Graduate School Interim Dean

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Jason Puskar

PhD 2004, Harvard University: English and American Language and Literature
MPhil 1997, University of Oxford: English Literature

Jason is an associate professor of English at UWM, where he teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture, including literary realism and modernism, science and technology studies, media studies, the history of photography, and economic history and theory. He is the author of Accident Society: Fiction, Collectivity and the Production of Chance (Stanford 2012), and his articles have appeared in interdisciplinary journals including American Literary History, Daedalus, and Mosaic. He was the principal investigator for a 2016-17 Next Generation Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, designed to improve career diversity outcomes for doctoral students in the humanities. He has served as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for the Department of English, as chair of UWM’s Graduate Faculty Committee, and received the Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research award in 2015. He is currently finishing a cultural history of buttons and binary switches from the telegraph to the touchscreen.

Graduate School Associate Dean

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Bonnie Klein-Tasman

PhD 2000, Emory University: Psychology: Clinical and Cognition & Development

Bonnie is a professor of Psychology at UWM where she teaches about identification and assessment of learning and attention challenges, developmental psychology, and clinical child psychology. Together with graduate and undergraduate students Bonnie conducts research about the development of children with neurogenetic conditions. She has published research about the behavioral phenotype of children with Williams syndrome, 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome, and neurofibromatosis type 1 in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and Journal of Pediatric Psychology. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. She has served as the Director of Clinical Training for the UWM Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program, as Chair of the Graduate Fellowships Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health, and is a 2021 recipient of a Senior Research Award from the Office of Research/UWM Foundation. She serves on the scientific advisory boards of Duplication Cares and the Williams Syndrome Association and on the Clinical Care Advisory Board of the Children’s Tumor Foundation. She is currently conducting extramurally-funded research about the neural underpinnings of attention in neurofibromatosis type 1, interventions to support social functioning in teens with neurofibromatosis type 1, and interventions to reduce anxiety and fear in children with Williams syndrome.

Assistant Dean of Graduate Education

Erin C. Fox

MA 2001, Marquette University: Communication—Advertising and Public Relations
BA 1999, Marquette University: Communication

Erin C. Fox has been working in higher education since 2001—including a focus on the recruitment and marketing of graduate students as the Assistant Director for Recruitment; working closely with graduate students after admissions through to graduation as the Assistant Director of Student Records; operating the admissions team as the Director of Graduate Admissions; and since 2012, overseeing the entire A to Z package as Assistant Dean of Graduate Education and acting as Graduate School Registrar at UWM’s Graduate School. Erin will proudly tell you that she follows in her father’s footsteps who worked in educational administration for over 37 years. Erin believes that the UWM campus has a unique fire and passion that you don’t find anywhere else. From the fantastic students, to the talented faculty, to the hard-working staff—you will find dynamic, dedicated, engaged individuals. Erin is proud to work in and serve the UWM community.

Director of Development

Nicole Sippy

BA 1992, University of Wisconsin-Parkside: English
BA 1992, University of Wisconsin-Parkside: Communications

Nicole joined the UWM family in September of 2014 as the first Director of Development for Graduate Education. With vast experience in fund development, grant writing, project management, and relationship building, she is working to build a development program to raise the funding needed to provide competitive assistantships and grow and diversify student enrollments. In 1992 she received a BA in English and in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. After six years of working for a marketing and promotional company, she switched gears and succumbed to her passion to help others in our community. For nearly sixteen years, she has devotedly served Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector and has worked with various education, literacy and youth based organizations.