College of Letters and Sciences

Office of the Dean

College of Letters and Sciences

Welcome to the College of Letters and Sciences (L&S) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater! As you explore our website you will notice programs that emphasize both a broad liberal education as well as a career orientation that typically includes real world experience. A common goal shared by all L&S programs is to educate students for the knowledge-based economy of the twenty-first century.

L&S 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. These skills include critical thinking, analytical problem solving, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, civic responsibility and engagement, the ability to communicate effectively, and an appreciation of diverse cultures and people. In other words, we encourage and enable you to develop as a well-rounded person and as an independent thinker.

In addition to the humanities, social sciences and physical and natural sciences traditionally associated with L&S, we offer programs in emerging career-oriented areas such as cybersecurity, social work, forensic science, legal studies, public history, professional writing and publishing, film studies, and criminology. Our science programs, housed in Upham Hall, include strong pre-professional programs in a number of fields, including: chiropractic, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. In addition, numerous travel study opportunities exist, such as our Marine Biology program offered in conjunction with Deakin University in Australia.

As a Letters and Sciences’ student, you will encounter courses and opportunities that will expand your horizons. Our challenging coursework, the mentorship of award winning, innovative and engaging faculty, our undergraduate research program, internships, alumni mentors, and study abroad programs, will ignite your intellectual curiosity and develop your knowledge base and skills. Together these opportunities will provide you with a strong foundation for your life in the changing world beyond college, regardless of whether you choose to pursue graduate education or satisfying and well-paid employment opportunities.

As you navigate our site, we hope that our sense of mission and the quality of our programs will be evident. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions about our programs or about this website. Again, welcome to the College of Letters and Sciences!


Franklin Goza
Laurentide 4104
Phone: (262) 472-1712 

Dean Frank Goza
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Ways to give

Our students are high achievers who thrive in our culture of boundless discovery and cross-disciplinary thinking.

Transformative Learning Spaces – Undergraduate access to high-tech equipment has been the hallmark our science programs, giving students a competitive edge in graduate school and the workforce. Learn more about the Letters and Sciences Equipment Fund.

Student Opportunities Fund – Each year over 100 students seek to participate in travel study experiences to engage in field study or immerse themselves in a different culture. Learn more about the Student Opportunities Fund.

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The Dean's Advisory Council serves as a liaison between the student body and the College of Letters and Sciences . It acts in an advisory capacity to the dean by making recommendations about college needs and services, programs and general operations.  It is also intended to connect students with available resources, and to bridge communication between students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

2022-2023 Term:

  • Alexandra Kestol (Biology, Committee Vice Chair)
  • Kaileigh Nickel (Chemistry) 
  • Bryce Erdman (Computer Science) 
  • Danielle Klais (Geography/Geology/ Environmental Science)
  • Kollin Bolchen (History) 
  • Katie Childs (Languages and Literatures ) 
  • Rachel Hepler (World Languages and Cultures) 
  • Zach Peiser (Mathematics)
  • TBD (Philosophy & Religious Studies)
  • Logan Mueller (Physics) 
  • Lydia Korn (Politics, Government, and Law) 
  • Chyna Hill-Scanlon (Psychology, Committee Secretary) 
  • Erin Leonhardt (Social Work) 
  • Arianna Smith (Sociology/ Criminoloy & Anthropology)
  • Holly Barnett(Women's & Gender Studies) 

Dean's Advisory Board members include both alumni and friends of the university. They are civic leaders, individuals with knowledge and expertise that can be highly beneficial to both the students and faculty within the College of Letters and Sciences.

Membership Roster

Fred Arndt '70
Retired Director of HR 
McKesson Corp
M: Political Science and English

Steve Burrows '74 
Retired CEO
Anheuser-Busch International, Inc
M: Geography; m: History

Tom Van De Bogart '74 
Retired Director of Finance   

M: Political Science; m: Sociology 

Mr. Aaron Feggestad '03 
Senior Scientist and Associate 
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc
M: Geography/Environmental Studies

Tim Fixmer '75 
CCI Media
M: Psychology; m: Art

Steve Gillman '73 
Retired VP - Human Resources and Administration
Rust-Oleum Corporation
M: English

Kerri Grawe '83
Director of Sales
Davidson, North Carolina, United States
M: Biology; m: Professional Business

Kristopher Hanson '96 
Linder & Marsack SC
M: Political Science; m: History

Dr. Dionne Harrell '93
Cherished Companion Mobile Veterinary
M: Biology; m: Chemistry

Tom Hayes '81  
President and CEO
Pauquette Center for Psychological Services 
M: Psychology; m: Individualized L&S

Tim Hopper '88 
Committee Chairperson
Major Case Manager 
Committee Vice-Chairperson 
Sentry Insurance
M: Political Science

Ernest James '12
Associate Cancer Research Administrator 
Marshfield Clinic and Research Institute-Cancer Care and Research Center 
M: Public Policy & Administration, MBA 

Dean Kleyn '87
Sales Director
M: Psychology; m: Human Resources Management

Dr. Kurt Krummel '96 
Director of Program Management
Trovagene, Inc,
M: Biology; m: Chemistry

Dave Lang '73 
Lang Dental Manufacturing Co., Inc.
M: Biology; m: Chemistry

Amos Malone '15, MSE '17
Committee Vice Chairperson
Deputy Clerk 
United States District Court, 
Western District of Wisconsin 
M: Criminology, MSE Professional Development

Crystal McClain '03
Founder and President
Revive Youth & Family Services
M: Social Work, MSW

Don Meyer '69 MSE '74 
Retired Psychologist
Family Resources Associates 
M: Psychology; MSE: School Psychology 

Michael Mitchell
Retired International Tourism (various) 
Program Coordinator 
Briarpatch Youth Service 
M: Geography & History 

Jan Peebles '79
Retired Research and Development Manager
M: Mathematics and Chemistry

Rod Sonnenburg '67 
Owner and President
2b Exhibits, Inc 
M: Geography; m: Traffic Safety

Timothy G. Sparks '80
Director of Regulatory Affairs
UW ICTR UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
M: Biology and Chemistry

Diane Welsh '84 
Pines Bach, LLP
M: Marketing

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