CALS DDO - Points of Contact - Academic Affairs

This document outlines the points of contact for the Office of Academic Affairs within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Updated November 2021

For more detailed information about this series of documents, please return to the CALS DDO - Points of Contact - Overview.

Overview:

CALS Academic Affairs provides services to the academic programs of the college, as well as to the students enrolled in them and the faculty and staff who offer and support them. The academic affairs staff manage and coordinate course and curriculum development, program reviews, career services, study abroad, scholarships, student appeals, SOAR, new student orientation, and student organizations, and also offer services specific to undergraduate students, such as transitional advising, dean on call, and Scholastic Policies & Actions Committee (SPAC). 

Staff:

Karen Wassarman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Manages the Office of Academic Affairs, including program reviews, curriculum and course development, and assessment for all academic programs in the college
  • Oversees student services (for prospective and current undergraduate, graduate, and Farm and Industry Short Course students), including international education, career services and internships, and scholarships, and study abroad. This also includes services specific to undergraduate students, such as transitional advising and dean on call.
  • Oversees the TA allocations process, Instructional Lab Modernization funding, summer session planning, and college commencement planning
Samantha Kreie, Office Assistant
608-890-4671, sam.kreie@wisc.edu
  • Front desk reception
  • First point of contact for all incoming phone, email, and walk-in visitors

Recruitment, Retention, and Inclusion Team:

Thomas Browne, Senior Assistant Dean
  • Oversees and directs diversity initiatives and partnerships (DDEEA, MD Coordinator, Community Outreach, etc.); co-chair CALS Equity and Diversity Committee
  • Supervises Prospective Student Services staff
  • Provides outreach to probation, dropped, and re-entry students; chairs Scholastic Policies & Actions Committee (SPAC)
  • Serves as admissions liaison, promotes and directs activities for recruitment and retention
Lauryn Christianson, Recruitment Programs Coordinator
  • Manages prospective student programs and outreach; Office of Admissions liaison
  • Wisconsin Youth Institute Coordinator
  • Oversees and directs CALS Ambassadors
Liza Chang, CALS First Year Program Manager
608-262-3127, liza.chang@wisc.edu
  • Manages the CALS QuickStart program
  • Instructs CALS INTER-AG 140 (QuickStart), INTER-AG 155 (first-year seminar), and INTER-AG 288 (first-year honors seminar) 
  • Supports college and campus initiatives related to early start programs and first-year seminars

Student Advising and Development Team:

Vacant, Assistant Dean for Student Advising and Development
  • Provides overall management of the vision and direction of Academic Advising
  • Provides overall management of the vision, direction, and budget for Career Services
  • Designs, delivers, and fosters participation in student development activities
  • Contact for student organizations and leadership opportunities for students
Keiva Coppage Aranda, Academic Advising Manager
608-263-3717, keiva.aranda@wisc.edu
  • Advising focused on STEM immersion and major exploration
  • Part of SOAR Core Planning Team
  • Liaison to Campus Advising Community
Ryan Zavodnik, Academic Advising Manager
608-262-5780, ryan.zavodnik@wisc.edu
  • Advising for exploring students
  • Part of SOAR Core Planning Team
  • Liaison to Campus Advising Community
Kristina Vack, Career Development Coordinator
608-265-0646, vack@wisc.edu
  • Provides internship and career advising
  • Provides customized presentations on career readiness for CALS instructors and student organizations
Vacant, Employer Relations Coordinator
  • Coordinates career services activities, organizes campus-wide career fairs, organizes industry events for students
  • Provides concierge services to employers recruiting CALS students
  • Provides career advising
Vacant, Career Services Coordinator
  • Supports career services for students
  • Assists with employer relations

Scholarship Team:

Karen Martin, CALS Scholarship Director
608-262-3001, karen.martin@wisc.edu
  • Organizes and oversees all aspects of scholarships including application set-up, awards, communication, payout, and stewardship
  • Works collaboratively with many administrative units and all CALS departments to manage all scholarship processes for CALS
  • Oversees the CALS Short Term Loan Program
Sue Ryan, CALS Scholarship Manager
  • Collaborates with Scholarship Director in all activities regarding CALS Scholarships
  • Manage office communications with students (e.g. newsletters, e-blasts)

Academic Programs and Policies Team:

Sarah Barber, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Policy
608-262-3105, sarah.barber@wisc.edu
  • Provides leadership for academic planning, academic policies, academic dean functions, and student records
  • Supports college governance committees (Curriculum Committee, Academic Planning Council, SPAC)
Megan Ackerman-Yost, Academic Planner
  • Manages the course and program approval process for CALS
  • Supports the CALS Curriculum Committee
  • Oversees the accuracy of curriculum and policy in publications (Guide, DARS)
  • Provides support on academic staff planning and academic policy
  • Oversees student records
Jessica Arnfelt, Student Records and Curricular Specialist
  • Main point of contact regarding student records, including graduation verification, DARS, DARS-X, major declarations, transfers, Honors status, probation/dropped status, and double majors
  • Processes course change requests (add, drop, credits, pass/fail) and grade changes
  • Oversees scheduling of courses for INTER-AG and FISC subject listings
  • Provides support for SPAC
Heather Mialik, CALS Honors Program Manager
608-262-4794, hmialik@wisc.edu
  • Manages the CALS Honors Program
  • Serves as an instructor for CALS QuickStart program

CALS Study Abroad Team:

Brett Schieve, Director of CALS Study Abroad
608-265-1464, brett.schieve@wisc.edu
  • Oversees CALS study abroad operation, including short-term field studies, exchange programs, international research and internship experiences
  • Serves as point person for New Program Development, setting strategic priorities for program portfolio and aligning programs with departmental or certificate curricula
  • Manages the CALS partnership with International Academic Programs (IAP) and ensures that CALS programs are in compliance with IAP standards and best practices
  • Administers the application and award process for CALS study abroad scholarships, including departmental scholarships specific to CALS majors studying abroad
  • Collaborates with CALS Academic Affairs Leadership to establish comprehensive and coordinated programming for prospective, current, and former students while promoting and supporting the college's internationalization efforts for students
Kim Kroeger, CALS Study Abroad Advisor and Program Manager
608-265-6329, kim.kroeger@wisc.edu
  • Advises CALS students on international exchange, field study, and research opportunities as they prepare, apply, complete, and return from their experience
  • Manages a portfolio of programs which includes assisting faculty who lead short-term field studies with program planning and preparation and works with in-country partners on program details 
  • Collaborates with academic departments and instructors in promoting study abroad and how it can integrate into specific degree programs and majors
Rebecca Johnson, CALS Study Abroad Advisor and Program Manager
  • Advises CALS students on international exchange, field study, and research opportunities as they prepare, apply, complete, and return from their experience
  • Manages a portfolio of programs which includes assisting faculty who lead short-term field studies with program planning and preparation and works with in-country partners on program details 
  • Collaborates with academic departments and instructors in promoting study abroad and how it can integrate into specific degree programs and majors

Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Team:

Jennifer Blazek, Director of FISC
  • Manages all aspects of the Farm and Industry Short Course program
  • Directs new programming, curricula development, and recruiting efforts
  • Teaches and advises FISC students
Vacant, FISC Program Coordinator
608-263-3918, nina.wilson@wisc.edu
  • Provides support for FISC including fielding general questions, assisting admissions, orientation, and graduation
  • Maintains social media presence and student communications




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Created:2020-01-07 12:39 CDTUpdated:2022-02-14 11:28 CDT
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