September 3, 2019  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

Good morning, colleagues. I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day holiday. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.


Paul Auer (Public Health) received funding for his R01 project titled, “Innovative approaches to elucidate the genetic etiology of age-related hearing impairment and tinnitus,” from the Nation Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). This is a multiple PI grant project with a total budget of approximately $3.3M. Paul’s share is roughly $700K. Well done, Paul!

UWM Alum Sydney Ruf-Wong (2012, BFA Musical Theatre) was cast in the upcoming national tour of the Mean Girls musical. Congratulations, Sydney!

Milwaukee Athletics

Mark your calendars today! The Milwaukee women’s basketball team announced its non-conference schedule for the 2019-20 season. The Panthers’ schedule features six home matchups and three Big Ten opponents on the road.

After receiving approval from the state legislature in its 2019-21 capital budget, we are moving forward with plans to expand the Klotsche Center that will improve student recreation and sport space.

Internet Security: Multi-Factor Authentication

Enrollment for multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now open. All faculty and staff must enroll by October 31.

The Week


I start the day with a student welcome at Hartford University School, followed by standing meetings with Tom Luljak and Simon Bronner (Simon is the new Dean of the College of General Studies), and also a meeting on enrollment management. Later, I have the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet Deep Dive meeting, I’ll attend the University Committee meeting, I have my weekly staff meeting, and an academic planning meeting where we will discuss the academic priorities for 2019-2020.


In the morning, I have standing meetings with Brian Thompson, Ron Perez, and Michael Doylen. In the afternoon, I have an orientation luncheon with new deans, the Chancellor’s Committee on Hispanic Serving Institutions meeting, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


I start the day with standing meetings with Alan Shoho and Katie Miota, and my one-on-one meeting with Leigh Wallace (Leigh is the new incoming chair of the Academic Staff Committee). Then, I’ll give the charge to the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Dean Search and Screen Committee, and I have my monthly meeting with Nancy Frank (Nancy is the newly appointed Interim Dean at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning).


Today, I meet with direct reports, I have a working lunch with Amanda Braun, I visit the College of General Studies at UWM at Waukesha, and I have a Partners for Health meeting.


C21 Fellows Presentation

Join the Center for 21st Century Studies for its annual Fellows Presentation and Open House on Friday, September 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 118. Learn about the work the 2018-19 Fellows did at C21 last year and enjoy an open house reception in Curtin 939 afterwards.

Fall Employee Fitness Classes

The Human Resources Department is offering five new, low-cost fitness classes to UWM Employees beginning the week of September 9.

Libraries Announce 2019-20 Journal and Database Cancellations

The Libraries thank the campus community for its extensive participation in the review of Journal and database subscriptions for cancellation in 2019-20. Library staff considered that input and finalized the list over the summer.

Instructor Mentoring Program

All faculty and instructional academic staff are strongly encouraged to participate in the Instructor Mentoring Program for Fall 2019. Even if you have been an instructor for decades, you can benefit from having a mentor (or being a mentor). By participating as either a mentee or mentor you can rejuvenate your teaching, gain further satisfaction and fulfillment from teaching, and develop a reciprocal relationship with a new colleague. By partnering, we can support each other’s growth as instructors and increase student success. To participate, please complete this form.

UWM Libraries Annual Report

The UWM Libraries 2018-19 Annual Report is now available, with updates on the many contributions of the Libraries to UWM’s core mission.

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Submit your proposal for the 5th Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium by October 15.


And this week we have the historic first landing on the South Pole of the Moon, as India attempts to set a lander down on the Moon on September 7th.

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs