m. Watch your email for an invitation and additional details.

Promotion and Advancement Panel

All faculty are invited to a panel entitled, “Climbing the Ladder: Strategies for Promotion at Different Stages in a Faculty Member’s Career,” on April 19 from 12 – 1 p.m. in KIRC 1140 to dialogue and receive advice on how to position themselves for promotion and advancement. RSVP to Chia Youyee Vang by March 31.

UWM Male Advocate Applications

The UWM Male Allies and Advocates Program invites and encourages applications from male faculty or staff to serve as Advocates in the Advocates and Allies Program. Training will be April 25 – 26. UWM Advocates are expected to be active proponents of gender diversity and equality within their units. Additional information about the advocates, as well as application information, can be found on the Ombuds page. To apply, please complete the application form by March 25. Applications will be reviewed by the Women’s Advisory Board. Direct inquiries to Nadya Fouad.

Summer SURF Applications

UWM faculty and academic staff can co-apply with an undergraduate student for a Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) award to provide an hourly wage for the student to work as a research assistant over the summer on a collaborative project. Students will be paid as hourly employees in the $10-$12/hour range. The application deadline is April 1.


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Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs