Alan’s Weekly April 22nd, 2019

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of April 15, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is down 58 in net admissions (down 111 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 5 in net admissions (down 11 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 3 in admissions (down 7 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G)down 58 in admissions (down 129 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 8.1% point in time from a year ago.


This week I had regular meetings with Stephen Wester, Simone Conceicao, Carol Wacker, Jeremy Page, the Provost, and the Deans. This week I met with two of the finalists for the IUE Director’s position. The last finalist visits this Tuesday, April 23rd.

Deans and Chairs Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans and Chairs held their monthly meeting. Nicole Schanen came to share information about social media marketing, in particular, using Linkedin. Nicole subsequently showed updates to each department’s website using tabs for various content labels. She explained the importance of search engine optimization and some statistics about digital ad campaigns they have been running through a dashboard.

Jeremy Page shared a draft of the first year experience for a non-credit 6-7 week course that helps students acclimate to university life. This is slated to start this fall semester. Jeremy inquired with the chairs about having faculty provide their business cards to the 2nd floor, so that they could provide them to students.

Jessica Russell provided a brief update on the budget. In short, the SOE is projected to have balanced budget for this year.

I asked the chairs to conduct their chair elections and to make sure they send the ballots and election results to me for review. I subsequently give the ballots and results to Kerry Korinek for storage.

I asked the chairs to communicate the importance to their faculty/academic staff about completing their Outside Activities Report by April 30th. This is a hard deadline and there will be no grace period. Anyone not completing the OAR will be classified as a non-solid performer and be ineligible for any pay plan being considered by the legislature for the 2019-21 budget cycle. I also reminded the chairs to have people do their monthly leave reports.

I shared an update on the IUE Director’s search. The last finalist, Rene Antrop-Gonzalez will be coming on April 23rd with his presentation at 1:45 pm. Nancy File shared that there was at least one application for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing visiting assistant professor position. Jackie Nguyen shared that the search committee had received 43 applications for John Horstman’s replacement position. First round interviews and subsequent campus interviews would be forthcoming in late April and early May. Jackie Nguyen also provided an update on the Canvas transition.

To finish the meeting, I shared information and provided a handout to the chairs about the upcoming multi-factor authentication process that is coming this fall for log-in processes to UWM websites. I also gave a brief update on the Grow Your Own program and its status.

Climb the Ladder Event

On Friday early afternoon, I attended the Climb the Ladder event in KIRC building. There were five panelists who shared their perspectives on the tenure and promotion process and what helped them be successful. It was an event to share insights on the tenure and promotion process as well as the distinguished professor designation. Nominations for the Distinguished Professor are due in November 2019.

Kim Jacobson Going Away Party

After the Climb the Ladder event, I went to Kim Jacobson’s going away party on the 3rd floor. It was a nice way to recognize Kim’s contributions to the Office of Clinical Experiences and the School of Education. We wish Kim all the best as she starts her new job at Alverno College.

SOE faculty and staff with Kim Jacobson (cnter) at her going away party.


Nancy File informed me her co-edited book published by Wiley and Sons is now available. The book is entitled, “Handbook of Early Care and Education” co-edited by Christopher P. Brown, Mary Benson McMullen, and Nancy File. Congratulations Nancy.


I’ve placed “Watch This Space” table top signs in the instructor copy rooms/kitchens for each department. The sign is a snag-your-curiosity thing that will be replaced in a week or so with signs that announce the June 3 Canvas Camp–an all-day Canvas build event for our faculty and instructors. If anyone asks you about the signs (or the Camp!), please send them to Judith Jablonski.

Canvas Camp training coming soon signage.


  • May 9th – All School Meeting – 4th Floor Library Conference room starting at 1:00 pm.