Office of the Dean

Ron Walcott, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School
Work Phone: 706-542-6392
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Anne Shaffer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean
Work Phone: 706-542-1739
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Meredith Welch-Devine, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean
Work Phone: 706-542-6002
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Bob Scott, Ph.D.
Director of Special Projects
Work Phone: 706-542-6394
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Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships

The office of Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships of the Graduate School coordinates and manages the nominations and awarding of Graduate School fellowships, scholarships, and grant opportunities. Students are nominated for Graduate School awards by the Graduate Coordinators in each department. Annual award amounts are determined by funds available. The office also provides support for certain external fellowships through training, nomination, and selection while identifying new funding opportunities.

Beth Lovern, Ph.D.
Director, Fellowships and Scholarships

Karen Young
Grants Coordinator

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The Development Office for the UGA Graduate School secures financial support for fellowships and other graduate programs from alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations who wish to strengthen and sustain Graduate School goals and initiatives. Current, pledged, and estate gifts to the Graduate School allow masters and doctoral candidates the freedom to study without financial hardship. For more information about gift and naming opportunities at the Graduate School, please email

Enrolled Student Services

This division maintains files of all graduate students who have been fully admitted and have enrolled for their first semester. For questions about registration flags, drop/add, degree objective changes, grade changes, probation / dismissal, and letters of good standing, contact or 706-542-6300. For questions about graduation, advisory committee, program of study, admission to candidacy, transfer of credit, announcements for oral comprehensive exams or final defense of the dissertation, format check of electronic thesis or dissertation, contact or 706-542-6300.

Cheri Bliss
Senior Director, Graduate Student Services
Work Phone: 706-542-6300
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Graduate School Admissions

Graduate Admissions in the Graduate School works collaboratively with academic departments to assist prospective students in applying for admission to graduate study. Upon initial review of a new application, Graduate Admissions provides a web-link to each applicant who can then monitor the status of his or her own application and materials that have been received. To request admissions materials, click on Request Information. If you have submitted an application for admission and have questions about Graduate School admissions requirements, send an email request to or call (706) 542-1739. If you have submitted an application for admission and have questions about supplemental requirements of the academic department, please call or e-mail the academic department contact as listed on the Department Contacts page. Note to applicants: Our primary communication with you is by email and we plan to keep in close contact. It is very important that you put UGA email domain names on your internet provider’s Safe List, so our messages reach you.

Cheri Bliss
Senior Director, Admissions
Work Phone: 706-542-6300
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Graduate School Business Office

The Graduate School Business Office oversees the administration of graduate assistantships campus wide and disperses Graduate School funded assistantship funds and other financial awards. This office assesses tuition for graduate assistants, monitors their enrollment, and handles related problems. The office also administers the Graduate School assistantship programs, various fellowships, and student travel funds for doctoral students. Questions may be directed to

Angela Jewell
Senior Director, Business Office
Work Phone: 706-542-6174
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Graduate School Marketing and Communications

The Marketing and Communications department develops Graduate School communications infrastructure and maintains the graduate studies brand reputation consistently with the UGA institutional brand. We manage external and community engagement communication outlets for the Graduate School, including the departmental website:, campus announcements, social media, digital media, photography, and storytelling. Our goal is to provide our campus partners with tools and guidelines to further advance UGA graduate studies objectives.

Kristine Groft
Director, Marketing and Communications

Nikki Mottley
Web & Multi-Media Manager

Madeleine Morris
Graduate Assistant
Social Media Coordinator

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Information Systems and Data Analytics

The Graduate School Information Systems and Data Analytics department provides reliable and integrated technology solutions to support academic and administrative goals. This department works closely with all types of users to ensure that our IT solutions are practical and useful to their business operations. Please email your concerns, questions, or suggestions to

Andrey Dub
Director, Information Systems and Data Analytics
Work Phone: 706-542-6418
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Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies

Interdisciplinary graduate programs offer exciting opportunities for faculty and students to come together across traditional divides to produce cutting-edge research and scholarship. The Graduate School is committed to enhancing the culture of innovation and interdisciplinary in graduate education at UGA.

Meredith Welch-Devine, Ph.D.
Director, Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Work Phone: 706-542-6002
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Student Success & Well-being

The Office of Student Success & Well-being provides holistic support to graduate students at all stages and on all campuses, including online students. Programs focus on an array of topics ranging from professional development (time management, navigating imposter syndrome) to personal well-being (nutrition, financial literacy) to community building. While all programs seek to foster a sense of inclusivity, there are also offerings focused on the specific needs and experiences of underrepresented and underserved populations including first-generation and rural students. The Office of Student Success & Well-being works to promote an environment in which graduate students can thrive. For more information about our programming, please email

Lisa Sperling, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Student Success & Well-being
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