Elizabeth “Beth” Mayer-Davis, Ph.D., RD, is the dean of The Graduate School and the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine. She has focused her career on diabetes, including the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. She has served as dean of The Graduate School since fall 2022.
Krupal Amin is the inaugural director of academic affairs for The Graduate School. She is responsible for supporting academic initiatives and providing support to graduate students and faculty on academic related inquiries (e.g., new degree and certificate requests, curricular revisions, routine academic petitions, milestones). She works in partnership with others in The Graduate School, such as the Director of Student Affairs and the Admissions/Enrolled Student Services team, to support graduate student success.
Prior to joining the graduate school, Amin supported the Asian American Center at Carolina as the associate director. She has also taught at The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, where she taught American Studies, CRT, and WGSS and served as American Studies Coordinator. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, a master's degree in English literature from UNC-Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in English literature at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on 20th and 21st century U.S. multiethnic literatures, specifically the bildungsroman in Asian American and African American literatures, and race and ethnic studies.
Renata Buchanan serves as the first line of contact providing information and administrative assistance for applicants, students and staff members in the programs listed above; administers admissions applications, enrollment, registration and graduation; provides information on state-centralized residency application process.
In her role as Assistant Dean for Academic and Career Development, Vanessa Doriott Anderson leads workshops and teaches courses that develop students’ ability to build their professional brand, communicate their value, and pursue their chosen career. Doriott Anderson manages the Graduate Student Center; the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership and Management (GCILM); the annual Three Minute Thesis competition; the Graduate School Professional Development Advisory Council; and the bimonthly newsletter reaching over 12,000 subscribers. She also works directly with students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders to promote equitable and inclusive graduate student success.
Doriott Anderson has previously worked with graduate students at NC State and Duke Universities and was a faculty member in French. She received her B.A. from Macalester College, her M.A. from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, and her Ph.D. from Duke University. She is a member of the Graduate Career Consortium (GCC). Her academic specialization in twentieth-century autobiography informs her work with graduate students who seek to shape their many varied skills and experiences into a coherent professional narrative.
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Rhonda Ethridge provides information to prospective applicants, currently enrolled students, visitors, and faculty and staff members of the campus community; provides accounting and administrative support for The Graduate School.
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Chris Harris serves as the first line of contact providing information and administrative assistance for applicants, students and staff members in the programs listed above; administers admissions applications, enrollment, registration and graduation; provides information on state-centralized residency application process.
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Sarah Jacobson manages the office of admissions and enrolled students services, and serves as ETD Site Administrator, providing statistical information and responses to inquiries regarding admission, enrolled student services and graduation.
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Ronice Johnson-Guy serves as the Assistant Director of Diversity and Student Success. She has 20 years of higher education success in admissions, advising, study abroad, and international student and scholar services. She is passionate about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives and partnerships related to enrollment efforts to attract, retain and support underrepresented graduate scholars.
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In her role as functional data analyst, Stephanie Johnston is responsible for the collection, analysis, and reporting of academic data of graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill. The focus of her work is to quantitatively identify and reveal trends, strengths, and weaknesses in the practice of graduate education in support of data-driven decision making.
Johnston works on research projects involving institutional data collection through student, alumni, and faculty surveys, conducts quantitative analysis of longitudinal institutional data, designs data visualization shared with both internal and external stakeholders, creates written reports in support of academic program review studies, conducts data reporting to external funding agency, and responds to ad hoc data analysis requests related to graduate education.
Kim Kuecker supports the Diversity and Student Success Program. Areas of responsibility include event management, program management, and working with financial awards to students. Kuecker updates the DSS website, creates invitations, events and newsletters, and collaborates with the communications team.
In her role as director of the Master of Applied Professional Studies program, Laura Kuizin develops, directs, and manages all programmatic functions of the interdisciplinary studies degree program including admissions, registration, and advisement of students as well as oversight for a core curriculum. Kuizin is also responsible for monitoring academic degree milestones, budgeting and fiscal management, as well as program assessment and marketing.
Betty Lewis serves as the first line of contact providing information and administrative assistance for applicants, students and staff members in the programs listed above; administers admissions applications, enrollment, registration and graduation; provides information on state-centralized residency application process.
Faye Lewis is the primary administrative support for the dean of The Graduate School. This position oversees the dean's calendar as well as creates correspondence on the dean's behalf as needed. She is the prime contact for questions related to the dean's participation in numerous internal and external activities.
As the alumni and donor relations coordinator, she works with the assistant dean for development and alumni relations, the office of University Development as well as other staff members as part of a development team that oversees and manages events, communications, solicitations, acknowledgments, stewardship, and other activities.
Jenny Lewis serves as the first line of contact providing information and administrative assistance for applicants, students and staff members in the programs listed above; administers admissions applications, enrollment, registration and graduation; provides information on state-centralized residency application process.
Kate McAnulty, senior associate dean for student affairs, is responsible for overseeing and supporting the overall graduate student experience. McAnulty coordinates award processes and campus-wide events promoting graduate student achievement and wellbeing, including Orientation, Wellness events, Appreciation Week, and the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony; and directs a variety of graduate student support services and student affairs issues.
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Kyle Miller-Olawsky is a part of the Finance and Operations team in The Graduate School. He is responsible for account reconciliation, transaction review and approval, and assisting with the establishment of budgets. Additionally, he provides monthly, annual, and ad hoc reporting for various departments within the school.
