Good morning, colleagues. I hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

Reminder: Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Dean Candidate on campus this week:

  • Kaushal Chari visits campus Monday-Tuesday (November 26-27)
    Open Forum: Tuesday, November 27, 11 a.m.-Noon, Union Fireside Lounge

Candidate CVs and campus interview schedules are posted online on the finalists page, along with feedback forms, to submit feedback to me.

Dean of Students Finalists

The Division of Student Affairs has announced that candidates for the Dean of Students position will be on campus this week. Candidate CVs and interview schedules are posted online. This position plays a critical role within our campus community, so your presence is appreciated. Many thanks to the members of the Search and Screen Committee, led by Julie Bonner, for all their hard work and effort.


Milwaukee leads the chase for the 2018-19 McCafferty Trophy, given to the all-sports champion of the Horizon League, after the fall season boosted by three League championships.

Panthers fans will be able to watch the Milwaukee men’s basketball team play its two games in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic on CBS Sports Network. The live broadcasts will feature the Panthers against Buffalo Friday (Nov. 30), followed by a second contest against either Stephen F. Austin or San Francisco on Saturday.

The Week


Today begins with a breakfast meeting with Lubar School dean candidate Kaushal Chari. Then, I have my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen and a budget meeting with the School of Continuing Education. The Chancellor’s Executive and Expanded Cabinet meets and I have a weekly meeting with my staff. At the end of the day, I will also attend the retirement party for Barbara Simon.  She has been the head of the Accessibility Resource Center for the last 4 years, and has been with UWM for 19 years.


In the morning, I have the Deans’ Morning meeting and my monthly meeting with Michael Doylen. In the afternoon, I have a monthly ISS meeting, budget meetings with Peck School of the
Arts and the Zilber School of Public Health, a monthly UW Colleges Restructuring meeting, and a wrap-up interview with Dr. Chari.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

I’ll be in Taiwan to participate on invitation at a conference at the National Taiwan Normal University.


Immigration from a European Perspective

Paul Brice’s talk, “Welcoming the Refugees: Lessons of the European Crisis from a French Perspective,” will be live-streamed from the University of Chicago on Tuesday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Language Oasis (CRT 187). Free and open to the public.

Last Chance!

The last November Science Bag, “Life in Glass Houses – The World of Diatoms,” will be presented by Erica Young and John Berges (Biological Sciences) on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. in Physics 137. Free and open to the public.

Call for First-Year Seminar Instructors

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is looking for faculty and instructional academic staff to teach First-Year Seminar courses in fall 2019. Deadline is Saturday, December 1.

Holiday Social

The Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Social will take place on Wednesday, December 5 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. RSVP.

WWHEL Holiday Social

The WWHEL Holiday Social, hosted by Athletics, is scheduled for Thursday, December 20 at 6 p.m. in Pavilion 148. Enjoy refreshments and socialize with fellow WWHEL members, hear Chalk Talk from a Women’s Basketball Coach, and cheer on the Women’s Basketball Team as they face Florida State in the Klotsche Center at 7 p.m. Four free tickets for WWHEL members – Bring your family and friends! Please register to attend the reception and game.

UWM Accessibility Training

Learn more about Student Accommodations and Accessibility by completing and earning the new, self-paced Certificate in Accessibility for UWM Instructors. The UWM Accessibility Training Site for Instructors is an online, self-paced resource developed by CETL and ARC that provides valuable, just-in-time information for instructors on student accommodations and Universal Design.


Well done to the Australian women’s cricket team for winning their 4th World Cup!  And only 34 days left until the end of 2018 . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee