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Department Faculty and Staff


Dr. Brian Burt

assistant professor

Dr. Burt’s program of research uses qualitative methodological approaches to study the experiences of graduate students, and the institutional policies and practices that influence students’ educational and workforce pathways. His current research projects fall in two strands: 1) understanding team-based science, and 2) exploring the experiences of underrepresented graduate students of color in engineering. Through this program of research, Dr. Burt seeks to provide new understandings of the complexity of science participation; the aim is to better understand the experiences that promote or turn students away from science pathways. The implications of this work have the capacity to improve student-to-faculty (as well as student-to-student) interactions, and inform recommendations for the (re)design of supportive learning environments.

Here are some keywords: historically underrepresented populations in higher education, graduate student achievement, Black male retention and persistence, learning in research teams, and students’ experiences in computer science and engineering fields, broadening participation to STEM

Dr. Clifton F. Conrad

Vilas distinguished achievement professor
Faculty Director WISCAPE
(Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education)
Qualitative Methods; Academic Programs in Higher Education; Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education; Ideas of the University

Clifton Conrad hi res


Dr. Elton Crim

clinical professor
Higher Education Master's Advisor
Higher Education; Teaching, Directing and Advising of Students; Coordinates Higher Education Practicum Experiences for Students


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Dr. John Diamond

Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education
The influence of race and class on students' educational experiences and outcomes, leadership and organizational change, educational policy, policy implementation, sociology of education, the relationship between schools and communities 

Kari Dickinson

WISCAPE communications manager
​Oversees WISCAPE's outreach efforts and manages development of publications, the website, and social media. She has broad experience with nonprofit outreach and marketing and has also been an editor of college textbooks and educational materials.



Jenny Ferry

financial specialist
support for main office, purchasing, and outreach programs


Jessica Gile 

Jessica Gile

University Services Program Associate

timetable, course evaluations, room reservations, social media, donor stewardship, department meeting support and miscellaneous administrative projects, HR and finance assistance

Dr. Peter Trabert Goff

assistant professor
School Leadership (assessment, evaluation, and labormarket); School Finance; Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research Methods


 Rich Halverson

​Dr. Richard Halverson

School of Education Associate Dean for Innovation and Partnerships 
Co-Director Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network
Instructional Leadership Practice; Technology and Reflective Practice       


Dr. Nicholas Hillman


Higher education finance; public policy making; student financial aid policy; college access and equity


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​Dr. Jerlando F.L. Jackson 

(Department Chair)
Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education
Director & Chief Research Scientist, 
Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory

Organizational and Administrative Theory in Higher Education; Workforce Diversity and Workplace Discrimination in Higher Education

​Dr. Carolyn Kelley   

School of Education Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs  ​professor

Carolyn Kelley


Dr. Weijia Li

Director GHE Program
Overseeing Global Higher Education Master of Science Program, teaching courses on Internationalization of Higher Education; development of relationships with universities and educational institutions worldwide
Assistant Professor of German
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Dr. Julie Mead

School of Education Associate Dean for Education 
Legal Aspects of Education; Special Education Law; Special Educational Administration; Legal Aspects of School Choice
Dr. Mollie McQuillan
assistant professor

Dr. McQuillan uses a mixed-methods approach to examine the intersection of educational policy, social relationships, and health of gender-expansive students

Mollie McQuilla hi res

Dr. Peter M. Miller

Community-based educational leadership: Leadership theory; Education in contexts of homelessness: Social capital; School-community collaboration



Dr. Noel Radomski

Managing Director, WISCAPE (Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education)

Manages WISCAPE’s daily operations, including the programs and activities portfolio; delivers presentations; and engages in informal and formal conversations with scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and others. He previously worked as a policy and planning analyst in the Office of the Chancellor, UW–Madison.

                                                                   TINA SALZMAN  Dr. Tina Salzman
Clinical Professor
K12 Leadership


Shari Smith

senior student services coordinator
academic advising, admissions, fellowships/scholarships, recruiting, student academic matters

                                            BARBARA J SRAMEK  Dr. Barbara Sramek 
Clinical Professor
K12 Leadership


Dr. ​Julie Underwood

Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice
Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Educational Policy Studies     

Jim Vannes

information processing consultant
computer hardware support and network security


​Dr. Xueli Wang

College Student Experience and Success; Community Colleges and Transfer Students; Psychological Development of Students; Assessment in Higher Education

Dr. Rachelle Winkle-Wagner

Underrepresented students' access and success in college; Doctoral education for students of color;The influence of race and gender on college experiences;Critical qualitative methods; Sociology of high education; Identity development

Rachelle WINKLE-WAGNER hi res


Temporarily Vacant

academic department supervisor

purchasing, payrolls, personnel, budgeting, office administration, & support for department chair


Affiliated Faculty

Aaron Brower
Professor, School of Social Work and Harold C. Bradley Faculty Fellow
Gilles Bousquet
Professor, Department of French and Italian
Amy Claessens
Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies
Beth Graue
Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Matthew T. Hora
Assistant Professor, Division of Continuing Studies, Liberal Arts and Applied Studies
Gavin Luter
Managing Director, University Alliance
Robert D. Mathieu
Professor Astronomy, Director WCER
Lori Reesor
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Emeritus Faculty

Paul V. Bredeson - professor emeritus (deceased)
B. Dean Bowles - professor emeritus
Colleen Capper - professor emeritus
Lloyd E. Frohreich - professor emeritus
Marvin J. Fruth - professor emeritus
Chere Campbell Gibson - professor emerita (Continuing and Vocational Education)
George C. Kliminski - emeritus clinical professor (deceased)
Alan B. Knox - professor emeritus
Emeritus Lecture Video (2011 American Education Week): "Transcendent Leadership"
Donald J. McCarty - professor emeritus
Allan R. Odden - professor emeritus
Kent D. Peterson - professor emeritus
L. Allen Phelps - professor emeritus
Emeritus Lecture Video (2011 American Education Week): "Developing Deeper Insights on Systemic Innovations Connecting Education and the Economy"
Art Rainwater, clinical professor emeritus
Richard A. Rossmiller - professor emeritus
Robert P. Sorenson - senior lecturer emeritus
Jacob O. Stampen - professor emeritus

Emeritus Staff

Sue Reis     

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