​School Leadership

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

Aaron Bird Bear, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity (Student Diversity Programs)

Duties: College Access Program (CAP); Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention (OURR); Summer Education Research Program (SERP); Education Graduate Research Scholars (Ed-GRS); Co-Chair, School of Education Equity and Diversity Committee; School of Education Minority / Disadvantaged Coordinator (MDC)

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

teri engelke, Assistant Dean for Human Resources 
(Business Office)
Duties: administration of human resources management activities for departments, centers, units and programs; personnel policies and procedures; employee compensation; benefits; recruitment; employee relations; training and development; legal compliance

Barbara Gerloff, Assistant Dean (Education Academic Services)
Duties: DARS encoding, document review and revision, student affairs

Rich Halverson, Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach and Partnerships
Duties: outreach and partnerships for the School of Education, the Network 
​Kristen Hendrickson, ​Chief Financial Officer (Business Office)
Duties: administration and budget, human resources, institutional research, administrative forum, contracts, contract administration, space and remodeling, facilities, parking

John Hitchcock, Associate Dean for the Arts
Duties: oversight and support to departments and programs related to the arts

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

Duties: SoE initiatives related to international education studies and global citizenship, including the International Network of Education Institutions

Colleen Howes, Associate Dean for Communications, Advancement and Engagement
Duties:communications, marketing plan, alumni communications, website updates and advertising 

Bill Hoyt, Associate Dean for Health 
Duties: oversight and support to departments and programs related to health fields

Carolyn Kelley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Duties: strategic academic program planning for undergraduate and graduate programs, summer term, enrollment management, faculty recruitment, development and retention, strategic initiatives

Christina Klawitter, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs (Education Academic Services)
Duties: student services, undergraduate programs, Programs Committee, scholarships, equity and diversity

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

Bob Mathieu, Associate Dean for Research, Director of WCER
Duties: research administration, human subjects protection, conflict of interest, graduate school link, Education and Social/Behavioral Science Institutional Review Board

Julie Mead, Associate Dean for Education

Duties: oversight and support to departments and programs related to teacher education and education studies

Vacant, Assistant Dean (Research and Sponsored Programs)
Duties: extramural Sponsored Proposals and Awards; Gift & Donation Financials; Fee for Service Contracts; SoE Liaison with Research & Sponsored Programs

Kimber Wilkerson, Faculty Director for Teacher Education
Duties: oversight to teacher preparation programs, compliance with licensing requirements, leadership to the Coordinating Committee on Professionals in Education, liaison to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Teacher Education Evaluation ad hoc task force