Who Are We?

Dean Karen P. DePauwKaren DePauw, Group Leader
Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education
Virginia Tech

Karen P. DePauw is Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and tenured Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise. Before coming to Tech, she served 22 years on the faculty at Washington State University and held several administrative positions, including Dean of the Graduate School. In her administrative positions, she has been a strong advocate for diversity and equity in higher education and has spoken at national conferences on changing roles and responsibilities of faculty, preparing the future professoriate and change facing the 21st century university.

Dr. DePauw has held several leadership roles in graduate education. She was a founding member and Facilitator/Chair for the Virginia Council of Graduate School (VCGS) and assumes the position of President of the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) in February 2007. She has been a panelist, speaker and presenter at regional affiliates (CSGS, WAGS) and national CGS meetings and workshops. In addition, she has been an invited speaker for NSF IGERT meetings and NSF Advance conferences and workshops.

At Virginia Tech, her major accomplishments include success in building a strong graduate community, the establishment of the innovative Graduate Life Center (GLC), the implementation of an imaging system (Nolij) and the signature initiative known as Transformative Graduate Education (TGE). Transformative Graduate Education includes programs and coursework in the following programs: Preparing the Future Professoriate (PFP), Preparing the Career Professional (PFPro), Graduate Education Development Institute (GEDI) (with VT Learning Technologies), GTA workshop, and Citizen Scholar engagement program (CSE). As Graduate Dean, she teaches Preparing the Future Professoriate, Citizen Scholar Seminar, and PFP: Global Perspectives seminar annually.

Dr. DePauw has earned a scholarly reputation in the fields of kinesiology, disability sport and disability studies. She has published extensively (75+ books, journal articles and chapters), presented keynote and scholar lectures (more than 150) around the world. She has served as a journal editor, on numerous editorial boards, and in numerous leadership positions for national and international sport science associations. Dr. DePauw earned the A.B. in Sociology from Whittier College, M.S. in Special Education from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University. She previously taught with the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Schools and at California State University – Los Angeles.

Karin BartoszukKarin Bartoszuk, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Human Development and Learning
East Tennessee State University

Dr. Bartoszuk received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Her research interests include identity development during adolescence and young adulthood, family influences during adolescence and young adulthood, college student retention, and positive youth development.

The School of Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University is in the enviable position of being large enough to offer a great variety of excellent graduate programs typically encountered at much larger schools, yet being small enough to retain the personalized service most people associate with smaller universities. Since 1949, when the State Board of Education authorized East Tennessee State College to offer graduate instruction, the Graduate School has grown from one Master of Arts degree in education to over 60 programs, which, when concentrations are taken into account, results in more than 120 different program choices across nine colleges and schools. ETSU’s graduate and professional students earn master’s degrees in almost 40 fields, doctoral degrees in 11 fields, and graduate certificates in 17 fields. All of our programs are approved by the State of Tennessee, and all that are eligible for accreditation by national accrediting agencies or boards have achieved accreditation.

David DalekeDavid Daleke
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Administration
Indiana University Graduate School

David Daleke is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Indiana University School of Medicine and is currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the Indiana University Graduate School. He holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology and a PhD in Biophysical Chemistry from Stanford University and was an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at San Francisco, prior to joining Indiana University in 1988.

Dr. Daleke’s research interests are in the structure and function of biological membranes. His lab studies selective lipid transporters, or “flippases,” that function to maintain lipid organization in biological membranes, with the goal of the identifying their biochemical characteristics as well as understanding the role that altered membrane phospholipid organization plays in cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes. These studies have been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. Dr. Daleke serves on the editorial boards of BMC Biochemistry, Molecular Pharmaceutics and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Dr. Daleke teaches biochemistry to first year medical students and has served in a wide variety of service roles at Indiana University as a faculty member, including stints as president of both the Bloomington Campus Faculty Council and Indiana University Faculty Council. Since 2004 he has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration in the Indiana University Graduate School, where he has responsibility for curricular affairs, academic program development and review, international programs, fellowships, data collection, office operations and graduate student progress.

