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Graduate Division Directories

For graduate admissions and application information, please go to Admissions, or email gradadmissions@ucsd.edu. This site provides general information about graduate admissions and about the degree programs offered.

For follow-up on an application for graduate study or specific admissions requirements, contact the department directly. Information regarding the status of an application will be limited—an admissions decision will not be given by e-mail or telephone. Applicants must wait for the official letter from the Graduate Division for a decision.

For general information, contact the Graduate Division's main office at 858-534-3555.

To schedule an appointment to review the formatting of your thesis or dissertation, visit our online calendar.

Organization Chart

Dean's Unit

  • Kim Barrett

    Dean of the Graduate Division
    graduatedean@ucsd.edu
    4-6655
    Room 445
  • Steve Cassedy

    Associate Dean of the Graduate Division

    • Oversight of Graduate Program Reviews
    • Analysis of new academic programs
    • Review of student Master’s degrees and non-routine matters
    • Backup to Dean

    scassedy@ucsd.edu
    2-0655
    Room 449

  • Glenda Wheeler

    Executive Assistant to the Dean

    • Administrative support for Dean of Graduate Division
    • Graduate Division records management and distribution
    • Academic personnel, general support
    • General office assistance
    gjwheeler@ucsd.edu
    4-6655
    Room 449-B
  • Christopher Michaels

    Publications Assistant

    • Administrative support for the Dean’s role as Vice Publications Chair for the American Physiological Society
    • General office assistance
    camichaels@ucsd.edu
    2-7965
    Room 449-B

Administrative Services Unit

  • Steve Gardepie

    Director/MSO

    • Departmental administrative oversight and compliance
    • Employment and labor relations matters
    • Strategic management planning and analysis
    • Policy and process development and analysis
    • Department safety coordination and emergency preparedness
    • Department approval authority
    • Benefits advisor
    • Space and housing management
    sgardepie@ucsd.edu
    4-7735
    Room 429
  • Indra Perez

    Assistant Director

    • Unit's daily operations lead
    • Departmental fiscal analysis and reporting
    • Human resources/personnel administration
    • Contracts and Grants departmental administration
    • Program implementation/special project analysis
    • Facility and equipment administration
    • Backup to Director/MSO
    iperez@ucsd.edu
    4-3436
    Room 430
  • Jacqueline Rizo

    Fiscal/HR Administrator

    • Staff and student personnel support
    • Departmental accounting and financial support
    • Departmental facility and safety contact
    • Backup for staff and student payroll and timekeeping
    jarizo@ucsd.edu
    2-1732
    Room 428-A
  • Sylvia Vivas

    Graduate Division Receptionist

    • Main Graduate Division receptionist
    • Informational resource on Graduate Division services
    • Informational resource on general UCSD information
    • Mail distribution and sorting
    • Primary contact for staff/student payroll/timekeeping
    svivas@ucsd.edu
    4-3555
    Room401-A

Academic Affairs

  • Mary Lillis Allen

    Director

    Academic affairs policies and procedures including:

    • Academic planning and advising
    • Enrollment
    • Graduate Council (including time limit extension requests)
    • Graduate program reviews
    • New degree programs
    • Registration matters
    • Commencement: student participation
    mallen@ucsd.edu
    4-3552
    Room 443
  • Norienne Saign

    Assistant Director

    • Academic probation and progress
    • Annual and quarterly time limit notification
    • Annual/Spring student evaluations
    • Graduate Division Communications and Public Relations Coordinator
    • Academic personnel: management, review, and analysis of all non-sentate personnel actions for the Rady School of Management and IR/PS
    nsaign@ucsd.edu
    4-3709
    Room 444
  • Jennifer Kim

    Graduate Academic Affairs Adviser/ Intercampus Exchange Program Coordinator

    Ph.D. degree matters including:

    • General petitions
    • Final degree checks and conferral for Ph.D. programs
    • Time to Doctorate Policy
    • Grades, enrollment and registration matters
    • Half-time study
    • Leaves of absence and/or withdrawals
    • Readmission
    • Intercampus Exchange Program
    • Secondary adviser pertaining to masters degrees
    j4kim@ucsd.edu
    2-7832
    Room 441
  • Sara Hogue

    Academic Personnel Administrator/Academic Affairs Adviser

    Professional degree (AuD, DMA, EdD, MAS, MBA, MEd, MEng, MIA & MPIA) and Joint Doctoral Program matters including:

    • Final degree checks and conferral for professional degrees & joint doctoral programs
    • General petitions
    • Grades, enrollment and registration matters
    • Half-time study
    • Leaves of absence and/or withdrawals
    • Readmission
    • Secondary adviser pertaining to both doctoral and masters degrees
    • Academic personnel: management, review, and analysis of all senate personnel actions for the Rady School of Management and IR/PS
    sphogue@ucsd.edu
    4-6977
    Room 442
  • Susan Van Duren

    Graduate Academic Affairs Adviser

    Academic Masters degree (MA, MS & MFA) matters including:

    • Degree checks and final reports for Masters Plans I, II, and III
    • General petitions
    • Grades, enrollment and registration matters
    • Leaves of absence and/or withdrawals
    • Half-time study
    • Readmission
    • Dept. and Grad. Pro. Contact list & Grad Coords and Grad Chair List Serves
    • Secondary adviser pertaining to both doctoral and professional degrees
    svanduren@ucsd.edu
    4-3551
    Room 439
  • Saixious Dominguez-Kilday

    Academic Affairs Assistant

    • General Academic Affairs assistance
    • Doctoral committees
    • Qualifying examinations and advancements
    • Program Review assistance
    • Travel arrangements for Academic Affairs Unit
    • Distribution of all graduate forms
    • Culling of Student Files
    • University Extension Vouchers

    saixiousd@ucsd.edu 
    2-2244
    Room 440-C

  • Vacant

    Institutional Research Officer

    • Graduate education, research data, analytical studies, and postdoctoral placement
    • Management of Databooks on campus graduate education
    • Data collection for graduate program reviews
    • Provide statistical data for campus, Systemwide and national entities
    4-7736
    Room 421
  • Erin Espaldon

    Institutional Research Assistant

    • Analytical assistance and research support in graduate education
    • Retrieval, analysis and presentation of student information
    • Analytical support related to program reviews and student surveys
    eespaldon@ucsd.edu
    4-6230
    Room 418

Student Affairs and Admissions

  • April Bjornsen

    Assistant Dean & Director

    Student Affairs including:

    • Diversity programs
    • Due process, grievances
    • Collective bargaining
    • Outreach and Recruitment
    • Retention and student services workshops, graduate student events
    • Student conduct
    • Student health insurance
    • Graduate student housing development
    • Winter meetings, Commencement, Open House, New Grad Orientation
    • Oversight of unit responsibilities
    • Programs including: San Diego Fellowship, Cota Robles, Tribal Membership Initiative Fellowship, Dissertation Year Fellowship, Name Exchange, Diversity Forum, UC LEADS, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, UCSD Howard University Partnership for Graduate Success

    abjornsen@ucsd.edu
    4-3550
    Room 402

  • Vacant

    Program Administrator

    • Housing Programs – SHORE, Summer, Housing Advisory Committe
    • Winter Meetings coordination
    • Student Affairs budget monitoring and financial processing
    • Programmatic support for: UC LEADS, STARS Summer Program, GEM Fellows, and National Physical Sciences Fellows
    • Supervise student assistants
    4-2770
    Room 403
  • Christopher Murphy

    Student Affairs Specialist

    • Graduate and prospective student advising
    • Outreach and recruitment activities
    • Student retention activities
    • Workshop development
    • Liaison with Graduate Student Association
    • Partnership development
    • UCSD UC LEADS program coordinator
    • Diversity Forum Planning Committee
    • Outreach List Coordinator: McNair, Name Exchange, Outreach and Recruitment leads
    • Mentoring Program Coordinator
    • Supervision of Graduate Division Grad Life Intern and Graduate Climate Intern
    • Programs including: Diversity Outreach Collaboration, UC LEADS, Grad Programming Council, GEM
    cpmurphy@ucsd.edu
    2-1492
    Room 416
  • Elisa Maldonado

