Alan’s Weekly September 16th, 2019

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Here are the semester credit hour generation, applications and net admissions data for the Summer and Fall 2019 semester as of September 9, 2019, point in time from a year ago.

Graduate admissions – SOE is up 24 in admissions (down 12 in applications)
Total admissions (Graduate)up 24 in admissions (down 12 in applications)

The 2019 fall semester credit generation is up 1.8%.


This past week I had regular monthly meetings with Erica Yewlett and Jessica Russell, Xu Li, Adrienne Woods, Aaron Schutz, and the Deans.

M3 Steering Committee

On Monday morning, I attended a M3 steering committee meeting with Hope Longwell-Grice. We heard reports from the five goal groups. We shared our experiences doing M3 work, in particular with the Grow Your Own initiative. At times, it has been challenging as over 1/3 of the original leadership has changed since M3 started. As a result, the continuity has struggled at times. We hope to address this and other concerns in the near future when all three institutions come together.

UWM Alumni Survey Debriefing

Later Monday afternoon, I attended a debriefing of UWM Alumni survey in the library 4th floor conference room. UWM enlisted the services of Performance Enhancement Group to conduct an alumni survey. Two thousand two hundred and thirteen alumni/na participated in the survey, which represents approximately 3%. The results shared what alumni/na want from their alma mater. Each school and college will be getting an individualized snapshot of what their alumni/na shared. The School of Education had the 3rd highest response rate, trailing only the College of Letters and Sciences and the Lubar School of Business. I will share the results from the School of Education when I receive them in the future.

Deans Provost Meeting

On Tuesday morning, the Deans met with the Provost for our bi-weekly meeting. Robin Van Harpen, Drew Knab, and Paul Klajbor gave an update on UWM’s budget for this year and projections for next year. Overall enrollments are currently down approximately 4-5%. The Deans and UBRs will be meeting with the Provost and Finance team to assess each school/college’s situation. Mark Mone will be talking about environmental context higher education faces now and into the future as well as UWM’s challenges and a path forward at Thursday, September 19th Plenary session at the Zelazo Center starting at 2:30 pm. I encourage everyone to attend or watch online.

Aaron Shapiro, the Principal at Bradley Tech was invited to share potential collaborative opportunities for UWM to work with Bradley Tech. Several Deans have already visited and I was tasked by the Provost to continue these discussions. I will be scheduling several days for the Deans to visit Bradley Tech in the next month or so.

Mark Harris shared information on a new revised internal grant program. Further details are below. Mark Harris also shared there is a new travel awards program for faculty who are presenting at national conferences. They can apply for a $500 research travel award (RTA), with a one-year waiting period to apply for a new RTA. Details are provided below.

Finally, Dave Clark and Brian Hinshaw, the new Director for the Office of Central Advising (soon to be known as Pathways Advising Center) shared information on the e-app and the changes to the app as well as how undecided students are advised.

All School Meeting

On Thursday afternoon, the All School meeting was held in the Library 4th floor conference room. The Chancellor provided an environmental scan of the higher education context. He referred to some of the issues in an e-mail message to campus. The Provost followed by sharing the campus priorities for the coming year. Afterwards, Robin Van Harpen gave an update on finance and administrative affairs. I followed these presentations by first introducing our new faculty and staff. Subsequently, I gave an update on our current enrollment and financial budget information for the SOE. And last of all, I shared an update of the summer workgroup. This was an administrative group I put together with representatives from each department. Each representative will be sharing information and soliciting feedback on what the summer workgroup drafted out on roles and responsibilities for department chairs, program coordinators, and a decision-making matrix to gain a shared understanding across the school. Our goal is to complete this administrative work by the end of the fall semester and implement in the coming year.

Following the All School meeting, Leanne Evans, co-chair of Faculty Assembly convened the meeting. She shared information on an upcoming policy meeting with Trudy Turner on Monday, September 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Lubar N130. After this announcement, there were table discussions using a format created by the coordinating committee to take notes based on what people took away from the Chancellor’s, Provost’s, and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs’ presentations. This information will be used to spur discussions at an upcoming Faculty Assembly meeting. The conversations and sharing out was very productive and there was a spirit of collegiality that I really appreciated in the room. As I shared with the group, if we do nothing different over the next 5-6 years, then we will likely see further declines and the School of Education won’t resemble what it looks like today. However, if we adapt to the changing environment, I am confident we can influence our destiny and change our trajectory.

