The Division of Graduate Studies leads the coordination, development, and management of the University’s graduate programs and students and facilitates coordination of policy, curriculum, student support and progression, and graduate admissions. The Division is led by a Director (currently the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs) and supported by the Graduate Studies Committee, which reviews and recommends policy and curriculum changes, and the Graduate Management Team, which consistes of the Division Director, academic department chairs of stakeholder departments, and the Provost. The Division works closely with the Registrar’s Office and Student Affairs to create a rigorous, high-quality graduate school experience for students, returning professionals, and industry stakeholders.
For information on graduate program admissions contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other information, contact the Office of Graduate Programs at email@example.com.
Key Support Offices and Personnel
The first question you probably have is whom do I talk to about what to do? There are a lot of people who can help, and many more who are willing, but it is always easiest if you know who has probably got the best answers for the questions you have.
Graduate Division / Provost’s Office
At present, the Graduate Division is located in the Provost’s suite and managed by the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. You are welcome to stop in at any time with questions or to talk about your latest discovery. The Graduate Division monitors your progress, makes decisions around assistantships, and coordinates regularly with Admissions and Registrar on all the behind-the-scenes business to keeping you on-track and moving through the institution. The Division Director also works closely with the Department Chairs, the faculty, and the Graduate Studies Committee on a range of policy, curriculum, and scheduling matters to make sure that the programs run effectively and deliver quality education. More on the role of the Graduate Division later in this handbook.
Admissions and Registrar
You’ve met several personnel in our Admissions Office already and perhaps some in our Registrar’s Office as well. Admissions is located on the East side of Campus, and contact info is available at the end of this document. Mostly, at this point, you are past the admissions stage, but if you have some business yet to complete, particularly if you are an international student, there may be some items you’ll need to take care of with Admissions.
The Registrar’s Office is located in the IST on the Northeast corner. Contact information is also at the end of this document. The Registrar’s Office has someone dedicated specifically to assisting graduate students, who helps with registration and course transfer if that is a possibility. The Registrar’s Office is critical to your progression as it is the office where all the important forms are stored that you will need along the way and where all your grades, signatures, and final confirmation of completion of all degree requirements are housed.
Your academic department is your primary “home” in the institution-this is the department that sponsors the track you are following in the degree. If you are following an interdisciplinary track like robotics, then it will be the department that your primary advisor is in.
Typically, you will start out with the department chair as your advisor. Some departments may assign you a temporary advisor until you go through the department’s process whereby students are paired with their faculty advisor based on a range of factors, but mostly having to do with alignment of research interests. More on the role of your advisor later in this handbook.
Zaira Medina-Rodriguez: VPAA Units, Graduate Programs, Research & Grants, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8496
Crissi Hinson: ECE and ME, email@example.com, 4-8600
Karen Urnaitis: Registrar’s Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8501
Rashawnya Wesley: DSBS, CS, email@example.com, 4-8684
Dara Griffis: SAM, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8461
Yarelis Sanchez: Student Affairs (ASC, Disabilities, Career, SGA, etc), email@example.com 4-8589
Division Directors and Chairs
Shahram Taj, Chair, Data Science and Business Analytics, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8521
Shahram Taj, Chair, Computer Science, email@example.com, 4-8566
Mary Vollaro, Chair, Mechanical & Environmental Engineering, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8604
Bruce Jacob, Chair, Electrical and Computer Engineering, email@example.com, 4-8667
Graduate Division: Contact Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8544
Academic Affairs Administration & Staff
Terry Parker, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, email@example.com, 4-8500
Melissa Vazquez, Director of Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8500
Tom Dvorske, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, email@example.com, 4-8544
Kathryn Miller, Vice Provost of Student Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8640
BenMatthew Corpus, Vice Provost of Admissions and Financial Aid, email@example.com.
Andrew Konapelsky, University Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8526
Kevin Calkins, Director of Institutional Research, email@example.com, 4-8545
Nicole Tardiff, Director of Sponsored Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8585
Kelly Morgan, Office of Disability Services, email@example.com, 4-8770
Kristin Stokes, Associate Director of Campus Wellness Management, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4-8641
Julia Myers, Associate Director of Student Success and Retention, email@example.com, 4-8876
Ashley Douberly, Administrative Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 863-874-8821
Rico Despiau, Coordinator, email@example.com, 863-874-8507, LTB-1144
HelpDesk: firstname.lastname@example.org, 863-874-8888 (on campus 4-8888)