Here are this week's updates from Academic Affairs:
This week will be a catch-up week for me, with a round of meetings with deans and direct reports, and adjusting to time and temperature...
One personnel announcement
-Ed Rodriguez, my colleague who has served with distinction as Assistant to the Provost for Budget & Planning, has accepted a position at UW-Madison as Associate Dean in the School of Veterinary Medicine, starting in February. Ed will be greatly missed in Academic Affairs and by colleagues from across campus. An announcement on an interim will be forthcoming.
Chief Information Officer: Robin van Harpen (Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs) ask me to share the following update with campus: The Office of the Vice Chancellor for the Division of Finance and Administrative Affairs is proud to announce that the finalists for the UW-Milwaukee Associate Vice Chancellor/Chief Information Officer position are scheduled to interview on campus January 23, 25, 30, and 31st. An Open Forum will be held for each finalist. The forums will take place in the UWM Library 4th Floor Conference Room from 3:00pm – 4:00pm each day. Interim Vice Chancellor Robin Van Harpen sincerely hopes that the campus is able to attend. She will solicit campus feedback for each of the candidates once the open forums and interview sessions have concluded. The finalists' names, resumes and full schedules will be posted on the Finance and Administrative Affairs website in the coming weeks. Additional announcements will also be made as the dates approach.
SOIS Dean and Interim Dean SCE
-I hope to make announcements soon.
-The Wisconsin Gazette has written a front page, comprehensive article about the Peck School and the Year of the Arts that includes references to many of our influential alums, and some major initiatives like the Harmony Initiative and the Start-Up Challenge.
See: http://www.wisconsingazette.com/milwaukee-gaze/50th-anniversarypeck-school-celebrates-50-years-of-boosting-regions-economy-and-quality-of-life.html .
-In its continued support of Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research, the UW-Milwaukee Open Access Task Force invites the campus community to join them for a day of open access activities on February 8, 2013 from 12:00-3:30pm. The event will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Victoria Stodden (Statistics - Columbia University) on "Digital Scholarship in Scientific Research: Open Questions in Reproducibility and Curation", a panel discussion on open access on campus, and the launch of the new UWM Digital Commons platform. Lunch will provided. Please RSVP at: http://sois.uwm.edu/oad13 .
-A call for applications for travel awards to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates: The Center for International Education (CIE) and the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) plan to award travel funding to faculty and academic staff to support overseas field research experiences for undergraduates in Spring or Summer 2013. Most awards are expected to be in the $1000-$3000 range, and may be used to fund faculty/academic staff and student travel. The application deadline is Friday, February 1. Full details, including application guidelines, available at: http://bit.ly/UGOverseasResearch .
-The Center for International Education seeks applications from UWM faculty who will serve as Global Studies Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2013/14. Global Studies Research Fellows will teach no more than one course per semester in order to advance their research on topics relating to globalization and its cultural, political, social, economic, and environmental dimensions. High quality research proposals on a variety of interdisciplinary globalization themes are eligible for funding; strong preference will be given to applicants focusing on topics related to the Center’s annual conference theme for April 2014: After Capitalism. Applicants are invited to address the economic, environmental, technological, literary, scientific, political, artistic, and institutional consequences of a world after capitalism. More information, including application guidelines, available at: http://bit.ly/GSFellowsRFP .
-From Global Inclusion and Engagement: We are currently accepting nominations for the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award. One honoree will be selected from UWM for recognition during the Wisconsin Women's Studies Conference on October 19, 2013 at UW-Madison. All women of color faculty, staff, and students, and active community members are eligible for this award. For information about the selection criteria and required nomination materials, please go to: http://www4.uwm.edu/news/announcements/?action0=announcements_detail&item_id=19125. Nomination materials are to be submitted electronically to Cheryl Ajirotutu at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2013.
-Dr. Tomas Garrett-Rosas, an alumnus and previous staff member of UWM's McNair Program. He worked with the McNair Program in 2008 and 2009 as he was beginning his doctoral program in Urban Studies. He returned to work with the program in 2011 and 2012 as he was completing his PhD. Most recently, Tomas was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UW-Whitewater, and he had just been offered the position permanently as a tenure-track faculty member. The following news article highlights the potential lost when Tomas died:
-Donna Decker, a highly regarded lecturer in Journalism and Mass Communication, passed away last week. Donna taught the media writing class since 2009 and also taught classes on media literacy, gender in the media and an upper-level class on advertising and public relations campaigns. Her writing gifts and underlying spirit are evidenced in a blog posting quoted in the Journal Sentinel obituary: http://www.jsonline.com/news/obituaries/decker11-068af3s-186399791.html .
-Kate Ganski and Theresa Beaulieu, UWM Libraries, who have been awarded the 2013 WAAL (Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians) Information Literacy Award for their conference workshop featuring UWM Libraries' curricular redesign of a 3-session information literacy instruction unit embedded in a Learning Skills Laboratory course.
-UWM won third place in this year's International College Snow Competition hosted by Harbin Engineering University. There were 57 teams from US, UK, Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. We were the only team representing the U.S. See http://www.flickr.com//photos/66798555@N03/sets/72157632511374411/show/ .
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee