Alan’s Weekly August 27th, 2018

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2018 semester as of August 20, 2018, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 2 in net admissions (down 5 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 11 in net admissions (down 15 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is down 43 in admissions (down 9 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 56 in admissions (down 29 in applications)

2018 Summer semester credit hours signed up for is up 3.8% point in time from 2017.

2018 Fall semester credit hours signed up for is down 2.8% point in time from 2017.


This week I had regular meetings with the Chancellor and Provost, Provost, and the Deans.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met at the Urban Ecology Center in Menomonee Valley for a half-day professional development day focused on leading high performing teams. Our session was led by Wendy Kamerling, former executive at Johnson Controls. Wendy did a nice job of facilitating the morning’s session. I always enjoy learning from my Dean colleagues. We did an assessment of our communication style and it was revealing to learn about the pros and cons of each style. I plan to use the same assessment with my leadership team. We also did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of our leadership team and there were some common themes that emerged in the group I worked with.

UW System Regents Meeting

On Thursday morning, I drove to Madison to participate on a panel with three other UW School of Education Deans (Diana Hess from Madison, Carmen Manning from Eau Claire, and Marcie Wycoff-Horn from La Crosse) before the UW Regents Education committee. Our presentation was entitled, “Building a Strong Teacher Workforce for Wisconsin.”

Each Dean addressed the Regents Education committee. Diana Hess led off and defined the problem underlying the enrollment declines in teacher education. Carmen Manning followed by addressing the teacher shortage issue and what is causing it. Marcie Wycoff-Horn shared what innovative solutions UW System institutions are trying like Grow Your Own programs and programs designed to attract more teachers of color. I concluded the presentation by sharing what the University of Hawaii system is doing to support teacher education as well as recommendations for the System to conduct a program array analysis, advocate for legislation to level the playing field and incentivize through loan forgiveness programs to attract more teacher candidates. I ended the presentation with a recommendation for the system to create a task force of stakeholders to examine two questions: 1) How can the UW System raise the public esteem for teachers in the state of Wisconsin?; and 2) How do we increase enrollment in teacher and principal preparation programs in UW Schools and Colleges of Education?

Meet and Greet for New Faculty and Staff

On Thursday afternoon, the School of Education sponsored at Meet and Greet for our new faculty and staff. Hope Longwell-Grice facilitated the event and welcomed Kelsey Autin (Counseling) and Katherine Sage (School Psychology) from Educational Psychology; Nicholas Husbye (MCEA) and Sara Jozwik (Special Education) from Teaching and Learning; Rod Whiteman (K-12 Leadership) from Administrative Leadership; and Tyree Bolden (Advisor) from the Office of Student Services.

SOE new faculty and staff hold a cake during meet and greet session. From left to right, Rod Whiteman (K-12 Leadership) from Administrative Leadership; Sara Jozwik (Special Education) from Teaching and Learning; Tyree Bolden (Advisor) from the Office of Student Services; Nicholas Husbye (MCEA) from Teaching and Learning; Kelsey Autin (Counseling) and Katherine Sage (School Psychology) from Educational Psychology.

Monthly Meeting with New Faculty

On Friday afternoon, I met with all the new faculty. We have arranged to meet monthly to support their 1st year at UWM. They shared what they were interested in learning more about and I will be facilitating meetings and resources to satisfy their interest. I also hope by meeting monthly with the other junior faculty in the school that interdisciplinary collaborations can be developed.


Katherine Sage, School Psychology Visiting Teaching Academic StaffI grew up in a few medium-sized cities in southeastern Wisconsin. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. After this I spent four years working in schools and education settings in Racine and Madison, WI as a substitute assistant special education teacher, volunteer coordinator for AmeriCorps, tutor, and instructor in reading interventions. I freelanced as a tutor for community members. I earned my master’s degree and am a doctoral candidate through East Carolina University (ECU) of North Carolina. I chose ECU as they have a fantastic Pediatric School Psychology program that allowed me to work in both school and medical settings. I completed my doctoral internship at the Psychological Services Center of Illinois State University, which is part of the Illinois School Psychology Consortium (ISPIC).

I have been married for two years and with my now husband for six (We met in Madison two weeks after I interviewed across the country for graduate school!). In graduate school I learned to crochet and knit to help me cope with being far away from my family and most of my friends. I continue to try to outdo my skills and creativity by taking on new challenges (dinosaur wizard!).

I am excited to start in my new role as an instructor and to live in the Milwaukee area. I have been known as a person to help others find the resources they need and jump in quickly when given the opportunity to learn new skills. My primary focus of research has been identifying moderators of children with chronic illness’ functioning, focusing on mental health, health behaviors, and family factors. I have given multiple conference and workshop presentations on therapeutic strategies (MI, ACT, risk assessment), assessing and treating internalizing disorders with adapted FBA, and providing psychoeducational information to parents and school staff. I am very interested in continuing to engage in the translation of research to real-world settings, across educational, medical, and home settings.


On Saturday, August 18th, Kristen Taylor informed me that April Swick, who was a good MPS partner and current doctoral student in the School of Education passed away suddenly. We will miss April’s energy. She always brought positive energy and was instrumental in helping our student teachers get ready in MPS as well as working on the early phase of the Grow Your Own program.

In another sad development, I was informed by Becky Freer, Interim Dean of Students that one of our MCEA students, sophomore Cassandra Laabs passed away in a tragic boat accident on Lake Winnebago this past weekend. Her older sister, Jessica Laabs is a senior MCEA student in the School of Education and close to graduation. If you have her in class or know her, please reach out and support her during this challenging time. For additional information regarding your unit’s role in responding to tragic events like this, please review the policy “Student Death and Major Medical Crisis Notification and Support Process” at:


Our colleague Nadya Fouad, in her role as senior advisor for conflict resolution, has identified issues with poor climate for female faculty on the UWM campus. To address the issues, the chancellor and provost have asked Nadya to bring in a trainer this fall to do several workshops for male faculty to help create awareness of what is and is not acceptable behavior, and learn how to serve as effective allies for gender equity.

The Male Allies and Advocates workshops will be held on Sept. 27 and 28 in the fourth floor conference center of the Golda Meir Library. You can RSVP here.

All male faculty members are invited and encouraged to attend the interactive workshops, which will look at ways to improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of women, especially in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas.

You can learn more about this initiative at the following links:


  • September 13th – All School meeting, 1:00 pm at 4th floor Library Conference room
  • October 13th – Panther Prowl, 10:00 am in front of Enderis Hall