October 5, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


A team from the School of Education recently published an article entitled, “The Sociohistorical Evolution of the Language of Culturally-Based Pedagogy and Its Impact on Teacher Education,” in Urban Education. The article is foundational to the work being conducted through their ACCESS research grant and will contribute greatly to the conversation happening right now about critical race theory and culturally-based teaching practices. Well done!

The UWM Audiology Group was named one of Milwaukee’s Top Choices for Audiology Services by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (follow the link and click on “Hearing Care”). Congratulations!

In the News

Amanda Simanek (Zilber School of Public Health) was interviewed by WPR regarding the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. She was also interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about COVID-19 trends in the U.S. and what this means as we head into fall.

Rachel Buff (History) announced the publication of Volume 11 of the Journal of Academic Freedom, of which she is the editor, “Is the Managed Campus a Graveyard?”

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletic Department announced numerous updates in several key areas of event and ticket operations regarding the upcoming basketball campaign, including a renewal deadline extension and the announcement of a gap-year program for ticket holders.

Catch up on all the exciting things happening in Milwaukee Athletics by reading the latest issue of The Roar Report. This fall issue contains numerous articles on current student athletes, highlighted with a feature story on how the men’s and women’s basketball teams safely returned to campus this summer and got back on the court, including how MKE staff, coaches, and student athletes viewed the process.

The Week


I start the week with the Covid-19 Management Team (CMT) Leadership meeting, followed by my weekly meeting with Robin Van Harpen, my one-on-one with Kathy Dolan, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, my monthly meeting with Nancy Frank, my weekly staff meeting, and a Divisional Budget Meeting with the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.


In the morning, I have another CMT Leadership meeting, the quarterly TechEd Frontiers meeting, my monthly meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, a Campus Budget Planning meeting, and my monthly meeting with Michael Doylen. In the afternoon, I have the University Committee meeting, my weekly meeting with Chancellor Mone, and my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl.


Today, I will be co-presenting a paper at the IFLA RISS (Reference and Information Services Section), followed by meetings with direct reports, my one-on-one with Kyla Esguerra, the weekly UW System Provosts Council meeting, my weekly check-in with Laura Pedrick and Dev Venugopalan, and my monthly meetings with Kim Litwack and Scott Emmons.


In the morning, I again have the CMT Leadership meeting, followed by the APBC meeting. Then, I’ll participate in the virtual Board of Regents Education Committee meeting. In the afternoon, I continue with the virtual Board of Regents meeting.


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


C21 Virtual Event

The Center for 21st Century Studies welcomes Thea Riofrancos (Providence College) for a discussion based on her new book, “Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador,” on Friday, October 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Applied Gerontology – Virtual Meet and Greet

Connect with fellow scholars and professionals, and learn about opportunities in gerontology education, careers, and community engagement on Thursday, October 15 at 3 p.m. Please register.

Linguistic Justice

April Baker-Bell (Michigan State) will discuss how anti-Black linguistic racism and white linguistic supremacy get normalized in teacher attitudes, curriculum and instruction, pedagogical approaches, disciplinary discourses, and research. Sponsored by the Vilas Trust, the talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21 at 3 p.m., followed by a critical, pedagogical discussion. Tickets to the free event.

Curriculum Innovation Grant Program

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center is pleased to announce a Curriculum Innovation Grant Program and is seeking faculty and instructors interested in integrating design and entrepreneurial thinking into their courses. The goal of the program is to expand the umbrella of Ideas Challenge Courses to expose more UWM students to innovation and entrepreneurship.

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.

Academic Staff Indefinite Status

Academic Staff members who have indefinite files due on or before May 31, 2021 may request an extension by contacting the appropriate committee chairs by February 15, 2021.

Teams Calling Project

Read an update on the Teams calling feature that was added in June.


It is the first time since 1963 that Liverpool conceded 7 goals.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs