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Work with Us

The Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE) helps incoming students adjust to life at UW–Madison, while educating faculty and staff on ways to connect with first-year students.

We hire undergraduate students, instructors, and professional staff members to to help new students transition to UW–Madison and find their place on campus.

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Student Staff

For more information, see our student employment page.

Professional Staff + Seminar Instructors

Please visit jobs.wisc.edu to check for professional staff vacancies.

If you are interested in becoming an instructor for our first-year seminar class, please see our CP 125 Seminar Instructors page.

Professional Staff

Stephanie Benson-Gonzales

Position title: Director, Parent and Family Program

Email: stephanie.bensongonzales@wisc.edu

Chris Diorio

Position title: Coordinator of Digital Services

Email: chris.diorio@wisc.edu

Lucas Dushack

Position title: Associate Director of Orientation

Email: lucas.dushack@wisc.edu

Shelby Knuth

Position title: Coordinator of Transfer Engagement

Email: shelby.knuth@wisc.edu

Brad Lanza

Position title: Coordinator of Welcome Programs

Email: brad.lanza@wisc.edu

Carren Martin

Position title: Director/Assistant Dean

Email: carren.martin@wisc.edu

Carol Pope

Position title: Office Manager

Email: carol.pope@wisc.edu

Lindsey Rubelowski

Position title: Orientation Program Specialist

Email: rubelowski@wisc.edu

Monica Ruppert

Position title: Events and Outreach Manager, Parent and Family Program

Email: mtruppert@wisc.edu

Cassie Sandberg

Position title: Orientation Coordinator

Email: cassie.sandberg@wisc.edu

Caitlin Schaer

Position title: Coordinator of Academic Engagement

Email: cschaer@wisc.edu

Lily Someson

Position title: Transfer Transition Coordinator

Email: lily.someson@wisc.edu