Graduate Division

Contact Us

Contact Us

Address

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Division
120 Aldrich Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-3180

Directions to/maps of UCI campus

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday: 8:00AM-5:00PM

(except holidays)

General inquiries

email grad@uci.edu or dial the front desk at (949) 824-4611

Graduate admissions and application questions

email gradapplicant@uci.edu

School/program specific related inquiries

please visit the Graduate Degree Programs page

Graduate Division Staff Directory

DEAN'S OFFICE

Phone

Email

Gillian R. Hayes, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division


Responsible for Graduate Student Academic policy, student
advising and UCI Policy exceptions review, Student Academic
Affairs; serves as the Graduate Council Liaison.

824-6351

hayesg@uci.edu

Court Crowther, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

Provides strategic planning and development of Graduate Affairs as well as oversight of the Graduate Division including International and External Relations.

824-1758

crowther@uci.edu

Position Vacant
Associate Dean

The Associate Dean will work on addressing issues related to well-being among the graduate students, as well as serve on committees related to studying new support and training models for doctoral graduate education.

824-7816  

Turner Dahl
Dean's Office Analyst

Provides high-level analytic, administrative, and programmatic support to the Vice Provost/Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Senior Director of Academic Affairs, and Director of Academic Initiatives. Administers the Fletcher Jones Fellowship, Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship, and Public Impact Fellowship competitions.

824-0490  tdahl@uci.edu
Latoya Wilson
Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost/Dean

Coordinates calendar, appointments, conference calls, meetings, travel, special projects, and communication support for the Vice Provost/Dean.
824-6763  ljwilson@uci.edu

POSTDOCTORAL AFFAIRS & EXTRAMURAL SUPPORT

   
Celina Mojica, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Initiatives

Oversees the Postdoctoral Affairs Office; Outreach, Recruitment and Retention area; and coordinates the Graduate Division’s review process for new graduate programs. Also serves as the Graduate Division staff liaison to the Graduate Council, conducts research on programs and academic policy, and provides information to deans, faculty, senior staff and students regarding academic program parameters, graduate program planning, development, and administration. Plays a lead role in developing grant applications seeking funding for Graduate Division initiatives.
824-5409 cmojica@uci.edu
Kayleigh Anderson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral & Professional Development Manager

Manages the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and provides fellowship advising for the NSF GRFP, Ford and Fulbright Programs. Administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Researches and publicizes funding and professional development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars. Develops and implements professional development workshops and events for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
824-5196 kayleiga@uci.edu
Annabel Ortiz
Postdoctoral & Professional Development Analyst

Assist with coordinating the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and provides support for the Grad Division and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs team. Coordinates professional development workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
824-4960 annabelo@uci.edu

GRADUATE ACADEMIC DEVELOPMENT

   
Position Vacant
Director, Graduate Academic Development

Leads graduate academic initiatives; Foundations of Leadership program; Graduate LEAD fellowship; Public Impact fellowship; Fulbright and Ford fellowships; and plays a lead role in Graduate Division Graduate Professional Success (GPS) program.
824-5179  

TECHNOLOGIES

   

Rachel Tam
IT Director

Directs strategic planning, development, and implementation of Graduate Division Information Technology services to help realize campus goals for graduate education. Functions as primary technology contact and lead developer. Serves as the Graduate Division’s Information Security Custodian

824-9060 rwtam@uci.edu

Jeff Fellows 
Java Application Developer

824-7898 fellowsj@uci.edu

Andrew Ouyang
Programmer Analyst

824-2313 ouyanga@uci.edu

Mei-Lien Young 
Business Systems Analyst

824-0536 meilieny@uci.edu

COMMUNICATIONS

   
Derrick Fazendin
Communications Director

Directs all internal and external communication efforts for the Graduate Division. If you are a member of the media please contact Derrick.
824-8018 dfazendi@uci.edu

ADMISSIONS & ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

   

Ruth Quinnan
Senior Director of Admissions & Academic Affairs

Directs strategic planning and policy analysis for Academic Affairs; oversees development and implementation of campus' graduate application, admissions, and enrolled systems; co-Functional Lead for the Graduate Division for campus SIS project. Oversees and reviews all academic exceptions including admissions, student progress, student status, and other policy exceptions. Directs the Graduate Academic Programs office, the Graduate Outreach, Recruitment and Diversity areas; and Postdoctoral and Extramural Affairs. Directs and provides guidance to the Graduate Academic Counselor; consults on student issues and ASE and Postdoctoral contract compliance.

