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The Graduate School is one of the ten colleges and schools of Vanderbilt University. The Graduate School is the pathway and official school of record for Graduate School student applications, admissions, registration and enrollment, monitoring and recording of academic progress and milestones (residency, qualifying examinations, candidacy, defense of dissertation), and the awarding of degrees.

Vanderbilt University Graduate School
117 Alumni Hall
2205 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

The Graduate School main office is located in Alumni Hall, Room 117, with additional offices in Room 010 downstairs. Please feel free to visit during our business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST), Monday through Friday.

Staff & Administration

Mark Wallace    

Mark Wallace

    Dean of the Graduate School
(615) 343-2727
    Senior Administrator in The Graduate School
 
Sheri Stephens    

Sheri Stephens

    Assistant to the Dean
graduateschool@vanderbilt.edu
(615) 343-2727
    Manages Dean Wallace's calendar and travel, assists with reception and referral
       
Richard Hoover    

Richard Hoover

   

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
(615) 322-3944

    Academic Affairs, Honor Fellowships, Student Travel Grants, Dissertation Enhancement Grants, Honor Fellowships, liaison to Graduate Student Honor Council
       
Clare McCabe    

Clare McCabe

   

Associate Dean for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
(615) 322-6853
c.mccabe@vanderbilt.edu

    Postdoctoral Affairs
       
Don Brunson    

Don Brunson

    Assistant Dean
(615) 322-3939
don.c.brunson@vanderbilt.edu 
    Office of Diversity; Underrepresented Student Outreach, Admission, and Retention Officer
       
Ruth Schemmer    

Ruth Schemmer

    Assistant Dean
(615) 322-8088
ruth.schemmer@vanderbilt.edu 
    Career Development, liaison to the Graduate Student Council and the Graduate Development Network 
       
Mary Michael-Woolman    

Mary Michael-Woolman

    Assistant Dean
(615) 936-0273
    Financial and Personnel Management; New Initiatives, Administrative Oversight
       
Marian McAlpin    

Marian McAlpin

    Administrative Manager
(615) 322-2639
    Office Management, Budgets, Stipend Payments for Graduate School Honor Fellowships and External Fellowships
       
Liz Leis    

Liz Leis

    Student Services Assistant
(615) 322-3934
    Thesis/Dissertation Format Editor
       
Walt Bieschke    

Walt Bieschke

    Program Coordinator
apply@vanderbilt.edu 
(615) 322-0236
    Admissions, Technical Application System Questions
(Please contact your program of interest regarding your application status.)
       
Linda Harris    

Linda Harris

    Student Services Assistant
(615) 322-3943
    Qualifying Exam and Final Defense Notices
       
Irene McKirgan    

Irene McKirgan

    Program Manager
(615) 875-9123
irene.mckirgan@vanderbilt.edu
    Postdoctoral Affairs
       
Jessica Parks-Piatt    

Jessica Parks-Piatt

    Program Assistant
(615) 875-8392
    Graduate and Career Services
       
Sheri Kimble    

Sheri Kimble

    Administrative Assistant 
(615) 343-0844
    Assistant to Dean Brunson and Dean Schemmer, assists with reception and referral
       
Brittany Allison, PhD    

Brittany Allison

   

SyNERGI Postdoctoral Fellow
(615) 343-6853

    Coordinates Synergistic Network to Enhance Research that Grows Innovation (SyNERGI) initiatives