Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Offices and Staff

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Dean’s Office

 

Thomas D. Pollard
Dean of the Graduate School
HGS 112
203-432-2733
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The Dean of the Graduate School is responsible for the educational mission of the Graduate School, its faculty, the quality of its programs, and the welfare of graduate students.

   

Diane Hovey
Executive Assistant
    to the Dean
HGS 112
203-432-2733
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Thomas D. Pollard
Dean of the Graduate School
HGS 112
203-432-2733
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Tom Pollard joined the Yale faculty in 2001 and is now Sterling Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology with appointments in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and in Cell Biology. In addition to being responsible for graduate education, he and Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College, share the responsibilities of the dean of the faculty. Tom graduated with honors from Pomona College in 1964, taking a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Zoology, and received his M.D. with honors from Harvard Medical School. As a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Salk Institute and now at Yale, Tom’s research group has focused on the molecular basis of cellular motility and cell division. In addition to research and teaching, Tom chaired his departments at the Johns Hopkins Medical School and Yale, was President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and served as president of two scientific societies. His honors include the Gairdner International Award, E.B. Wilson Award from the American Society for Cell Biology and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine.

Academic Deans

The academic associate and assistant deans of the Graduate School are responsible for the administration of graduate programs, normally in consultation with the Directors of Graduate Studies. They oversee academic performance and the regulations and policies of the Graduate School, conduct various fellowship competitions, and coordinate admissions and financial aid.

 

Pamela Schirmeister
Associate Dean
HGS 136
203-432-7598
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Richard G. Sleight
Associate Dean
HGS 132
203-432-2744
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Allegra di Bonaventura
Assistant Dean
HGS 135
203-436-2628
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Robert Harper-Mangels
Assistant Dean
HGS 133
203-432-1884
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Robin Ladouceur
Assistant Dean
HGS 137
203-432-8093
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Carl Hashimoto
Assistant Dean
HGS 134
203-737-2746
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Alicia Grendziszewski
Senior Administrative
  Assistant
HGS 134
203-432-7598
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Theresa Dio
Senior Administrative
  Assistant
HGS 134
203-432-2744
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Pamela Schirmeister
Associate Dean
HGS 136
203-432-7598
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Pamela Schirmeister joined the Graduate School as associate dean in 1999, and is also dean of special projects at Yale College. Her responsibilities include the academic affairs of the graduate programs in the Humanities, African American Studies, Economics, Management, Political Science, Sociology, as well as master’s programs in African Studies, East Asian Studies, European & Russian Studies, International & Development Economics and International Relations. She oversees the Graduate Writing Center and serves on a number of University advisory committees that provide academic support, student services and resource management.

Dean Schirmeister’s academic training is in nineteenth-century American literature. Her research interests also include the relation between philosophy and literature, psychoanalytic theory, and biography, and she has published several books and many articles in these areas. She received from Yale both her B.A. (BK) and Ph.D. in English and currently serves as Lecturer in Yale College, where she has taught courses in English, Comparative Literature and the Humanities. Before returning to Yale, Schirmeister worked as a reporter for Time Magazine and taught at Middlebury, NYU and at University of Konstanz, where she is also a member of the International Advisory Board.

 

Richard G. Sleight
Associate Dean
HGS 132
203-432-2744
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Richard Sleight joined the Graduate School as an associate dean in September 1996, having served for ten years as a tenured faculty member at the medical school of the University of Cincinnati. His portfolio includes the central campus science departments, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, the Medical School, the Nursing School and the School of Public Health, as well as the departments of Anthropology, Psychology, Linguistics and Statistics. He has research expertise in lipid biochemistry and the intracellular transport of lipid molecules.

Dean Sleight has served as President of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and as a board member for the Council of Graduate Schools. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University.

 

Carl Hashimoto
Assistant Dean
HGS 135
203-737-2746
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Carl Hashimoto joined the Graduate School as assistant dean in 2011. His responsibilities include administration of the Gruber Science Fellowship Program, special projects to enhance graduate education and training, and academic affairs of graduate programs in the sciences and Engineering.

