September 8, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates, Timely Announcements

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


Nancy Bird-Soto (Spanish and Portuguese) will participate virtually at a panel in the “100 Years of Women Voting Symposium Series,” hosted by the Library of Congress Kluge Center and the United States Capitol Historical Society on Thursday, September 10. Congratulations, Nancy!

Richard Grusin’s (English and Center for 21st Century Studies) chapter, “Once More with Feeling: Trump, Premeditation, and 21st-Century Terrorism,” was published in the book Threat Communication and the US Order after 9/11: Medial Reflections. Well done, Richard!

Purush Papatla’s (Lubar School of Business and Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute) article, “#Retweet: How to Compose Shareable Tweets,” was published in the September issue of the Keller Center Research Report. Congratulations, Purush!

Caroline Seymour-Jorn’s (French, Italian and Comparative Literature) new book, Creating Spaces of Hope: Young Artists and the New Imagination in Egypt (American University in Cairo Press), was recently published. Well done, Caroline!

Ali Gattoni (Communication) and Sarah Riforgiate (Communication) were named UWM’s 2020-21 Fellows/Scholars in the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program. During the year, Sarah and Ali will complete intensive professional development and a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project they will share at events, including the UW System’s Virtual Teaching and Learning Conference. Congratulations, Ali and Sarah!

Kimberly Blaeser (English and American Indian Studies) served as a Contributing Editor for the just released When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. She worked with United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and other editors to gather the work of more than 160 poets, representing nearly 100 indigenous nations, and wrote the introductory essay for the Northeast/Midwest Section, “Writing A Poetry of Continuance.” Selections of her own poetry are also included in the anthology. Congratulations, Kimberly!

Milwaukee Athletics

The Milwaukee Athletics Department has created a COVID-19 Updates page available as a link on It will house pertinent information for Milwaukee student athletes, staff, and fans including reopening information, Horizon League updates, NCAA resocialization updates, compliance information, academic enhancement information, and more.

Congratulations to Annie Guerrero of the Milwaukee women’s track and field team, who was recognized for both athletic and academic achievement last week as she was named an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. She earned a spot on the national fourth team.

In the News

Diane Reddy (CETL) was featured in an article in on teaching amid a health pandemic that was published in MKElifestyle.

The Week


I start the shorter week with the Crises Management Leadership team meeting, followed by my standing meeting with Dave Clark and Kay Eilers, a CEMAT Leads meeting, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, a budget planning discussion, my monthly meeting with Val Klump and Tim Grundl, a prep meeting for the September 30 Biz Journals panel discussion on higher education (which I will participate in), my monthly Academic Affairs update presentation to the Academic Staff Senate, and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I have the Deans Morning Meeting, the monthly Connected Systems Institute Budget meeting, my one-on-one with Joely Urdan, the weekly System Provosts Council meeting, my one-on-one with Kyla Esguerra (the new Academic Staff Committee Chair), and my standing meeting with UC Chair Kathy Dolan.


In the morning, I have the APBC meeting, an Executive Cabinet meeting, and a Campus Budget meeting. In the afternoon, I have the School of Education’s All School meeting, my one-on-one with Trudy Turner, and my standing meeting with Dietmar Wolfram and Mark Harris.


Today, I have a TechEd Frontiers meeting with UW System and UW Extension. The remainder of the day will be filled with administrative tasks and meetings with my direct reports.


C21 Fall Open House

Join the Center for 21st Century Studies on Friday, September 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a Fall Open House featuring their 2019-20 Faculty Fellows, who will discuss their projects and present the research they completed during their residence at C21 last year. The event will be streamed on YouTube Live.

CIE Education Abroad Week 

The Center for International Education is hosting their inaugural Education Abroad Week September 14-18 featuring a virtual study abroad fair on September 15 and 16. Join the week-long celebration of all things international and learn about study and internship programs (onsite and virtual), funding opportunities, and academic and career enrichment. Visit for more information.

2020 Panther Prowl – Supporting UWM Students in Need

The 2020 Panther Prowl Virtual 5K Run/Walk is raising money for UWM students facing unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toward an Anti-Racist Campus: A Call for Action Mini Grants for Faculty and Staff

The Office of Research and the Division of Global Inclusion and Engagement are allocating funds for action mini grants aimed at ideas and specific actions to address systemic racism on our campus. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on September 14. Details are available here.


Animals and numbers . . .

Take care,


Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs