-As I mentioned in last week's update, I attended the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Denver. There are three important themes/topics that I thought I would like to share with campus (I have mentioned these at the Faculty Senate meeting).
* The first deals with what Chancellors at public universities view as the most important issues that they will face in the next couple of years. I highlight three: 1) high tuition; cost containment and quest for more efficiency, 2) impact of technology - the MOOC's were mentioned by a number of Chancellors and 3) the challenge to become even 'more' economically relevant - for example universities' roles in job creation and preparing a 'relevant' workforce.
* The continuing trend to 'internationalize' campuses by recruiting more international students. An article in last week’s Chronicle of Higher Education is worth a read: http://chronicle.com/article/China-Continues-to-Drive/135700/ . Here is a quote:
"In all, the total number of international students in the United States grew faster in 2011 than it did in 2010 or 2009, as did the number of first-time students—a 6.5-percent increase—which is perhaps a more accurate measure of long-term interest in American education. Growth was particularly strong at the bachelor's level and among students seeking English-language instruction. According to figures generated by Nafsa: Association of International Educators, international students and their dependents contributed $21.8-billion to the American economy in tuition and living expenses."
* The impact of climate change and the role of universities. A number of universities are actively involved in the development of 'climate action plans' for their cities. I see this as a great opportunity for UWM and I already discussed with the Chancellor and the Deans and a number of faculty that we need to strategically position ourselves even better on this very relevant issue - it will form part of our academic planning.
-I am very pleased to announce the three finalists for the position of Dean of the School of Information Studies.
-Allison Druin is Professor with appointments in the College of Information Studies, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, the Department of Computer Science, and the Departments of Curriculum & Instruction, and Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
-Caroline Haythornthwaite is Director and Professor of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, at the iSchool at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
-Diane Sonnenwald is Head of Subject & Professor of Information & Library Studies, School of Information & Library Studies, at University College Dublin, in Dublin, Ireland.
The candidates will visit campus next week. Their CVs and campus interview schedules are now on line at: http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/news_events/sois-dean/sois-dean-search.cfm. Their campus interview dates and open forum sessions are listed below.
-Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite: November 26 and 27, 2012
Open Forum: Monday, November 26, 2:30 p.m., Union Wisconsin Room
-Dr. Allison Druin: November 27 and 28, 2012
Open Forum: Tuesday, November 27, 2:30 p.m, Union Wisconsin Room
-Dr. Diane Sonnenwald: November 29 and 30, 2012
Open Forum: Thursday, November 29, 2:30 p.m., Union Wisconsin Room
I would like to thank the Search Committee for its service to the University and for producing a very strong pool of candidates.
-PSOA Dean's search update: The search and screen committee will receive their charge on Tuesday.
-The Strategic Planning Core Team will meet later today. The Core Team has representation from faculty, academic and classified staff, administration, students, alumni, and governance groups, and will work with external stakeholders including neighbors, advisory council members, community participants (e.g., healthcare, business, not-for-profit, labor, legal, local elected officials), regents, legislators, and others. The Chair of the Core Team is Mark Mone, Chancellor’s Designee for Strategic Planning. The Core Team is essentially the main coordinating body and will be supplemented with campus participants organized by specific functional team assignments and other thematic work group roles. The majority of the Strategic Planning work will be done beginning in January, 2013, with the plan completed by December, 2013.
-On Tuesday I will have my bi-weekly meeting with the University Committee and Wednesday we have a meeting with a delegation from Korea to explore further collaborations and recruitment of students. Thanks to Wooseob Jeong for taking this initiative.
-The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2013 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship. The grant encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on individuals, groups, movements, and ideas, in the Americas and elsewhere, which have influenced the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States. All full-time UWM faculty and academic staff are encouraged to apply, individually or as a group, for this $5,000 award, which is intended to cover costs of research such as support for travel, research assistance, or other appropriate expenses. Applications must be received by Friday, November 23, 2012. For more information about the grant and application, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/fromkin/grant.cfm
-Please consider making a monetary donation to the Hunger Task Force this year. Hunger Task Force (HTF) always needs money to buy perishable items such as fresh milk, meat and eggs. As an example, every dollar donated can provide nearly $5 worth of food for those in need when purchased from discount sources available to HTF. This year making a monetary donation has been simplified. Merely go to the UW Credit Union in the Student Union armed with account number 0470283202 to make your donation to UWM’s annual food drive. As an added bonus, it’s much easier to document a monetary donation for tax purposes.
-Call for Proposals: The Provost’s Office and the Center for Instructional and Professional Development (CIPD) invite individual instructors and academic departments to submit proposals for posters to be staffed and displayed at the first annual “Assessment Showcase.” The event will take place on Friday, March 1, 2013, in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning from noon to 4pm, followed immediately by a UWM First Friday reception. Awards of $500 will be given to the top 5 individual posters and awards of $3,000 will be made for the top three departmental submissions. The deadline for poster submission is December 15, 2012. Guidelines are available at
-The Center for Volunteerism & Student Leadership is again coordinating a holiday party with Interfaith for older adults throughout the city. Last year 30 student volunteers planned and facilitated a party for 200 senior citizens at the Clinton Rose Senior Center. This year they are again seeking donations of gifts so that each attendee has something to open such as: a box of chocolates, a blanket, a gift card to McDonalds, or a unisex scarf/hat set. Gifts should be new and cost between $5-$10. If you can make a donation or would like to volunteer at the event please contact Nicky Glaser at Vista@uwm.edu. Gifts need to be dropped off at the CVSL Office in the Union by noon on November 30. Here are some photos from last year’s event:
-Cheikh Drame, an undergraduate from Senegal who is pursuing a dual BA in finance and economics, took the lead in the launching of a new student organization at UWM. It is called the Interdisciplinary Initiative Forum, to facilitate conversations and research among faculty and students from across the university who are interested in bringing interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of global issues. This is a great demonstration of how our academic community is enriched by internationalization. Please contact Cheikh (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
-Rebecca Klaper, whose research on the effects of pharmaceuticals on aquatic species was featured in a recent Nature article. See http://www.nature.com/news/human-drugs-make-fish-flounder-1.11843. Congratulations Rebecca!
-The College of Engineering and Applied Science graduate student research team, with lead graduate student Carlton Reeves, whose work was recognized with a 3rd place award at the 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, in Houston, TX. Their research on Ionic Liquid Lubricants was previously selected as one of the Top 40 works of research in the United States for the CMMI/CBET Student Symposium as judged by the National Science Foundation. The team has won four awards in the past eight months for work in Ionic Liquids.
-The College of Nursing’s DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Program, which had a site visit last week from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). At the exit interview, the site review team delivered an extremely positive review. Congratulations!
- Chris Gayle (West Indies opening batsman) made some cricket history last week by becoming the first ever cricket player to hit the first ball in a test match for a six!
- …and home loans are now very cheap…
Have a restful Thanksgiving holiday,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee