October 12, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


The UWM College of Nursing (Co-PI Anne Dressel, Co-I Jean Bell-Calvin, Vicki Swaney, Kim Ryan) is part of the team that recently received funding from Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) for “Clean Air Interventions for Milwaukee Child Cares.” This three-year study aims to assess the impact of an educational intervention on indoor air quality (IAQ) in local childcare centers, with the goal of improving IAQ and informing policy to reduce asthma risk among pre-school children. The study stems from the previous work of the Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment, which was founded in 2008 and is led by the UWM College of Nursing. Congratulations, Anne, Jean, Vicki and Kim!

Brenda Cárdenas’ (English) poem, “Nuestra Señora de las Iguanas,” was published on October 7 in Poem-a-Day, a daily digital poetry series produced by the Academy of American Poets. Brenda also has a poem titled “Sweet Sixteen” in the new anthology Grabbed: Poets and Writers on Sexual Assault, Empowerment, and Healing (Beacon Press, October 2020). Well done, Brenda!

Michael Mikoś’ (Foreign Languages and Literature) article, “The Presence and Reception of the Polish Nineteenth-Century Novel in the United States and Britain,” was included in the recently published book Another Canon: The Polish Nineteenth-Century Novel in World ContextCongratulations, Michael!

Ben Trager’s (Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research, and Urban Education Program doctoral student) research article, “Community-Based Internships: How a Hybridized High-Impact Practice Affects Students, Community Partners, and the University,” was recently published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Well done, Ben!

In the News 

Aaron Schutz (Educational Policy and Community Studies) was interviewed by the New York Times about the Black Lives Matter movement.

2030 Task Force

Colleagues, if you have not done so, I strongly recommend that you read the 2030 task force recommendations that are available on the Chancellor’s website. The task force made significant recommendations regarding a radically welcoming culture for students, strengthened research elements, GER courses, and the structuring of our schools and colleges. After accepting their recommendations, the Chancellor and I have charged a 2030 Implementation Team that will submit their implementation recommendations by the end of January 2021 to the Chancellor and me. We will have a town hall meeting later this month to update the work of the 2030+ Think Tank Recommendations team, among several other topics. More details on the town hall will follow soon.

The Week

Monday (Indigenous Peoples’ day)

I start the week as usual with the COVID-19 Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my standing Monday morning meeting with Robin Van Harpen, a meeting with SOE, and my one-on-one meetings with Joely Urdan and Mark Harris. Later, I have my monthly meeting with Purush Papatla, then I attend the Academic Planning meeting, followed by my weekly staff meeting, and a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Board of Directors quarterly meeting.


In the morning, I will again join the CMT Leadership meeting, followed by an enrollment management discussion, my one-on-one with Kaushal Chari, a meeting with the CEMAT Leads, and a College of General Studies budget-related meeting. In the afternoon, I have a UWM Online Program Development meeting, I’ll attend the Academic Staff Senate meeting, and I end the day with my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, the Connected Systems Institute (CSI) monthly budget meeting, a UWS Provosts Council meeting, my one-on-ones with Trudy Turner, Alan Shoho, and Kyla Esguerra, my standing meeting with Mark Harris and Dietmar Wolfram, and a meeting on admissions updates.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, my one-on-one with Brian Thompson, a Pre-Nursing Program discussion, my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Kay Eilers, and Dave Clark, and a Campus Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, a follow-up with the Union Art Gallery, and the Faculty Senate meeting.


Today, I have meetings with direct reports and will be attending to administrative tasks.


Voting in the November Election 

On Friday, October 16, from 10-11:30 a.m., the Social Justice Committee in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare is hosting a session on voting in the upcoming presidential election. Marc Herstand (Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter) will compare the policies of the presidential candidates and will also talk about the issues in the state election.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Submit a proposal and register for the 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, which will be held virtually on January 14, 2021.

New UWM IT Procurement Practice

UWM has a new streamlined process that gives the campus a single place to go for all technology-related purchases. See a link to the form and full information.


Joshua Cheptegei set a new world record in the men’s 10,000 meters.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs