October 19, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Virtual Town Hall

Colleagues, this is just an early reminder that we plan to host another virtual town hall meeting next Tuesday (October 27) at 3:30 p.m. The focus will be, amongst other, our budget, 2030 planning, and DEI practices.


Simon Bronner (Dean, College of General Studies) was awarded the coveted Chicago Folklore Prize for his book, The Practice of Folklore: Essays toward a Theory of Tradition (University Press of Mississippi, 2019). Congratulations, Simon!

Raji Swaminathan’s (Educational Policy and Community Studies) book (co-authored by Thalia Mulvihill, Ball State University), Arts-Based Educational Research and Qualitative Inquiry: Walking the Path, was published (Routledge, 2020). Well done, Raji!

In the News

CBS58 interviewed Purush Papatla and Amber Wichowski about the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute’s Elecurator Project, which analyzes voter behavior through a big data lens.

Christopher Yogurst’s (College of General Studies, Arts and Humanities) new book, Hollywood Hates Hitler! Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures, was cited at-length in an op-ed for the Washington Post. An excerpt of his book was also featured in The Daily Beast.

Milwaukee Athletics

In conjunction with World Mental Health Day on October 10, the Milwaukee Athletic Department ran a series during the week focusing on mental health awareness of Panther student athletes. Each entry was shared directly in the student athlete’s own words. There were three website entries:

The Week


I start the week with the usual COVID-19 Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting and my Monday morning meeting with Robin Van Harpen. Then, I attend a monthly meeting on the Freshwater Collaborative, and after that, I join the Academic Staff Committee meeting, followed by the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, my weekly staff meeting, and a Divisional Budget meeting for Academic Affairs.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, an M3 meeting with Chancellor Mone, my standing meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers on enrollment management, and meetings with direct reports. In the afternoon, I meet with the University Committee, followed by a brief CEMAT update, my weekly meeting with the Chancellor, and I end the day with a recruitment collaboration meeting.


Today, I attend the Moon Shot for Equity Virtual launch event, followed by an Admissions update meeting, the weekly UW System Provosts Council meeting, and my monthly meeting with Tina Freiburger.


In the morning, I once again have the CMT Leadership meeting, followed by the APBC meeting, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and the Executive Cabinet check-in. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Simon Bronner, a Divisional Budget meeting with Finance and Administrative Affairs, a budget follow-up discussion with CGS, I’ll provide welcome remarks at the Fromkin Award Ceremony, and I’ll attend the virtual Golden Anniversary for the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute/Roberto Hernandez Center.


Today, I have the UW System Chancellors and Provosts Council Retreat.


International Open Access Week

This week (October 19-26) is International Open Access Week. The UWM Libraries invite applications to the UWM Open Access Publication Fund, which underwrites processing fees for articles to be accessible openly worldwide.

African and African Diaspora Studies Webinar Series

First in a four-part series, Clayborn Benson (founder of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society) discusses, “Black History in Wisconsin and Milwaukee,” on Tuesday, October 20 at 3 p.m. Register online. (note: webinar title correction sent on 10/19)

Virtual Bradley Distinguished Lecture

R. Glenn Hubbard (Columbia University) presents, “Disruption’s Wake: The Wall and the Bridge,” on Wednesday, October 21 at 9 a.m..

Online Program Council

The OPC will have a Teams meeting on October 23 from 10:30 a.m.– noon. Topics will include research on minority students’ experience of online learning, a group discussion on COVID-19 and online programs, and a Fall 2020 UWM Online update. To attend, contact Laura Pedrick: lpedrick@uwm.edu.

C21 Virtual Lecture

Thy Phu (University of Toronto) presents, “Warring Visions: Photography and the Vietnam Conflict,” on Friday, October 23 at 3:30 p.m.

SEWI Festival of Books Author Event 

Ellyn Lem (Arts and Humanities) and Anne Basting (English) are teaming together, as a part of the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, to discuss their books on Saturday, November 7 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. They will talk about their books together in conversation with Lisa Baudoin from Books & Company. Registration for the session is required and limited to 100.

Student Voter Engagement 

Faculty and staff can have a huge impact on student voter engagement by encouraging all students to register and make a plan to vote. The Student Union will host an early voting site on weekdays October 20 – 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  You are also encouraged to post an announcement in your Canvas courses and sample language is available.

WWHEL Welcome 

The Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership (WWHEL) chapter at UWM issues a warm welcome to all new hires to UWM. WWHEL provides opportunities for networking, information sharing, and support for women in leadership, and encourages women faculty and staff to pursue leadership positions.

Journal Cancellations

The UWM Libraries have announced their journal cancellations for 2020-2021.

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.


Mark, I know it was not easy to share your personal message this morning with us. You are in our thoughts and you need to know that you have our full support during this time. We appreciate you so much, not only as our Chancellor and leader, but also as a colleague and a friend. We all wish you well.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs