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Tamara Schaps

Assistant Dean, Graduate Strategic Initiatives

  • Collaborate across campus on strategic initiatives and special projects for the Graduate Division
  • Research and support the creation of new graduate degree programs with campus partners across multiple programs, divisions, and offices
  • Improve the graduate student experience by assessing needs, evaluating programs, and cultivating new professional development opportunities
  • Lead Graduate Division communication efforts, including web content, social media strategy, and elevating graduate student and alumni success stories across the community
  • Partner with Advancement and Alumni Relations on enhancing Graduate Division fundraising efforts and increasing graduate alumni engagement opportunities
  • Manage externally-focused projects and programs that enhance the reputation and expand the reach of UC San Diego and the Graduate Division
Tamara has worked in higher education since 2004, serving at multiple institutions in diverse units such as career development, admissions and student services. She is active in professional associations and is committed to service and mentorship in higher education. Tamara earned a B.A. in Communication and Global Studies at Pacific Lutheran University and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. She joined the UC San Diego Graduate Division in January 2018 to work on cross-campus collaborative initiatives and special projects.
Tamara is originally from Minnesota and is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan, conveniently her favorite color is also purple.