    Student Affairs Officer: Diversity Outreach, Recruitment and Retention

    Student Affairs and diversity programs including:

    • Graduate and prospective student advising
    • Outreach and Recruitment activities
    • Student retention activities
    • Workshop development
    • Liaison with Graduate Student Association
    • Partnership development
    • STARS summer research program director
    • Student tracking coordination
    • Graduate Programming Council, Coordinator
    • Programs including: STARS, Project 1000, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), National Physical Sciences Fellowships, Spellman and Morehouse Exchange Program
    emmaldonado@mail.ucsd.edu
    2-3536
    Room 404
  • Erin Dickerson

    Graduate Admissions Supervisor

    • Direct the campus-wide annual graduate admissions application cycle
    • Oversee the implementation of graduate admissions policies and procedures
    • Unit specialist with international applicant credential evaluation
    • Graduate Division primary contact for Graduate Studies Commencement Ceremony
    • Oversight of Graduate Admissions Staff
    edickerson@ucsd.edu
    2-2030
    Room 409
  • Rossana Durmiendo

    Graduate Admissions Assistant

    • Grad Admissions Processor
    • International Applicant Processing
    • Visa processing
    • Admissions publications review
    • Application system review
    rdurmiendo@ucsd.edu
    4-5312
    Room 407
  • Gina Solomko

    Graduate Admissions Assistant

    • Grad Admissions Processor
    • International Applicant Processing
    • Visa processing
    • Admissions publications review
    • Application system review
    gsolomko@ucsd.edu
    4-5502
    Room 406
  • Rose Marine

    Graduate Admissions Assistant

    • Grad Admissions Processor
    • International Applicant Processing
    • Visa processing
    • Admissions publications review
    • Application system review
    rmarine@ucsd.edu
    2-4489
    Room 408
  • Belinda Sanborn

    Graduate Admissions Administrative Assistant

    • Primary contact for Graduate Admission Information
    • Maintain student files
    • Contact for corrections or changes to online graduate application
    • Contact for application fees and application fee waivers
    bmsanborn@ucsd.edu
    4-3554
    Room 405
  • Jeanelle Horcasita

    Grad Intern

    • Work with campus administrators and Graduate Division administration
    • Develop programs and activities for graduate students
    • Improve the campus environment for graduate students
    gradlife@ucsd.edu
    2-4543
    Room 401-C
  • Beatriz Ramirez

    Community Intern

    • Work with community center directors and Graduate Division administration
    • Develop programs and activities for graduate students
    • Improve the campus environment for graduate students
    grad-community@ucsd.edu
    2-4543
    Room 401-C

Financial Support

  • Kathryn Murphy

    Director

    Merit-based financial support and academic appointment policies and procedures including:

    • Oversight of unit responsibilities
    • Pre- and post-award administration
    • Long-term financial support planning and analysis
    • Financial support advising
    kjmurphy@ucsd.edu
    4-3724
    Room 433
  • Tanya Reese

    Graduate Fellowship Supervisor

    • Stipend, tuition and fee payments
    • Traineeships
    • Interdisciplinary Collaboratories administration
    • Student Business Service billing liaison
    treese@ucsd.edu
    4-0720
    Room 438
  • Rebecca (Becky) Burrola

    Sr. Graduate Employment Coordinator

    • Student academic employment appointments (A-L)
    • GSR tuition and fee remission
    • Federal tax information for graduate students, including 1098-T's
    • Academic appointment policies and policy exceptions
    • Financial support eligibility
    • Exception letter – non-student Tutor and Reader employment
    rburrola@ucsd.edu
    4-3727
    Room 432
  • Linda Vong

    Graduate Employment Coordinator

    • Student academic employment appointments (M-Z)
    • TA loan and fee deferment program
    • TA health insurance fee payments and refunds
    • TA fee remission payments and refunds
    • Exceptions letters – greater-than-50% employment
    lkvong@ucsd.edu
    4-6562
    Room 431
  • Vacant

