Dear Faculty and Staff:

This fall, UWM is continuing work to implement recommendations from the 2030 plan. As part of that plan, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Education, School of Information Studies, and Department of Urban Planning will be restructured under a larger college structure. Each unit will keep their school identity but will share a dean and other services. The intention of this restructuring is to create cost efficiencies and foster new avenues for collaboration. I encourage you to learn more about the 2030 Action Plan and read the 2030 Implementation Team Report.

As the dean for this new college, open communication is important to me. I hope you will use this page as a source for updates on the restructuring and FAQs. This page can also serve as an easy way for you to ask questions and provide feedback. If you submit a question and would like a direct response, please remember to include your name. If you prefer your question to remain anonymous, we will do our best to address it in the FAQs. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Tina Freiburger, PhD
Dean, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Interim Dean, School of Education

Update: November 18, 2021

Please take a moment to review the Naming Survey Results.

Update: November 8, 2021

The realignment template will be reviewed by the APBC on November 11. It will then move to the Faculty Senate to be placed on the agenda for vote on December 16. Prior to the vote, the Faculty Senate will review all the realignment proposals at the November 18 meeting and have time for discussion and questions.

There will be a townhall on November 16 at 4:00 for SOE, HBSSW, SOIS, and Urban Planning. During the townhall, Dean Freiburger will review the timeline again and answer questions. Submit questions through the form at the bottom of this page, email Quinn Cory ( If you are unable to attend the townhall, a recording will be available.

Update: October 26, 2021

Please take a moment to let us know your thoughts on the updated Naming Survey for the new college.

Update: October 21, 2021

Naming survey results.

Update: October 13, 2021

We’re in the process of narrowing the approximately 50 naming suggestions we’ve received from you all as engaged colleagues of the new college.

Update: September 13, 2021

List of functional areas under each subcommittee.

Academic Program Support

  • Course changes/CIM
  • Program changes/CIM
  • Program assessments (WEAVE/HLC)
  • Accreditation
  • Course evaluations
  • Program Committees support
  • Course Scheduling
  • Teaching Support (TAs)
  • Enrollment Management (course planning)
  • Investigating officer
  • Flex Program Support
  • Data Requests/Warehouse
  • Canvas support

Administrative Support

  • Communications
  • Research Support (pre/post award)
  • Records management (programs, minutes, etc.)
  • College Faculty Meetings (agendas, minutes)
  • School/Department Meetings
  • CIE coordination
  • International/Visiting Scholars
  • Travel Requests/Support
  • Financial transactions
  • HR coordination
  • School Point-of-Contact
  • Space Management
  • Schedule/Calendars (Assoc Dn)
  • Approve Student Hours
  • Intra-office document flow
  • Event Coordination
  • Development
  • Coordinate visitors
  • School Faculty Meetings

Student Support

  • Advising – Acad. & Career
  • Scholarships
  • Graduate applications/admissions
  • Graduate Student Advising
  • Field/Clinical Placements
  • Licensure/Certification
  • Internships
  • Recruitment
  • Retention
  • College Publications/Content Creation
  • Marketing of programs
  • Website design/content/site management
  • International Students
  • Study Abroad

Update: September 8, 2021

Draft documents that identify duties for the Dean, Vice Deans and Head of School.

Update: August 4, 2021

There are three restructuring workgroups. Each has met at least once.

Why is the restructure necessary?

With the current financial constraints on the university, reorganizing some schools into a larger college structure will save salary dollars by reducing the number of deans from three to one. Restructuring can also allow schools to share resources and build services.

How do we fit together?

Programs with professional degrees often share the same needs and services (licensure, field/clinical experiences, accreditation). HBSSW, SOE, SOIS, and the Department of Urban Planning also share a focus on research and community partnerships. Additionally, these programs currently collaborate on a number of academic programs and research interests.

Will my position be eliminated?

No. Due to years of budget cuts, many vacant staff positions have not been filled. This has resulted in gaps in services. Given the high level of work and the low number of staff, there are no positions that can be eliminated without impacting our ability to perform necessary functions.

Will my job duties change?

Job duties will change for some positions. The three schools and the Department of Urban Planning will share several services. It is expected that staff will perform some duties for all three schools and the Department of Urban Planning, and that other duties will be shifted to an employee in another school. The goal of these changes is to better use individual skill sets and improve workflows. Planning for these changes will be done in collaboration with supervisors. Supervisors will work with individual staff who are impacted to determine manageable workloads. Staff will also be asked to provide recommendations on work assignments.

Will departmentalized schools be able to retain their departments?

Yes. Retaining departments is a top priority. It will take additional work to change policies and procedures, but the benefit outweighs the additional work.

How will my school’s budget be impacted?

Academic budgets will remain separated. Each school will continue to receive a budget allocation from Business & Finance derived from UWM’s budget model process. All three schools and the Department of Urban Planning currently have balanced budgets; none have a deficit that must be addressed.

What is the name of the new college?

The name of the college has not been selected. Many of us have heard “College of Professions” used around campus for ease of reference, but this name is working as a placeholder. With input from community stakeholders, students, faculty, and staff, marketing representatives from each of the three schools are working on a list of possible names. We will then have a process for all faculty and staff to review the names and provide input before a name is selected.

Submit your ideas for the new college name.

What’s the process in determining a new name?

Representatives from all the units contributed to the pooling of names and selection of the shorter lists. In order for a name to be considered in the shorter list, it had to have support from all the other units.

Why not just list the names of the schools as the new name?

As you will notice, none of the school names are included in the college name choices. This was done purposefully to retain the autonomy of the schools, to avoid disagreements surrounding the order of names (i.e., schools wanting their name listed first), and to allow us to be more inclusive of other potential partners in the future.

How will the shared governance process be determined?

Shared governance in the schools will remain unchanged by this process. There will, however, need to be a shared governance process at the college level. We are currently working to put together a subcommittee to provide recommendations regarding that structure.

Currently there are differences in faculty workloads in the three schools and the Department of Urban Planning. Will this be changed to be uniform?

No. This process will not change faculty workload. Campus is currently developing a university-wide process for determining workload for all faculty at UWM.

Will the teaching loads of academic staff change?

No. There are no plans to change teaching academic loads.

How will students find their school under the college with a general name?

The three colleges and Department of Urban Planning will retain their names and identities. The new college name will serve as an umbrella under which the three colleges and Department of Urban Planning reside. The school names: SOIS, SOE, HBSSW, and Department of Urban Planning, are not going away. They simply have a new “home” under the new college name. An example of this can be found at the Dominican University website. The college name is “College of Applied Social Sciences.” Beneath that name you’ll see links to each school. In our case, when the new college name is implemented, students will not notice a difference when searching for their school or department.

Most students search via Google or the UWM catalog. Under the new college name, students will still be able to find their school (or Department of Urban Planning) in the same way that they currently do.

Do you have a question about the restructure?