824-5879 rquinnan@uci.edu
Audra Hansen
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Leads the administration and maintenance of admissions systems, including analysis and implementation of system enhancements. Manages, coordinates and analyzes policies, processes and daily operations for Graduate Admissions.
824-6602 amhansen@uci.edu

Jason Cruz
Senior Admissions Analyst

Manages and supervises daily admissions operations. Coordinates the processing of foreign applications and review of foreign university transcripts. Analyzes admissions processes and provides training on admissions systems.

824-4318 jcruz5@uci.edu

Megan Story
Graduate Admissions Analyst

Responsible for functional and technical project assistance. Analyzes and configures enhancements in the admissions systems. Provides academic units support, system training and administrative support.  

824-9245 storym@uci.edu

Tiffany Kawafuchi
Graduate Admissions Analyst

Responsible for functional and technical project assistance. Analyzes and configures enhancements in the admissions systems. Provides academic unit support, communications and administrative support.

824-1250 tkawafuc@uci.edu
Jayne Orlowski
Admissions Specialist

Processes applications and verifies admissions requirements. Provides transcript analysis including processing and management. Assists with system enhancement testing.
824-2714 orlowskj@uci.edu
Zitlaly Sanchez
Admissions Specialist

Processes applications and verifies admissions requirements. Provides transcript analysis including processing and management. Assists with system enhancement testing.
824-7237 zitlalys@uci.edu

GRADUATE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

   
Daniel Fabrega
Manager, Outreach, Recruitment and Retention

Implements strategic graduate recruitment planning. Oversees all entering student diversity fellowships and graduate application fee waivers. Provides operations leadership for special recruitment and retention project implementation. Primary contact for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program and continuing student diversity fellowships.
824-8730 dfabrega@uci.edu

Claudia Campos
Outreach and Retention Coordinator

Serves as the DECADE program coordinator and oversees the Competitive Edge summer research program. Primary contact for the Provost PhD, Graduate Lead, and Graduate Dean’s Dissertation fellowships. Assists with graduate recruitment planning and graduate preparation programs.

824-1281 cfcampos@uci.edu

Mariela Menendez
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator 

Serves as the UC LEADS program coordinator and as the primary contact for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Coordinates the graduate recruitment planning and graduate preparation programs on campus. Primary contact for graduate application fee waivers.

824-1695 mmenend1@uci.edu
Phong Luong, Psy.D.
Assistant Director of Academic Counseling

Provides support and referral services to graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in personal distress or in need of academic counseling. Serves as a point of reference for faculty and staff in need of assistance in dealing with difficult student cases.
824-0246 pbluong@uci.edu

Elizabeth Dunn
Assistant Academic Counselor

Provides support and referral services to graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in personal distress or in need of academic counseling.

824-9031 dunnes@uci.edu

ENROLLMENT

   
Andrea Bannigan
Senior Enrolled Services Analyst

Provides operations and administrative support related to graduate student services. Coordinates the enrollment services including degree paperwork, advancement to candidacy, filing fee petitions, coursework petitions (transfer, waiver, substitution), changes in major, degree status changes, committee changes, assessments/reassessments, certification of degrees and re-admission.
824-1244 alanders@uci.edu
Richard Nguyen
Enrolled Student Affairs Officer

Provides operations and administrative support related to graduate student services. Coordinates Grad Division Forms for: Enrollment services including degree paperwork, advancement to candidacy, filing fee petitions, coursework petitions(transfer, waiver, substitution), changes in major, degree status changes, committee changes, assessments/reassessments, certification of degrees and Intercampus Exchange for all grad students.
824-7457 hrnguyen@uci.edu
Erika Wichmann
Enrolled Student Affairs Officer

Provides operations and administrative support related to graduate student services. Coordinates Grad Division Forms for Part-Time Study, Leave of Absence Petitions, In-Absentia, filing fee petitions, change of major and the cancellation/withdrawals process for all grad students.
824-4611 ewichman@uci.edu