Dean Hashimoto is also professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Cell Biology at the Medical School. His research interests are in the general area of cell and developmental biology, and he has taught courses for medical and graduate students as well as undergraduates. He received his A.B. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale.

 

Allegra di Bonaventura
Assistant Dean
HGS 135
203-436-2628
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Allegra di Bonaventura joined the Graduate School as an assistant dean in November 2011. Her responsibilities include the academic affairs of the graduate programs in the Humanities, African American Studies, Economics, Management, Political Science, Sociology, as well as master’s programs in African Studies, East Asian Studies, European and Russian Studies, International Development & Economics, and International Relations. She advises students regarding financial aid, exchanges and leaves, and she oversees funding competitions sponsored by the Graduate School.

Dean di Bonaventura received a Ph.D. in History from Yale and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She also holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in German from Middlebury College. Prior to joining the Graduate School, she worked in investment counsel, practiced law, and taught at Rutgers School of Law. Her first book, a narrative history of New England family life, was released by Norton/Liveright in 2013.

 

Robin Ladouceur
Assistant Dean
HGS 137
203-432-8093
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Robin Ladouceur joined the Graduate School this fall as an Assistant Dean. Her responsibilities include overseeing communications activities for the Graduate School and working with Associate Dean Pamela Schirmeister and Assistant Dean Allegra di Bonaventura to administer the academic programs and fellowships in their portfolios. Previously, she held posts with the University’s Instructional Technology Group (ITG), where she worked with faculty to expand the uses of technology in undergraduate courses; as a Lector for Russian language and Lecturer in Russian Literature; and as a language resource specialist with the Center for Language Study. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 and her PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature from Yale in 2004.

 

Robert Harper-Mangels
Assistant Dean
HGS 133
203-432-1884
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Robert Harper-Mangels has served as assistant dean of the Graduate School since 2006. His responsibilities include the academic affairs of the graduate programs in the Sciences and Engineering, as well as Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Statistics. He is the campus advisor for graduate and professional students applying to the Fulbright student award, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, as well as liaison to the Graduate Student Assembly.

Dean Harper-Mangels earned his B.A. in Music and Psychology at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before coming to Yale, he served as Assistant Director of the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience.

Admissions Office

 

Robert Colonna
Director
HGS 117B
203-432-2749
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The Office of Graduate Admissions coordinates and oversees all aspects of application to the Graduate School for individuals seeking master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as for non-degree study. The office also works with the associate deans and academic departments to provide relevant information and application decisions to applicants.

   

Lisa Furino
Assistant Director
HGS 117A
203-432-7017
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Jaime Dietz
Admissions Associate
HGS 135
203-432-2773

 

Robert Colonna
Director
HGS 117B
203-432-2749
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Robert Colonna joined the Graduate School as director of admissions in 2002. During that time, he has overseen the transition from a paper-based process to an environment that is now almost entirely electronic.

Upon completion of his B.S. in Bacteriology from Oregon State University, Mr. Colonna served for ten years in the United States Marine Corps as a logistics officer posted to various duty stations in the United States and overseas. He then joined the Association of American Medical Colleges as Director of Operations for the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). He received his MBA from Marymount University in 1990.

Teaching Fellow Program

 

Judith Dozier Hackman
Director
HGS 139
203-432-2709
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The Teaching Fellow Program provides opportunities for graduate students to develop teaching skills, under faculty guidance, through active participation in the teaching of Yale undergraduates.

   

Howard el-Yasin
Assistant Director
HGS 139
203-432-2757
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Teaching Fellow Program

 

Judith Dozier Hackman
Director
HGS 139
203-432-2709
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Judith Dozier Hackman, director of the Teaching Fellow Program Office and associate dean for assessment in Yale College, has worked at Yale since 1971. She has held her current position since 1999, having previously served as director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, associate dean of administration in Yale College, and director of the Office of Institutional Research.

