Division of Graduate Studies

5241 North Maple Ave., M/S TA51
Fresno CA 93740-8027 
Phone: 559.278.2448
Fax: 559.278.4658 

Graduate Dean: Dr. James Marshall

General Information
Reiko Elledge (Front Desk Manager) 559.278.2448 General information regarding DGS deadlines and events; requests for Graduate Division forms, publications and recruitment materials

Special Admissions, Classification, Advancement to Candidacy, Evaluation and Clearance of Graduate Degrees and Advanced Certificates 
Marcee Varela (Graduate Degree Manager) 559.278.2448
Coordinator for the Graduate Degree Specialist Unit, which includes all duties listed below in this section; clearance of master's/graduate degrees, doctoral degrees, and certificates of advanced study; issue letters of certification

Misty Brazill (Graduate Degree Specialist-Students with last names beginning A-D) 559.278.2448
Evaluation of the following: special admits, change of degree objectives, administrative academic probation, disqualification, planned educational leaves, classification requests, advancement to candidacy, program adjustment requests, course validations, graduation eligibility for graduate degrees and certificates of advanced study; clearance of master's/graduate degrees, doctoral degrees, and certificates of advanced study; issue letters of certification

Rachel Sunahara (Graduate Degree Specialist-Students with last names beginning E-M) 559.278.2448
Evaluation of the following: special admits, change of degree objectives, administrative academic probation, disqualification, planned educational leaves, classification requests, advancement to candidacy, program adjustment requests, course validations, graduation eligibility for graduate degrees and certificates of advanced study

Melissa Rowe (Graduate Degree Specialist-Students with last names beginning N-Z) 559.278.2448
Evaluation of the following: special admits, change of degree objectives, administrative academic probation, disqualification, planned educational leaves, classification requests, advancement to candidacy, program adjustment requests, course validations, graduation eligibility for graduate degrees and certificates of advanced study

Thesis and Dissertation Review, Publications, Committee Assignments
Chuck Radke (Dissertation/Thesis Consultant) 559.278.2448
Thesis and dissertation review and final approval; Graduate Writing Studio 

Graduate Student Writing and Statistics Resources and Support
Debra Neufeld (Instructional Support Technician) 559.278.2450
Graduate Writing Studio; operations, consultations, social media

William Anderson (Instructional Support Technician) 559.278.2450
Graduate Writing Studio; operations, consultations, communications, seminars, doctoral programs liaison

Spencer Irish (Instructional Support Technician) 559.278.2451
Graduate Statistics Studio; operations, consultations, communications, social media
 
Program Review, Course and Curriculum, Petitions
Liliana Suzuki   (Assistant to the Dean/Budget Assistant) 559.278.2448
Administrative support to the dean; course and curriculum; undergraduate petitions to enroll in graduate level courses; graduate academic overload petitions

Aide Navarro   (Program Review Coordinator) 559.278.2448                                                                                 Program review (undergraduate and graduate). Coordinate program review schedule; schedule site visits, planning/implementation meetings, on- and off-campus panel members; oversee travel arrangements for external reviewer; monitor review panel reports, department and dean's responses, university committee reports, and action plans.

Outreach and Retention, Marketing, Website, Publications, Financial Opportunities 
Rodrigo Gomez  (Graduate Outreach Coordinator) 559.278.2448 
Outreach and retention of students for graduate programs and certificates of advanced study; coordination of related recruitment, special events and marketing activities; fellowships (e.g., California Pre-Doctoral Scholars Program, Graduate Equity) and scholarships; financial opportunities; maintenance of Graduate Division website