Graduate School Leadership Team

William Karpus

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.

Daniel Kleinman

Senior 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).

Ray Vanderby

Interim 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.

Alissa Ewer

Assistant Dean, Office of Professional Development and Communications

209 Bascom

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.

Marty Gustafson

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

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.

Judy Bauman

Director of Admissions


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.

Michelle Holland

Director of Academic Services


The Office of Admissions and 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.

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