Good Morning, Colleagues:
Here is this week’s (already the middle of September) update from my Office:
School of Education Dean Search
- We have four highly qualified final candidates for dean of the School of Education. Final details will be announced later. I just want to thank Jasmine Alinder, chair of the Search and Screen committee, and the other committee members, who did a fabulous job.
For this week (following the previous two weeks), I extend a warm welcome to seven new colleagues:
Lubar School of Business
Colleen Boland, Assistant Professor, Accounting
George Nezlek, Lecturer, Information Technology Management
Qinghai Wang, Lubar Professor of Finance
Peck School of the Arts
Daniel D. Burkholder, Assistant Professor, Dance
Zachary D. Durlam, Assistant Professor, Music
Robert E. Grame, Jr., Associate Professor, Art and Design
Tanya Kruse Ruck, Assistant Professor, Music
Welcome to you all...!
- I’m attending the Academic Staff Committee meeting Monday morning with Mark Harris and interim Chancellor Mone to discuss amongst other the strategic plan.
- I have my weekly meeting with interim Chancellor Mark Mone and the Chancellor’s Cabinet also meets.
- At 6:30 p.m. I will join other administrators at a 'Student-athletes Campus Leadership' meeting in the Klotsche arena.
- There is a meeting in the morning to discuss our collaboration with Aurora which is followed by a meeting on the Doctor of Physical Therapy accreditation review.
- In the afternoon there is a Coordinating Data Initiatives meeting - the group meets bi-weekly and is chaired by Gesele Durham. The main focus of the group (which represents nearly all units on campus) is to coordinate our data more effectively in support of better decision making.
- I also have my weekly meeting with FAA Vice Chancellor Robin Van Harpen.
- I meet with SA Vice Chancellor Michael Laliberte and have a day of meetings with direct reports and deans.
- I have a coffee meeting with MATC Interim Provost Mohammad Dakwar and AVC Phyllis King, and a regular meeting with University Committee Chair Mark Schwartz.
- A relatively light meeting day, including a regular meeting with VC for Development and Alumni Relations Patricia Borger and Legal Affairs Director Joely Urdan.
- The first UWM Graduate Student Fellowship Celebration will be held at 4 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center.
- In the evening, I’m doing the welcome for the College of Letters and Science 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. This year’s lecture is, “Prometheus Reclaimed: The Humanities in the Age of Marketing and Technology,” by Ihab Hassan, Emeritus Vilas Research Professor in Comparative Literature and English. See http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/events/upload/2014-09-18-Deans-Distinguished-Lecture.pdf.
- From 9:30-11 a.m., I’m attending an Open Forum on the Human Resource System (HRS) in Curtin 175.
- At noon, I attend the UWM Research Foundation Board of Directors meeting.
- In the afternoon, I have a School of Information Studies Faculty Council meeting.
From the Center for International Education
- Aneesh Aneesh, Sociology, has been named the interim director of the Institute of World Affairs - congratulations Aneesh - I am looking forward working with you.
- The CIE Study Abroad Office is conducting classroom visits to let students know about study abroad opportunities over the UWinteriM and Spring 2015 terms! If you are a professor or an instructor and would like to have them come and do a 5 minute presentation in your class, please email their office at firstname.lastname@example.org!
From the Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino (LACUSL) Studies
- Oriol Mirosa, Sociology and Global Studies, will present, “The Global Commodification of Water and the Search for Alternatives in Bolivia” in the second event of this year’s Latin America, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Speaker Series on October 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the AGS Library (3rd floor of the UWM Libraries). For more information, see http://www4.uwm.edu/lacusl/speakerseries/mirosa.cfm.
From Women's Studies
- Scholarship Announcement - The Women’s Studies Program proudly announces a call for scholarship applications for Spring 2015. Women’s Studies will award one Florence L. Healy Scholarship in Women’s Studies for use next semester. For more information and an application please contact the main office at 229-5918.
Wisconsin Teaching Fellows Nominations and Applications
- The UW System Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) are pleased to announce the call for nominations and applications for the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTF&S) Program for 2015-2016. The deadline for submitting application materials to the Provost’s office is October 27, 2014.
From the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies
- Faye Sigman Woman of Valor Lecture: Lisa Silverman, “Art of Loss: Madame d’Ora and the Restitution of Jewish Property in Austria after the Holocaust” on Thursday, September 18 at 6:15 p.m. at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
- October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. To learn how to protect yourself, and for policies relating to information security at UWM, visit https://www4.uwm.edu/itsecurity/.
- UWM + Lynda.com = Unlimited Access to Thousands of Training Videos. University Information Technology Services and Learning TECHniques present Lynda.com, a web-based education and training video service that’s now available for unlimited use by anyone with an active ePantherID. To test-drive Lynda.com, visit uwm.edu/Lynda.
- Jeffrey Sommers, Africology, had an oped article published in the New York Times and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. See http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/can-we-talk-so-far-with-ukraine-the-answer-is-no-b99349013z1-274977731.html.
- Rebecca Klaper, Freshwater Sciences, has been named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors’ Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee for a 3-year term.
- Good news from the Department of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature: Michelle Bolduc and Nicolas Russell, both French faculty, have won awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities for translations they are working on. These are very prestigious grants and the competition is steep.
- In case you did not know: On September 16th, 1620 the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth England bound for Virginia with 102 passengers.
I hope you all have a good week and take care,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee