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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
Oversees graduate education at UMD, heads the Graduate School, and chairs the Graduate Council.
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, Acting Associate Dean for Fellowships and Awards
Oversees Graduate School fellowships, awards, and travel grant programs for graduate students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Mark Shayman, Associate Dean for Student Success
Oversees Graduate Outcomes Assessment, Writing for Graduate Students, Financial Literacy Workshops, and serves as Faculty Advisor for Graduate Student Government.
Dean's Office Staff
Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff
Oversees administrative and financial aspects of the Graduate School, oversees admissions and enrollment, the waiver process, and publications. Enforces the policy directives of the Graduate Council and the Dean of the Graduate School.
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
Works closely with the Associate Dean for Fellowships to coordinate all Graduate School students 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.
Kerry Lipitz, Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects
Provides administrative support to the Dean on special projects, including building renovation, public relations, website redesign.
Assists the general public and graduate program staff with Graduate School admission, policy, and procedure questions.
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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 an dcoordinates 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
Vacant, Director of Development
Directs Graduate School strategy for Alumni relations and fund raising and acts as liaison with UMD Offices of Alumni Relations and Development and with college development offices.
Niambi Wilder, Communications Officer
Coordinates and implements communications and communications strategy for the Graduate School and acts as liaison with UMD Office of Marketing and Communications.
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 Remission
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, managing 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, managing 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 at UMD and beyond.
Currently Vacant, Postdoctoral Fellow, Office for Diversity Initiatives
Supports Director, overseeing operational management of diversity initiatives.
Office for Graduate International Initiatives
Valerie Woolston, Executive Director, Office for International Initiatives
Develops and manages the Graduate School's educational initiatives in the international arena 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 internAssists Executive Director
Office for Graduate Writing Initiatives
Dr. Mark Shayman, Acting Director, Office for Writing Initiatives
Coordinates the Graduate School’s academic student support initiatives.’s
Currently vacant, Post-doctoral Associate
Supports Associate Dean on Graduate Student Writing initiatives and manages 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.
Graduate Student Services
Brian Gharala, Information Technology Coordinator
Assists with systems associated with the transition to the new admissions system.
Anna De Cheke Qualls, Senior Advisor, Admissions Systems
Manages and oversees transition to the new graduate admissions system.
Toyin Oguntolu, Coordinator for Admissions and Graduation
Processes student admissions; troubleshoots admissions-related problems, including highly technical admissions issues; assists graduate program staff with admissions and graduation issues.
Greg Sensing, Point of Contact for Admissions
Serves as initial point-of-contact for graduate admissions questions, assists graduate program staff with admissions and admissions-related problems.
Megan Van Son, Manager, Graduate Admissions
Manages international graduate student admissions, troubleshoots and resolves international admissions-related problems.
Teddy Wu, Director, Graduate Information and Systems
Oversees and manages Graduate School information and systems technologies.