Dean Hackman received her B.A. from the University of Illinois, M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has published 19 articles, chapters and reviews in professional journals and books, participated as an editorial review board member for several journals, and served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She is currently vice chair of the MacMurray College Board of Trustees in Jacksonville, Illinois, vice chair of the United Way of Greater New Haven, and a member of the University Church Council.

Graduate Student Life

 

Lisa Brandes
Assistant Dean
   for Student Affairs
HGS 126
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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The Office of Student Life directs programs organized by the McDougal Fellows and supervises events such as New Student Orientation and Commencement. The office coordinates graduate student services; serves as the students’ advocate and liaison for graduate housing, dining services, health services, athletics, security, parking and transit; and provides confidential consultations to address student questions and complaints.

   

Jennifer Mendelsohn
Associate Director
HGS 125
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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Graduate Student Life

 

Lisa Brandes
Assistant Dean
   for Student Affairs
HGS 126
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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Lisa Brandes joined the staff of the Graduate School in 1996 upon the founding of the McDougal Graduate Student Center. She has worked with graduate student fellows and staff to develop a wide range of social and cultural events and foster a greater sense of community among students and postdoctoral fellows. She oversees orientation and various events sponsored by the Graduate School, including coordination of Commencement activities.

Raised in Louisiana, Dean Brandes received her B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She earned her M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale, with a specialization in international relations. Lisa held faculty positions at Tufts and Wesleyan Universities, and her research focused on the domestic sources of foreign policy, particularly the impact of gender on public attitudes toward war and peace issues. Brandes has served as an officer within regional and national political science associations and women’s groups. More recently, she has been a leader in graduate student services associations and active in graduate education issues, writing articles and making conference presentations on graduate student life and mental health.

McDougal Center Office

The McDougal Center office addresses general inquiries regarding the Center’s facilities and coordinates events sponsored by the Center. A student program assistant is available during the Center’s operating hours.

 

Yvette Barnard
Program Coordinator
HGS 123
203-432-8850
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Student Program Assistant
HGS 124
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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Graduate Writing Center

 

Elena Kallestinova
Director
35 Broadway, Room 210
203-432-GRAD (4723)
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The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) helps graduate students become prolific and successful academic writers. It offers assistance through academic writing workshops, panels with invited speakers and individual consultations between students and writing tutors. GWC also offers dissertation support groups, boot camps and peer-review groups in order to reduce the stress that students often encounter during the process of writing a dissertation. Its staff works with faculty and students of all departments to understand and address their specific disciplinary cultures.

Graduate Writing Center

 

Elena Kallestinova
Director
35 Broadway, Room 210
203-432-GRAD (4723)
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Elena Kallestinova joined the Graduate School in 2008 to design and implement graduate writing programs and coordinate the work of the graduate writing advisors and fellows. She provides individual and group consultations to graduate students at all stages of their student career and works with faculty members to design group programs for students in their departments.

Dr. Kallestinova received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and M.A. in TESOL from the University of Iowa and her B.A. and M.A. in Theoretical and Computational Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia. She has been teaching academic writing, linguistic and ESL classes since the mid-1990s.

Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity

 

Michelle Nearon
Assistant Dean
HGS 127
203-436-1301
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The Office for Diversity and Equal Opportunity coordinates efforts to recruit and retain students from diverse backgrounds, including minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups at the Graduate School. The office supports the needs of these students as they pursue graduate study and implements a wide array of academic and social programs. These services are available to all graduate students in an attempt to foster a sense of understanding and respect among all students, while simultaneously creating a more inclusive campus community. In addition, ODEO administers the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.

Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

 

Michelle Nearon
Assistant Dean
HGS 127
203-436-1301
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Michelle Nearon joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2008, where she works closely with students, members of the faculty and administration, and the McDougal Center Offices, to proactively recruit, retain, and assist in the professional development of graduate students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and lifestyle backgrounds.

Dean Nearon received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. After completing her master’s degree she devoted approximately ten years to both the aerospace and automotive industries, beginning as a research engineer and ultimately becoming a general manager. She then completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in May 2000. Nearon subsequently served on the faculty at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as director of recruitment and diversification in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences until coming to Yale.

