The Pay Plan materials are to be submitted to the Provost this coming Thursday, January 18th. This past week, the SOE leadership team has been working on the pay plan. I am using the points allocated by the departments and units to inform my decisions on the Dean’s funds.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of January 8, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 12 in net admissions (up 29 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 2 in net admissions (up 2 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 16 in admissions (up 37 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)up 26 in admissions (up 68 in applications)

Spring 2018 Semester Credit Hours generation (point in time from a year ago) down -.1


This week I had regular monthly meetings with Jessica Russell and Erica Yewlett, Simone Conceicao, Adrienne Woods, and my regular weekly meeting with the Deans. It was a relatively quiet week coming back from the holidays.

M3 Meeting

On Monday morning, I participated in a M3 meeting. We discussed major accomplishments to date as well as review funding requests. The accomplishments from 2017 were many, but specific to the SOE, the PLUS program was identified as a M3 affiliated project. Congratulations to Judy Winn and others for fostering this alliance with M3.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, we held our first Deans Provost meeting of the new year. It was a compressed meeting, because the Provost had another engagement. We discussed the compensation plan as well as the Deans professional development day planned for January 18th at the Urban Ecology Center. The topic will be “Leading Change.” Mark Harris talked briefly about the increase to graduate assistant stipends. Scott Emmons went on to share about other professional development in the works for the Deans as well as meetings the Provost is planning with each School/College’s leadership team on research and faculty diversity issues.

Tour of UWM Art Gallery

On Wednesday afternoon, Dave Clark, Interim Dean of L&S arranged a tour of the UWM Art Gallery in Mitchell Hall. This space was recently renovated and I highly recommend you scheduling a tour to see the gallery and appropriate, taking your class to see the gallery. It contains several Picasso, Rembrandt along with an Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Start of the Faculty Search Interviews

On Thursday morning, I met with the Administrative Leadership’s first finalist for their position, David Martinez. David is a finishing doctoral student at Arizona State University. We had breakfast together at Ma Fischer’s before arriving at campus for his day of interview activities. Over the coming weeks and months, a number of search finalists will be coming through in the ADL, ExEd, MCEA, and COU. I encourage everyone to attend the research presentations of the candidates.

Bradley Tech Meetings

On Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, I had several Bradley Tech meetings including the Commission meeting. As I have shared in the past, Bradley Tech has a long way to go, but it is making progress. On Friday, we were given the past two years Wisconsin DPI report card on Bradley Tech. In 2015-16, Bradley Tech scored 18.9 and in 2016-17, it improved 10.4 points to 29.3. While this improvement is in the right direction, Bradley Tech is still rated as 1 star and “fails to meet expectations.” Two years ago, when I first became involved with the Commission, I thought it would take 5-7 years to turn Bradley Tech around (similar to what Michael Fullan has found for systemic change to embed and sustain itself) and thus far, this seems to be on par. In the future, I will be sharing interval STAR data. STAR is given to students three times a year and it assesses math and English language arts proficiency.

Another area of emphasis is getting more youth apprenticeships and internships for Bradley Tech students. Dr. Driver is going to work with a team from MPS to create a mechanism for employers to review and vet Bradley Tech students for apprenticeships and internships.


This is a reminder that the Provost wants to meet with everyone in the SOE on Friday, January 19th in Enderis 107 starting at 1 pm. Please make every effort to attend this meeting.


Conceição, S. C. O., Samuel, A., & Yelich Biniecki, S. M. (2017). Using concept mapping as a tool for conducting research: An analysis of three approaches. Cogent Social Sciences, 3(1), 1404753.

Pasternak, D.L., Caughlan, S., Hallman, H., Renzi, L., & Rush, L. (2018). Secondary English teacher education in the United States. Reinventing Teacher Education Series. London: Bloomsbury Press.


Donna Pasternak has been nominated for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Nominating Committee for the 2018 elections. If elected, she will be nominating people at the highest level of the organization with its 35,000 memberships. Good luck Donna.


Mary Kellner, SOE Board of Visitor was recently recognized by the MKE Fellows for her efforts to improve education and make a difference. Congratulations Mary. We are so proud of what you do to make a difference in Milwaukee’s educational landscape.


  • January 19th – SOE All School Meeting with Provost, 1:00 – 2:30 pm in Enderis 107
  • February 2nd – SOE UWM Basketball Reception v. UW-Green Bay, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Panther Arena. This is a family friendly event, so please bring your family!
  • May 10th – Spring All School Meeting starts at 1:00 pm in the 4th floor Library conference room

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