Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of January 13, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is down 10 in admissions (up 9 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)up 1 in admissions (up 9 in applications)

The Spring 2020 semester credit generation is down .5% point in time.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Provost, Simone Conceicao, Jeremy Page, Seth Kochheiser, and the Deans.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Wednesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held their monthly meeting. I gave a budget update. We are awaiting our official adjusted budget from the Provost’s office. We will be getting it by the end of January. Following my update, Drew Knab and Paul Klajbor gave an overview on the new budget model.

Erica Yewlett briefed the chairs on the new requirement for all employees to have an annual evaluation documented. Faculty and staff who do not meet this requirement will not be eligible for pay plan considerations. Similar to previous requirements like online training, etc., everyone must complete these requirements to become eligible for pay plan considerations.

Hope Longwell-Grice shared that we have a new IT LTE support person, Kristin Gaura and that she will be focused on faculty and their Canvas online work. In the meantime, Hope asked the chairs for their thoughts on what they would like a future IT person to do as we transition to searching for a new full-time permanent person.

Jeremy Page shared how advisors are calling, texting, and e-mailing current undergraduate students to encourage them to re-enroll for the spring semester. He sent an e-mail to faculty to enlist their support to do the same with graduate students. Allee Hochmuth is contacting graduate students as well, but it would help if faculty advisors encouraged their graduate students to re-enroll. If there are some small financial issues or holds, please contact Jeremy Page and Rob Longwell-Grice. The SOE has a limited emergency fund to help students with small financial issues. There is a form students must complete and submit for consideration. Unfortunately, we do not have funds to support everyone, but our goal is to try and help as many students as we can. We may also be able tap into some emergency funds from the campus level.

Meeting with MATC on Grow Your Own Program

After the lunch on Wednesday, Hope Longwell-Grice and I drove to MATC to meet with Jonathan Feld and Sadique Isahaku to finalize a coordinated effort to offer Grow Your Own programs to school districts as a team effort. We had a very productive meeting. Our goal is to roll out a 20 credit program to high school juniors and seniors who aspire to become teachers. In February, we plan to present this initiative to the Southeast Wisconsin Superintendents Association. We believe this will be well-received from the superintendents and they will want to work with us to develop their own Grow Your Own programs.

Outward Mindset Leadership Training at Bader Philanthropies

On Thursday, the Deans and Chairs participated in an all-day training at Bader Philanthropies. This was part II of our training using an outward mindset. It was a productive day and it gave the team an opportunity to share scenarios and how to address them from an outward mindset.

Spring Student Orientation

After the training at Bader Philanthropies, I returned to campus to participate in the student teaching orientation and send-off for the spring semester. I want to thank Christie Peters, Anna Bierce, Corby Anderson, and Amy Gutowski for organizing another productive orientation for our student teachers. Angel Hessel did her usual outstanding review of EdPTA. I always enjoy seeing the “can do” spirit of these aspiring teachers.

Emilee Schultz Farewell Party

On Friday afternoon, I attended the farewell party for Emilee Schultz. She is leaving the SOE to become a full-time academic advisor in the Lubar School of Business. I appreciated Emilee’s efforts to help in recruiting new students to the SOE. Thank you Emilee and good luck on your new job.


I want to congratulate Donna Pasternak on her new book, Integrating Technology in English Language Arts Teacher Education. The book draws on data from a nationwide study of English teacher education. The book focuses on English teacher educators’ experiences integrating technology into their English language arts methods courses and how technology is changing our understanding of English as a discipline.


I want to welcome Kristin Gaura to the SOE. Kristen was hired as a limited term employee to help with our instructional technology needs. She is focusing on helping anyone with their Canvas needs. Kristin comes to this position with a background in CETL. She started an internship at our UWM Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, then transitioned into an employee last year. At CETL, she handled technological and instructional frontline support in the ‘Commons’, while conducting intensive one-on-one support and D2L-to-Canvas migration sessions with faculty from all over the university.

In relation to her new job with us, Kristin is most looking forward to sharing her knowledge and experience of successful online adult education with the faculty and staff at the SOE. She hopes to spark the same excitement that she experiences when new technology advances pedagogy in not only online, but blended and face-to-face courses as well.

As her current hours are limited, the best form of contact with Kristin is email. She is always engaged online and will answer within a working day. Welcome to the School of Education Kristin! You can contact her at or (414) 229-4063.


  • SOE Basketball game party, Friday, January 31, 2020 at Panther Arena v. Wright State, 6:00 pm
  • 7th Annual Summit on Black Male Youth, March 16-17, 2020
  • Spring All School Meeting, May 14th, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, Library 4th floor Conference Room