May 10, 2021  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting 

Again, just a reminder that there will be a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday, May 20 at 9 a.m. for UWM faculty and staff. Chancellor Mone and I, along with other campus leaders, will focus on planning for a fully operational fall semester, and we will be available to answer your questions. We will discuss the most recent state, city, and UW System COVID-19 updates as well as a report from our Emergency Operations Center team. Send questions to


Michelle Grabner (Art alum) is the recipient of a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. Congratulations, Michelle!

Jay Stahl (Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies student) was named a Junior Board member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The board, made up of students and young professionals, is the first of its kind for NATAS, which oversees the Emmy Awards and promotes excellence in the television broadcast industry. Well done, Jay!

The College of Health Sciences Department of Health Informatics and Administration’s graduate certificate in Healthcare Compliance was recently accredited by the Compliance Certification Board. Kudos to all!

Marc Tasman (Digital Arts and Culture, Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies) is a keynote panelist for a book launch of the edited volume Self-Representation in an Expanded Field: From Self-Portraiture to Selfie, Contemporary Art in the Social Media Age from MDPI Books, for which he has contributed a chapter. The panel will be chaired by the volume’s editor, Dr. Ace Lehner (Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the International Center on Photography) on Friday, May 14. Well done, Marc!

Chris Yogerst’s (Communication) article “A Face in the Crowd (1957): Reception and Relevancy, from the Dawn of Television to the Digital Age,” was published in the Journal of Popular Film and TelevisionCongratulations, Chris!

The MS in Athletic Training program reported that the graduating class of 2021 has achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the national Board of Certification (BOC) exam! This follows the news that the final student from the class of 2020 completed and passed his BOC exam as well; meaning that the last two cohorts achieved a 100% first-time pass rate, bringing the three-year average to 86%, well above the 70% standard. Well done to CHS!

This spring, 61 students were inducted into the Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at UWM. See the list of inductees and read their biographiesCongratulations to this very impressive group of scholars!

Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) had her poetry collection, “Copper Yearning,” selected as Book of the Month by the nationally syndicated radio program Native American Calling. She was the featured guest on the live broadcast April 28. Well done, Kim!

Strategic Update

I issued my first Strategic Update last Wednesday. These periodic updates will communicate details about new and ongoing initiatives in Academic Affairs. Our key objective is to provide clarity on our goals and how various initiatives combine to drive toward a sustainable future for UWM.

UW System Awards

UWM is accepting nominations for two UW System awards: the Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award and the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ+ People. UWM’s internal deadline for nominations is Friday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. Use this form to submit your nominations to Interim Chief DEI Officer Chia Vang ( See past sample statements and more information about the awards.

Milwaukee Athletics

The next episode of the “Panthers Sports Report, presented by the Milwaukee Brewing Company” featuring Milwaukee baseball head coach Scott Doffek, is now available on the Black & Gold Network YouTube Channel.

The Week


I start the week with the Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, an interview with a 2030 Sponsor finalist, my one-on-one with Melissa Scanlan (Melissa is the Director of the Center for Water Policy at the School of Freshwater Sciences), the Chancellor’s Core Group meeting, a meeting with Tom Luljak, Dave Clark, and Kay Eilers, and my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I interview two of the 2030 Sponsor finalists, join the School of Education Leadership meeting, attend the Graduate School senior staff meeting, and have my one-on-one meetings with Scott Emmons, Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, and Kim Litwack. In the afternoon, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Paul Klajbor, I’ll provide an Academic Affairs Update to the Academic Staff Senate, and I have my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I have my standing meeting with Jennifer Abele, Sue Weslow, and Chancellor Mone, my monthly meeting with Jen Doll and Tim Behrens, an interview with a 2030 Sponsor finalist, my one-on-one with Kaushal Chari, my standing meeting with Brian Thompson, and my monthly meeting with Mark Harris and Dietmar Wolfram. I also attend the Digital Marketing Fast Track Proposal follow-up meeting, a 2030 Implementation School/College Planning meeting with L&S Social Sciences, and my one-on-one with Trudy Turner.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, followed by the CEMAT Leads meeting, my monthly meeting with Purush Papatla, the Spring Regent Liaison meeting, and my one-on-one with Kyla Esguerra. In the afternoon, I have a School of Education All-School meeting, my one-on-one with Nadya Fouad, the monthly Moon Shot for Equity check-in, and I’ll attend the Faculty Senate meeting.


Today, I have my one-on-one meetings with Hope Longwell-Grice and Scott Gronert, I will meet with other direct reports, and focus on administrative tasks.


Semester Memo

My end-of-semester memo is available online.

L&S Kudos Board

Please join the College of Letters and Science in congratulating all of the faculty and staff who have recently retired. A Kudos Board has been created for many of them for the collection of well wishes that will be compiled into a poster and slide show as a memento. Post your congratulatory message, photos, videos, memes, etc.

Student Survey

All current UWM students are invited to complete a survey about experiences with writing and linguistic racism by May 15. This IRB-approved survey (#21.244) will inform a summer workshop series on Antiracist Teaching Practices for Writing across Disciplines and is supported by a UWM Antiracist Campus Action Grant.

Virtual Boswell Event

The Department of Mathematical Sciences and Boswell Books present Jordan Ellenberg, author of “SHAPE: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else,” in a free virtual conversation with special guest John Urschel on Wednesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. Information and registration.

Tech Tip

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Bees in the Netherlands trained to detect COVID-19 infections.

Take care,


Johannes Britz

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs