October 26, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Updates, Timely Announcements

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

Virtual Town Hall

Just a reminder that we will host another virtual town hall meeting tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.


Donna Pasternak (Teaching and Learning) co-edited the book, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Reading Perspectives and Practices, which was published by Bloomsbury Academic and is now in print. Congratulations, Donna!

Colleen Galambos (Social Work) was selected to be a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the highest honor within the social work profession. Well done, Colleen!

Karolina May-Chu (Foreign Languages and Literature) is a 2020 recipient of the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit, which recognizes instructors across the nation who have demonstrated achievement in furthering the teaching of German in the U.S. Congratulations, Karolina!

Melinda Kavanaugh (Social Welfare) was recently the keynote speaker to the Netherlands ALS Congress. Melinda conducts applied research in the United States and South Africa, working with families affected by neurological disorders including ALS, Huntington’s Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Well done, Melinda!

Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) was a featured poet in Scotland last week. She was selected as Dumfries and Galloway Libraries’ Poet of the Week where a commentary on her work accompanied a video of her reading of “Minobimaadizi” from the Scottish series #plaguepoems. Congratulations, Kim!

School of Education Dean Update

It is my pleasure to announce that I have appointed Tina Freiburger, dean of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, to serve as the oversight dean of the School of Education, effective as of January 1, 2021. Hope Longwell-Grice will continue as the Senior Associate Dean of the School. I am looking forward to working with both Tina and Hope on advancing the School of Education. I further want to express my appreciation to Alan Shoho for leading the school over the last 5 years.

In the News

Chancellor Mone was interviewed in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel front-page story about the launch of the Moon Shot for Equity initiative.

Marc Levine’s (History, Emeritus) study is linked to an inauspicious description of Milwaukee in The New York Times online “On Politics” feature.

Amanda Simanek (Public Health) was interviewed by Newsweek regarding how to be safe for Thanksgiving. She was also quoted in Vox on the state of the pandemic in Wisconsin.

WisContext report highlighted the work that Dr. Simanek and other Dear Pandemic contributors are doing to combat the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.

Milwaukee Athletics

The Horizon League Board of Directors announced the selection of Julie Roe Lach as Commissioner, effective January 1, 2021. Current Commissioner, Jonathan B. LeCrone, will move to a new role as Advisor to the Commissioner on the same date.

The Week


I start the week with the Coronavirus Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my Monday morning meeting with Robin Van Harpen, an FY22 Divisional Budget meeting with General Education Administration, the Chancellor’s Expanded Executive Cabinet meeting, an Admissions Update meeting with Dave Clark, Kay Eilers, and Patrick Fay, my one-on-one with Mark Harris, and my weekly staff meeting.


In the morning, I have a UWM-Connected Systems Institute meeting, an FY22 Division Budget meeting with the Office of Research, a meeting with CEMAT Leads, and my monthly meeting with Brett Peters. In the afternoon, I have my standing meeting with Nancy Nelson, a meeting with Student Association Leadership, and our virtual Town Hall.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, and FY22 Divisional Budget meetings with the UWM Libraries and Student Affairs. In the afternoon, I have the weekly UW System Provosts Council meeting, FY22 Divisional Budget meetings with the Graduate School and Enrollment Management, and an FY22 Follow-up meeting with the College of General Studies.


In the morning, I have another CMT meeting, a check-in with Hope Longwell-Grice, my monthly meeting with Kim Litwack, my bi-weekly meeting with Tom Luljak, and a DEI Recruitment meeting. In the afternoon, I have a Recruitment Collaboration discussion, a Divisional Budget meeting with Zilber School of Public Health, my one-on-one with Scott Gronert, and an FY22 Step 1 Revenue Briefing with the Leadership Support Team.


Today is a campus-wide furlough day.


UWM Food Center & Pantry

On Tuesday, October 27 there will be a drive through food distribution in the UPARK lot at 4150 N. Humboldt Ave. from 10-11:30 a.m. This event is intended for UWM students, faculty, and staff, but is open to the public. Please RSVP for a time slot and arrive AT THAT TIME. UWM students, faculty, and staff may volunteer.

Investment Management Webinar

The Investment Management Certificate Program in the Lubar School of Business kicks off its webinar series with, “ESG & EVA: Making the World Better While Generating Solid Returns,” on Wednesday, October 28 at noon. More information.

M3 | Education Transformed

You are invited to participate in a new, virtual event series with Milwaukee’s three largest urban institutions of public education. The first event takes place on Wednesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. and focuses on “Meeting the Urgent Needs of 100,000-plus Students During COVID-19.” Register online.

African and African Diaspora Studies Webinar Series

Flávia Rios (Federal University of Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) presents, “Black History and Black Politics in Brazil,” on Wednesday, October 29 at 3 p.m. Please register. For questions or concerns, please contact Rachel Hegland (rhegland@uwm.edu).

C21 Virtual Roundtable

On Friday, October 30 at 3:30 p.m., C21 hosts, “Black Rhythm Happening: A Roundtable,” a discussion on the aesthetic, historiographic, and political capacities of black filmmaking.

UWM Libraries

The UWM Libraries are hosting a virtual panel discussion, “Fall into Research: Publishing in a Pandemic,” on Friday, November 13 at noon. Please register.

Save the Date

This year’s Annual Length of Service Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 9 at noon.

Give to UWM’s 2020 SECC United Way Campaign Today!

The 2020 Milwaukee Partners in Giving/State and University Employees Combined Giving Campaign (SECC) with the United Way is underway! See the UWM SECC page.

Words of Wisdom

CETL is looking for UWM instructors to share some words of wisdom about online teaching.

Tech News

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for students is coming October 28.

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.


Well done to the Packers, there were some great IPL games over the weekend and the Political Science department held a trivia game on Teams last week, and the graduate students were victorious!

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs