From the Dean

September 19, 2017

Fall Quarter Letter from the Dean of The Graduate School

As the new Dean of The Graduate School (TGS) and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, I am beginning this year the same way new students do: meeting new people, getting oriented, and navigating through the resources Northwestern offers to Ph.D. students, master's students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff.

June 29, 2017

Jennifer Hobbs to leave TGS

Jennifer E. Hobbs, PhD, will be leaving her position as TGS Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Training and Development, effective August 1, 2017, to begin the new role of Chief of Staff and Associate Vice Provost in the Office of the Provost at Emory University.

June 20, 2017

Pat Mann to Retire from Northwestern

Patricia Mann will retire from her role as Assistant Dean of Financial Aid at The Graduate School, effective at the end of August after 40 years of service to the graduate community at Northwestern.

May 16, 2017

Angela G. Ray Appointed TGS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Effective September 1

I am pleased to announce that Angela G. Ray, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, will become Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The Graduate School beginning September 1, 2017.

May 2, 2017

Damon L. Williams joins The Graduate School as Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion

I am pleased to announce that, effective June 15, 2017, Damon L. Williams will become Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in The Graduate School. Damon will be responsible for all recruitment and retention activities TGS conducts, continuing to build upon the solid foundation for this work laid by his predecessor, Nsombi B. Ricketts.

April 18, 2017

Interim Plan for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

As you know, Nsombi B. Ricketts moved from her role as Assistant Dean of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in TGS to become Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern.

April 17, 2017

Spring Quarter Letter from the Dean of The Graduate School

Let me begin my spring 2017 quarterly letter with warm spring wishes from The Graduate School.

April 5, 2017

NLRB Update: Know Your Rights

We are aware that a group of Northwestern graduate students has invited officials and members from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union onto campus in the coming days to host meetings about graduate student unionization.

February 28, 2017

Announcing the 2017 Presidential Fellows

I write to inform you that the winners of the Presidential Fellowship have been selected for the 2017 academic year. This fellowship is the most prestigious award available to graduate students at Northwestern: it is funded by the President of the University and awarded by The Graduate School.

February 27, 2017

Nsombi Ricketts to Leave The Graduate School

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Nsombi B. Ricketts will leave TGS on March 31, 2017 to become Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern. Nsombi will begin her new appointment in the Office of the Provost on April 3, 2017.

February 14, 2017

Deferral option for international graduate applicants

To help reassure and retain current applicants who your program has recommended, or plans to recommend, for admission, you may offer these applicants the option to defer enrollment for up to one year.

February 7, 2017

Huey Copeland to Leave TGS August 2017

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Huey Copeland will step down as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective August 31, 2017, to return full-time to the Graduate Faculty and his duties as Associate Professor of Art History with affiliations in African-American Studies, Art Theory & Practice, and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

January 30, 2017

Response to Executive Order on Immigration

I write you today to follow up on the message President Schapiro sent yesterday, and to reaffirm that The Graduate School supports all members of our intellectual community.

January 17, 2017

Winter Quarter Letter from the Dean of The Graduate School

First off, a very Happy New Year to everyone. It has already proven to be a momentous year due to both local and national events. And many of us are engaged in serious and soul-searching discussions not only about our future directions, but also about the individual and collective roles we will play in that future.