Good morning colleagues:
Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs:
Director of Athletics
-The three finalists for the Director of Athletics position will visit UWM this week. The three finalists are:
-Amanda Braun, currently Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northeastern University
-Paul Plinske, currently Director of Athletics at UW-Whitewater
-James Schmidt, currently Director of Athletics at University of Illinois-Chicago
Complete information on all three candidates is at
Later this morning I will be engaged in a brainstorming session on international digital marketing.
I will be presenting on the Digital Future initiative at the University CXO Summit in Atlanta.
Dev and I will meet with all the chairs of the academic departments to discuss academic and strategic planning. The meeting will take place in the Library 4th floor from 11:30 - 12:30.
The Chancellor, School of Education Dean Carol Colbeck, and I will be visiting Carmen High School of Science and Technology.
Mark Mone and I will also continue our meetings with the leadership teams of the schools and colleges to discuss strategic and academic planning. Thursday we will meet with the Peck School of the Arts.
The monthly UW System Provosts Meeting will be held in Madison. The agenda items will be finalized this week, but I think we will discuss the System IT budget and flex degree option.
The 8th annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) will be held at UWM February 15-16. Cosponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), the conference features Judith “Jack” Halberstam (Director, Center for Feminist Research, USC), who will speak on Friday, February 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. For details and schedule: http://themigc.com/.
The Best Place to Work (BP2W) initiative is going “live” with two opportunities that all employees can get involved in. One is the BP2W Champions awards, part of the rewards and recognition effort. Co-workers can nominate fellow employees for the award by clicking on the button on the homepage of www.bp2w.uwm.edu. Up to two champions will be chosen each month. See the website for more details on other guidelines and information on how to nominate someone. BP2W is also launching the Submit a BP2W Quick Win feature on the website. You are all encouraged to suggest possible BP2W quick wins through the website. See the website for details and examples.
Assessment Showcase & First Friday (March 1)
Save the date: The first annual UWM Assessment Showcase will be held on March 1 from
noon – 4 p.m. The program will include lunch, a keynote address by Jo Beld (Professor of Political Science and Director of Evaluation and Assessment at St. Olaf College), round-table discussions, and posters presented by UWM faculty, staff, and departments. Attendees will have opportunities to see and discuss many different techniques and strategies and to schedule follow-up meetings as desired with the presenters. The UWM First Friday reception and program, which follows at 4:00 p.m., will provide an opportunity to continue this informal interaction and other discussions. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact: Cheryl Jones, x6638. Registration
information is at https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=48181
Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR) Update
OAIR has created a new report detailing where students admitted to UWM actually enroll--whether it be UWM or another institution. The data can be filtered by school/college, ACT score, high school rank, race/ethnicity, and residency. Both a summary report by school/college in PDF format and an interactive report filterable to meet specific needs is available at http://www4.uwm.edu/oair/Student_Reports/Admissions/admitwhereenrolled.cfm. Contact
Marianne Guidos at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Winter Academic Staff Meet & Eat
This ultimate Academic Staff networking opportunity is back! The program is taking place on Tuesday, February 26th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room. Bring business cards, if possible. Refreshments will be provided. Please email any dietary needs of special accommodations to Scott Peak at [email protected]. Register at https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=48254 Sponsored by the Academic Staff Orientation Committee and the Provost's Office.
For more information or to request special accommodations, contact: Ericca Rolland, 229-6760.
College of Health Sciences
The College of Health Sciences will be sponsoring the 2013 Leadership Healthcare Forum on March 6. The framing topic for the Forum is "Healthcare Reform: What the healthcare industry should be doing now." See http://www4.uwm.edu/chs/healthcareforum/ for more information.
Campus Web Content Management Services
To get feedback on improving campus web content management services, UWM's Web Content Management Working Group invites the campus community to attend a demonstration of Drupal and WordPress web content management software on February 20 and March 5. RSVP at: http://www4.uwm.edu/projects/contentman_eval/news.cfm
View the working group's progress report at: http://www4.uwm.edu/projects/contentman_eval/progress.cfm
Budget Model Working Group (BMWG)
Robin Van Harpen and I have also invited the BMWG and listening session participants for an open session to discuss the progress of the Budget Model Working Group to date. At this session, we will discuss and answer questions about the charge of the working group; the reason the working group was created; the timeline for completing the work; and the process we are engaging in to complete this work. In particular, we hope to update those interested about the progress of the work completed so far, including the listening sessions that have begun but are not yet completed. We will also address any questions or concerns about the current budget model and this important work. This open session will be held on Wednesday, February 20, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., in the Library's 4th Floor conference room. We look forward to seeing you there.
-To Margo Anderson, History and Fred Eckman, Linguistics, who have been named UWM Distinguished Professors in recognition of their outstanding scholarly accomplishments. The title UWM Distinguished Professor is our most prestigious title and has long been recognized as an honorific title on this campus. Congratulations Margo and Fred!
- Open Access day (last Friday): It was a huge success with more that 90 participants. A panel of
faculty discussed their experiences and perspectives on publishing in open access journals and participating in a campus repository. This was also the official launch of the campus digital repository UWM Digital Commons, which provides the campus a platform for peer reviewed publishing as well as submissions of full-texts of UWM publications. More information, including how to access funds to support open access articles http://dc.uwm.edu/
-Data I requested from Kate Nelson, UWM's Chief Sustainability Officer: 7% of UWM faculty and staff bike to work on a regular basis (which I think is 1% higher than the students!). Please join me and the other UWM cyclists to reach 10%.
-And congratulations to Nigeria. They lifted the Africa Cup of Nations title for the first time in 19 years with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso.