Graduate College Staff

Graduate College Administrators

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Rose Marie Ward, PhD

Dean of the Graduate College and Vice Provost for Academic Programs

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Omotayo (Tayo) Banjo, PhD

Associate Dean

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Tai Collins, PhD

Associate Dean

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Laura Dell, EdD

Graduate College Thought Leader

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Sarah Matthews, MBA

Sr Data Reporting Analyst

110 Van Wormer Hall

Roles: Data Analytics, Reporting, Survey Coordination

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Megan Tischner Carroll, MA

Program Director

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Supervise Graduate College staff; Manage Graduate College website and social media; Coordinate Graduate College fellowship and award competitions

Graduate College Staff

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Virginia Dennis, BSW

Program Manager, Student Services

110B Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Access requests; Review student petitions for reinstatement, extensions, and readmission; Process Leaves of Absence; Committee Member Management; Advanced Standing; Graduate Program Review; Individual Development Plans (IDP)

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Shaymaa Minkara, MA

Program Manager, Graduation

University Pavilion

Roles: Graduation checklist, application for graduation, electronic thesis and dissertation submission, and certification.

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Caitie Norrie, MA

Program Manager, Professional Development

110 Van Wormer Hall

Roles: Manage the Graduate College's professional development programming for graduate students, including the Preparing Future Faculty program, the Three Minute Thesis competition, and student workshops.

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Stephen Patrick

Program Manager, Marketing and Communications

340 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Manage marketing and communication efforts for the Graduate College

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Kaitlin Shields, MA

Academic Evaluator

University Pavilion

Roles: Degree audits, eCurriculum Major Map approvals

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Amy Wheeler, MAHR

Program Manager, Student Success & Retention

110B Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Graduate College Events, New Student Orientation, Recruitment, Graduate Program Review

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Brandilyn Worrell, MA

Program Manager, Community and Belonging

340 Van Wormer


Roles: Connecting students to campus and community resources; Community and Belonging Advisory Board; Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) related programming

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Brady Wright

Executive Staff Assistant and Office Manager

110 Van Wormer


Roles: Provide administrative support to Graduate College leadership; oversee office-wide administrative functions involving scheduling, correspondence, event organizing, and assorted clerical tasks

Graduate College IT Staff

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Chris Amann

Computer & Info Analyst, Management Specialist IT

420B Van Wormer Hall


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Dushan Aththidiyavidanalage Don

Software Applications Developer

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Eric Rasnake

Computer & Info Analyst I

Van Wormer Hall, 4th floor


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Coco Zhang

Software Applications Developer

Graduate College Support Staff

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Angel Prewitt

Assistant Director of Business Affairs, Provost Office

310 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Responsible for all Graduate College business and financial matters; Responsible for distribution of GAS/GIA scholarship and assistantship budgets.

Graduate Assistants

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Luna Amin

Graphic Design and Photography Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Photographer for the Graduate College Office; Design publications and promotional materials

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Victoria Hadrick

Yates/Provost Graduate Fellowship Program Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Plan and coordinate professional development and social events for Yates and Provost Fellows; Communicate with fellows; Manage Canvas community for program; Assist with developing workshops and training for faculty members

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Susan Helmick

Writing and Editing Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Writing for the graduate student GradCURRENTS newsletter; Compiling and distributing the GradCURRENTS newsletter; Editing office publications and brochures.

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Anna Kruse

Preparing Future Faculty Program Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Contact person for prospective and current PFF students; Organize PFF workshops, reading groups and other events; Coordinate mentorships for PFF students

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Ellie Montenegro

Student Success and Outreach Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Manage the Graduate College's social media accounts; Assisting with Graduate College events, including the Open House and New Student Orientation; Serving as a liaison with graduate students.

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Marielle Newton

Mental Health Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Supporting mental health initiatives for graduate students; coordinate programs and workshops about mental health.

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Jordan Crawley

Professional Development Graduate Assistant

110 Van Wormer Hall


Roles: Supporting professional development initiatives for graduate students; 3 Minute Thesis support, and coordinating professional development workshops