Here is this week's update from Academic Affairs:
Peck School of the Arts Dean Search
I am pleased to announce the finalists for the position of Dean of the Peck School of the Arts.
-Scott Emmons is Interim Dean and Professor of Music in the Peck School of the Arts, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
-Heather Landes is Associate Dean for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
-Jean Miller is Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs and Professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design, at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
-Benjamin Withers is Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.
The candidates' CVs are now on line at: http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/news_events/psoa-dean/psoa-dean.cfm.
Their campus interview dates and open forum sessions are listed below, and campus interview schedules are being finalized and will be posted by the end of the day today.
Scott Emmons: April 11-12, 2013
Open Forum: Thursday, April 11, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Union Wisconsin Room
Heather Landes: April 15-16, 2013
Open Forum: Monday, April 15, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Union Fireside Lounge
Benjamin Withers: April 18-19, 2013
Open Forum: Thursday, April 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Union Fireside Lounge
Jean Miller: April 22-23, 2013
Open Forum: Monday, April 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Union Fireside Lounge
I would like to thank the Search Committee for its service to the University and for producing a very strong pool of candidates.
I will be joining deans and their representatives as well as shared governance leaders for an academic leadership retreat at the Cozzens-Cudahy Center. The focus will be on academic planning. A follow-up retreat will be held in May (most likely it will be May 23rd) which will include department chairs as well as directors and coordinators of programs. Look for a more detailed timeline regarding academic planning over the 2013-14 academic year in an upcoming email.
I include the agenda, see: http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/assessment/intranet/retreat-2013apr/retreat-agenda_passthrough.cfm
The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is also hosting two UWM Digital Future workshops. Please register by April 1 for Derek Mueller’s workshop on “Chronos, Chronos Again: Composing Media-Rich Timelines with Timeline JS” (April 4, 9:00 a.m – 12:15 p.m., Lapham 175). Register by April 8 for Matthew Jockers’ workshop on “Interrogating Big Data” (April 19, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Curtin 108, [lunch included]). Register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information can be found at www.c21.uwm.edu.
World Autism Awareness Day
April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is “World Autism Awareness Day.” According to the Autism Speaks organization, “1 in 50 children are born with Autism; Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the US.“ (AutismSpeaks.org) The “Light It Up Blue” campaign (www.lightitupblue.org) for support of Autism awareness and research will be lighting up buildings across the country on the 2nd of April.
The Student Accessibility Center (SAC) will be promoting World Autism Awareness Day by providing The Grind with 1000 java sleeves that say, “My School Lights It Up BLUE for Autism Speaks.” Many schools and universities will be participating as well. During the Month of April, SAC staff will be wearing the “blue puzzle shaped pins,” which signifies Autism. SAC has many students who receive services that have Autism Spectrum Disorders and anticipate many more to come.
The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) is sponsoring a multidisciplinary symposium on “What Does Television Do in the 21st Century?” on April 3, 3:00 p.m., in Greene Hall.
WWHEL (Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership) brown bag
All those who attended the SCE Women Leader's conference in March will be sharing what they heard at the conference.
Please join us in Union 181 at noon.
I will be attending the Board of Regents meeting at UW-La Crosse (Thursday and Friday). The agenda, which is online at http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/agenda/2013/april-outline.pdf, includes an update on Flexible Option (UWM is the lead institution, with 3 degrees and one certificate in development) and a discussion on MOOCs (massive open online courses).
"Swing into Spring" at the April First Friday on April 5 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Third Floor Atrium of Lubar Hall. This month's event, co-sponsored by the Lubar School of Business and the Peck School of the Arts, will celebrate the opening of the baseball season with music, ballpark-style refreshments, and a drawing of baseball-themed items at 5:00 p.m. See http://bit.ly/April_First_Friday for additional information.
In recognition of United Nations World Water Day, the UWM Chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB-UWM) is building water distribution systems in Guatemala so that families there may get water in their homes without having to walk and carry water home each day. On Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at Veterans Park, Milwaukee, a 5K Run/Walk will be held, and the proceeds will go toward further work by the EWB-UWM in Guatemala. Please use the link below to sign up or lend support:
Graduate Research Assistant Stipends
Mark Harris asked me to share with the campus that the Graduate School has set the new stipend levels for Graduate Research Assistants, effective in Fall 2013. The new rates vary by discipline as recommended last fall by the Graduate Assistantship Working Group. The new rates will be used for both external proposals and internal support programs. Mark says that the Graduate School will provide funding to hold current and pending external awards harmless in implementing the new stipend rates. Please see the Graduate School website for more information.
The web link where the new RA rate info can be accessed is:
2013 UWM Community Engagement and Leadership Awards
Submit a nomination for the 2013 UWM Community Engagement and Leadership Awards, to be held May 6 at 5:30 .p.m at the Zelazo Center. The Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research is seeking nominations for outstanding work by students, faculty, instructors, and community partners that help UWM fulfill its civic mission. There are nine categories in which you can make nominations for achievements and time spent nurturing campus-community partnerships through community service, service learning, and leadership. To take a look at this year’s nomination categories and gain access to the nomination form, please follow this link: http://www4.uwm.edu/community/nomination.cfm. Please note that nominations are due by April 15th.
