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University Council on Graduate Affairs

University Council on Graduate AffairsThe University Council on Graduate Affairs (UCGA) consists of graduate program leadership from each of Drexel's Colleges and Schools which offer graduate programs. The mission of the UCGA is to address common challenges in graduate education and the graduate student experience at Drexel University. As an entity of the Graduate College, the UCGA is committed to the advancement of graduate education and ensuring graduate student success. The UCGA maintains effective channels of communication within the graduate community, ensures that all academic units are represented in the policy making process and provides support for new graduate programs and initiatives. The UCGA recognizes that the responsibility of planning and operating graduate programs lies within the colleges and schools which offer such programs.

Council Members

  • Chair: Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, Senior Vice President for Graduate and Online Education and Dean of the Graduate College, Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Murugan Anandarajan, LeBow College of Business
  • Stephanie Brooks, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Natalie Chernets, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Sean Chung, Drexel University Online
  • Kapil Dandekar, College of Engineering
  • Kimberly David-Chung, Drexel University Online, Student Life, Graduate College
  • Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Michelle Dolinski, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brian Ellis, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • Melissa Englund, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Nadine Ezzat, Drexel University Online
  • William Fenton, College of Engineering
  • Aroutis Foster, School of Education
  • Kea Glenn, International Students and Scholars Services
  • Bevin Goodniss, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Beth Haas, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Sarah Haley, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • Michael Harrington, Drexel University Online
  • Joseph Hawk, Assessment and Accreditation
  • Stephanie Johnson, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
  • Niki Kelley, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • David Kim, Graduate College
  • Andres Kriete, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Michele Kutzler, College of Medicine
  • Tsz Kwok, Graduate College
  • Christopher Laincz, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • Sherry Levin, College of Engineering
  • Jade Lo, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • Brenna Martin, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Annette Molyneux, Counseling and Health
  • Angela Montgomery, Graduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Alis Panzera, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Debra Ruben, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Michael Ryan, Graduate College, College of Engineering
  • Damian Salas, Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Giuseppe Salomone, University Registrar
  • Maria Schultheis, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Michael Shelmet, Office of Information Technology
  • Ali Shokoufandeh, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Jed Shumsky, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • James Stimpson, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Sandra Strang, Graduate College
  • Stephanie Sutcliffe, Drexel University Online
  • Mladenka Tomasevic, International Students and Scholars Services
  • Michael Wagner, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Rebecca Weidensaul, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Anne Converse Willkomm, Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Katie Zamulinksy, Student Life

Academic Integrity Issues Working Group

  • Co-Chair: Jed Shumsky, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Co-Chair: Anne Converse Willkomm, Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Kymberlee Montgomery, College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Ana Nunez, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Medicine
  • Nicole Sugarman, General Counsel
  • Katie Zamulinsky, Student Life, Campus Engagement

Committee on Graduate Academic Affairs (CGAA)

  • Chair: Michele Kutzler, College of Medicine
  • Kapil Dandekar, College of Engineering
  • Teresa Harrison, LeBow College of Business
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Damian Salas, Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Jed Shumsky, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • James Stimpson, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Michael Wagner, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Anne Converse Willkomm, Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Committee on Graduate Awards & Fellowships

  • Fellowships Committee Co-Chairs: Kara Spiller, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems & Leah Gates, Center for Scholar Development
  • Graduate College Doctoral Fellowships (Blue & Gold) Chair: Caroline Schauer, College of Engineering
  • Graduate Student Excellence Awards Committee Chair: Anne Converse Willkomm, Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Teaching Assistant Excellence & Awards Committee Chair: Valerie Klein, School of Education

Committee on Graduate Student Appeals

  • Brian Ellis, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Jed Shumsky, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Anne Converse Willkomm, Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Doctoral (D) Forms Working Group

  • Chair: Christopher Laincz, LeBow College of Business
  • Kapil Dandekar, College of Engineering
  • Andres Kriete, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Tsz Kwok, Graduate College
  • Kathryn Matuch, Associate Vice President, Core Enterprise Systems

Diversity Advisory Council

  • Chair: Aroutis Foster, School of Education

Graduate Operations Committee

  • Vincent Amoroso, Financial Aid, Enrollment Management and Student Success 
  • Sean Chung, Drexel University Online
  • Sujoy Das, Planning and Institutional Research
  • Lori Doyle, University Communications
  • Brian Lorigan, Office of Budget and Financial Planning 
  • George Matuch, Office of Budget and Financial Planning
  • Angela Montgomery, Graduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Danuta Nitecki, Drexel University Libraries
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Subir Sahu, Senior Vice President for Student Success
  • Giuseppe Salomone, University Registrar
  • Sandra Strang, Graduate College
  • Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Rebecca Weidensaul, Enrollment Management and Student Success

International Graduate Recruitment Committee (IGRC)

  • Co-Chair: Sarah Haley, LeBow College of Business
  • Co-Chair: Michael Ryan, College of Engineering
  • See IGRC Meeting Minutes for a list of Committee Members

PhD Project Working Group

  • Christine Chacko, Office of Research and Innovation 
  • Anna Chrulkiewicz, LeBow College of Business
  • Michelle Dolinski, College of Arts and Sciences
  • David Kim, Graduate College
  • Tsz Kwok, Graduate College
  • Brian Lorigan, Office of Budget and Financial Planning 
  • George Matuch, Office of Budget and Financial Planning
  • Angela Montgomery, Graduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Melissa Richman, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Aleister Saunders, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Maria Schultheis, Office of Research and Innovation
  • Sandra Strang, Graduate College
  • Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, Graduate College, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, College of Medicine
  • Christopher Weyent, College of Engineering