The University Council for Academic Affairs and Assessment (UCAAA) is primarily composed of the academic associate deans who are responsible for academic affairs and related policies in each school and college. Other members include major unit directors or academic affairs liaisons representing cross-campus organizations or programs. The council:

  • Supports, enhances and coordinates academic and co-curricular programs and educational achievement across campus
  • Focuses on student learning, effective teaching and improving the educational experience of all students
  • Discusses and makes recommendations related to academic policies, planning and assessment


The UCAAA is currently chaired by John Zumbrunnen, vice provost for teaching and learning.

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School and College Representatives

  • College of Agricultural & Life Sciences
    Karen Wassarman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Wisconsin School of Business
    Jim Frazone, Assistant Dean
    Joann Peck, Associate Dean of Teaching Innovation and Assessment
  • Division of Continuing Studies
    Aphra Mednick, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Programming
  • School of Education
    Christina Klawitter, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs
    Adam Nelson, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs
  • College of Engineering
    David Noyce, Executive Associate Dean
    Kathy Prem, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Research and Graduate Education
    Parmesh Ramanathan, Associate Dean
  • School of Human Ecology
    Janean Dilworth-Bart, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
    Annette McDaniel, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Innovation
    Patrick Jackson, Senior Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services
  • International Division
    Patrick Rumble, Faculty Director, Institute for Regional and International Studies
  • Law School
    Kevin Kelly, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Ursula Weigold, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Education Innovation
  • College of Letters & Science
    Cal Bergman, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs
    Shirin Malekpour, Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning Administration
  • School of Medicine and Public Health
    Elizabeth Petty, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
    Anna Gade, Associate Dean for Research and Education
  • School of Nursing
    Lisa Bratzke, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Katie Bleier, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
  • School of Pharmacy
    Melgardt De Villiers, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    Karen Kopacek, Associate Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
    Peggy Schmidt, Associate Dean for Professional Programs

Academic Support Unit Representatives

  • Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring
    Megan Schmid, Associate Vice Provost and Managing Director
  • Data, Academic Planning and Institutional Research
    Allison La Tarte, Interim Associate Vice Provost
  • DoIT Academic Technology
    Tamara Walker, Director, and Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies
  • Enrollment Management
    Derek Kindle, Vice Provost
    Scott Owczarek, Registrar
  • General Education
    Elaine Klein, Associate Dean for Academic Planning, College of Letters & Science
  • University Libraries
    Erla Heyns, Dean and Vice Provost
  • Morgridge Center for Public Service, Division for Teaching and Learning
    Travis Wright, Faculty Director
  • Division of Student Affairs
    Ning Sun, Director of Student Affairs Assessment
  • Student Learning Assessment, Division for Teaching and Learning
    Mary Thompson, Senior Assessment Manager
    Regina Lowery, Senior Assessment Coordinator
  • Office of Testing and Evaluation Services, School of Education
    Jim Wollack, Director
  • Undergraduate Advising and Career Services, Division for Teaching and Learning
    Wren Singer, Associate Vice Provost and Director
    Kelley Harris, Director of Cross-College Advising Service