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    Office of the Dean

    Office of the Dean

    David Travis

    Welcome to the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! As you explore our site, you will notice programs which emphasize both a broad liberal education and career-orientation with real world experience. Our goal is to educate students for the knowledge based economy of the twenty-first century.

    Consequently, courses in General Education as well as specialized courses in the major work to develop skills, attitudes, knowledge, and values essential to a successful life in a changing and dynamic world: communication skills, an appreciation of diverse cultures and people, critical thinking, analytical problem solving, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, civic responsibility and engagement, and integrated learning. In other words, we encourage you to develop as an independent thinker.

    In addition to the humanities, social sciences, and sciences traditionally associated with Letters & Sciences, we offer programs in emerging career oriented areas such as forensic science, legal studies, public history, publishing, and criminal justice. Our science programs, housed in the recently renovated Upham Hall, include strong pre-professional programs in pre-med, pre-vet, pre-dentistry, and pre-chiropractic as well as the Biological Sciences Honors track and the Marine Biology program offered in conjunction with Deakin University in Australia. As you explore our site, no doubt you will encounter courses and opportunities which will expand your horizons. Through challenging coursework, the mentorship of innovative and engaging faculty, internships, the alumni mentor program, and study abroad programs, we hope to ignite your intellectual curiosity and to develop your knowledge base and skills, providing a strong foundation for your life in the changing world beyond college.

    As you navigate our site, we hope that our sense of mission and the quality of our programs will be evident. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions about our programs or about the web site. Again, welcome!


    David Travis
    Laurentide 4104
    Phone: (262) 472-1710 

    Dean's Assistant

    Rebecca Reichert
    Laurentide 4100
    Phone: (262) 472-1621 

    Rebecca is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Dean, administrative management in personnel related issues, as well as maintenance and development of administrative records. The College of Letters and Sciences is comprised of 14 academic departments and the Dean's office oversees approximately 275 faculty and staff members.

    Several of Rebecca's primary duties include managing the Dean's schedule and calendar; preparing and following up on actions of Administrative Council, Dean's Advisory Board, Dean's Student Advisory Committee; researching and assisting the Dean in preparation of college data, administrative documents, reports; coordinating advertisements/recruitment materials and Purple Book submissions and processes.

    Faculty Support and Curriculum

    Associate Dean

    Franklin GozaFranklin Goza
    Laurentide 4101
    Phone: (262) 472-1712

    Frank's primary responsibilities include developing and overseeing the annual college budget and staffing, coordinating the college professional development program, co-chairing the college's assessment committee, and overseeing the college teaching and research facilities. His secondary responsibilities include working with faculty and academic staff to support grant proposals through college matching, broadly overseeing college technology, chairing and serving on multiple college and university committees, and providing back-up for the Dean as needed.

    Assistant Dean and Coordinator of General Education

    Elizabeth HatchenElizabeth Hachten
    Laurentide 4106
    Phone: (262) 472-1713

    Liz is responsible for oversight of the curriculum, course scheduling, and interdepartmental programs.  She chairs the College Curriculum Committee, assists faculty with new program development,  works with departments to develop and coordinate the schedule of classes, and co-chairs the Assessment Committee.  She leads the Individually Designed Major/Minor program and advises students in the General Science Elementary Minor.    She also serves as a liaison with the College of Education, Learning Communities, Honors, and International Education.  

    In addition, Liz is Coordinator of General Education for the university.  She reviews and approves student appeals for General Education requirements and policies and works with the Admissions Office to review transfer coursework.   She also provides leadership for the General Education curriculum, course scheduling, and assessment and program review.


    Image of Joan Fox-DrakeJoan Fox-Drake
    Laurentide 4110
    Phone: (262) 472-1616

    Joan handles administrative tasks associated with the College's finances and budget, and she assists faculty members with their travel arrangements.  She also works closely with Elizabeth Hachten to fulfill the college curriculum committee's duties.

    Advising and Student Success

    Assistant Dean for Student Success

    Susan JohnsonSusan Johnson
    Laurentide 4111
    Phone: (262) 472-4766

    Susan is responsible for reviewing and approving appeals for exceptions to college requirements and policies,  and communicating with students and parents regarding academic concerns as well as working with the Student Status Examiner to review and approve applicants for graduation.   Also, she assists with college recruitment and outreach efforts, including development of college promotional materials; managing the College's social media presence; coordinating Premiere Days; and collaborating with the Admissions Office to respond to prospective student inquiries and represent L&S at off-campus events. 


    Advising Coordinator

    Annie Weberpal Annie Weberpal
    Laurentide 4114
    Phone: (262) 472-1550

    Annie advises students about choosing an L&S major or minor, and "troubleshoots" advising issues for all L&S students including reading the AAR, understanding degree requirements and navigating academic policies.  She provides advising assistance and information to L&S faculty advisors.  For more information, see the Advising Office website.

    Student Status Examiner

    Debra KlocekDebra Klocek
    Laurentide 4108
    Phone: (262) 472-1620

    Deb assists Elizabeth Hachten with General Education requirements for transfer students.  She also reviews student records for degree, major, and minor completion; recommends students for graduation; and helps potential graduates resolve deficiencies as well as making personalizations to students' AARs.


    Program Associate (Academic Advising)

    Image of Susan NelezenSusan Nelezen
    Laurentide 4116
    Phone: (262) 472-1550

    Susan assists Debra Heiber with the various administrative duties of the Advising Office.

    Academic Technology

    Technology Support Coordinator

    Matt Baier

    Matt Baier
    Laurentide 1012
    Phone: (262) 472-1758

    Matt coordinates tech support for faculty and instructional staff.  He also supervises the student workers in the LS Media Lab and manages development of instructional media for traditional, hybrid, and online classes.


    Science Outreach

    Science Outreach Coordinator

    Image of Anna CourtierAnna Courtier
    Upham 115A
    Phone: (262) 472-7161

    Anna coordinates the Science Outreach office, working with the faculty, staff, and students in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography and Geology, and Physics departments to foster the increase of scientific knowledge across all ages and increase awareness of the science programming at UW-Whitewater.  She supports area K-12 educators and schools by developing science-related events and programs that are offered at schools and the University, and supports UW-Whitewater undergraduate students in experiential and service learning opportunities.


    College of Letters & Sciences
    Laurentide Hall 4100
    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    800 W. Main Street
    Whitewater, WI 53190-1790


    Office of the Dean
    Rebecca Reichert
    Phone: (262) 472-1621

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