Dean Enwemeka also reminded me that the College of Health Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Dean for Strategic Academic Initiatives and Planning. Please see https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/12368.
The College of Health Sciences is recruiting for an Assistant Dean for Office of Student Affairs. Please see https://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/12370.
Workplace Survey about UWM
A random selection of UWM employees have received an e-mail invitation to participate in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For survey program. Mark Mone asked those of you who have received a request to participate, to please complete the survey. Your input is highly important and appreciated as we continue to identify important areas to address to make UWM a best place to work.
Online Program Seed Funding
Programs are invited to apply for online program seed funding for 2013-14. The RFP is at http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/planningbudget/seedfunding.cfm.
College of Nursing Survey
A request from the College of Nursing: Please help researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University understand parents' thoughts about family health and wellness by completing a brief online survey on Parental Views of Promoting Family Health through Worksite Wellness. Wanted: employed parents who have children 2-18 years of age, are English speaking and reading, and are willing to share thoughts on health and wellness by completing an online survey. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete, and is completely anonymous. Please click on the following link to go to survey: https://milwaukee.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b32gi7CuaCbZJQN.
Research Computing Survey
The Research Computing support team is looking for feedback on the development of new workshops on scientific programming. The results of this survey will be important in determining what additional training opportunities might be offered:
Writing Past History
A round-table conversation with internationally acclaimed novelists Myriam Chancy, University of Cincinnati; Louis Philippe Dalembert, UWM; and Daniel Vyleta, UWM, will be held on Monday, April 8 from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in Lubar N120. Myriam and Louis Philippe share a home land of Haiti and Myriam and Dan Vyleta identify as Canadian writers. In their novels, narrator/characters are witnesses to historical events that the authors have personally experienced. They'll be discussing and illustrating, with readings from their internationally awarded novels, the creative process.
LGBT+ Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Reception
The UWM LGBT Resource Center and UWM Graduate School are hosting an LGBT+ Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Research Reception on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. We will have a panel of current UWM Graduate students to discuss research and scholarship from an LGBTQ+ perspective. For more information, please follow this link: https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=48614.
Center for International Education
Mark Eckman would like to remind faculty that study abroad program proposals for the 2014 spring and UWinteriM terms are due April 15th. UWinteriM continues to be a very popular time for UWM students to study abroad, especially to destinations with more to offer than Wisconsin in January! Interested faculty should submit their proposal forms (or questions) to Mark, at email@example.com. More information, including the proposal forms, can be found at: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/staff/1031.
Outside Activities Report
A reminder about the Spring 2013 Outside Activities Disclosure: Under the Wisconsin Administrative Code (UWS 8, Unclassified Staff Code of Ethics) as well as federal and University policy, faculty and academic staff (with half-time appointments or more) are required to disclose outside activities for January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 by April 30, 2013. To facilitate these disclosures, we will, again, utilize our online system. Faculty and academic staff must complete disclosures even if they have no outside activities or financial interests.
The website for completing this year’s reporting requirements may be accessed at: https://oar.uwm.edu/index.html.
Internal Funding Opportunity
The Advisory Committee on Educational Technology invites proposals from the campus for one-time funds in 2013-14, supporting projects in line with the intent of the Educational Technology Fees and Digital Future planning goals. The deadline for applications is April 8, 2013. See http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/policy/edtechfee.cfm.
Golda Meir Library Scholarship Award
The Graduate School has posted the application form link on the Grad School website. Michael Liston asks that you please bring this to the attention of the doctoral students. The deadline is April 1st. See:
UW System Grant
UWM was awarded a UW-System Phase I II Institutional PLA Pilot Grant for $55,000, for the project, “ Expanding Prior Learning Assessment Opportunities for Military Veterans and Service Members.” This award was granted as part of the University of Wisconsin System Prior Learning Assessment Initiative and made possible with support from Lumina Foundation for Education. Phyllis King, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, is the pilot project manager for this grant.
National Poetry Month
Liam Callanan (Chair from English Department) shared with me that the their department kicks off National Poetry Month in high style this week: Eat Local::Read Local, which puts free poems in the hands of diners from Milwaukee to Madison all month, celebrates its 5th anniversary at a special event Monday (http://bit.ly/eatreadlocal), and renowned poet Arthur Sze visits the Hefter Center Thursday (http://bit.ly/Sze-UWM).
The Cultures and Communities Program and the Department of English are mourning the untimely passing of Dr. Scott Walter, who passed away suddenly on Friday March 29th. Scott was a key faculty member in developing the innovative core course on “Multicultural America” and designed many successful service-learning opportunities for his students, who admired his intellectual depth and passion for social justice. He was also on the cutting edge in teaching his students the use of digital story-telling and multimedia composition. Plans for a memorial service will be announced later this week.
Kudos to Adam Nikolaus who received the Best Student Poster award at the recent meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The award to Nikolaus, who is a research assistant in the lab of Professor Rebecca Klaper in the School of Freshwater Sciences, included $1,000 to make it possible for him to present the poster at the national meeting of the Society in Nashville in November.
Oxford won the 159th boat race against Cambridge yesterday. The first race was held in 1829...
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