Dean, Graduate School
As Dean of the Graduate School, Karpus provides leadership for all aspects of the graduate student experience, from recruitment through graduation, and serves as a campus-wide leader in graduate education. He is responsible for approximately 9,000 graduate students in over 140 master’s and 100 doctoral fields of study.
Associate Dean, Graduate School
The associate deans of the Graduate School provide leadership on graduate education matters across campus. Kleinman is a professor and former chair of the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. He served as the associate dean for social studies in the Graduate School from 2012-2014. Kleinman’s scholarship focuses on commercial pressures on academic science and higher education more broadly as well as on the relationship between democracy and expertise. Among his books are: Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce (2003) and the Routledge Handbook of Science, Technology, and Society (2014, co-edited with Kelly Moore).
Associate Dean, Graduate School
The associate deans of the Graduate School provide leadership on graduate education matters across campus. Vanderby is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, where he directs the Orthopedic Research Laboratories. He has an affiliate appointment in the Departments of Engineering Physics and Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on orthopedic tissue engineering and regeneration. Vanderby includes functional characterization, microstructural morphology and composition, and relevant biological sciences. He is also interested in the functional analysis of the tissues with ultrasound waves. He was a co-founder of the Biomedical Engineering Department and has over 30 years of experience advising graduate students as well as leadership chairing graduate programs in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science.
Assistant Dean, Professional Development and Communications
The Office of Professional Development coordinates, develops, and promotes learning opportunities to foster the academic, professional, and life skills of the graduate education community. The Communications Office portrays, through various media platforms, the values and identity of both the research and graduate education missions of the organization. As Assistant Dean, Ewer utilizes her background in studio art in her communications leadership role and her graduate degree in higher education in overseeing professional development.
Assistant Dean, Academic Planning and Assessment
The Assistant Dean for Academic Planning and Assessment oversees the development and assessment of academic programs at the graduate level, including new program development and program review. The assistant dean coordinates the activities of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) and serves as liaison between the Graduate School and campus partners on all graduate program academic planning, compliance, and policy issues. An engineer by training, Gustafson previously worked for the UW College of Engineering developing and directing top ranked online graduate engineering degrees.
Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Funding
The Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding plays a central role in creating an inclusive and multicultural educational landscape at UW-Madison. This includes oversight of activities such as the McNair Scholars Program, the Summer Research Opportunities Program, and the Multicultural Graduate Network. A chemical engineer by training, McAfee did her postdoctoral research in engineering education and has focused on education and diversity in university settings her entire professional career.