November 11, 2022  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

Good morning, colleagues. Today is Veteran’s Day, a special opportunity to thank our veterans for their service to our country. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

2030 Feature of the Week
The Redesigning the Research Infrastructure-Faculty Workload Group has finalized their report, which is available on the 2030 website. The report summarizes the findings of the Faculty Workforce Working Group, with the goal of presenting background to the consideration of UWM’s “workload policies.” Next, the Workload Group will develop a basic framework for updating and modifying these policies. The intention is to use this report to generate discussion and feedback as the group moves into the second phase of work.

Pamela Harris (Mathematical Sciences), along with collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University, Tuskegee University, and Iowa State University, were awarded $997,128 through an NSF grant for their project entitled, “A Postdoc Community of Mentoring and Networking.” Well done, Pamela!

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg (alum), an academic leader at the University of Oregon, has been named Dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Architecture. He holds a BS in Architectural Studies and a certificate in Urban Planning from UWM and will begin his new role on January 5, pending approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Congratulations, Kevin!

In the News
The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being (ICFW) recently launched a podcast exploring the complexity of neglect, its underlying root causes, and how they overload families with stress. The ICFW is a community-university partnership between Children’s Wisconsin and UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

Robin Pickering-Iazzi’s (French, Italian, and Comparative Literature) article on Letizia Bataglia, “The Photographer Who Fought the Mafia for Five Decades,” originally published in the online news source, The Conversation, was picked up by numerous news sites, including Yahoo News.

Milwaukee Athletics
The Milwaukee women’s soccer team will play No. 6 Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The postseason contest will take place today at 5 p.m. CST in East Lansing, MI. The Panthers are making their 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 15th with the Horizon League’s automatic berth.

The Week in Retrospect
On Sunday evening, I had a chance to join the Student Association meeting and talked about the 2030 Action Plan and student success initiatives. On Monday, we had the last divisional budget meeting of the year. I started Tuesday with a UWM Research Foundation Board meeting that focused on strategic planning, and I also offered updates in the afternoon to the Academic Staff Senate. On Wednesday, I attended the pre-meetings of the November Board of Regents in Madison. On Thursday, I attended the Board of Regents meeting, which was followed by an outstanding event honoring women of color and LGBTQ+ advocates from across the system. From UWM, Wilkistar Otieno was honored with the Women of Color in Education Award and Luke Olson with the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on behalf of LGBTQ+ people. I end the week Friday with a campus budget planning meeting.


  • November 15 Town Hall
    Tune in to a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. Several campus leaders will share information and will be available to answer your questions. They’ll share updates on engagement and student centricity, workplace climate and culture of care, enrollments, 2030, and DEI. Join via Teams.
  • C21 Research Fellows
    Applications for Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) faculty and staff fellowships and collaboratory funds are due by the end of the day Friday, November 18. Fellows (at UWM and across the UW System) are eligible for course release, and collabs may use funding and resources for Spring 2023 events. Share these opportunities widely! Email with questions.
  • Spring SURF Support Proposal Deadline: December 1
    The Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program provides student salary support for research collaborations between faculty/research staff and undergraduate students. The deadline to apply for support during the spring semester is Thursday, December 1. Program details and a link to the online application are available on the SURF webpage. Contact Kyla Esguerra ( with questions.

Campus Events

  • Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series
    Gabrielle Tesfaye is an interdisciplinary artist versed in painting, animation, film, puppetry, and interactive installation. Her work is rooted in the African diaspora, ancient art traditions, and cultural storytelling from her Jamaican and Tigrayan roots. The virtual lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. More information.
  • New Dancemakers 2022: Diverging Pathways
    UWM’s Dance Department present an evening of deeply engaging dances that will surprise, entertain, and challenge the audience. These dances, choreographed by the department’s graduating seniors, incorporate a range of dance styles, from modern/contemporary to ballet, hip hop, and jazz. Performances run November 16-19. More information.
  • UWM NAF Future Ready Scholar Summer Design/Build Camp Exhibition
    This exhibition storyboards the Name A Future (NAF) Future Ready Scholars High School Summer Camp that ran this past summer at UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP). The program was an innovative collaboration between SARUP, UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Milwaukee Public Schools (as part of UWM’s M3 program). The exhibition is on view in the SARUP first floor alcove through November 17.
  • Milwaukee: A City Built on Water
    Charles Paradis (Geosciences) hosts Milwaukee historian John Gurda’s presentation, “Milwaukee: A City Built on Water,” on Thursday, November 17 at 4 p.m. in Lapham N103.
  • COVID-19 and Racial Equity in Milwaukee
    Urban Studies Programs’ 13th Annual State of Milwaukee Summit: COVID-19 and Racial Equity in Milwaukee: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here? will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Golda Meir Library Conference Center. More information.
  • Jazz Ensemble
    Enjoy live music and incredible downtown views when Jan Serr Studio transforms into a buzzy club atmosphere for the Jazz Ensemble concert. The performance, which features 20 student musicians, begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17.

Something Different
Clouds can lead to stars. The interstellar medium is full of molecular clouds that are the birthplaces of stars.

Take care,

Scott Gronert
Interim Provost