October 14, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

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


Jennifer Johung’s (Art History) book, Vital Forms: Biological Art, Architecture, and the Dependencies of Life, was recently published by the University of Minnesota Press. Well done, Jennifer!

Junjie Niu (Engineering & Applied Science) was awarded the College of Engineering & Applied Science’s Outstanding Faculty Research Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Niu and his 12-person research team are partnering with many Milwaukee-area companies on several projects with the goals of decontaminating water and decreasing water and energy consumption. Congratulations, Junjie!

In the News

Bettina Arnold (Anthropology) was quoted in a Science News story on social stratification during the Bronze Age.

Milwaukee Athletics

Catch up on all the exciting things happening in Milwaukee Athletics by reading the latest issue of The Roar Report. This issue contains updates on each in-season Panther sports program, as well as a feature story on men’s basketball junior Te’Jon Lucas.

The Milwaukee volleyball team and coaching staff are celebrating Alumni and Friends Day on Friday, November 8 when the Panthers host Oakland. Spend the evening celebrating the volleyball program, starting with festivities prior to the match, which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.

The Milwaukee women’s tennis program will hold its second annual Panther Doubles Pro-Am Fundraiser on Sunday, October 27. During this time, participants can enjoy fun doubles play, food, and drinks while getting to meet the 2019-20 Milwaukee tennis team. Join in on the fun!

The Week


In the morning, I meet with Robin Van Harpen, Drew Knab, and Paul Klajbor to discuss preliminary budgets, and will attend to several administrative tasks and meetings with my direct reports. I end the day with my weekly staff meeting.


Today, I have my bi-weekly meeting with Tom Luljak, M3 updates with the Chancellor, and the first FY 2020 Budget Advisory Team (BAT) meeting to review preliminary budgets for schools and colleges. Later, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting, followed by my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl. In the evening, the Chancellor and I will attend Michael Doylen’s Welcome Reception.


I start the day with a Strategic Reflections of Entrepreneurship meeting with Brian Thompson, Brett Peters, Kaushal Chari, Tom Lipinski, and Scott Emmons. Then I have standing meetings with Purush Papatla and Kim Litwack, followed by my lunch with a number of Department Chairs (I plan to have these lunch meetings with all of the Chairs throughout the semester), my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and the Fall Awards Ceremony.


In the morning, I have standing meetings with Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, Scott Emmons, Katie Miota, Dave Clark, and Kathy Dolan. In the afternoon, I have a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, and I’ll attend the Faculty Senate meeting. In the evening, I’ll provide remarks at the UWM Office of Charter Schools’ 20th Anniversary Celebration.


Today, I have my standing meeting with Kaushal Chari, followed by a Connected Systems Institute Quarterly Executive Stakeholder Update, the monthly NMDSI Budget meeting, and the second BAT meeting to confirm preliminary school/college budget amounts.


Fall Awards Ceremony

All are invited to the Fall Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 in the Wisconsin Room of the UWM Union.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Deadline extended: November 1 is the deadline to submit your proposal for the 5th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium.

Re|Building Communities 

Join the POCACITO project and the UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning to discover innovative approaches to understanding and creating a circular economy capable of addressing the environmental and social issues faced by urban communities. Re|Building Communities takes place on Thursday, October 17 at SARUP’s Marcus Commons, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and features European speakers from Ljubljana (Slovenia), Warsaw (Poland), and Berlin (Germany); local perspectives from the UWM community; and board games.  Register for this free event.

Exploring Majors Fair

The Exploring Majors Fair takes place on Monday, October 21 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom, providing students the opportunity to explore UWM’s majors, minors, and certificates in one central location. Faculty, advisors, and staff will be available to provide information and answer students’ questions. Additional student service departments will also be in attendance, including Study Abroad, Undergraduate Research, the Graduate School, and the Career Planning Resource Center. Please spread the word to current and prospective students.

Professional Development – Inclusive Teaching

Dr. Amer Ahmed will facilitate a special workshop, “Inclusive Teaching that Engages Challenging Classroom Dynamics,” on Friday, October 25 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Registration.

Make a Difference Day

UWM students, faculty, staff, and alumni will assist older adults in preparing their yards for winter and participate in neighborhood cleanups as part of Make a Difference Day on Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You can register online as an individual or with a group. Email leader1@uwm.edu for more information.

UWM WWHEL Scholarships

UWM WWHEL (Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership) is accepting applications for scholarships to attend the 2020 Women Leaders Conference on March 6 in Milwaukee. Deadline to apply is November 22. Ten awardees will be announced in December. The scholarship is sponsored by a UWM Academic Staff Group Professional Development Award, so only Academic Staff are eligible.


India set another cricket record, and Japan is still going strong.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs