Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs (the one extra hour this morning was helpful):
Dean of the Graduate School and Incentive Grants
-I hope to finalize the Search this week.
-We have been very successful in receiving funding from the System-wide Incentive Grant program. A campus-wide announcement will follow with more details.
-Mark Mone and I will be meeting with the College of Health Sciences leadership team to discuss their strategic/academic planning. We have just the Zilber School of Public Health left, and this will then conclude the meetings with all Schools and Colleges, and academic plans are due December 20.
-The Chancellor’s Cabinet meets.
-I have several of my monthly meetings with individual deans.
-The University Committee meets and I will attend part of the meeting.
-WWHEL Brown Bag, noon-1 p.m. in Union 183 (see Announcements).
-The Academic Leadership Council meets from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Agenda items include a Comprehensive Campaign update; a demonstration on the Student Success Collaborative; Carnegie Engagement Classification; and an update on the development of UWM’s Flexible Option programs.
-There is a space planning meeting.
-I am meeting with several deans and staff members for a discussion on possible MOOCs at UWM.
-There will be a Faculty of Color reception from 3:30-5 p.m. in Zelazo 250, and I will attend with Vice Chancellor Joan Prince and Chancellor Mike Lovell. Registration is at
-There is a panel discussion with Carolyn Aita, Margo Anderson, Margaret Atherton, Nadya Fouad, and Merry Wiesner-Hanks, who are UWM Distinguished Professors, 3 p.m. in the UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Center. Please register at https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/longview.cfm?eventid=49779.
-The Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies Program continues its Fall 2013 LACUSL Speaker Series with “Immigrant Rights and the Chicano Movement: Hidden Histories,” presented by Rachel Ida Buff of the UWM History Department at 3:30 p.m. in Lapham 260.
-The Academic Planning and Budget Committee meets and I will be attending.
-The Chancellor Innovation Award Luncheon takes place.
-The School of Information Studies Dean Search and Screen Committee will have its first meeting, and I will charge the Committee.
-Paul Edwards (Michigan) will be talking on “Code, Community, and Trust in Climate Science” at 3:30 p.m. in Curtin 175. For further information: www.c21.uwm.edu.
-I will be in Madison for most of the day attending a UW-System Combined Chief Business Officer/Provost meeting.
-At 11:30 a.m., there is an interesting talk by Drew Conway on “Perspectives on Data Science from a Social Scientist,” in Bolton B46 (see Announcements).
-The annual Alumni Awards dinner will take place at the Milwaukee Public Museum in the evening.
Student Success Collaborative
-Representatives from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) Student Success Collaborative (SSC) will be visiting campus November 5 -6 to learn more about UWM prior to the pilot implementation of the Student Success Collaborative. The Student Success Collaborative is a “big data” initiative that analyzes the past decade of student performance at UWM with the goal of identifying the courses where students tend to get stuck or slowed down on their way to graduation, and to find the pathways and support services that most enable a student to be successful. We are currently working with the EAB to build the pilot instance of the SSC. Starting in February 2014, select advisers from the College of Nursing, Peck School of the Arts, School of Information Studies, and College of Letters and Science will be piloting the Collaborative. For more information, please see http://www4.uwm.edu/acad_aff/ssc.cfm.
From Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research
-Laurie Marks shared with me that it is now the tenth year that UWM is holding a campus-wide food drive for the Hunger Task Force. There are 50 donation bins located throughout campus, so please bring in non-perishable food items before December 6. In celebration of our 10 year milestone, we are hoping to surpass last year’s record of 20,000 lbs. of food donated – help us to reach our new goal of 25,000 lbs. of food! You can also make a monetary donation to this annual food drive at the UW Credit Union by donating at any teller to the “UWM Service” account or simply dropping a check off at the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR) for the Hunger Task Force. CCBLLR is located on the ground floor of the Union.
Also, thank you to the 500 UWM volunteers who registered for this year’s RAK-athon, held on Saturday, November 2 through the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR)!
UWM Experts Directory
-UWM Media Relations maintains an Experts Directory to help news organizations identify and contact UWM faculty for their insight into news and feature subjects. This list also identifies faculty who are available as public speakers (Speakers Bureau). Your participation in the Experts Directory is of great value to the university and the community. You can easily review, revise, or submit your entry at http://www4.uwm.edu/news/media/experts/index.cfm?action=update.
Please direct any questions or concerns to Greg Walz-Chojnacki (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Data Science lecture series
-Drew Conway will be giving a talk entitled, “Perspectives on Data Science from a Social Scientist,” on Friday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Bolton B46. Drew Conway is coauthor of Machine Learning for Hackers, and he has a number of different affiliations, including: Co-Founder, DataKind; Co-Chair, DataGotham; Scientist-in-Residence, IA Ventures; and Special Adviser to the Chief Analytics Officer for the City of New York.
From Urban Studies
-Please join UWM’s Urban Studies Programs for the 7th annual Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit on Thursday, November 14 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hefter Center. This year’s topic is “Life After Vouchers: Expansion, Accountability, and Outcomes.” More details next week. For accommodations please contact Carrie Beranek (414-229-4751, email@example.com).
From the UWM Student Union
-Save the date for Distinguished Lecture Series: “Define American,” with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in the Wisconsin Room. Now is the time to think about internationalization and global dynamics, related to immigration rights and reform, from a local perspective. See http://www.aux.uwm.edu/union/distinguished_lecture_series/.
From the UWM Libraries
-The second book discussion in the NEH-grant supported series “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is this Wednesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. in the AGS Library. UWM geography professors Kristin M. Sziarto and Anna Mansson McGinty will lead a discussion of five entries from “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States.” http://guides.library.uwm.edu/content.php?pid=490308&sid=4023039.
-The 2013 Ettinger Book Artist Series lecture, to be held this Thursday, November 7, features Karen Kunc, a book artist, printmaker, and Cather Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The 7 p.m. presentation, free and open to the public, will be held in Special Collections on the fourth floor of the Library. See http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/ettinger13.cfm.
-The UWM Libraries invite proposals for the 2014 Fromkin Research Grant and Lectureship, a $5,000 award that encourages and assists UWM scholars in all fields of study to conduct research on the quest for social justice and human rights in the United States. Applications must be received by Friday, November 29, 2013. http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/special/fromkin/grant.cfm.
-On Friday, November 8 at 3 p.m. in Physics 135, the Physics Department is holding a colloquium entitled “How to Pursue a Career in Physics Knowing Only One Equation.” The guest speaker is Dr. Gerald R. Harp, Director of the Center for SETI Research (and a UWM alumnus). Coffee and cookies will be available at 2:45 p.m.
Submit a BP2W Quick Win
-We encourage UWM faculty, staff, and student employees to suggest possible quick wins as they relate to UWM as a Best Place to Work (BP2W). There are many BP2W initiatives underway, but there might be additional ideas that can be implemented easily and quickly that can enhance UWM’s employment environment. Submit your ideas at www.bp2w.uwm.edu.
Faculty Mentors Needed
-Mentors are needed in all four divisions (Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences, Professions, and Social Sciences), but particularly in Professions and Social Sciences. If you know of a tenured faculty member in your department or another department that you believe would be an effective mentor, please send the faculty member’s name and department to Paula Rhyner (firstname.lastname@example.org). To volunteer to mentor a junior faculty member, please take 30 seconds to sign up via the following link: https://www4.uwm.edu/employeedev/services/mentoring/volunteer.cfm.
-Linda Hausladen, who has been a staff member in various positions in the UWM Union, passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday morning. Linda was very dedicated to UWM and will certainly be missed. Her funeral is this morning. Here is the link to her obituary:
UW Flexible Option
-The UW Flexible Option and UWM were featured in the New York Times:
Take care and I hope you all have a good week,
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee