Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs:
Update on Dean Searches
-We have three finalists for the Dean of the Graduate School position. I will send out a more detailed announcement (including a link to the CVs of the candidates) hopefully later today. I want to thank the search and screen committee for doing such a great job over the summer on this off-cycle search. A special word of thanks to Tracey Heatherington (Tracey is Associate Professor in Anthropology), who chaired the committee, and to Tammy Howard (from the Secretary of the University Office), who provided all the logistical support. Thank you!
-The search for the Dean for the School of Information Studies will continue this semester.
Materials from the Research Retreat
-Notes from the August 22-23 Research Retreat (Organizing Academic Planning around Research Excellence) are now online at
-Center for International Education staff and I are meeting on international strategies with UW System.
-The International Council meets also today.
-I will attend the Chancellor’s cabinet meeting.
-Today the Roberto Hernandez Center is sponsoring a kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Spaights Plaza (see Announcements).
-There is a biennial budget planning meeting.
-I meet with the University Committee in the afternoon.
-We also meet with the Honors College to discuss the College’s NWQ Redevelopment Pre-Design plan.
-In the afternoon there is the WWHEL (Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership) new women faculty & staff networking event (see Announcements).
-I’m attending the UWM Research Foundation meeting.
-I have my regular meetings with four deans.
-Mark Mone and I are meeting with Dean Tim Smunt and the leadership team in the Lubar School of Business to discuss academic and strategic planning.
-The Online Program Council meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Lubar S250. Agenda items include the Flex Option, online program marketing, MOOCs, and faculty development.
-I will join the Chancellor on a visit to Carroll University to discuss possible collaboration.
Hispanic Heritage Month
-The Roberto Hernadez Center’s Hispanic Heritage Month Program, which runs from September 15 to October 15, 2013, is online at http://www4.uwm.edu/rhc/events/.
Unit Name Change
-The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), formerly the Student Accessibility Center, is pleased to announcement its new name, which better reflects its expanding role on campus. ARC’s mission statement is: Promoting Access, Inclusion and Community.
From the UWM Libraries
-The UWM Chapter of WWHEL (Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership) invites new women faculty & staff to partake in an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues this Wednesday, September 18, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the UWM Libraries’ 4th floor Conference Center. Welcome remarks from Provost & Vice Chancellor Johannes Britz at 3:30 p.m. Light refreshments. RSVP appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-UWM Libraries are pleased to announce the creation of Data Services, which will support the management of research data on the UWM campus. Data Services will assist with the creation of data management plans and offer consultations and workshops on data management. For more information, please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/dataservices/.
-Filmmaker Holly Mosher will present her most recent film, “Bonsai People: The Vision of Muhammad Yunus,” at a free screening this Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m. in the AGS Library. Her film looks at Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, his successful initiative to give microcredit loans to Bangladeshi women, and his efforts to create a new movement—social business. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/mosher.cfm.
Presentation on Enrollment Strategies
-A speaker from the Education Advisory Board will be on campus on October 3, speaking on "Future Students Future Strategies." The presentation is from 1-3 p.m. in Curtin 175.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
-The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require that all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers who receive financial support for research through NSF or NIH receive training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR). The Fall 2013 Responsible Conduct of Research series will be held on Fridays, from September 6 to December 6, from 11 a.m.-noon, in END 103. The need to meet regulatory requirements aside, the seminar presents us with an opportunity to induct all of our researchers into a campus-wide culture of ethical research. Therefore, all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend.
To register, see: http://mydevelopment.uwm.edu/longview.cfm?eventid=49365 (limit 120 attendees). For more information: http://rcr.uwm.edu.
-Distinguished Professor Arun Garg, College of Health Sciences, and Jay Kapellusch, Occupational Science and Technology, have been awarded funding ($843,000) for their grant proposal through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Their grant proposal, “Exposure Response Relationships for CTS and Epicondylitis from Pooled Data” was selected for funding through the R01 program following a highly competitive review process.
-The College of Health Sciences’ National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter has been awarded Gold Standing from the National NSSLHA Organization. The Chapter received this award based on their outstanding service and performance as a student organization. Only 14 out of more than 300 chapters in the country received this rating.
-UWM’s federal research expenditures for the fiscal year to date are $29,552,526, which is the highest level in UWM's history.
-Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) has earned certification endorsement for its tutor training program by the International College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). To qualify, PASS adheres to high standards of training for its tutors and Supplemental Instruction leaders. Training is led by Johanna Dvorak, PASS Director, and Mary Knasinski and Nicole Heinen, PASS Student Services Coordinators. They presented certificates to 38 tutors and Supplemental Instruction leaders who have earned Level I certification and 17 Level II-Advanced Certificates at PASS’s Fall Orientation on August 29. Certified tutors/SI leaders completed 10 hours of specific training topics and conducted review sessions for at least 25 hours to earn each level.
-The School of Continuing Education marketing team received five national awards (3 Gold and 2 Silver) from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The UPCEA Marketing Awards is a national competition acknowledging the best marketing practices and promotional pieces in the field of continuing education. The 2013 awards contained more than 250 competitors, ranging from NYU and Boston University to UCLA and Penn State.
-UWM’s competency-based Flex Option was featured in a National Public Radio story last week:
Take care and have a good week (fall is here),
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee