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 August 2019

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 and dean on call.

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. 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
  • Manages the Farm and Industry Short Course program
Gigi Mitchell, Front Desk Receptionist and Office Manager
  • First point of contact for all incoming phone, email, and walk-in visitors
  • Manages and oversees the Academic Affairs Office
  • Primary point of contact for Karen Wassarman, including scheduling

Services, and Diversity and Inclusion Team:

Thomas Browne, Senior Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Oversees and directs diversity initiatives and partnerships (DDEEA, MD Coordinator, Community Outreach, etc.); co-chair CALS Equity and Diversity Committee
  • Supervises Transitional Advising and Outreach Services (TAOS) staff and SOAR
  • 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
Keiva Coppage Aranda, Transitional Advising and Outreach Services Advisor
608-263-3717, keiva.aranda@wisc.edu
  • Advising focused on STEM immersion and major exploration
  • Coordinates SOAR
  • Liaison to Campus Advising Community
  • Advising for exploring students
Ryan Zavodnik, Transitional Advising and Outreach Services Advisor
  • Advising for exploring students
  • Liaison to Campus Advising Community
Plia Xiong, Prospective Student Services Coordinator
608-265-2051, plia.xiong@wisc.edu
  • Manages prospective student programs and outreach; Office of Admissions liaison
  • Wisconsin Youth Institute Coordinator
  • Oversees and directs CALS Ambassadors

Student Development and Career Services Team:

John Klatt, Assistant Dean Student Services
608-262-4618, john.klatt@wisc.edu
  • Oversees and directs the provision of student academic services for the college
  • Provides overall management of the vision, direction, and budget for Career Services
  • Designs, delivers, and fosters participation in student development activities
  • Serves as the director and lead instructor for the CALS Freshman Seminar (InterAg 155); oversees the development and review of CALS 1st-Year Seminar courses
Noelle Thompson, Assistant Director of Career Services
  • 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 with students
Kristina Vack, Career Advisor
608-265-0646, vack@wisc.edu
  • Provides career advising and career education
Karen Martin, Senior Student Services Coordinator; Director of CALS Scholarships
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 unit and all CALS departments to manage all scholarship processes for CALS
  • Oversees the CALS Short Term Loan Program
Sue Ryan, Assistant Scholarships Director and Special Projects Manager
  • Supports Scholarship Director in all activities regarding CALS Scholarships
  • Manage office communications - websites, newsletters, e-blasts, brochures
  • Mange office records and databases for Scholarships, Career Services, Farm & Industry Short Course (FISC), Study Abroad, TAOS, and Deans of the Office of Academic Affairs

Academic Programs and Policy Team:

Sarah Barber, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and Policy
608-262-3105, sarah.barber@wisc.edu
  • Manages academic planning for the college including new program development, changes to programs, course proposals, program review and assessment
  • Provides leadership in developing and revising academic policies and procedures
  • Supports college governance committees (Curriculum Committee and Academic Planning Council)
  • Oversees the CALS QuickStart and Honors Programs
Megan Ackerman-Yost, Academic Planner
  • Manages the course approval process for CALS
  • Supports the CALS Curriculum Committee
  • Oversees the accuracy of curriculum and policy in publication (Guide, DARS)
  • Provides support on academic staff planning and academic policy
  • Oversees student records
Tanya Cutsforth, CALS QuickStart Program Manager
  • Manages the CALS QuickStart admissions, scholarships, and promotion
  • Serves as primary instructor for CALS QuickStart courses, including developing curriculum, hiring and supervising peer mentors
  • Supports college and campus initiatives related to early start programs that promote student recruitment
Heather Mialik, CALS Honors Program Manager
608-262-4794, hmialik@wisc.edu
  • Manages day-to-day functioning of the CALS Honors Program including admissions, advising, program promotion, faculty/mentor communication, student records, and seminar coordination
  • Serves as an instructor for CALS QuickStart program
Jessica Arnfelt, Student Status Examiner
  • Main point of contact regarding student records, including graduation verification, support of Scholastic Policies and Actions Committee, DARS, DARS-X, major declarations, transfers, Honors status, probation/dropped status, and double majors
  • Consults with instructors and processes course change requests (add, drop, credits, pass/fail) and grade changes
  • Oversees scheduling of courses for FISC and INTER-AG subject listings
  • Provides support for SPAC

Farm and Industry Short Course Team:

Jennifer Blazek, Director of the Farm and Industry Short Course Program
  • Manages all aspects of the Farm and Industry Short Course program
  • Directs new programming, curricula development, and recruiting efforts
  • Teaches and advises FISC students
Cindy Fendrick, Assistant Director for the Farm and Industry Short Course Program
  • Oversees the facility and financial operations Short Course's Jorns Hall and supervises facility and student staff
  • Coordinates short-term housing for university-sponsored programs and guests
  • Assists with Short Course prospective student events & program services
Nina Wilson, Farm and Industry Short Course Program Coordinator
608-263-3918, nina.wilson@wisc.edu
  • Provides point support for FISC including fielding general questions, assisting admissions, orientation, and graduation
  • Maintains social media presence and student communications

International Education and Study Abroad Team:

Susan Huber Miller, Director of International Education and Study Abroad
  • Oversees the 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 academic content with departmental or certificate curricula
  • Works with CALS and Global Health faculty, instructional staff and in-country partners on field study leadership, trouble shooting, program assessments and improvements
  • Manages the CALS partnership with International Academic Programs (IAP) and ensures that CALS programs are in compliance with IAP standards and best practices for study abroad
Brett Schieve, Study Abroad Advisor
  • Advises students on CALS international exchange, field study, and research opportunities including the program application and course equivalency process, assists faculty who lead short-term field studies with program planning and preparation, 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
  • Supervises study abroad peer advisors and serves as point person for marketing and outreach activities related to study abroad
TBD, Study Abroad Advisor
608-265-1464
  • Advises students on CALS international exchange, field study, and research opportunities including the program application and course equivalency process, assists faculty who lead short-term field studies with program planning and preparation, 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
  • Administers the application and award process for CALS study abroad scholarships, including departmental scholarships specific to CALS majors studying abroad




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