The Graduate School staff works closely with the staff and faculty of its partner schools. For specific information about a particular school or graduate program, we encourage you to contact that school or program directly. You will find this information by visiting the academic programs list list or our DGS Contact list.

Need more information about how TGS is structured? View our organizational chart.

Office of the Dean

Dwight A. McBride, PhD | Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Dean of The Graduate School
Dwight A. McBride, PhD

Dwight A. McBride, the Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English & Performance Studies, assumed the role of Associate Provost for Graduate Education & Dean of The Graduate School (TGS) on November 1, 2010. Read full bio.

Vicki Dekker | Associate Dean for Administration and Planning
Vicki Dekker

Phone: 847-467-3847

 Vicki Dekker joined The Graduate School in Fall 2016. Read full bio.

Huey Copeland, PhD | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Huey Copeland, PhD

Phone: 847-467-3267

Huey Copeland was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in July 2015. Read full bio.

Hank Seifert, PhD | Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Hank Seifert was appointed Associate Dean for Student Affairs in August 2015.  Read full bio.
Elizabeth K. Brasher | Executive Assistant to the Dean & Associate Provost
Elizabeth K. Brasher

Phone: 847-491-8181

Alison Tange | Administrative Coordinator
Alison Tange

Phone: 847-467-6613

Administration & Finance

Avni Soni | Manager, Financial Analysis
Avni Soni

Phone: 847-467-4166

Lorraine Cassis | Administrative Coordinator
Lorraine Cassis

Phone: 847-467-7488

Kayla Carbone | Program Assistant, Service Center
Kayla Carbone

Phone: 847-491-5279

William Chen | Program Assistant, Service Center
William Chen

Phone: 847-491-5279

Collyn Warner | Program Assistant, Service Center
Collyn Warner

Phone: 847-491-5279

Erica Caruana | Program Assistant, Service Center
Erica Caruana

Phone: 847-491-5279

Academic Affairs

Faculty and Staff: contact with routine cluster administration, progress review scheduling, mentoring events and curriculum review questions.

Angela Ripp | Senior Program Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Angela Ripp

Phone: 847-467-4459

Eric Long | Academic Affairs Assistant
Eric Long

Phone: 847-467-6222

Stephanie Brehm, PhD | Academic Affairs Program Coordinator

Admissions & Recruitment

Faculty/Staff: Contact with admission policy and process questions. Applicants: Please contact your individual admitting department directly.

Nick Alena | Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Nick Alena

Phone: 847-491-3421

Cate Arrom | Program Assistant, Admissions and Recruitment
Cate Arrom

Phone: 847-491-8536

Communications & Outreach

Contact for website updates, dean letters, TGS Wire and event listings, and to submit contact information for academic programs.

Josie Clark | Director, Communications & Outreach
Josie Clark

Phone: 847-491-3226

Jaclyn Hugg | Associate Director, Alumni Engagement
Jaclyn Hugg

Phone: 847-467-6632

Patricia Banach | Events & Outreach Manager
Patricia Banach

Phone: 847-491-8176

Emma Shipley | Communications Representative
Emma Shipley

Phone: 847-467-5871

Pam Austin | TGS Video Intern

Diversity and Inclusion

For all diversity and inclusion inquiries, please email:

Damon L. Williams | Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Aireale Joi Rodgers | Program Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion
Aireale Joi Rodgers

Phone: 847-467-5163

Noelle Wakefield, PhD | Program Coordinator, Diversity & Inclusion
Noelle Wakefield, PhD

Phone: 847-491-7334

Krystal Villanosa | Diversity & Inclusion Intern

English Language Programs

Contact for information about English language instruction and orientation services for international students; and for questions about proficiency testing and policies. 

Julia Moore, PhD | Director of English Language Programs
Julia Moore, PhD

Phone: 847-491-5776

Erin Leddon | Associate Director of English Language Programs
Erin Leddon

Phone: 847-467-7092

Kathleen Geraghty | Accent Modification Speech Pathologist
Kathleen Geraghty

Phone: 847-491-3847

Brian Hampson | Program Coordinator
Brian Hampson

Phone: 847-467-6053

Family Resources

This office works to provide family resources to graduate students who are parents.
Lesley Lundeen | Family Resource Liaison
Lesley Lundeen

Phone: 847-467-1460
Contact for: Questions, resource information, or a personal consultation on balancing academic responsibilities and family life.

Financial Aid

Contact for everything related to financial aid except for student loans. For student loans, contact Student Financial Services.

Patricia Mann | Assistant Dean Financial Aid
Patricia Mann

Phone: 847-491-8495

Laura Soria | Assistant Director of Graduate Student Funding and Operations
Laura Soria

Phone: 847-467-6026

Sarah Stein | Associate Research Administrator
Sarah Stein

Phone: 847-467-5184

Graduate and Postdoctoral Training and Development

Contact for institutional training grant support; proposal development, best practices, policies and procedures, training grant data management. Contact for all matters involving Postdoctoral Fellows at Northwestern. Contact for engagement in professional development for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows

Jennifer Hobbs, PhD | Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Training and Development
Jennifer Hobbs, PhD

Phone: 847-467-0827

Mearah Quinn-Brauner, PhD | Associate Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development
Mearah Quinn-Brauner, PhD

Phone: 847-491-8540

Kristen Mighty, PhD | Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Kristen Mighty, PhD

Phone: 847-467-3542

Becca Lamarre | Manager, Training Grant Support Office
Becca Lamarre

Phone: 847-491-8497

David Cosejo | Data Assistant, Training Grant Support Office
David Cosejo

Phone: 312-503-2779

Information Technology

Matthew Carroll | Interim Director of Information Technology
Matthew Carroll

Phone: 847-467-5781

Mark Reynolds | Senior Business Analyst
Mark Reynolds

Phone: 847-281-6594

Research & Analysis

Contact for information/data requests on graduate students and postdocs, TGS program statistics webpage, placement database, surveys, internal and external reporting.

Bill Artz | Director of Research and Analysis
Bill Artz

Phone: 847-491-8505

Samuel Herscher | Research Data Analyst
Samuel Herscher

Phone: 847-491-6174

Rebecca Nawls-Walker | Senior Data Assistant

Student Engagement

Dana Bozeman | Associate Director of Graduate Student Engagement
Dana Bozeman

Phone: 847-491-8507

Contact for student organizations, Community Building Grants (CBG), activity fee inquires, and non-academic student life concerns.

Student Services

For all student service inquiries, please email:

Kate Veraldi | Senior Director, Student Services
Kate Veraldi

Phone: 847-467-4108
Contact for: Contact for last names beginning V through Z.

Antoaneta Condurat | Assistant Director, Student Services
Antoaneta Condurat

Phone: 847-491-8469
Contact for: Contact for last names beginning A through F.

Bianca West | Student Services Assistant
Bianca West

Phone: 847-491-7332
Contact for: Contact for last names beginning G through U.