Faculty Advisor

The Graduate Student Assembly of Virginia Tech is advised by Dr. Karen DePauw and Mr. Scott Nachlis.

Dr. Karen DePauw, Dean of the Graduate School

Dr. Karen P. DePauw is Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, and a tenured Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Prior to employment at Virginia Tech, she served 22 years on the faculty and as an administrator at Washington State University. Since her arrival at Virginia Tech, her major accomplishments include success in building a strong diverse graduate community, the establishment of the innovative Graduate Life Center (GLC), and the signature initiative known as Transformative Graduate Education (TGE). As Graduate Dean, she teaches three graduate courses: Preparing the Future Professoriate, Citizen Scholar Seminar, and PFP: Global Perspectives seminar annually.

Dr. DePauw earned a B.A. 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. Her scholarship has focused on inclusion, equity issues, social construction of disability, and sociology of the body. Throughout her academic career, she has served in leadership positions for national and international associations, received numerous honors and awards and has worked extensively with the United States Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the Olympic & Paralympic Congresses since 1984.


Scott Nachlis, Assistant Director for Student Governance

Scott Nachlis stands smiling at the camera

Mr. Scott Nachlis is the Assistant Director for Student Governance, where he co-advises the Graduate Student Assembly and advises the Student Government Association. Prior to employment at Virginia Tech, Scott worked at the University Of Florida, where he served as the Assistant Director for Career and Leadership Programs, and then Associate Director for Business Career Services.

Mr. Nachlis earned a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Ithaca College, and M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Ball State University. Scott holds a certificate as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), has presented at various national and regional conferences, and maintains membership in National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).