L&S Advising Awards

Persons honored with the L&S Academic Advising award must be exemplary advisors. Recipients must have gone beyond the call of duty and worked across school and college lines to serve the needs of students.

2016-17 Recipients

Karen Redfield
Senior Student Services Coordinator, Department of English

It was a busy time in the English department, when Karen Redfield came on board. A curriculum overhaul was quickly followed by a change in the department’s requirements. 

“Not only did Karen have to learn both the new and old classes and requirements, but it also fell on her to inform students and others on campus of those changes,” says department chair Russ Castronovo. “She was magnificent! Our success was largely the product of Karen’s hard work.”

Karen regularly meets with more than 400 students each semester, and gives them outstanding personal attention. Deshawn McKinney, an English major who recently won both the Truman and Marshall scholarships, often speaks of the support and encouragement Karen has given him. 

Karen helped students organize the Madison Undergraduate Society for English, or MUSE, a group that sponsors readings, workshops and an annual conference. She’s also partnered with the department’s Board of Visitors to create new internships and now supervises career development within the department, working with the L&S Career Initiative. Soon, she will direct advising for the new Health and Humanities certificate, which will lead humanities students into successful careers in health care. 

Lisa Aarli
Graduate Advisor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

From the moment she joined the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Lisa Aarli has been quick to jump in and help whenever and however she is needed. First, it was to revise the Ph.D. handbook to better serve the school’s students. Later, it was to create a professional development program that gives graduate students needed skills and tools. 

All the while, Lisa has served as the sole department resource on all aspects of the graduate program, guiding students through requirements and also supporting them in any issue or decision they face. 

“She has been the major advocate for graduate students,” says department director Hemant Shah. “She knows all the students by name and is a go-to contact for them, both professionally and often personally.”

All Recipients


  • Karen Redfield, Department of English
  • Lisa Aarli, School of Journalism and Mass Communication


  • Teddy Kaul, Associate Student Services Coordinator, Department of Art History
  • Myra Marx Ferree, Professor, Department of Sociology


  • Ricardo Court, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science
  • Jeanne Hamers, Chemistry Undergraduate Program Director and Major Advisor, Department of Chemistry


  • Jeff Beneker, Associate Professor, Department of Classics
  • Mary Treleven, Senior Student Services Coordinator, Lafollette School of Public Affairs


  • Melanie Manion, Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Karen Thompson, Senior Advisor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


  • Patricia Rosenmeyer, Professor, Department of Classics
  • Anna Tumarkin, Associate Faculty Associate, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature


  • Nina Valeo-Cooke, Academic Staff, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Mark Kenoyer, Professor, Department of Anthropology


  • Steven Winspur, Professor, Department of French and Italian
  • Stephanie Osborn, Academic Staff, Department of Psychology


  • Ronald Troxel, Associate Professor, Religious Studies Program
  • Molly McGlone, Assistant Director of Advising and Curriculum, L&S Honors Program


  • Gloria Mari-Beffa, Professor, Department of Mathematics
  • Liane Kosaki, Academic Staff, Department of Political Science


  • Philip Brown, Professor,Department of Geology   
  • Rebecca Ryan, Academic Staff, Cross-College Advising Services


  • Andrew Irving, Faculty, Department of French & Italian
  • Ellen Jacobson, Academic Staff, Department of Sociology


  • Neil Richardson, Professor, Department of Political Science
  • Christine Schindler, Academic Staff, International Studies Division

Nominate an outstanding advisor.

For more information about Advising Awards, please contact Associate Dean of Student Academic Affairs Cal Bergman.