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Graduate School Staff Directory
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Dr. Charles Caramello, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School
Leads graduate education at UMD, heads the Graduate School, and chairs the Graduate Council.
Mr. Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff
Oversees administration and finances of the Graduate School, graduate admissions and enrollment, and the waiver process. Implements policy directives of the Dean and the Graduate Council.
Dr. Alex Chen, Associate Dean for Academic Standards and Policies
Manages Graduate Programs, Curricula, and Courses (PCC), Graduate School Academic Policies, Graduate Council meetings, and Graduate Faculty appointments.
Dr. Mark Leone, Associate Dean for Fellowships and Awards
Oversees Graduate School fellowships, awards, and travel grant programs for students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Mark Shayman, Associate Dean for Student Success
Oversees Graduate Outcomes Assessment and student success initiatives. Also serves as Faculty Advisor for Graduate Student Government.
Dean's Office Staff
Shama Akhtar, Senior Research Analyst
Collects, manages, and analyzes internal and external data on graduate education and graduate students; acts as Graduate School liaison with Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Robyn Kotzker, Assistant Director for Fellowships and Awards
Coordinates all Graduate School student and faculty fellowships, awards, and prizes, including the Goldhaber Travel Award and International Conference Student Support Award.
Kathleen Worthington, Assistant to the Dean
Provides executive administrative support to the Dean, including special projects; coordinates office workflow, priorities, and deadlines; and oversees office management.
Staff Graduate School Information Desk and assist general public and campus graduate programs and students.
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Special Advisors to the Dean
Dr. Arthur Popper, Senior Faculty Advisor STEM
Advises Dean and Senior Staff on matters related to STEM disciplines and coordinates special programs.
Dr. Sally Simpson, Senior Faculty Advisor for Social Sciences
Advises Dean and Senior Staff on matters related to Social Science disciplines and coordinates special programs.
External and Alumni Relations
Dan Christopher, Director of Development
Directs the Graduate School's strategy for alumni relations and fundraising and acts as liaison with UMD Offices of Alumni Relations and Development and with college development offices.
Niambi Wilder Winter, Communications Officer
Coordinates and implements the communications strategy for the Graduate School and acts as a liaison with UMD's Office of Marketing and Communications and all communicators across campus.
Finance and Administration
Patty Woodwell, Director of Administrative Services
Oversees daily operations of the Graduate School, manages Graduate School budget and accounts, graduate fellowship policies and practices, and University, Dean's, and Merit Fellowship Programs.
Barbara Ferguson, Manager for Fellowships and Tuition Awards
Manages fellowship payments and tuition remission for graduate fellows and serves as point-of-contact for inquiries related to fellowships, overloads, and mandatory fees.
Denise Best, Business Services
Assists Director of Administrative Services; manages travel and purchases.
Judith King, Program Administration Specialist
Provides administrative support for external fellowships, tuition remission, and transfer of funds.
Maria P. Thomas, Coordinator
Assists Director of Administrative Services; manages human resources and payroll.
Office for Graduate Diversity Initiatives
Dr. Robert E. Steele, Director, Office for Diversity Initiatives
Manages recruitment, retention and support initiatives for graduate students from underrepresented minorities, and develops academic initiatives on diversity in graduate education.
Dr. Evelyn Canabal-Torres, Coordinator for Diversity Initiatives
Assists Director; acts as liaison with UMB and UMBC on PROMISE grant; Coordinates PROMISE and other diversity initiatives for graduate students.
Office for Graduate International Initiatives
Valerie Woolston, Executive Director, Office for International Initiatives
Develops and manages the Graduate School's international initiatives and advises on initiatives in Europe and Great Britain.
Chuan Sheng Liu, Senior Faculty Advisor
Advises on initiatives in Asia and Southeast Asia
Saul Sosnowski, Senior Faculty Advisor
Advises on issues in Latin America and the Middle East.
Rikke Weigelt Rosenlund Nielsen, International Intern
Assists Executive Director.
Office for Graduate Writing Initiatives
Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Graduate Writing and TA Training Initiatives
Directs the Graduate School Writing Center and develops initiatives for TA Training on campus.
Emily Becker, Graduate Assistant
Assists Director with operating with the Graduate School Writing Center.
Katherine C. McAdams, Associate Professor Emerita and Ombudsman for Graduate Students
Serves as an impartial, independent, and confidential resource for graduate students at the University; assists students in resolving difficulties with other students, faculty, and staff.
Brian Gharala, Information Technology Coordinator
Assists Director with all IT systems associtated with the new admissions system.
Anna De Cheke Qualls, Senior Advisor, Admissions Systems
Manages and oversees transition to the new graduate admissions system.
Teddy Wu, Director, Graduate Information and Systems
Oversees and manages Graduate School information and systems technologies.
Graduate Student Services
Toyin Oguntolu, Coordinator for Admissions and Graduation
Processes student admissions; troubleshoots admissions-related problems, including highly technical admissions issues; assists graduate programs with admissions and graduation.
Greg Sensing, Point of Contact for Admissions
Serves as initial point-of-contact for graduate admissions questions, assists graduate programs with admissions and admissions-related problems.
Megan Van Son, Manager, Graduate Admissions
Manages international graduate student admissions, troubleshoots and resolves international admissions-related problems.