Reorganization Updates

As a part of the 2014 leadership restructuring, the Graduate School is now a unit within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. The Graduate School’s core mission to foster excellence in graduate education remains unchanged and our integration with the research mission of the university is preserved. The Graduate School will continue to be the home of graduate programs across campus. We rely on our institution’s excellent graduate faculty to mentor graduate students through their degree progress and maintain the excellence of our graduate programs. The graduate faculty continue to be represented through the shared governance of the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee and the Graduate School Academic Planning Council, which are both chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School. We will continue to seek the feedback of our graduate students, directors of graduate study, graduate program coordinators, and faculty and staff colleagues throughout the implementation of the restructuring.

Parmesh Ramanathan appointed associate dean

Parmesh Ramanathan, professor of computer and electrical engineering, has been appointed associate dean in the Graduate School. 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. Read the March 28, 2017 announcement »

Lisa Martin appointed associate dean

Lisa Martin, professor of political science, has been appointed associate dean of the Graduate School. The associate dean’s responsibilities focus on the graduate student experience and on the allocation of resources supporting graduate education. Martin will guide the delivery of student services including funding, professional development, and communications, and will help develop policies for the recruitment, retention, and completion of a diverse graduate student body. Read the October 2016 announcement »

Ray Vanderby to join the Graduate School as interim associate dean

Ray Vanderby, professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and rehabilitation, has been appointed interim associate dean of the Graduate School. As associate dean Vanderby will provide direction for graduate education, overseeing resource allocation and using trends in graduate education to guide delivery of student services. Vanderby will serve alongside Associate Dean Daniel Kleinman, under the leadership of new Graduate School Dean William Karpus.

Graduate School dean selected

William Karpus, a professor of pathology and microbiology-immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been chosen to lead the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As dean of the Graduate School, Karpus will provide support for more than 9,000 graduate students across 150 graduate programs, oversee central administration of an office with 25 employees and a $2.5 million operating budget, and promote diversity initiatives. Read the May 21, 2015 article »

Graduate School Reorganization Process featured at 16th Annual Showcase Event

The UW-Madison Showcase provides an opportunity for the campus community to share best practices and learn from each other to improve work processes, learning environments, and campus climate. In April 2015 the Graduate School reorganization will be featured at Showcase, with Graduate School staff on hand to share information about how we currently foster excellence in graduate education and how, in light of the reorganization, we are considering new and innovative ways to meet the needs of campus. Click here to view the Graduate School reorganization Showcase poster »

Ad Hoc Committee Report on Graduate School Restructuring

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education Marsha Mailick and Interim Dean of the Graduate School Wendy Crone charged a faculty-staff committee with: “collecting information from campus stakeholders relevant to the organization of the Graduate School under the new structure, and helping us consider priorities for the future. …[identifying] stakeholder perceptions of priorities in the new structure, crucial activities for graduate education, activities not currently being conducted but which are needed, activities that are currently being conducted by the Graduate School that are not essential, and issues/topics that should be part of the Graduate School’s mission/vision.” Read the full report »

Reorganization Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This FAQ has been developed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) to answer questions regarding this reorganization and to provide an update on the progress that has occurred to date. This FAQ will be revised periodically as new questions arise and as progress on the reorganization continues. More »

Crone set to guide Graduate School into new era

As the Graduate School and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education set sail into a new era, Interim Graduate School Dean Wendy Crone is taking stock of graduate education and mapping out a strategy to best support the interests of UW-Madison’s 9,000 graduate students and their faculty mentors. A professor of engineering physics, Crone is entering uncharted territory. As the administrative revisions in the UW-Madison graduate education and research programs manifest themselves, the changes will pose both challenges and opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Read the Sept. 18, 2014 Article »

Research and Graduate Education transition includes familiar, new faces

As UW-Madison’s research and graduate education programs begin an historic transition, there will be many familiar faces and a few new ones on the third floor of Bascom Hall. Read the Aug. 26, 2014 Article »

Marsha Mailick Q&A

Marsha Mailick recently talked with University Communications’ Terry Devitt about the administrative changes to come, the experiences that have prepared her for her new role, and the challenges UW–Madison faces in the areas of research and graduate education. Read the Aug. 24, 2014 article »

After 13 years, Cadwallader steps down from top research post

In 1990, when first appointed as an associate dean in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School, geographer Martin Cadwallader had no idea what was over the horizon. Twenty-four years later, after rising through the leadership ranks and serving for 13 years as dean of the Graduate School and vice chancellor for research, Cadwallader prepares to step down from one of the university’s most critical posts. At the end of August he willreturn to the faculty and a cherished role as teacher and scholar. Read the Aug. 19, 2014 article »

Faculty Senate approves research reorganization

The Faculty Senate on Monday approved a reorganization of leadership in the university’s research enterprise, dividing the responsibilities of the dean of the graduate school into two positions – the vice chancellor for research and graduate education and the dean of the Graduate School. Read the May 6, 2014 article »

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