Graduate School Leadership Team
William Karpus, Ph.D.
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 165 master’s and over 100 doctoral fields of study.
Lisa Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate School
In partnership with the dean, Associate Dean Martin provides institutional leadership for graduate education across campus, administers policies governing graduate education, develops standards and guidelines for student services, and monitors educational outcomes. As associate dean, she serves on the leadership teams of both the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and works alongside Associate Dean Parmesh Ramanathan, under the leadership of Dean Karpus.
Associate Dean Martin’s portfolio includes:
- Diversity and Inclusion: Responsible for creating an inclusive and multicultural educational landscape through the retention and recruitment of diverse students, especially those of domestic minority and low-income/first generation college backgrounds.
- Graduate Student Funding: Oversight of the Graduate School’s fellowship and funding competitions, coordination of external fellowships, and assistance to graduate students, staff, and faculty on campus-wide funding issues.
- Professional development: Involves coordination, development, and promotion of learning opportunities to foster the academic and professional skills of graduate students.
- Communication: Manage Graduate School’s various communication platforms, including website, social media, and publications.
Parmesh Ramanathan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate School
In partnership with the dean, Associate Dean Ramanathan provides institutional leadership for graduate education across campus, administers policies governing graduate education, develops standards and guidelines for student services, and monitors educational outcomes. As associate dean, he serves on the leadership teams of both the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and works alongside Associate Dean Lisa Martin, under the leadership of Dean Karpus.
Associate Dean Ramanathan’s portfolio includes:
- Graduate admissions: Responsible for information systems and interactional services that support applicants, students, faculty, and programs throughout the admission process.
- Academic services: Encompasses student support from matriculation through degree conferral, including satisfactory progress, dean’s office issues, and degree conferral.
- Program planning and assessment: Support of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee and development of resources for program review and new program growth.
- Graduate data analytics: Responsible for producing data analytics to inform planning and decision-making, as well as official data reports for internal and external audiences.
Assistant Dean, Office of 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
211 Bascom Hall
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.
LaRuth McAfee, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Funding, and Director, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
229 Bascom Hall
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.
Director of Admissions
227 Bascom Hall
The Director of Admissions is responsible for leading the Graduate School admissions team and partnering with over 150 degree granting programs to coordinate a holistic approach to admissions activities. In addition to handling admissions, the office manages the issuance of I20’s as well as performing international credential evaluations. Her memberships in national organizations, as well as her functional expertise and technical knowledge, positions Bauman to lead the office in continuous improvement efforts.
Director of Academic Services
The Office of Academic Services is the Academic Dean’s Office for all graduate students and serves as a resource for prospective and current students, faculty, and graduate program coordinators. The academic services unit is responsible for monitoring satisfactory academic progress; reviewing and processing all current student enrollment forms, withdrawals, and appeals; providing interpretation of Graduate School policy for graduate students and faculty; as well as coordinating the conferral of all degrees within the UW-Madison Graduate School. Holland brings a wealth of experience from her previous position as a graduate program coordinator in one of the largest biological sciences graduate programs at UW-Madison.