Graduate Program Administration


  • Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) – Prof. Colleen Dunlavy – oversees all aspects of the Graduate Program
  • Graduate Program Coordinator (Advisor) – Leslie Abadie - counsels graduate students about departmental and Graduate School degree requirements for the various study programs; coordinates all aspects of the program
  • Graduate Admissions Coordinator/Program AssistantAbby Kennison – coordinates applications and admissions process; provides administrative support for the grad program
  • Payroll and Benefits SpecialistJana Valeo – handles all payroll and benefits matters
  • Graduate Program Project AssistantBrian Hamilton – trains and supports teaching assistants; provides all-around assistance on projects designed to enhance our graduate program such as recruitment and retention initiatives, diversity workshops, and professional development
  • Department Receptionist Isaac Lee - greets visitors and manages department front office; answers numerous inquiries about a large variety of subjects both in person and on the telephone and directs people to the correct source for further information

Administrative Bodies

Want more information? Just ask. Appointments with staff members are usually not necessary, although during busy times each semester it may be a good idea to arrange one. The DGS holds regular office hours during the semester for graduate program business.