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


The associate dean’s responsibilities focus on the graduate student experience and on the allocation of resources supporting graduate education. Martin is a professor of political science. As associate dean, she will serve on the leadership teams of both the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and will work alongside Associate Dean Parmesh Ramanathan, under the leadership of Dean Karpus. Martin’s research looks at the role of institutions and international organizations in world politics. Her work takes a strategic look at how institutional function and design influences state interactions.

Parmesh Ramanathan, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate School


In partnership with the dean, associate deans provide institutional leadership for graduate education across campus, administer policies governing graduate education, develop standards and guidelines for student services, and monitor educational outcomes. Ramanathan is a professor of electrical and computer engineering. As associate dean, he will serve on the leadership teams of both the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and will work alongside Associate Dean Lisa Martin, under the leadership of Dean Karpus. Ramanathan leads research projects in applications for ultrafast networks, millimeter wave wireless networks, and smart electric grid technologies. More recently, his research group has started working in the area of genomic networks.

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, 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.

Judy Bauman

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.

Michelle Holland

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.

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