Graduate School

Graduate School Staff Listing

Pushpalatha Murthy

  • Dean of the Graduate School
  • Associate Provost for Graduate Education
  • Professor, Chemistry


  • Oversees all aspects of graduate education
  • Evaluates graduate programs and student outcomes
Nancy Byers Sprague

Nancy Byers Sprague

  • Director of Graduate Degree Services


  • Processes and certifies forms related to re-admission, transfer, degree progress & completion
  • Manages graduate student participation in commencement
  • Processes late drops

Will H. Cantrell

  • Professor, Physics
  • Director, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences Institute (EPSSI)
  • Associate Dean, Graduate School

Graduate Activities

  • Graduate Program Assessment
  • Professional Development of Graduate Students
  • Graduate Program Review

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Cloud and aerosol physics and chemistry
  • Nucleation

Debra D. Charlesworth

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate School
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


  • Review of theses and dissertations
  • Presents and organizes professional development seminars
  • Processes withdrawals
  • Manages new student orientation
  • Manages the postdoctoral affairs office
Shellie Crisman

Shellie Crisman

  • Business Systems and Data Analyst


  • Manages Banner system projects and upgrades
  • Develops reports, processes and procedures
  • Provides support and training for the Graduate Staff
Melissa Johnson

Melissa Johnson

  • Office Assistant
Jacque Smith

Jacque Smith

  • Director of Graduate Enrollment Services


  • Recruits graduate students
  • Develops advancement initiatives and marketing strategies
  • Facilitates alumni relations
Mary Stevens

Mary J. Stevens

  • Assistant to the Dean


  • Manage Dean's calendar
  • Assist with Advancement Activities
  • Secretary to the Graduate Faculty Council
Heather Suokas

Heather Suokas

  • Manager of Finance and Planning


  • Manages finances
  • Manages GTSP funds
  • Administers tuition-only fellowships
  • Oversees GACS
Ashli Wells

Ashli Wells

  • Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment Services


  • Manages all aspects of admissions applications
  • Oversees communications with applicants
  • Recruits graduate students
  • Assists with graduate student visa paperwork
Carol Wingerson

Carol Wingerson

  • Administrative Aide


  • Admissions application processing
  • Administers graduate student visa paperwork