Abby Mitcham serves as the first line of contact providing information and administrative assistance for applicants, students and staff members in the programs listed above; administers admissions applications, enrollment, registration and graduation; provides information on state-centralized residency application process.
Julie Montaigne coordinates internal and external fellowship support, including funding initiatives and The Graduate School fellowship review process and processes payments of tuition, grants and fellowships.
Kate Moser is the associate dean for development and alumni relations and leads The Graduate School's overall advancement efforts. In this role, she works to engage alumni and friends in the life of The Graduate School and secure resources critical to the School's mission.
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Lou Anne Phelps assists with scheduling student services, such as the foreign language proficiency assessment and GRAD professional development courses, assists with revising publications, coordinating workshops, scheduling academic program reviews, and special projects and maintains The Graduate School's departmental Contact Directory.
Laura Pratt is responsible for planning and implementing various activities and events, managing student services and information, and communicating with programs, students and alumni as relates to The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary fellowship programs. These fellowship programs include the Royster Society of Fellows, the Weiss Urban Livability Program, and the National Science Foundation grant recipients. She manages annual student assessments as well as student and program data. She earned a B.A. from UNC Charlotte and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Shaun Rutherford serves as the first line of contact providing information and administrative assistance for applicants, students and staff members in the programs listed above; administers admissions applications, enrollment, registration, and graduation; provides information on state-centralized residency application process.
Brian Rybarczyk, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean for Professional Development. He oversees implementation of professional, career development, and fellowship programs administered by The Graduate School. He develops and implements graduate funding policies and oversees the review processes for a dozen fellowships, awards, plus several grants, scholarships and assistantships annually administered by The Graduate School, including the Royster Society of Fellows and Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship. He also oversees initiatives supporting graduate students receiving external fellowships and grants from private foundations and federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation. Rybarczyk serves as Chair of the Fellowship Committee of The Graduate School Administrative Board. In collaboration with the director of fellowships, he manages the Graduate Funding Information Center and initiates innovative programs to meet the changing needs of graduate students.
Additionally, Rybarczyk directs the Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program (PITAP) which provides training for graduate student instructors new to the U.S. classroom and serves as co-administrative lead and a member of the leadership team for the international network Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). He is an active member of the Graduate Career Consortium, a professional organization that advances graduate and postdoctoral career and professional development. His campus-wide service includes the Leadership Educators Group, the Carolina Career Community and serving as the program coordinator for the SPIRE Postdoctoral Fellowship program.
Stephanie Schmitt is the associate dean for academics in The Graduate School. In this position, she is responsible for administrative oversight for graduate education assessment efforts such as the campus-wide Program Review Process. This includes approximately eight external reviews each year and an equal number of closure meetings and midpoint evaluations for prior reviews. The review process is conducted for all undergraduate and graduate programs at the university in concert with the Provost's Office and includes the preparation of a self-study, a site visit by external reviewers from peer institutions, and extensive follow-up from the recommendations such as program responses and midpoint progress evaluations.
Schmitt also has collaborative oversight for several academic initiatives, including The Graduate School's academic policy interpretation, admissions and enrolled student services for graduate programs, academic and professional development for graduate students, international collaborations and initiatives, and major data collection and reporting initiatives within The Graduate School. Other academic initiatives falling within the scope of Schmitt's responsibilities include facilitating new and revised degree/program requests for graduate studies at Carolina, overseeing the graduate certificate policies process, chairing the Academic Policy Committee of The Graduate School's Administrative Board, maintaining the university's polices on graduate faculty designation, and updating academic policies like the Graduate Handbook relevant to graduate education.
Schmitt also represents graduate education interests on various university-wide committees, including the Student Data Stewards, Friday Center Advisory Board, International Advisory Council, Curriculum Committee, Diploma Task Force, and Academic Planning Task Force.
Prior to coming to The Graduate School Schmitt was an executive with a management consulting firm and served as a nonpartisan policy analyst with the North Carolina General Assembly. An alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Schmitt earned her BA in International Studies and Political Science, her MPA from the School of Government, and her PhD in Public Policy. She has participated in and worked closely with programs at Carolina Leadership Development, Carolina Women's Center, and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, for which she was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece honor society and the Frank Porter Graham Graduate & Professional Student Honor Society.
Laura Thorp, the inaugural director of student affairs, is responsible for supporting graduate student success. Collaborating with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Thorp supports the student award processes and helps lead events such as Orientation, Wellness Events, and Appreciation Week.
Rachell Underhill provides technical support for Graduate School web sites, builds and administers custom web applications and databases, develops custom digital solutions, and provides guidance and training on all aspects of information technology, including digital communications, accessibility, and information security.
Underhill is a two-time Carolina graduate, including a post-graduate certificate in Technology and Communication from the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. She is on the board of directors of the UNC Web Professionals organization and is a charter member of the national HighEdWeb Association where she serves as conference technical lead and is a member of the association's Safety, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Kathy Wood is the director of Diversity and Student Success where she has built an award-winning program for diverse graduate scholars. She has created a recruitment and retention program for graduate students with varying identities: first-generation in a graduate program, Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC), international, LGBTQIA+, and military-affiliated.
Wood has 18 years of Diversity Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) experience in higher education and is passionate about building sustainable communities of belonging that ultimately produce student success.
Beverly Wyrick directs and oversees personnel, budgets, and the office of The Graduate School, and manages financial accounting for all Graduate School awards to graduate students including fellowships, grants, and tuition support.