Alan’s Weekly May 6th, 2019

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MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019


Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Fall 2019 semester as of April 29, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Undergraduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in net admissions (down 91 in applications)
Transfer admissions – SOE is down 0 in net admissions (down 13 in applications)
Graduate admissions – SOE is up 8 in admissions (down 7 in applications)
Total admissions (UG, T, and G) – up 16 in admissions (down 111 in applications)

The 2019 Summer credit generation is down 5.1% point in time from a year ago. The 2019 Fall credit generation is up .1%.


This week the only regular meeting I had was with the Deans.

Faculty Assembly Coordinating Committee

On Monday afternoon, I attended the Faculty Assembly Coordinating committee meeting to set the agenda for next week’s meeting following the All School Meeting on Thursday, May 9th. The Department of Teaching and Learning request the Faculty Assembly ask APBC to discontinue all votes that impact faculty until a review of bylaws and decision-making processes. The Faculty Assembly will take this issue up next week.

New Graduate Alumni Event

On Tuesday afternoon, SOE Alumna, Emily Robertson hosted the new Graduate Alumni event at her house where every new alum attending received a SOE pin. I want to thank Carol Wacker and Kyle Hernandez from Alumni Relations for organizing the event. We had approximately 30 new and old alums attending the event. It was fun to engage our alums in discussion about what they are doing now and/or remember how their education impacted their career.

Urban Education Doctoral Program (UEDP) External Review

On Wednesday and Thursday, I participated in the Urban Education Doctoral program external review. I want to thank Marie Sandy and Aaron Schutz for co-facilitating the external review process and putting together the report. They did an exemplary job of organizing all the relevant stakeholder group meetings. The external reviewers shared they were impressed by the quality of the report they reviewed, and they appreciated reviewing the last report from ten years ago. If you see Marie and Aaron, please give them a shout out for their outstanding work.

On Wednesday, Hope Longwell-Grice and I took our two external reviewers (Steve Tozer from UIC and Mark Templin from U. of Toledo) to lunch. We had a nice conversation about the Urban Education Doctoral Program (UEDP). I appreciate them taking the time and effort to provide us with constructive feedback about the program.

On Thursday afternoon, the external reviewers shared their preliminary review during an exit debriefing with the UEDP Co-Directors, internal reviewers and the graduate school representatives. Overall, it was a good review. The external reviewers are recommending “continuation with considerations.” I believe they did a very thorough job and gave the group some things to consider for improvement.

Grow Your Own MPS Tour of UWM

On Thursday mid-morning, a group of 17 students and 3 teachers from James Madison and Pulaski High Schools visited UWM. They sat in a mock lesson by Angel Hessel, listened to a panel of Tyree Bolden, Angel Hessel, and current student, Noah Wolfe, ate lunch at the Union and then took a campus tour. I want to thank Jeremy Page and Rob Longwell-Grice for organizing the event.


Congratulations to Brosig Soto and Karen Stoiber on being awarded a $25,000 2019 Mobility award for their project entitled, School Intervention as a Component of Comprehensive Follow-Up Care: Evaluation of Program Effectiveness from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin.


Starting on Monday, May 6th and continuing until July, the bins for Jacarrie’s Kicks for Kids Annual Giveaway will appear next to the 1st floor elevators. If you have gently wore shoes, please consider donating them to Jacarrie’s bins. Jacarrie is a two-time graduate of the SOE in Educational Policy and Community Studies. The bins will also be in Mellencamp Hall, the Library, and the Children’s Center. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Longwell-Grice at


Donna Pasternak’s co-edited book Possibilities, Challenges, and Changes in English Teacher Education Today: Exploring Identity and Professionalization came out in print on May 1st. This book focuses on English teacher educators’ experiences concerning professionalization and teacher identity. Like its companion text, Using Tension as a Resource: New Visions in Teaching the English Language Arts Methods Class, published in February 2019, it explores the challenges and successes in educating future teachers of English. Congratulations Donna.


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