Yale Teaching Center

 

William Rando
Director
HGS 120
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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The Graduate Teaching Center (GTC) provides a wide array of teaching enhancement services, from individual consultations to University-wide events like “Teaching at Yale” Days and the Spring Teaching Forum and Innovation Fair. GTC courses and workshops combine peer-led discussions of teaching experiences with the introduction of expert teaching methods in all aspects of pedagogy. GTC also works with academic departments and programs to help their graduate students succeed in the classroom.

 

Kristin Rudenga
Associate Director
HGS 120
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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William Rando
Director
HGS 120
203-432-BLUE (2583)
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William Rando has served as the director of the Yale Teaching Center since 1998. He is responsible for developing programs and resources to assist academic departments in advancing the teaching preparedness and skill of their graduate students. He also provides teaching consultation to faculty members and support on curricular issues to schools and departments across campus.

Rando’s areas of expertise include curricular design and assessment, rhetoric and public address, and qualitative research. He received his B.A. from Boston College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Graduate Career Services

 

Victoria Blodgett
Director
HGS 122
203-436-BLUE (2583)
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Graduate Career Services (GCS) is a career center for students and alumni/ae of Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Through individual advising, programs and a library of resource materials as well as internet resources, the office assists graduate students and alumni/ae with career planning and decision-making. GCS consults with directors of graduate studies to develop programs that supplement the department’s role in the professional development of students pursuing an academic career. For graduate students considering careers beyond academia, GCS initiates programs and develops links with employers who seek the skills of our students and alumni/ae.

Graduate Career Services

 

Victoria Blodgett
Director
HGS 122
203-436-BLUE (2583)
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Victoria Blodgett has served as the director of Graduate Career Services since 2006. She provides career advising, develops programs and resources on career related topics, and works with faculty, departments, alumni, and domestic and international employers to provide a wide range of information on career opportunities for advanced degree candidates.

Prior to joining the staff of the Graduate School, Blodgett worked for nearly 20 years as a student affairs leader at Cornell University and Keene State College. She has additional experience as a secondary school teacher and business entrepreneur, as well as having worked in the nonprofit sector. She serves as chair of the Board of Managers at the New Haven YMCA Youth Center and on the Board of Trustees of New Hampton School, where she chairs the Governance Committee. Blodgett earned her B.A. in American Studies and M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Keene State College.

 

Jennifer Brinley
Director
HGS 131
203-432-7980
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The Financial Aid Office is a resource to GSAS students, departments, and non-Yale organizations needing guidance or assistance regarding financial aid policies, and the administration of fellowships and student loan programs. The office oversees and maintains financial and data management systems and disburses all graduate student financial aid.

   

Susan Wrzosek
Financial Aid Officer
HGS 130
203-432-2899
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Ken Cummings
Financial Aid Assistant
HGS 129
203-432-7423
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Jennifer Brinley
Director
HGS 131
203-432-7980
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Jennifer Brinley joined the Graduate School Financial Aid Office in 1996. In her role as Director, Ms. Brinley plans and coordinates a wide range of financial aid services for Graduate School students and serves as a resource for affiliated departments and programs across the University.

Upon obtaining her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, Ms. Brinley worked for several years as an Assistant Vice President and commercial credit analyst at Bank of America. Ms. Brinley joined Yale in 1994 as a budget analyst in the Finance Department.

Student Services and Reception

The reception office is the source of information for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. This office also collects dissertations submitted to the Graduate School and receives and distributes departmental mail.

 

Sandra Foley
HGS 140
203-436-1842
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Anita Quinn
HGS 140
203-432-9618
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Barbara Withington
HGS 140
203-432-0461
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Business Operations

 

Jane Lee
Director
HGS 113
203-432-7764
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Dawn Finaldi
Operations Manager
HGS 142
203-432-2708
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Registrar’s Office

 

Stephen Goot
Deputy Registrar
203-436-0492
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Nancy Sonzoni
Senior Administrative Assistant
203-432-2743
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