Graduate School Dean

Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska portrait
Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska
PhD 1991 – Arizona State University – Condensed Matter and Surface Physics
MS 1986 – University of Sydney – Solar Energy
BSc 1981 – Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Engineering Physics

Dean Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska has led the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee since January 2014. Since 1993 she has been a faculty member in the Physics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to her many teaching, research and outreach interests and activities, Dean Gajdardziska-Josifovska has extensive prior service in faculty governance, in the community, and in university administration.

Dean Gajdardziska’s interests in leadership for graduate education and research are rooted in her own studies that have spanned three continents. Upon joining the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor Gajdardziska became founder and director of the Laboratory for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy. The interdisciplinary research that she conducts with her undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs has resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed publications, 40 invited talks and 100 conference presentations, $2.3M in competitive extramural funding, and most recently one patent. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Microscopy and Microanalysis (the journal of the Microscopy Society of America), and the Science Advisory Committee of Argonne National Laboratory’s Electron Microscopy Center.

Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska has received several awards and honors, including Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (2014), Woman of Influence award of The Business Journal (2014), the Research Corporation Research Opportunity Award (2004), the White House/National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1995), the UWM Foundation Research Award (1998); preceded by awards during her student years.

Graduate School Associate Dean

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Tracey Heatherington
PhD 2000 – Harvard University – Social Anthropology
MA 1994 – McGill University – Anthropology
BA 1990 – McGill University – Anthropology

Tracey Heatherington is Associate Professor of Anthropology. She was a member of faculty at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Western Ontario prior to joining UWM in 2004. Her European research explores humanistic and ethnographic perspectives on biodiversity conservation and global food security, and she currently co-edits the “Critical Green Engagements” book series at the University of Arizona Press. She has been a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari in Italy, and a Master of Liberal Studies Fellow at UWM’s Center for Twenty-First Century Studies. She is strongly committed to transdisciplinary collaborations, principles of academic freedom and shared governance within the university system.

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 for over 14 years – 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 for the last three years, overseeing the entire A to Z package as Director of Graduate Education 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
B.A. 1992 – University of Wisconsin – Parkside – English
B.A. 1992 – University of Wisconsin – Parkside – Communications

Nicole joined the UWM family in September of 2014 and is the first Development Director of the Graduate School or supporting Graduate School 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 B.A. 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.