Senior Assistant Dean
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
116 Agriculture Hall
608-262-3288 / email@example.com
Education: B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Sociology M.S. Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
I serve as the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Minority/Disadvantaged (M/D) student coordinator, with responsibilities for leadership involving recruitment and retention programs. I also monitor students on academic probation, and supervise the CALS Transitional Advising and Outreach Services unit.
Biography: Originally from Milwaukee, WI. Came to UW-Madison as an undergraduate in 1987, majoring in Sociology while a member of the UW Football team. After graduation, I entered the Master’s Program of Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison, and switched to Counseling Psychology after two years. I worked as a Guidance Counselor and athletics coach at Edgewood High School in Madison before returning to UW-Madison as an academic advisor in the Athletic Department in 2000. I have worked in CALS as an Assistant Dean since January 2006. My wife Debra and I live in Madison with our children Wesley, Joelle, and Alana.
What is your passion? I am passionate about being a reliable resource for all students, and using my experiences to help be an example in words and deed to those following after me.
What advice do you have for undergrads, grads, postdocs seeking careers in STEM fields? Listen to your heart as well as your head when it comes to navigating a potential academic field and career, because passion for your work is what gets you up every day and keeps you motivated. Be sure to ask lots of questions and explore different possibilities, talking to as many different people as you can to gain multiple perspectives. Do not look for excuses, and be persistent.
Are you involved in any outreach programs (campus, state, or national)? I serve as an advisor for the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences student organization, which is a national student and professional organization. I also serve as a contact person in the college for creating college visits for prospective students, and going out to schools and organizations for presentations.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work? I enjoy reading James Patterson books, watching Marvel Entertainment movies, and all things involving the Milwaukee Bucks, Brewers, and the Green Bay Packers.