Carolyn HodgesCarolyn Hodges
Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Carolyn R. Hodges has served as Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville since January 2007 and is a Professor of German in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures. She holds a B.A. degree in French from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. Before assuming her current position she was head of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at UTK and then went on to become to become the Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hodges’s academic focus displays a broad interest in interdisciplinary studies and a global approach to literary studies. Her teaching and research have emphasized three major areas: multicultural perspectives in modern German literature, comparative literature, and multicultural education. Thus, her writing and teaching have examined the question of German identity in an increasingly diverse German society; comparisons of African-American, Afro-German, and German voices in literature; and theoretical and pedagogical approaches to multicultural education. She has collaborated with university graduate programs to establish partnerships with universities in France, Italy, and China, and was a two-week guest administrator in 2011 at Wuhan University in China.

Selected examples of her institutional and professional service include: member of the executive committee of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools; co-chair of the University of Tennessee Task Force for the Internationalization and Intercultural Awareness Initiative; participant in the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute; past secretary-treasurer and past president of the Southern Comparative Literature Association (SCLA); member of the editorial boards for The Comparatist (SCLA) and UTK Press; one of the founding members of the American Association of Teachers of German Alle lernen Deutsch Committee, which disseminates information about minorities in the teaching and learning of German in the United States and abroad.

Edelma HuntleyDr. Edelma Huntley
Dean, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School
Chief Research Officer, Appalachian State University

Edelma Huntley has been dean of the graduate school and chief research officer at Appalachian State University since 2006. Under her watch as dean, graduate enrollment has increased over 50% and the graduate assistantship budget has doubled. She and her leadership team created the Chancellor’s Fellows program, the Graduate Research Associates Mentoring program that has led to several faculty/student-authored publications in major journals, and the Diversity Research Associates program that assists graduate programs with diversity related special projects. Several new graduate degree programs—including two PSMs—have been established during her tenure; both PSMs are now globally focused with partnerships in Italy, France, Mexico, and Brazil. As chief research officer, she established the Office of Research Protections as well as the Office of Grants Resources and Services, and significantly built up the capacity of the Office of Sponsored Programs. She developed and implemented The Big Idea internal research grants and the research development fellowships program, and acquired significant funding for equipment.

Active in the graduate education community, Huntley has been president of the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools, and is currently Vice President/President Elect of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools. She serves on the Council of Graduate Schools Committee on Minorities in Graduate Education and on the Graduate Record Examination Services Committee.

Huntley has a Ph.D. in restoration and 18th-century British literature from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. At Appalachian, she has been honored with the Plemmons Leadership Medallion awarded by the Board of Trustees, the Distinguished Graduate Faculty award, and the UNC Board of Governors Outstanding Teaching Award. Somewhere along the way, her research veered forward three hundred years into Asian American literature, inspired in part by her realization that she had never read anything written by anyone who looked like her. That interest led to two books on Maxine Hong Kingston and Amy Tan.

Her current project, another major detour, focuses on narrative theory and gastronomic references in detective fiction.

Cathryn JohnsonDr. Cathryn Johnson
Senior Associate Dean, Laney Graduate School
Emory University

Cathryn Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Iowa (1990) and came to Emory University in 1990 as an assistant professor in sociology. She is currently professor in sociology, and recently became Senior Associate Dean of Laney Graduate School at Emory University (August 2011). Cathryn has served on graduate program committees within sociology and graduate fellowship committees for Laney Graduate School. Recently, she served as the Director of Graduate Studies in sociology for a three- year term.

Johnson’s research focuses on legitimacy processes, emotions, responses to injustice, identity formation and negotiation, and environmental identity and citizenship. With a wide range of publications, she is also the recipient of numerous research and teaching grants as well as honors and awards, including most recently, the 2011 George P. Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentoring. The Cuttino Award in particular recognizes Johnson’s outstanding and generous contributions to mentoring students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In August 2010 she was appointed coeditor, with Karen Hegtvedt, of an American Sociological Association journal, Social Psychology Quarterly, for a three- year term.

