Graduate Dean Andrew Szeri sent the following in January to graduate student affairs professionals, faculty graduate advisers, and department chairs, regarding a few recent changes in the Dean’s Office:
This month Professor Carlos Fernandez-Pello stepped down as Associate Dean to begin a sabbatical semester before returning full-time to the Department of Mechanical Engineering. During his appointments as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division in 2003-04 and 2005-2012, Carlos brought great dedication, enthusiasm, and thoughtfulness to his role as a strong advocate for academic excellence and student welfare on many levels. We are grateful for his long service to the Graduate Division and we thank him sincerely.
Susan J. Muller returns to the Graduate Division as one of our two Associate Deans (both serving half-time). Susan, who is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, served in this role 2007-2010. In her new appointment, she oversees graduate student support issues: fellowships, awards, grants, and academic appointments (campus employment). She represents the Graduate Division in support of the campus’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She oversees issues of student welfare, including parental accommodation issues and the student parent grant, health concerns, and housing appeals. She assists me as a liaison to the Graduate Assembly. She shares in representing the Graduate Division in academic program reviews.
Rosemary A. Joyce, who is Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology, continues as Associate Dean, which she assumed in mid-2011. She oversees admissions matters and enrollment planning, policy related to student academic progress, and the offices of Academic Services and the GSI Teaching and Resource Center. She is the Graduate Division’s liaison to the Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Affairs program and to the Career Center. She chairs the Interdisciplinary Committee of the Graduate Council. She also shares in representing the Graduate Division in academic program reviews.
(All correspondence for both Associate Deans, as well as the Graduate Dean, may be sent to the staffed email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. )