Division of Research and 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 DRGS deadlines and events; requests for division forms, publications, and recruitment materials.  Undergraduate petitions to enroll in graduate level courses; graduate academic overload petitions

Special Admissions, Classification, Advancement to Candidacy, Evaluation and Clearance of Graduate Degrees and Advanced Certificates 
Marcee Varela (Graduate Degree Manager) 559.278.2448; marceev@csufresno.edu
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; mistyb@csufresno.edu
Evaluation of the following: special admits, change of degree objectives, administrative academic probation, disqualification, 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

Aide Navarro (Graduate Degree Specialist-Students with last names beginning E-M) 559.278.2448; ainavarro@csufresno.edu

Evaluation of the following: special admits, change of degree objectives, administrative academic probation, disqualification, classification requests, advancement to candidacy, program adjustment requests, course validations, graduation eligibility for graduate degrees and certificates of advanced study

Sandy Brooke (Graduate Degree Specialist-Students with last names beginning N-Z) 559.278.2448; sbrooke@csufresno.edu
Evaluation of the following: special admits, change of degree objectives, administrative academic probation, disqualification, 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; cradke@csufresno.edu
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; dlneufeld@csufresno.edu
Graduate Writing Studio; operations, consultations, social media, communications, Ed.D. doctoral program liaison

Ronald Dzerigian (Instructional Support Technician) 559.278.2450; rdzerigian@csufresno.edu
Graduate Writing Studio; operations, consultations, seminars/workshops, writing group facilitator

Program Review, Course and Curriculum, Petitions
Joanne Ramirez   (Assistant to the Dean/Budget Assistant) 559.278.2448; joaramirez@csufresno.edu
Administrative support to the dean; course and curriculum. 

Theresa Taliaferro  (Program Review Coordinator) 559.278.2448; theresataliaferro@csufresno.edu                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; rodrigog@csufresno.edu
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 department website