EMPLOYMENT AND FELLOWSHIPS

   
Sonia Lepe
Senior Employment and Fellowships Analyst

Manages the daily operations of the Graduate Student Employment area including compliance with academic policies and collective bargaining agreements, and fee remission issues. Administers internal fellowships such as the Brython Davis, Gordon Hein, James Harvey, La Verne Noyes and Miguel Velez fellowships, as well as external merit-based fellowships (e.g., ARCS, Google, NSF GRFP), travel abroad fellowships (Fulbright-Hays, DAAD) and the Phi Beta Kappa international scholarship. For questions related to Postdoctoral Scholars, please contact Celina Mojica, at cmojica@uci.edu or 824-5409.
824-8120  slepe1@uci.edu
Mary Rose Cruz
Graduate Student Employment Analyst

Coordinates graduate student employment and advises on employment policies including English Proficiency requirements for TAs. Analyzes all graduate student financials specifically for employment remission.
824-9102 mrcruz1@uci.edu

GRADUATE STUDENT AFFAIRS & ALUMNI RELATIONS

   
Raslyn Rendon
Director of Alumni Relations and Student Affairs

Directs strategic planning and implementation of graduate student affairs efforts. Responsible for the Graduate Resource Center and the Graduate Professional Success Program. Directs strategic planning, development and operation of the Graduate Division’s alumni relations initiatives.  Responsible for developing and implementing DECADE PLUS.  Oversees major Graduate Division events.
824-9169 rrendon@uci.edu

Position Vacant
Graduate Professional Development Coordinator

Develops, implements, and evaluates new and ongoing graduate professional development programs, projects, and initiatives. Collaborates in delivering major Graduate Division and Graduate Resource Center programs and events. Maintains Graduate Division social media presence.

824-1312

Gabriella Pham
International Student Support Officer

Serves as the Graduate InterConnect program coordinator. Supports the academic success of the graduate international student population through program development and student advising; serves as a liaison to academic programs and faculty. Supports international graduate student recruitment efforts.

824-9295 gapham@uci.edu

Jade Turner
DECADE PLUS Coordinator

The DECADE PLUS Coordinator is responsible for implementing the DECADE PLUS Program. Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Partnering in Leadership for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a mentoring program geared toward improving the professional development of graduate students through mentorship of a diverse undergraduate student population. The DECADE PLUS Coordinator is responsible for organizingand implementing the day-to-day aspects, as well as the content of the program.

824-6310 jmturner@uci.edu

Karen Friedlander
GRC Operations Manager

Supervises the programmatic activities of the GRC including event organization, implementation, promotional efforts, and evaluation. Manages the operational needs for the facility including resource management and administrative support.

824-7914 friedlak@uci.edu

FINANCE, OPERATIONS & DATA MANAGEMENT

   
Dessi Pickett
Director of Finance, Operations & Data Management

Responsible for student financial support; oversees graduate student financial support data and databases as well as coordinating enrollment management, fiscal close and operations.
824-4959 dpickett@uci.edu

Linda Cornett

Chief Personnel Officer

824-9623 lcornett@uci.edu

Lily Hoa Truong
Manager of Student Databases

Maintains the graduate student database (financial support, enrollments, etc.) as well as its development and maintenance; Provides graduate student tracking; financial support tracking; accounts maintenance; and fiscal close.

824-4961 lhtruong@uci.edu
Long Nguyen
Finance & Institutional Data Analyst

Responsible for university-funded fellowships; foreign student tax reporting and tax treaty interpretation; processing of stipends and fellowships; and coordination of centralized, non-diversity fellowship competitions.
824-3512 hnguye38@uci.edu
Robert Hoang
Finance & Institutional Data Analyst

Provides internal analysis of student financial support and institutional data technical assistance. Student database support.
824-7231 hoangr@uci.edu
Tom Wu
Senior Data Analyst

Gathers and analyzes graduate student data using customized database and queries. Collates and transforms complex information from multiple sources into a single coherent dataset for better strategic analysis and reporting.
824-8076 wutk@uci.edu

AFFILIATED OFFICES

   
Position Vacant
SHIP Coordinator

Serves as contact for general inquiries regarding graduate student health insurance.
824-9415