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March 25, 2021 11:36 AM | Mathias Lemos Castillo (Administrator)


Job no: 232143-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Academic Advising, Student Services/Support, Dean, Director, Executive

Position Summary:

L&S Teaching and Learning Administration (TLA) supports the instructional and curricular mission of UW-Madison's College of Letters & Science, which is a diverse community of departments, programs, centers, and institutes dedicated to facilitating UW-Madison's core educational mission and furthering the Wisconsin Idea. This position will direct the day-to-day activities of L&S graduate student academic affairs, which include being a resource on graduate student policy and supporting graduate students and academic departments on a wide range of graduate student issues. This position will also implement programming to promote graduate student teaching excellence, such as TA training and graduate student professional development. This position will be part of a dynamic team that plans, promotes, and implements teaching excellence initiatives for the College while collaborating with campus partners.

Position Duties:

Principal duties: 

(35%) Direct graduate student academic affairs.
-In consultation with L&S HR, develop, implement, interpret policies concerning graduate assistant appointments and workloads; make exceptions to policy on an individual or department/program basis. As students, academic policies for graduate students apply to them while Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedure (GAPP) applies as employees.
-Advise departments on graduate academic policies.
-Advise/Direct departments about graduate recruitment processes and procedures.
-Collaborate with L&S Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) on recruiting of graduate students for the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF).
-Advise departments on TA workloads, collect, review, approve and TA workloads considering good practices in teaching and learning.
-In consultation with the L&S HR, advise/direct department personnel dealing with graduate assistant grievances, graduate assistant employee performance issues, and similar personnel issues, especially in the area of teaching.
-Represent College on relevant committees, work groups, etc. Develop, implement, and conduct training programs for L&S faculty and staff in this area.
-Create, maintain and update electronic resources for L&S Graduate Student Academic Affairs.

(35%) Direct and implement and coordinate efforts across L&S to promote graduate student teaching excellence, such as including TA training, graduate student professional development. This may include:
-Develop, program, coordinate, implement, participate in and assess College level programs that support Teaching Assistants, as well as coordinate or advise with specialized programs that promote teaching excellence, such as programming for TAs, of Ethnic Studies Requirement courses, International TA Training, department specific requests, communities of practice, etc., aligned with the L&S Teaching and Learning Administration priorities.
-Create, maintain and update resources to support Teaching Assistant professional development.
-Advise and provide assistance to departments with their efforts to promote graduate student teaching excellence, maintain an inventory of such programs.
-Advise and assist departments in developing teaching assessments for teaching assistants.
-Coordinate annual Teaching Assistant awards.
-Collaborate with L&S Associate Dean for DEI regarding Advanced Opportunity Fellowship programming.

(25%) Participate in planning, promoting, and implementing teaching excellence initiatives such as inclusive teaching, new faculty orientation, and other projects as a member of the Teaching and Learning Administration unit. Collaborate with campus partners and stakeholders in similar teaching and learning excellence activities.

(5%) Other duties as assigned

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's Degree required, PhD preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Required Qualifications:
3 or more years of relevant experience in higher education and instruction, with preference for teaching.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with graduate students in academic and teaching settings.
Experience providing professional development to graduate students.
Experience and knowledge of High Impact Practices.
Strong record of excellence in teaching.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity.
Self-motivation and strong organizational, problem-solving, attention to details and project management skills.
Exceptional written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to integrate 'big picture' thinking with an attention to detail.
Consultative skills and experience working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students.
Comfort working in an ambiguous and rapidly changing environment.
Embodiment of growth, service and team player mindsets.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type/ Duration:



Minimum $68,749 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Please click on the Apply Now button to start the application process.

For questions on the position, contact: Cheryl Adams Kadera at cheryl.adamskadera@wisc.edu

To be considered, applications must be submitted online at: https://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/en-us/job/508601/assistant-dean-for-graduate-student-academic-affairs. Please click on the "Apply Now" button. To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.


Cheryl Adams Kadera
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Mar 12 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Apr 11 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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