    Graduate Fellowship Coordinator

    • Foreign and outside agency (third-party) billing
    • HHMI administration
    • NSF administration
    • Stipend, tuition and fee payments
    4-6464
    Room 434
  • Zoe Ziliak Michel

    Graduate Fellowship Advisor

    • Extramural fellowship advising
    • Sponsoring agency liaison
    • Merit-based financial support workshops and outreach programs
    gradadvisor@ucsd.edu
    2-2938
    Room 413
  • Ha Truong

    Financial Support Assistant

    • Employment actions – review for compliance
    • Stipend, tuition and fee payments
    • Leave of Absence/Withdrawals/Part-Time petitions for financial support
    • Off-campus study (In-Absentia) Waiver
    hatruong@ucsd.edu
    2-2596
    Room 440

Information Systems

  • Cynthia (Linh) Vu

    Director

    • Oversight of all unit responsibilities
    • Data Steward, Graduate Information on mainframe systems
    • Departmental Security Administrator for IFIS/IFIS/SAM/PPS/SQLDSE/Darwin
    • Liaison for mainframe and campus computing systems
    • Computing equipment and software acquisition and installation
    lvu@ucsd.edu
    4-2255
    Room 422
  • Tommy Duong

    Programmer/Analyst

    • Lead Programmer
    • Database Administration, Security, and Development
    • Project Leadership
    • Systems and Applications Architect
    • Consulting and Training
    • Publications Manager
    • Web Master
    tmduong@ucsd.edu
    2-1735
    Room 423
  • Hong Nguyen

    Programmer/Analyst

    • Applications Development
    • Production Support
    • Operational Support
    • User Support
    hpnguyen@ucsd.edu
    4-1602
    Room 426
  • Brian Vo

    Programmer/Analyst

    • Applications Development
    • Production Support
    • Operational Support
    • User Support
    bxvo@ucsd.edu
    4-1603
    Room 424
  • Vacant

    Programmer/Analyst

    • Technical and programming services for staff
    • User access for all systems except IFIS/ISIS/SAM/PPS
    • Administrator of Graduate Division servers and Intraweb
    • Systems security
    4-8978
    Room 425

Center for Teaching Development (307-309 Center Hall)

  • Steve Cassedy

    50% Interim Director

    • Overall administrative oversight of CTD
    • CTD Strategic growth, service to graduate students and faculty, application of instructional technology and distance learning
    • Primary CTD liaison and public relations representative
    • Principal advisor to the dean and campus departments on CTD matters, pedagogical training and assessment design
    • System for training campus TAs, Teaching Fellows, and aspiring academicians
    • Formulation of policies and procedures and statistical data

    scassedy@ucsd.edu
    4-3958

    Graduate Division
    2-0655
  • Peter Newbury

    Associate Director

    • Management of CTD’s daily operation
    • Oversee of the CTD budget
    • Design, implement, and manage pedagogical training programs, CTD workshops, seminars, and activities
    • Application of instructional technology teaching techniques
    • Outreach action plans development and implementation
    • Course instruction, observation, evaluation, and consultation
    pnewbury@ucsd.edu
    4-6767
    307 Ctr Hall
  • Martha Stacklin

    Coordinator

    Facilitates instructional courses including:

    • Language proficiency screening.
    • ESL for international teaching assistants
    • Public speaking
    mstacklin@ucsd.edu
    4-3981
    307 Ctr Hall
  • Sarah Carvalho

    Coordinator

    Facilitates instructional courses including:

    • Language proficiency screening
    • ESL for international teaching assistants
    • Public speaking
    sjcarvalho@ucsd.edu
    2-3618
    307 Ctr Hall
  • Wesley Koseki

    50% Program Assistant

    • Administrative and technical office support
    • TA training activity databases and listservs
    • CTD Office accounting and reporting
    • Staff and student personnel, payroll/timekeeping
    wkoseki@ucsd.edu
    2-1992
    307 Ctr Hall

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