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Fall Quarter Letter from the Dean of The Graduate School

Modified: September 19, 2017

Dear Members of The Graduate Community,
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. For those of you who are new to Northwestern, I encourage you to begin this year with the spirit of discovery: meet as many people as you can, and be open to possibilities for professional development, interdisciplinary research, and Chicago cultural opportunities available to you.
The Graduate School has undergone substantive change over the last few months, and I am not the only new member of the staff by a long shot. We have recently welcomed:
Angela G. Ray, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. While Angela works primarily with faculty and staff in programs, her role ensures that attention is paid to the quality of each of our academic programs, and also upholds the quality of our admissions practices. Some of you already know her, as she has been a member of the faculty in Communication Studies since 2003.
Damon Williams, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion. Responsible for recruitment and retention of a diverse body of students, Damon travels to recruitment fairs and hosts campus visits. He plans quarterly Diversity Celebrations, partnering with students to ensure their experience at Northwestern is successful.
Dana Bozeman, Associate Director of Student Engagement. Reporting to Associate Dean for Student Affairs Hank Seifert, Dana works closely with graduate students and organizations. She is an advocate for graduate students, and students may work with her on non-academic issues they encounter, as she can provide references to many resources on campus. She holds walk-in hours on Friday mornings (featuring donuts!) for any questions or concerns you might have, or just to get to know her. These walk-in hours are publicized in TGS’s Wire, our weekly newsletter to students.
As I’ve begun my time at TGS, I have been struck by the commitment of my staff to making the graduate and postdoctoral experiences at Northwestern as comprehensive and supportive as possible. At TGS, we work diligently to provide students with services and engagement opportunities that are relevant, and we are responsive to questions, comments, and concerns. I encourage you to take advantage of our professional development opportunities we offer, as well as the events and initiatives we have in place to connect you with your peers, like TGS Days and Nights Out, and Community Building Grants. Be in touch with us when you make intellectual breakthroughs or new discoveries. We want to highlight your work with other members of the community. And, if you encounter issues or stumbling blocks, and we will do our best to assist you or refer you to resources that can be of help.

Finally, as it is National Postdoc Appreciation week, please take the time to celebrate your postdoc peers and colleagues. Our Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a number of events to honor postdocs this week for all of their contributions to our community, which you can see on our social media pages.
I look forward to meeting you, and I wish you a productive academic year.
My best,

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
Dean, The Graduate School and
Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Northwestern University

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