​School Leadership


Diana Hess, Dean and the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education
 (About the Dean)

LaVar Charleston, Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion

Duties: Program support (related to fostering diverse and inclusive communities), development and implementation of initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, review of existing diversity-related policies

Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Associate Dean for Research (Starting January 2020)
Duties: Research, funding for research, grants acquisition for education-related research; human subjects protection, conflict of interest, graduate school link, Education and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board, grant support and research funding

Rich Halverson, Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach and Partnerships
Duties: Office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE) and the Network, for outreach and partnerships in School of Education
 
​Kristen Hendrickson, ​Chief Financial Officer (Business Office)
Duties: Strategic investment of resources, budget and administration, compensation exercises, SoE Human Resources, summer session budget-related issues, facilities, and parking.

John Hitchcock, Associate Dean for the Arts
Duties: Program support (strategic planning, support for development of new programs, certificates, and non-pooled programs) for arts cluster departments (Art, Dance, Theatre and Drama)

​Li-Ching Ho & Adam Nelson, ​Co-Directors for Global Engagement

Duties: International partnerships, study abroad, visiting scholars, international student support, global engagement, international research

Colleen Howes, Associate Dean for Communications, Advancement and Engagement
Duties:​ Communications, marketing, media relations, website and SoE events

Bill Hoyt, Associate Dean for Health 
Duties: Program support (strategic planning, support for development of new programs, certificates, and non-pooled programs) for health cluster departments (Counseling Psych, Kinesiology, RPSE), graduate student funding

Carolyn Kelley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Duties: Program quality and accountability (e.g., program reviews, processes and rules for approval of new courses, programs and certificates); Senior Staff meeting agendas, strategic planning and support for health cluster departments; summer session

Christina Klawitter, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs (Education Academic Services)
Duties: Undergraduate advising, career planning and placement, internships, student crisis management, scholarships

Anna Lewis & Brenda Spychalla, Chief Information Officers and Co-directors of MERIT (MERIT) 
Duties:​ MERIT, Instructional Technology, media, education resources library

Bob Mathieu, Associate Dean for Research, Director of WCER (until 12/31/19)
Duties:​Research administration for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research including development and support for research and fee for service programming, national leadership in education research; professional development, research exchange series

Julie Mead, Associate Dean for Education

Duties: Program support (strategic planning, support for development of new programs, certificates, and non-pooled programs) for education cluster departments (C&I, ELPA, EPS, Ed Psych)

Francesca Rodriquez, Coordinator-Strategic Programs Planning

Duties: Research and coordination of initiatives and start-up programs from the dean

Kimber Wilkerson, Faculty Director for Teacher Education
Duties: Teacher preparation programs, compliance with licensing requirements, liaison to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, education policy