Meet the faculty and staff of the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies
The full faculty and staff consists of professors and instructors, advisors, administration, marketing, and support staff. We live the Wisconsin Idea every day, providing lifelong learning, professional development, and personal enrichment to students across Wisconsin and around the world.
Learn more about our departments (Liberal Arts and Applied Studies, Adult Career and Special Student Services, Educational Innovation Program Development, and Integrated Marketing Communications) here»
Kat supports the Distance Education Program Development (DEPD) team with their online certificate courses and their annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference.
Emily is a program coordinator providing support for the Odyssey program.
Anne manages pre-college outreach for the UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic, which offers annual summer programs for young musicians in middle and high school. She also coordinates the Winds of Wisconsin, a premier high school youth wind ensemble that draws talented students from the region to audition for participation during the academic year.
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Human Resources Specialist, Academic Personnel Office
Phone: 608-262-1156; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Auerbach is a Professor of English, the Director of the life-changing UW Odyssey Project, www.odyssey.wisc.edu, and co-host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s University of the Air. She teaches Tuesday Morning Booktalks at the downtown library and coordinates “Eloquence and Eminence: Emeritus Faculty Lectures.”
Emily Baker works with faculty across campus in the development of their online courses. She works primarily on post-baccalaureate master degrees and capstone certificates, and is part of the Educational Innovation initiative on campus.
Sarah provides coordination and leadership for the Summer Term operations campus-wide.
Steve assists academic departments with online program development, project management, and leads the DCS EI Online Course Design and Development Team.
Lavilla develops PR and social media plans that support program marketing and enhance learner engagement, while boosting visibility for the Division as a whole. This includes a renewed focus on content marketing, in which we work to share our expertise and compelling stories about transformative learning experiences.
Suzanna directs Continuing Studies’ Aging & Long-Term Care specialty. She is recognized regionally and nationally as a leader in professional development in geriatric mental health care.
Chris teaches classes in creative writing, editing, and publishing, critiques manuscripts, is Managing Editor of Midwest Review, and directs the annual Weekend With Your Novel conference.
Jessica is the Program Director in Music and Performing Arts. She oversees noncredit courses in music and dance as well as collaborative projects with other on- and off-campus arts units. She also teaches courses in music culture and history.
Narra is chairperson of the academic department in the Division of Continuing Studies. She also directs a partnership project involving statewide community planning for HIV prevention and care, as well as a statewide training system for HIV service providers.
Julie directs the Spanish language enrichment program and the Online Business Spanish Certificate. She also coordinates programs for Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, and other world languages. Her passion is creating practical effective language courses for adults.
Author and scriptwriter Christine DeSmet teaches writing online and in person. She is the director of the annual June “Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat” (with credits offered in a partnership with UW-Madison Dept. of English), director of the fall “Weekend with Your Novel,” and coordinator of “Critique Services” for writers.
Robbi directs the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program, a 300-hour nationally-accredited certificate for managers who work in federal, state, and local government and in tribal and non-profit organizations. Robbi also teaches in the CPM Program.
Katy oversees the EI Program Development team, and assists departments with curricular development, academic planning and approval, and program revenue budget planning.
Accountant, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-265-4919; email: email@example.com
Payroll and Benefits Specialist, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-262-9042; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Director, Supportive and Palliative Care
Phone: 608-890-3628; email: email@example.com
Beth directs aging and supportive & palliative care programs within the Behavioral Health area. Her expertise includes issues related to aging, advanced chronic and serious illnesses – particularly heart failure, and on individualized, patient and family-centered care – particularly supportive and palliative issues, communication, decision-making, and end-of-life care.
Leigh processes applications, manages admissions, and provides enrollment support for University Special Students.
I-Pang Fu leads the design and development efforts for the GIS Development, associated with the MS-Cartography and Geographic Information Systems, in the Department of Geography, College of Letters and Science.
Dave provides overall leadership for the Marketing and Communications Team, which helps the Division and the campus develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to reach more non-traditional students and promote lifelong learning.
Sage is assistant professor of French and directs the department’s French programs. She teaches French language, literature, and culture in adult evening classes, online, and in educational travel programs.
Laurie directs special projects for Continuing Studies. She has extensive experience developing educational programs and materials for universities, professional organizations, NGOs, farmers, natural resource managers, and food artisans in the U.S. and in 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Matthew works with adult students and lifelong learners to assist with their educational planning. He works primarily with adults returning to complete a baccalaureate degree and the Guest and Senior Guest Auditor programs.
Amy is the Marketing Account Manager overseeing Summer Term, ACSSS, and VISP. Amy works with the departments and programs to develop communications strategies and guide those strategies through to execution and completion.