Campaign Celebration at Panther Arena

On Thursday evening, the UWM Campaign celebration was held at Panther Arena. Mark Mone announced the final total raised during the campaign was $251,466,444. This is the largest campaign ever raised by UWM. There was great enthusiasm and pride generated by the campaign. I want to personally thank Carol Wacker for leading the SOE’s efforts. Carol’s tireless efforts made it possible for the SOE to exceed its campaign goal. She continues to help faculty and those interested in raising funds for their areas by helping to cultivate an affinity to the School of Education programs and departments. If you see Carol, please thank her for helping to raise over $8,500,000 for the School of Education. As Carol and I have discussed, the end of the campaign is a symbolic end where we take time to celebrate. However, we will continue to build relationships and cultivate the next generation of donors for the SOE.


I encourage you to read this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education online. This has real implications for UWM and the SOE. It reinforces what the Chancellor shared in his environmental scan at the All School Meeting.


Donna Pasternak and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project (UWMWP) received funding for a 5-year US Department of Education, Education Innovation and Research Expansion Grant titled “The Pathway to Academic Success: A Cognitive Strategies Approach to Text-based Academic Writing to Improve Educational Outcomes for Secondary English Learners.” This is a multiple site award including the National Writing Project; the University of California, Irvine Writing Project; Central Arizona Writing Project (Arizona State); Illinois Writing Project (North Eastern Illinois U.); Minnesota Writing Project (U. of Minnesota); Southern Nevada Writing Project (U. of Nevada at Las Vegas); Central Texas Writing Project (Texas State-San Marcos); Central Utah Writing Project (Brigham Young U.); SRI International; and Council of Great City Schools (D.C.) with a total budget of $14.7 million to UCI. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Writing Project’s subaward will be about $600,000 to work with teachers in 6 middle and high schools in Milwaukee Public Schools. Congratulations Donna. This is great news!


Newly Revised Internal Grant Programs — 2019-2020: To better align with budgetary changes and strategic direction, the office of Research has revised the internal grant programs with new names and award parameters. Here are the new program descriptions:

  • Discovery and Innovation Grant (DIG) (formerly RGI): Supports high-quality, novel, early-stage basic or applied research or creative projects that will lead to competitive external proposals. Proposals are reviewed externally. The maximum award is $125,000 for a single PI or $150,000 for multiple PIs, with a four-year waiting period to apply for new DIG awards.
  • Advancing Research and Creativity (ARC) (formerly RACAS): Supports meritorious research and creative projects across all disciplines. Projects may be at any stage of development, and awards are expected to result in scholarly, scientific, and artistic outcomes. The review process uses internal and external reviewers. The maximum award is $10,000 for a single PI or $15,000 for multiple PIs, with a four-year waiting period to apply for new ARC awards.
  • Team Initiation Program (TIP) (formerly CRTD): Supports the development of successful teams within the context of exploring and answering specific research questions that address complex topics and problems requiring the integration of multiple disciplines. Proposals are reviewed internally. The maximum award is $15,000 per team.
  • Research Travel Awards (RTA): Provides small grants to faculty and academic staff to defray the cost of travel to conduct research, present results of research at conferences or symposia, or perform or exhibit their artistic works. Applications are reviewed by administrative staff in the Office of Research. The maximum award is $500; one-year waiting period to apply for new RTA awards.

Complete information about the revised programs and the 2019 Call for Proposals will be announced in early September. Questions? Contact Kathleen Koch at or (414) 229-3699.

Research Development Services Programming — 2019-2020: Research Development Services (RDS) provides a range of consulting and facilitation services and training opportunities to help improve research effectiveness and efficiency at UWM.

Upcoming 2019-2020 Workshops

Program / ActivityAnticipated Date
New UWM Internal Grants ProgramsSeptember 2019
NSF vs. NIH November 2019
EAB Presentation on Building Collaborative Research Teams November 22, 2019
Contacting Program Officers February 2020
NSF Broader Impacts Webinar February 2020
Using SciENcv to Create BiosketchesMarch 2020
So, You Want to Write a Center Grant?April 2020
Panel Discussion: Collaborating with Community PartnersApril 2020

Special Training Opportunities

  • American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Collaboration Workshop, May 18-19, 2020:The Office of Research will host a two-day workshop to train faculty across UWM in building and managing collaborative research groups. Facilitated by AIBS, the workshop is limited to 30 faculty, who will be chosen through a nomination process. Details will follow during the academic year.
  • Topical Workshop Support: In addition to training and work with individual faculty, RDS can also work with schools, colleges, and departments to develop targeted networking and collaboration training and facilitation. Examples of these activities include:
    • Office of Research Collaboration All-Campus Workshops: Held in January 2017, 2018, 2019
    • Spark Session: UWM Center for Urban and Public Health (CUPH): Thursday, October 10 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
    • Digital Initiatives Social: Wednesday, October 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm

For more information on Research Development Services, or to discuss developing programs for your school or college, please contact Kari Whittenberger-Keith ( or Michelle Schoenecker (