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Liberal Arts & Applied Studies


Who We Are

The Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies, as part of the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, provides education to adult learners by: providing education to adult learners; conducting outreach on issues of societal importance; and undertaking scholarship on teaching and learning related to professional development and lifelong learning.

Our Learners

Our learners have diverse motivations to seek noncredit classes for professional development and personal enrichment. They include people who:

  • Require professional education to stay current in their fields
  • Seek classes for personal enjoyment
  • Attend classes on the UW-Madison campus
  • Participate in online classes
  • Hold a college or professional degree or degrees
  • Are enrolled in their first college-affiliated course

Our Programs

We offer classes in:

  • Arts, history, and humanities
  • Behavioral health
  • Distance education practices for teachers, corporate trainers, the military, and others
  • Independent learning
  • Language and Culture
  • Leadership, management, and workplace skills

Some of our faculty and instructional staff also teach credit classes in other academic departments at UW‑Madison.


In addition to our classes, each year we host conferences that bring people together from across the country to learn from experts in fields ranging from distance education to leadership to creative writing and more.

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Looking to build and demonstrate your expertise? Whether online or in person, a certificate from UW-Madison Continuing Studies provides proof of your commitment to your profession.

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Custom Training

Looking for top-quality training tailored to your industry’s needs? Want to focus on goals specific to your organization? UW-Madison Continuing Studies can help.

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Allison Timmins

University Services Program Associate

Amy Anderson

Human Service Program Director

Andy Richardson

Department Administrator

Ann Whitaker

Outreach Program Manager II

Ashley Kuehl

Program Coordinator

Barbara Nehls-Lowe

Outreach Specialist

Bonnie Schmidt

Program Assistant Supervisor

Caroline Miller

Assoc. Outreach Speacialist

Christine DeSmet

Faculty Associate

Christopher Chambers

Program Area Director

Christopher Moore

University Services Program Associate

Colleen Johnson

Development Specialist / Grant Writer

David Werther

Independent Learning Instructor

Denise Nolden

University Services Program Associate

Doug Whittle

Director of Educational Travel

elizabeth meland

Human Services Conference Director

Elizabeth Nagel

Program Assistant Supervisor

Elizabeth Snodgrass

Summer Music Clinic Director

Emily Auerbach

Professor of English/Director

Emily Azad

University Services Program Associate

Jamie Henke

Distinguished Faculty Associate

Janet Staker Woerner

Faculty Associate – Program Manager

Jessica Courtier

Program Director in Music and Performing Arts

Jessica Geschke

Program Coordinator

John Oppenheimer

Instructional Designer/Technologist

Julie Dahl

Associate Faculty Assoc.

Kat Abbott

University Services Program Associate

Kevin Mullen

Associate Faculty Associate

Kimary Peterson

Senior Outreach Specialist

Kristi Obmascher

Behavioral Health Area Manager

Laura Kahl

University Services Program Associate

Laura Page

Program Director

Laurie Greenberg

Sr. Development Specialist

Laurie Scheer

Associate Faculty Associate

Liese Pfeifer

Program Director, Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP)

Lori O’Neill

Program Assistant Supervisor

Lynn Tarnoff

Program Director

Matthew Hora

Assistant Professor

Maureen Friend

Program Coordinator

Megan Reading

Senior Outreach Specialist

Narra Smith Cox

Department Chair/Professor

Patrick Jackson

Program Director

Robbi Dreifuerst

Program Director

Robert Toomey

Program Director

Roberta Wang

Senior Administrative Program Specialist

Sage Goellner

Assistant Professor

Sarah Korpi

Independent Learning Coordinator

Sunshine Jansen

Program Coordinator

Suzanna Waters Castillo

Distinguished Faculty Associate

Tina Smith

University Services Program Associate

Tracy Marks

Arts and Humanities Pre-College Coordinator

wendy fritz

Program Director