Jean Haefner is an Instructional Designer and Technologist at the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. Her research interests include emerging technologies, games for learning, community building, and student engagement in online learning.
Special Projects Coordinator, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-262-5699; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MJ provides leadership for our team of account managers and marketing strategists, ensuring that we provide a high level of support for all DCS programs. MJ and her group develop robust integrated marketing plans for credit and noncredit lifelong learning offerings, serving as your primary points of contact with our IMC Team.
Jamie teaches music theory, composition, and history courses for DCS, and teaches Basic Concepts of Music Theory for the UW-Madison School of Music. She is a Chancellor’s Hilldale Excellence in Teaching Award and Honored Instructor recipient, and she is member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy.
Flo teaches about substance abuse, addiction, and recovery to a wide variety of professionals from health related fields. She trained nationally on The Science of Addiction and Recovery for Faces & Voices of Recovery (a Washington D.C based organization) and is passionate about creating dialogue and understanding of substance use initiation, addiction, treatment, and prevention.
Amy works on the Educational Innovation Program Development team developing online post-baccalaureate master degree programs, along with capstone certificate programs, mainly for nontraditional students. Her expertise is in video editing, transcription/closed captioning work, and online course design.
Matt focuses on adult teaching and learning and workforce development, and is developing a research program that can inform both basic scientific understanding of these issues and applications to continuing education programming in these areas.
Les is Director of Distance Education Professional Development, which provides certificate programs and courses for developing skills in online teaching and hosts the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning.
Christine serves as coordinator of services for International Visiting Learners in the Division of Continuing Studies.
Patrick is a director of leadership and management programs, including the development of a Human Resources Certificate program, and other facilitation and workforce skills programs.
As Marketing Account Manager, Whitney provides marketing guidance to DCS Arts and Humanities programs. She develops marketing plans, ensures each project is target-focused, and oversees production; making sure that all items are delivered on time, on budget, and with the perfect amount of sparkle.
Sunshine provides student advising and administration support for the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® Program.
Colleen provides grant writing, funding strategy, and other development support for program areas within Liberal Arts and Applied Studies (LAAS), including Behavioral Health, Leadership / Management & Workplace Skills, Distance Education, Arts and Humanities, and the Odyssey Project.
Keri is a Project Manager for Summer Term and the Education Innovation Program Development team, paying special attention to summer online course development.
Josh works closely with the student services team on the overall VISP program, meeting with UW faculty interested in bringing groups of students to campus, admitting and advising incoming international students, and planning group events.
Laura works with Christine DeSmet, Laurie Scheer, and Christopher Chambers on their writing programs, including Writers’ Institute, the Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat, and Weekend With Your Novel. She also handles payroll for Independent Learning.
Moira counsels community adults in career transition and advises adults interested in continuing their education, through both individual career counseling and career planning workshops. She also admits and advises University Special students, coordinates all office publications, and serves as liaison to Marketing and Communication staff.
Holly creates interactive activities that promote community interest and engagement in the Science Narratives project.
Haley works as part of the Educational Innovation Program Development team where she assists team members in the creation of post-baccalaureate masters degrees and capstone certificates and provides editing and quality review services.
Mike assists faculty and instructors with noncredit online program design and development as well as project management of course development efforts.
Wendy S. KERR
Secretary/Program Assistant, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-262-9354; email: email@example.com
Wendy supports Dean Jeff Russell and maintains his calendar. Contact Wendy if you want to know where Jeff is – she might have some idea.
Strategic Planner, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-890-0433; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara's responsibilities include providing the strategy, development, and implementation support for the Lifelong Learning 2020 strategic plan.
Nancy designs divisional publications and direct-mail pieces. Creates catalog covers and complex artwork using the Adobe Suite software, with a focus on Photoshop.
Jessica is responsible for supervising the front-line customer service staff and provides administrative support to the ACSSS unit.
As the academic program coordinator at Continuing Studies, Independent Learning’s largest campus partner, Sarah manages the academic aspects of course instruction and revision for over 80 courses, provides opportunities for instructor professional development, and facilitates communication among the Independent Learning academic team and our Extension partners. She also teaches several Independent Learning German courses.
Betsy designs html emails to engage learners, and creates web pages to promote conferences and programs and support marketing campaigns.
As part of the Educational Innovation team, Louis works to create online professional master's degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates.
Buri designs various marketing materials for the Division of Continuing Studies to supplement marketing campaigns that reach the targeted audience, campaign goals, and overall mission.
Sarah Marty is the Arts Program Area Director and coordinates UW Continuing Studies theatre, arts management, and dance programs. She teaches “Arts Enterprise: Arts as Business” in collaboration with the Bolz Center and UW School of Business, serves as the Production Manager for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert, and works on a per project basis as a consultant for large scale events on and off campus.
