Coronavirus Update – Please review Chancellor Mone’s messages regarding UWM’s efforts from this past week. Please monitor your e-mail and UWM website for further updates from Chancellor Mone. I will forward any messages, in particular, IT updates I receive that the wider campus does not receive.


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for Fall 2020 semester as of March 30, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in admissions (up 15 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)up 8 in admissions (up 15 in applications)


This week I had regular meetings using Microsoft Teams with Jessica Russell, Erica Yewlett, and Hope Longwell-Grice, Jessica Russell, and the Deans.

Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee Meeting

On Tuesday afternoon, the Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee met. The coordinating committee decided to postpone the restructuring effort until the fall semester. Leanne Evans sent a message indicating the April Faculty Assembly meeting was cancelled. As a result, the current structure will be in place for the AY20-21. Right now, we do not know if we are going to have the All School Meeting in May. It definitely won’t be in person, but we are considering a virtual option. We will let the school know once it is determined.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Wednesday, the Provost convened a meeting with the Deans. The main issue discussed was summer courses. All courses will be online with limited exceptions. Course fees and seg fees will still be determined. Drew Knab shared limited information on the stimulus package and answered a number of fee related questions.

The online proctoring contract is soon to be completed. CETL will be coordinating the process, so anyone using the proctoring service should contact CETL for further details as they will be providing training.


This past Monday I received notification from the Chancellor’s office that Maggie Kaczmarek was approved for indefinite status effective April 1, 2020. Congratulations Maggie on this promotion.


I want to thank the SOE faculty and staff who contributed to the video message sent to our students to welcome back to our online environment.


Susan Peterson, a former Advisor in the School of Education, passed away on March 17, 2020. Susan began her career at UW-Milwaukee as a university staff (classified staff) member, and most recently, she was an Advisor in the School of Education for 15 years. She retired from UWM in 2006.

Susan was described by her SOE colleagues as truly a student person, very caring and very knowledgeable on the many certification programs the School offered. Because of her many years at UWM, and SOE, she brought a wealth of knowledge on policies and procedures that benefited students as well as faculty and staff. She was dedicated and committed to the School of Education and to its students, giving them the best advice possible so they could graduate in a timely fashion.

Susan’s obituary is online.  A private funeral service will be held with a celebration of life to follow this summer.  Our condolences to Susan’s family and to the many others whose lives she touched.


By the time you read this, there will be one final day and time to pick up your Teams headset if you want one. Informed by considerations of campus community health, a narrow window of one final day will be offered during which eligible UWM faculty and staff members may pick up Teams headsets on the UWM campus.

As you know, to use the online meeting and internal calling features of Microsoft Teams your device must have speakers and a microphone. If your device does not have these capabilities, University-provided headsets will be available to UWM faculty and staff.

Please note: This includes Academic staff, University staff, Limited-term, and Faculty. This does not include students, student employees, teaching assistants, and other student employment positions.

The number of available headsets is limited and ONLY one pick-up date is scheduled as of Monday, April 6th:

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Noon – 3:00 pm

This is the final pick-up day due to the Safer-At-Home Order.  You may always find up-to-date information on Teams and headsets on the Campus Technology and Office 365 webpages.

UPDATED – To pick up your headset

Decide which headset you prefer (please refer to the table below for more information on available options) and send a request, in advance, through one of these methods:

An IT professional will contact you with further specific instructions for pick-up, including the NEW drive-up location – *** in front of UWM’s Student Union on 2200 East Kenwood Blvd. *** — where the Teams headset can be placed in your car (contact-free).  Set-up instructions will be included with the headsets.

Please note: Your UWM ID number (found on your UWM ID card/PantherCard) will be required when picking up the headsets and only one will be distributed per person. Quantities are limited with current shipping conditions, so these will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.


  • Summer Annual SOE Picnic, Thursday, July 23rd, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, front of Enderis Hall