Nancy MarcusNancy Marcus, Ph.D.
Dean of Gradate Studies
Florida State University

Dr. Nancy Marcus became Dean of The Graduate School at the Florida State University in August 2005. As Dean, she is responsible for broad oversight of the education of approximately 8,500 graduate and professional students. She has participated in several projects promoted by the Council of Graduate Schools including the Ph.D. Completion Project, Responsible Conduct of Research, Preparing Future Faculty, and the Professional Science Master’s program. Since becoming Dean she has promoted the enhancement of the Professional Development Workshop series for graduate students and the development and implementation of a university-wide online graduate student tracking tool. She earned a B.A. from Goucher College and a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University. She was a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for 11 years. In 1987 she joined the Department of Oceanography at Florida State University. She was Director of the Marine Laboratory from 1989 – 2001, Chairperson of the Department of Oceanography from 2003-2005, and Director of the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) program from 2001-2005 at Florida State University. Dr. Marcus is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science. In 2001 she was named the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor by Florida State University. She served as President of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography in 1995, and a Regional editor of Marine Biology from 1992-2000. In addition she has served as a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, Chair of the NASULGC Board on Oceans and Atmosphere, and a member of the GRE Advisory Board. She just completed a one year term as President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

Michelle MarksMichelle A. Marks
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
George Mason University

Dr. Michelle A. Marks is the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at George Mason University. In this capacity, she is responsible for campus-wide administrative leadership and coordination of academic programs including graduate, undergraduate and distance education, advising, planning, assessment, and accreditation. She is also an Associate Professor of Management in Mason’s School of Management. She earned her undergraduate degree from James Madison University, and her M.S. and Ph.D.in ndustrial/Organizational pychology from George Mason University. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Dr. Marks has spent her career studying leadership development and teamwork in organizations. She has published theoretical models and empirical studies that illustrate the dynamic nature of the collaborative processes used by organizational teams and the critical roles of team leaders. Dr. Marks has authored and delivered more than 75 peer review journal articles and national conference research presentations. In 2006, Dr. Marks won the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award and in 2008 and 2011 she won the Executive MBA Professor of the Year award. She teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, global business and human resource management in executive, MBA and undergraduate programs. She has led GMU graduate student short- term study abroad courses to the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, France, Hungary, Austria, England, and the Czech Republic where students study global business and cross-cultural adaptability.

Bonnie MelhartBonnie Melhart, Ph.D.
Associate Provost of Academic Affairs
Dean of University Programs
Texas Christian University

Dr. Bonnie Melhart is the Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies & University Programs at TCU. Programs under her University Programs oversight include Study Abroad, Women’s Studies, Intensive English, Master of Liberal Arts and Ranch Management. Melhart holds the PhD in Information and Computer Science, with a concentration in Software Engineering, and is author of numerous papers on research of processor assignment for massively parallel systems, security and reliability of software systems, and embedded systems specification. She is on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at TCU and teaches leadership and communication courses when time allows. A graduate of the Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, she has held several administrative posts at TCU and spearheads programs on leadership development for graduate students and women faculty. She is an active member of several community boards, including the Wesley Foundation and Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Sherry SandkhamSherry Sandkham, Ph.D.
Associate dean, Graduate School
Director, Preparing Future Faculty Program
Director, Graduate School Mentorship Program
Virginia Commonwealth University

Sherry Sandkam, Ph.D., is associate dean of the Graduate School and holds a collateral faculty appointment as assistant professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership.

Sandkam’s primary areas of interest include higher education administration and the sociology of education. As associate dean, she also serves as the graduate program director of the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as director of the PFF Program and the Graduate School Mentorship Program.

Sandkam holds a Ph.D. in Education and M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Longwood College.

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