April counsels community adults in career transition and advises adults interested in continuing their education, through both individual career counseling and career planning workshops. She also facilitates the weekly Job Search Support Group and admits and advises University Special students.
Aphra is the program director for the Professional Life Coaching Certificate (PLCC) program, and oversees multiple face to face, online, and certificate programs for human service professionals. Aphra also teaches and works directly with faculty on course development.
Bonnie Jean works on the Advance Your Career program, contributing to email campaigns and creating landing pages. She is passionate about creating digital products that deliver an enjoyable user experience.
Human Resources Manager, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-890-3337; email: email@example.com
Leanne is the Division’s HR representative, responsible for HR related duties such as recruitment, onboarding, performance management, and other personnel related programs.
Kevin works one-on-one with UW Odyssey students as they improve their writing and reading comprehension skills, and he assists with the day-to-day running of the program. In addition, he teaches a writing class for Odyssey alumni.
Provides administrative support for programs in the area of Community Health for the department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies.
Barbara M. NEHLS-LOWE
Outreach Specialist, Behavioral Health
Phone: 608-890-4653; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara is a member of the WI HIV Outreach Project. She coordinates the Statewide Action Planning Group (SAPG), which is a statewide body of people affected by the HIV epidemic. Additionally, Barbara coordinates professional development courses on topics such as: grief and loss, forgiveness, mindfulness, and spirituality.
Alan is responsible for leading and managing the use of technology within the Division, and also serves the entire campus as a leader and consultant on outreach technology. In addition he teaches German in our Humanities program.
Anne is the first point-of-contact for students, learners of all ages, members of the university community, and the general public. She provides customer service, handles customer requests, schedules appointments, assists with admissions and enrollment, and provides support to counseling and advising staff.
Financial Specialist Sr, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-262-4660; email: email@example.com
Denise provides administrative support for programs in the area of Behavioral Health and Wellness for the department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies. She also coordinates many details of the annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Conference on Child Sexual Abuse.
Kristi Obmascher is program director for behavioral health programming at Continuing Studies. She spent over 25 years raising awareness, providing education, supporting families, and conducting research related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). She currently directs the Intoxicated Driver Program-Approved Training for Wisconsin's IDP assessors.
Alissa provides project management and support for the EI Program Development Team. She also assists with special projects related to the Educational Innovation Initiative and lifelong learning.
Sheila manages production schedule. Updates direct-mail brochures and other publications. Supports catalog production process. Handles routine office management and budget duties.
Lori is program coordinator for the continuing education visual art class area, is a member of the department’s administrative team, and supervises/trains Liberal Arts and Applied Studies program associates.
Barry was professor of telecommunications and is listed by UW-Madison and called on by the media as an expert in his field.
As part of the digital team, Kerrie helps create, edit, and maintain the division website. She manages errors, updates, and content for new and existing program and administrative pages.
Laura is a director and instructor within the Leadership, Management and Workplace Skills program area. She focuses on creating programs and conferences that address the professional skills and personal development needs of leaders, managers and team members in public, profit and non-profit organizations. Her major focus is on cutting edge issues and transformational learning.
Kimary is the Conference Manager for the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning, and oversees marketing for the Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) programs.
Pfeifer directs the Wisconsin Regional Art Program and its network of 25 local WRAP workshops/exhibitions which culminate in the Annual State Exhibit and Conference. The goal is to encourage the creative growth of Wisconsin citizens with a serious interest in Art.
Bridget is Program Manager and Online Instructor for DEPD certificate programs and courses. She is responsible for designing the curriculum, teaching, and evaluating online courses.
Sybil counsels community adults in career transition and advises adults interested in continuing their education, through both individual career counseling and career planning workshops. She also administers the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and career-development workshops for area employers and chairs the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award committee.
Megan is coordinator of the Wisconsin HIV/AIDS Training System. She works with the State of Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program to provide statewide training opportunities for HIV prevention and care service providers, local public health providers, HIV case managers, and others committed to HIV/AIDS.
Dean develops PR and social media plans that support program marketing and enhance learner engagement, while boosting visibility for the Division as a whole. This includes a renewed focus on content marketing, in which we work to share our expertise and compelling stories about transformative learning experiences.
Martin directs the day-to-day admissions and student services for University Special students. Martin also works closely with visiting international students and advises community adults, especially recent immigrants, about options in returning to school.
Dean of Continuing Studies since 2011, Jeff brings 25 years' experience as an educator and department chair to the division. In his role as Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, he is striving to make UW-Madison a global leader in the service of lifelong learners. He and his work embody the importance of embracing emerging technology and higher standards, integrity, organization, leadership, hard work, and the appreciation of differences and diversity.
Maria writes and edits print and digital content for Continuing Studies programs and Educational Innovation.
