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Dean, School of Pharmacy

Steven Swanson, PhD


Vice Dean and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

Mel de Villiers, B Pharm, M Sc, PhD, PgDip
  • Responsible for overall curriculum (Pharm D, Pharmacology/Toxicology) development and implementation
  • Oversight of assessment of academic programs
  • Academic policies and procedures
  • Timetable
  • Student academic problems
  • PharmD accreditation
  • Summer Session Dean
  • School of Pharmacy Committees:  Student Promotion; Equity & Diversity; Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station Advisory Board; PharmD Admissions Committee


Associate Dean, Administration

Adam W. Whitehorse, BBA
  • Business Office functions – Payroll; purchasing; stockroom
  • Personnel – Appointments; recruitment authorizations; personnel actions
  • Facilities Planning – Long-Term Plans; Proposal Development
  • Budget Planning & Development – Annual; Biennial; Management


Associate Dean, Student Affairs

Karen Kopacek, RPh
  • Student Services:
    – Professional & undergraduate degree
    – Academically-oriented activities including approval of: program change requests, course audits, and professional lecctures
  • Academic misconduct
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum development & implementation
  • Policy and procedures
  • School of Pharmacy Committees – Student Promotion, Educational Policy and Planning
  • Summer Session Dean


Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Ron Burnette, PhD
  • Manage school policies, procedures, structure, and timelines for Executive Committee review of faculty renewal, promotion, and tenure/indefinite appointment
  • Enhance faculty development
  • Work toward improving faculty diversity and climate
  • Chair the Faculty Activities Review Committee and serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Equity and Diversity Action Committee


Associate Dean, Research

Paul Marker, PhD
  • Serve as liaison to the Graduate School – Represent the School of Pharmacy on the UW-Madison Associate Deans for Research Committee; Oversee Compliance with state and federal regulations for conflict of interest, animals, humans, etc.
  • Chair committees related to the school’s research enterprise – Research, Safety, Animal use
  • Participate, as needed, in periodic graduate program reviews (led by AD for Academic Affairs)
  • Oversee Analytical Instrumentation Center, Animal Facility, Electronics Shop, etc.


Associate Dean, Marketing & Communications

Alyson Kim, MBA
  • Enrollment marketing and paid media
  • Content marketing, social media, and other owned media
  • Public relations and earned media
  • Branding and brand management
  • Marketing strategic planning
  • Communications strategy
  • Consumer insights and marketing research
  • Web services


Associate Dean, Advancement

David Mott, PhD, FAPhA, RPh
  • Alumni relations and alumni affairs
  • Donor engagement and stewardship
  • Development and philanthropy

Assistant Deans

Assistant Dean, Experiential Education

Mara Kieser, MS, RPh
  • Coordination & administration of Pharm.D. Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences:
  • Development and implementation of educational objectives
  • Pharmacy Practice Experience site development
  • Clinical Instructor training
  • Student Placement Pharmacy Practice Experience evaluation by/of students and clinical instructors
  • Certification of Pharmacy Practice Experience hours
  • Director – UW School of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency Program
  • SOP Committees
    • Awards and Citations; Experiential Learning Program; Health; Quality Review Council; Educational Policy and Planning
    • Academic advising; student records – DPH-4 students


Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies

Charles T. Lauhon, PhD
  • Graduate Programs – Admissions; Records; new student orientation; fellowships; program evaluation
  • Graduate Recruitment – Bulletin(s); brochure; site visits
  • Teaching Assistants – Appointments; training; records


Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Admissions

Jeremy Altschafl, MA
  • Coordinate and manage the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) and Pharmacology – Toxicology (Pharm-Tox) programs admissions process from recruitment to matriculation
  • Serve as the primary liaison regarding admissions to campus units and the AACP
  • Co-chair the faculty Admissions Committee
  • Collaborate with relevant committees (Admissions, Assessment, Curriculum, Student Promotion, and Scholarships) to monitor how admissions criteria relate to student success and matriculation


Assistant Dean, Assessment, Teaching and Learning

Beth Martin, PhD, MS, RPh
  • Develop / refine / evaluate assessment measures and effective and efficient processes for collecting, interpreting and utilizing student learning outcome data
  • Provide guidance to the SoP regarding its instructional mission
  • Collaborate with faculty/staff on developing programming and resources that support evidence-based practices in teaching, learning, and assessment
  • Assessment Committee Chair


Assistant Dean, Research Administration

Sharon M. Vetter, BA
  • Internal policies and procedures development
  • Funding application approval and signature on behalf of the Dean
  • Contracts and material transfer agreements review
  • Monetary gifts and gifts-in-kind processing
  • Post-award administration
  • Research and sponsored programs and funding agencies liaison

Division Chairs

Pharmacy Practice Division Chair

Barry E. Gidal, PharmD, RPh
1032 Rennebohm Hall
Phone: 608-262-3280


Pharmaceutical Sciences Division Chair

Ron Burnette, PhD, PharmD
5109 Rennebohm Hall
Phone: 608-263-5453


Social & Administrative Sciences in Pharmacy Division Chair

David A. Mott., PhD
2521 Rennebohm Hall
Phone: 608-262-3454


Division of Professional Pharmacy Development Chair

Eric Buxton, PhD
1228 Rennebohm Hall
Phone: 608-265-2259