Organization

The Nelson Institute encourages broad, interdisciplinary collaboration across the UW-Madison campus. This creates a synergy that benefits the individual participants and strengthens the ties between their colleges, schools, and departments.

The institute is a freestanding campuswide unit led by a dean who is appointed by the chancellor of the university and reports to the provost.

The institute administers three graduate degree programs, two graduate certificate programs, two professional graduate programs, an undergraduate major and two undergraduate certificate programs. All are interdisciplinary. Each has its own elected faculty chair and committee. An instructional committee chaired by the dean oversees these academic programs as a whole, while the institute’s associate dean manages their day-to-day operations.

The institute also is home to four interdisciplinary research centers. Each is administered by a director who is elected in accordance with the bylaws of the center and serves subject to approval by the dean.

The governance committee includes the Nelson Institute dean, faculty, undergraduate program chair, graduate program chairs, certificate program chairs, research center directors, research and teaching professors, and any other faculty or academic staff member approved by the executive committee.

The executive committee comprises the Nelson Institute dean and faculty, undergraduate program chair, graduate program chairs, and research center directors who are tenured.

These and a variety of other committees of faculty and staff members and students deal with matters ranging from curriculum review to long-range planning.

An appointed Board of Visitors advises and assists the director in the areas of program direction and fundraising. The board comprises representatives of government, business, the nonprofit sector, and academia with a strong interest in the Nelson Institute’s mission.

More information is available in the Nelson Institute policies and procedures (pdf).

Committees

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Academic Planning Council

Paul Robbins, Chair
Michael Bell, Social Sciences
Joshua Calhoun, Arts & Humanities
Andrea Hicks, Physical Sciences
Bekah McBride, Academic Staff
Sarli Mercado, Dean’s Appointee
Karen Oberhauser, Biological Sciences
Mutlu Ozdogan, Physical Sciences
Sean Schoville, Biological Sciences

Culture, History, and Environment Certificate Program Committee

Anna Andrzejewski, Chair
William Brockliss
Eve Emshwiller
Elizabeth Hennessy
Gregg Mitman
Mario Ortiz-Robles
Anna Gade (ex-officio)
Rachel Gurney (ex-officio)

Energy Analysis and Policy Certificate Program Committee

Rob Anex, Chair
Alan Carroll
Xiaodong Du
Tracey Holloway
Bernie Lesieutre
Greg Nemet
Jonathan Patz
Scott Williams (academic coordinator)
Paul Wilson
Anna Gade (ex-officio)

Environment and Resources Program Committee

Sara Hotchkiss, Chair
Rob Beattie
Holly Gibbs
Asli Gocmen
Leah Horowitz
Marty Kanarek
Chris Kucharik
Mutlu Ozdogan
Warren Porter
Stephanie Tai
Steve Ventura
Paul Zedler
Anna Gade (ex-officio)

Environmental Conservation Program Committee

Tim Van Deelen, Chair
Rob Beattie
David Drake
Holly Gibbs
Evelyn Howell
Alberto Vargas
Anna Gade (ex-officio)

Environmental Observation and Informatics Program Committee

Annemarie Schneider, Chair
Mutlu Ozdogan
Janet Silbernagel
Steve Ventura
Jun Zhu
Anna Gade (ex-officio)

Executive Committee

Paul Robbins, Chair
Anna Andrzejewski
Robert Anex
Anna Gade
Holly Gibbs
Asligül Göçmen
Elizabeth Hennessy
Tracey Holloway
Sara Hotchkiss
Marty Kanarek
Christopher Kucharik
Mutlu Ozdogan
Jonathan Patz
Annemarie Schneider
Sean Schoville
Anita Thompson
Adrian Treves
Daniel Vimont
Monica White
Paul Zedler

Governance Committee

Paul Robbins, Chair
Anna Andrzejewski
Robert Anex
Carol Barford
Robert Beattie
Michael Bell
Grace Bulltail
Zuzana Burivalova
Joshua Calhoun
Jessica Conaway
Anna Gade
Holly Gibbs
Asligül Göçmen
Feng He
Elizabeth Hennessy
Andrea Hicks
Tracey Holloway
Leah Horowitz
Sara Hotchkiss
Nathan Jandl
Marty Kanarek
Christopher Kucharik
Tyler Lark
Sarli Mercado
Karen Oberhauser
Mutlu Ozdogan
Jonathan Patz
Cooper Rosin
Rebecca Ryan
Annemarie Schneider
Sean Schoville
Nathan Schulfer
Diane Stojanovich
Anita Thompson
Adrian Treves
Daniel Vimont
Monica White
Paul Zedler

Instructional Committee

Anna Gade, Co-Chair
Paul Robbins, Co-Chair

Anna Andrzejewski
Carol Barford
Sarah Graves
Sara Hotchkiss
Jim Miller
Becky Ryan
Anita Thompson
Dan Vimont

Undergraduate Committee

Anna Gade, Chair
Nick Balster
Rob Beattie
Joshua Calhoun
Marty Kanarek
Becky Ryan
Annemarie Schneider
Ann Terlaak
Adrian Treves

Water Resources Management Program Committee

Anita Thompson, Chair
Francisco Arriaga
Paul Block
Mike Cardiff
Caroline Druschke
Ken Genskow
Steve Loheide
Sharon Long
Daniel Wright
Anna Gade (ex-officio)

Welcoming and Inclusive Nelson Committee

Asli Gocmen, Chair
Anna Andrzejewski
Robert Beattie
Kevin Berger
Daritza de los Santo
Rachel Gurney
Kali Hanson
Meghan Kautzer
Tatiana Maeda
Emily Reynolds
Alberto Vargas