Nationally known speaker, author, and writing coach Laurie Scheer is the director of the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute and the managing editor for the Midwest Prairie Review Journal, a yearly publication that showcases the talent of the UW-Madison writing community. Laurie also teaches online and in-person writing courses.
Bonnie is Program Associate at DEPD and manages administrative and program support for all DEPD certificates and events. She knows DEPD programs not only as a member of the staff but also as a student, having earned DEPD’s Basic Online Instructor Certificate in 2012.
Kyle Lee SCHWOCH
Accountant, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-263-7653; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kyle is the Financial Program Supervisor for the Dean’s Office. He is responsible for the facilitation and supervision of the financial operations of the Division.
Greta leads our digital team in digital marketing, web development, direct marketing, and customer segmentation.
Anna advises international students pursuing short term nondegree study on our campus. Helping with everything from course enrollment to finding winter coats, Anna is the main point of contact for students learning how to navigate the United States and UW-Madison for the first time.
Kim provides administrative support for the division’s Educational Travel Program, as well as noncredit evening history courses.
Zufang manages financial records for Adult Career and Special Student Services, provides administrative support for the scholarship and awards program, and provides front-line customer service for the Division of Continuing Studies.
Assistant Dean, Dean's Office and Administration
Phone: 608-262-2394; email: email@example.com
Dolores works with faculty and staff across campus to produce and promote programs and courses that utilize Web and interactive media materials. Her expertise includes Web and interactive media design, development and project management along with computer graphics, animation, and innovative learning solutions.
Karen consults with faculty on developing online courses and using technology to enhance student learning.
Tina is the program coordinator for aging, theater arts, and dance & movement continuing education classes.
Sarah facilitates the admission and enrollment of university special students to unique programs at UW-Madison, such as summer language institutes and teacher workshops. She is also responsible for assisting with electronic processes and improvements, including ISIS (UW-Madison's student database).
Betsy is responsible for conducting market research projects such as new program market analysis and post-event evaluations.
Judith directs the team of 15 who provide a range of services to adults in transition and nontraditional students. She serves as the academic dean for University Special students, advocates for adult students, and works with campus partners to extend access to learning at UW-Madison.
Artist, art instructor, and community arts development and healthcare professional, Lynn is the director of the Visual Art and Living Well programs. Lynn shares her passion for living creatively for personal expression, problem solving, life stage transitions, work-life balance, and stress management.
Becky directs the English Language Program in Continuing Studies, providing courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners. She also writes textbooks for people learning English worldwide in conjunction with National Geographic Learning.
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Dean's Office
Phone: 608-890-2020 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary works with campus partners to develop programming, competencies, and assessments for our credit and noncredit learners. She also works with Continuing Studies faculty and staff on building their course portfolios and to increase opportunities to build new noncredit opportunities.
Alli is program coordinator for the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) and the music, dance and movement classes for the Division of Continuing Studies. She also provides registration support for online Continuing Studies courses.
William is a Media Specialist with over 20 years of experience developing distance education courses that use video as the primary medium for content delivery. He is a UW-Madison alum with a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College.
Robert is director of the Leadership, Management, & Other Workplace Skills program area. He also directs several programs, including the Servant Leadership Certificate, Professional Trainer’s Certificate, and several programs in partnership with Wisconsin state government. His experience includes previous service with several state government agencies, and he has been a member of the Wisconsin State Training Council for 18 years, elected 3 times as Chair.
Jessica provides marketing research support to help determine the interest level and market needs for new programs.
Maria provides administrative support for programs in Leadership, Management, & Workplace Skills and Mediation & Conflict Resolution. She also works with the Independent Learning team.
Bobbie is the primary author of the Continuing Studies Information System (CSIS) Knowledge Base and also assists the Odyssey Program with financial and grant management.
Julie coordinates all advertising, brochure mailings, payroll, and camper enrollment and correspondence for the Summer Music Clinic and Winds of Wisconsin, as well as general office management.
David teaches online philosophy courses in the Independent Learning Program and assists with program administration.
Ann plans professional continuing education events for mental health and human service providers, and acts as a special projects manager for the Community Health program area. Prior to her current part-time position, she worked for UW-Madison Continuing Studies for almost 30 years as a program manager.
Doug develops and leads educational trips for adults throughout the United States and the world. Domestic trips focus primarily on the performing arts, while international trips encompass many subjects, ranging from archaeology, fine arts, wildlife ecology, history, religion, and others.
Janet is responsible for teaching, assessment, and designing curriculum for DEPD certificates and courses. Her focus is social media use in higher education.
Sarah manages our list and customer segmentation processes to develop successful targeted marketing campaigns for direct mail and email. She also provides general e-marketing campaign support.
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