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Provost’s Office Staff

Dr. Edwin Martini

Provost and Vice Chancellor for
Academic Affairs
(920) 424-2220

About Dr. Martini

Dr. Ed Martini is Provost and Vice Chancellor at UW-Oshkosh and joined UWO in July 2023. Prior to coming to Oshkosh, Ed worked at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Over nearly 20 nears, he served in a series of progressive leadership positions, including as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the university’s Extended University Programs division; founding dean of Merze Tate College; and Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning. Ed received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland and his B.A. from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. 

A professor of history at UWO, Ed is the author and editor of several books, including Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnams, 1975-2000 (2007), Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty (2012), and At War: The Military and American Culture in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (2018, with David Kieran. He continues to serve as co-editor of the University of Massachusetts Press book series, “Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond.”

A Minnesota native, Ed grew up just outside of Minneapolis and spent lots of time in Wisconsin grow up. (Yes, he is a Vikings fan). When he’s not working, Ed enjoys reading books of all sorts, playing and watching sports, and playing and listening to music. He lives in Oshkosh with his wife Genanne. Their youngest child lives with them here in Oshkosh and their oldest child attends Kalamazoo College.

Dr. Caroline Geary

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Curricular Affairs and Student Academic Achievement
(920) 424-3190

About Dr. Geary

 Before moving to the Provost’s Office, Dr. Geary served in the College of Letters and Science as the Associate Dean for the Access Campuses.  She joined UW Oshkosh in 2018 as part of the Universities of Wisconsin restructuring and has worked on numerous integration initiatives across the UWO campuses including alignment of the general education requirements and associate degree standards.  Before joining UW Oshkosh, Caroline was a faculty member at the UW Colleges serving in numerous roles including department chair, campus assessment coordinator, and faculty lead for general education reform. From 2015 to 2017 she served as a UW System AAC&U LEAP Fellow.

Caroline received her Ph.D. in Electroanalytical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.S. in Chemistry from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  She has taught gateway chemistry courses at the University of Pittsburgh, the UW Colleges, and UW Oshkosh, and has taught general education courses with embedded undergraduate research and community-based learning.

Her responsibilities include assessment of student learning, academic program review, articulation agreements, and curriculum-related initiatives. She serves as an ex officio member of the University Studies Council, University Studies Committee, Academic Policies Committee, and Committee on Assessment of Student Learning. She also serves as the university’s Program Planning and Review liaison with UW System and as UWO’s Accreditation Liaison Officer with the Higher Learning Commission.

Reporting Units:

  • Undergraduate Advising Resource Center
  • Center for Academic Resources
  • Registrar’s Office

Dr. Joshua Garrison

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs
(920) 424-0890

About Dr. Garrison

 Dr. Joshua Garrison is Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs. Before joining the Provost’s office, Josh served as professor and department chair of Leadership, Literacy, and Social Foundations in the College of Education and Human Service. He joined UW Oshkosh in 2006 after earning his PhD in the history of American education from Indiana University. He holds an MS from Indiana University and a BA from The Evergreen State College, where he studied history.

Josh teaches undergraduate courses in the history of education and cultural studies. He teaches Master’s courses in postsecondary education, school law, and higher education law, and a doctoral course in politics in education. He studies the history of education and childhood, media portrayals of children and schools, and contemporary educational politics and policy.

Josh lives in Waupaca with his wife, Christie, and his sons, Ezra and Cass.


Communication between Academic Affairs and faculty/academic staff
Conflict resolution for faculty, academic staff, and student issues
Managing formal complaints and grievances
Liaisoning with UW System legal counsel
Implementation and revision of policies contained within University Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook in cooperation with shared governance bodies
Managing processes related to recruitment, retention, renewal, tenure, promotion, and terminations
Participating in inclusive excellence and diversity initiatives related to academic affairs
Administration of faculty and instructional academic staff human resources management issues
Academic Affairs representative on the university-wide Student Care Team
Member of International Education Emergency Response Team
Providing research and support for the Provost and Vice Chancellor, including back-up when the Provost is out of the office
Managing and supervising academic and university staff
Miscellaneous academic decision-making, as assigned 

Reporting Units

International Education
Student Opinion Surveys
Testing Services

Provost’s Office Administrative Staff

Amanda Ziesemer

Divisional Business Officer
(920) 424-2033

About Amanda


  1. Responsibilities:
  • Unit Financial/Operational Management
  • Unit Budget Management
  • Unit Human Resources Management

Julia Hodgen

Executive Assistant II
(920) 424-2220

About Julia

Julia has been part of the UWO community since 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, majoring in Biology, with a minor in Microbiology. This makes Julia a proud Titan x 2!

Julia began her Titan career in the Registrar’s Office, then spent several years in the College of Nursing. She then served as Dean’s Assistant for the College of Business for 10 years, prior to taking on her current position in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Julia has served on the University Staff Senate and has served on multiple committees, including the University Staff Senate Executive Committee, Awards and Recognition Committee, and many Search & Screen Committees.

Julia earned the STAR Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Performance Award in 2017. She loves to learn and loves finding solutions to challenging problems. She believes in focusing on the positive, kindness, and finding ways to be resilient.


  • Office Manager
  • Administrative support to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Administrative support for tenure, promotion and renewal correspondence for Provost and Chancellor
  • UW System Correspondence
  • Provost Administrative Staff Meetings
  • Academic and Administrative Calendars
  • Committee Support: Regents Awards, Distinguished Teaching, Penson Faculty, Rosebush Professorship, Endowed Professorships, and other committees as assigned.

Allison Kunde

Administrative Assistant II
(920) 424-0148

About Alli

Alli joined the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in October 2022. She has a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Alli previously worked at the University of Pittsburgh as an administrative assistant for the Office of Professional and Career Development. She also worked as a law library research desk assistant. 




  • Provide administrative support for the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor
  • Provide administrative support to the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs, and the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Curricular Affairs and Student Academic Achievement
  • Oversee and Manage STEP Program
  • Routing and Posting Curriculum Forms and Program Reviews
  • Assists with the selection of Commencement Speakers
  • Assist with Maintenance of the website for the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor
  • Assist as the administrative assistant for search and screen committees for units within Academic Affairs
  • Liaison with Human Resources
  • Senator – University Staff Senate