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The Graduate College Staff

The Graduate College is responsible for promoting quality graduate education at Florida Atlantic University. Working in conjunction with the university Graduate Council, Faculty Senate, and the individual college deans, the Graduate College works to develop university-wide graduate plans and policies to ensure that academic standards are maintained. In addition, the Graduate College is responsible for coordinating graduate recruitment efforts, processing graduate student admissions, facilitating graduate programs and workshops, ensuring university policies are followed, distributing tuition benefits to graduate assistants, awarding fellowships, certifying all degree requirements are met for graduation, and awarding graduate degrees.

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International Student Information

Residency Information
Fax: 561.297.0874


Plan of Study


Florida Atlantic University
Graduate College

777 Glades Road
Student Support Services
(SU-80, Room 101)
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

E: graduatecollege@fau.edu
W: www.fau.edu/graduate

Maureen Fluehr
Program Assistant
P: 561.297.3624
F: 561.297.2117 / 561.297.1212
  • Receptionist - phone, email, walk-ins
  • Assistance with information about all Graduate programs
  • Graduate Enrollment Management support
  • Monitors graduatecollege@fau.edu email account

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Graduate Enrollment Management

Nora Barragan
Assistant Dean
Graduate Enrollment Management

P: 561.297.2428
E: nbarragan@fau.edu

  • Administration and leadership of all Graduate recruitment, admissions, on-boarding, systems, communications, and personnel
  • Enrollment analysis, forecasting and reporting
  • Administers Presidential, Provost, and certain Graduate fellowships with the GC Business Manager, faculty and others
  • Provides consultation and support to Graduate faculty and programs regarding recruitment and retention
  • Supervises Graduate College Registrar, Assistant Director, coordinators, and others
  • Member, University Residency Appeals Committee
  • Member, Graduate Dean's Leadership Team

Christian Decle
Assistant Director
Graduate Enrollment Management

P: 561.297.3911
E: cdecle@fau.edu

  • Provides administrative  and leadership support to the Assistant Dean and Dean regarding Graduate College Enrollment Management
  • Prepares strategic reports such as application tracking
  • Liaison with OIT, the University Registrar and the Graduate College Registrar regarding admissions and Banner issues
  • Works with academic colleges and programs to ensure timely processing of admissions decisions
  • Supervises full- and part-time staff



Jordan Hession
Graduate Advisor
Academic Advisor, Orientation and Admissions

P: 561.297.1213
E: jparks3@fau.edu

  • Meets with prospective students and provides admissions related advisement
  • Coordinates Graduate College new student orientations
  • Collaborates with academic programs and faculty to provide support for recruiting and Graduate transitions
  • Collaborates with others regarding the facilitation and administration of the Graduate Student Recruitment Grant Program
  • Oversees application, selection committee coordination, and awarding of all Graduate College fellowships



Ashley Severino

Graduate Admissions, Business

P: 561.297.4211
E: aseverino@fau.edu

  • Liaison with the College of Business Graduate programs
  • In collaboration with the College of Business and the Graduate College, provides administrative support for all College of Business Graduate admissions processes

Monica Miranda
Residency Officer

P: 561.297.1380
F: 561.297.0874
E: mirandam@fau.edu

  • Reviews and processes residency classifications of Graduate students
  • Processes requests such as changes of entry date, degree programs, and active or inactive records
  • Processes admissions decisions in Banner
  • Reviews all Graduate College applications with conduct issues and prepares files for review by the Admissions Review Board
  • Other duties such as transcript and test score processing and application referrals to Graduate programs
  • Monitors gcresidency@fau.edu email account

Nerla Moise
Program Assistant

P: 561.297.0365
E: nmoise1@fau.edu

  • General admissions support such as data input, transcript and test score processing
  • Assists with reviews and referrals of applications to Graduate programs
  • Provides admissions processing support
  • Monitors gcadmissions@fau.edu email account

Nancy Condemi
Graduate College Registrar

P: 561.297.1210
E: ncondemi@fau.edu

  • Reviews and processes admissions decision forms
  • Generates admissions decision letters
  • Reviews and processes Form 15 and Form 16
  • Point of contact for all curricula items to be reviewed by the University Graduate Programs Committee and monitors ugpc@fau.edu email account
  • Monitors decisionaward@fau.edu email account

Brittany Bonner
Program Assistant

P: 561.297.4304

  • Data input
  • Transcript and test score processing
  • Application referrals to graduate programs
  • Application review

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Degree Completion Services

Liana Smith
Assistant Dean
Degree Completion Services

P: 561.297.6065
F: 561.297.1212
E: marysmith@fau.edu

  • Thesis & dissertations
  • Graduate College forms
  • Waivers
  • Degree audit & certification
  • GPSA liaison
  • Plan of Study/MyPOS access and management
  • Special events
  • GTA Workshops
  • Member, Graduate Dean's Leadership Team

Jamie De La Rionda
Graduate Student Advisor
Academic Advisor, Academic Support Services

E: jdelarionda@fau.edu

  • Point of contact for master’s student advising
  • Master’s en Passant advising
  • Responsible for master’s student degree completion tracking
  • Graduate Student Research Scholarship and GRIP Grant coordinator
  • Special event coordination and support

Austen Canonica
Degree Completion Advisor
Academic Advisor, Academic Support Services

P:  561.297.2817
E: acanonic@fau.edu

  • Thesis & dissertation format review
  • Monitors graduatewriting@fau.edu
  • Thesis & dissertation final package coordinator
  • Thesis & dissertation formatting workshops
  • Turn It In coordinator
  • ETD submission
  • Scholarly Writing Workshops
  • Special event support

Eileen Bustamante
Degree Completion Advisor

Academic Advisor, Degree Certification

P: 561.297.2343
E: ebustam1@fau.edu

  • Admissions to Candidacy/Form 8
  • Thesis/Dissertation Committee Form 9
  • Doctoral Applications for Degree
  • Doctoral student degree audits
  • Master's en Passant background processing and degree audits
  • Doctoral student Plan of Study/MyPOS

Kahla Cajigas
Degree Completion Assistant
Degree Completion Processes

P: 561.297.2203
E: cajigask@fau.edu

  • Plan of Study/MyPOS assistance
  • Degree completion assistance
  • Academic Progression Plan/Form 11
  • Applications for Degree
  • Degree audits and certification support
  • Waivers/Form 10

Degree Completion Processes


  • Plan of Study/MyPOS assistance
  • Degree completion assistance
  • Degree audit and certification
  • Degree completion tracking reports

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Zach Greathouse
Marketing and Communications

P: 561.297.4357
E:  zgreatho@fau.edu

  • Editor, Graduate College Newsletter
  • Provides Graduate College support for marketing & communications initiatives
  • Liaison with University Creative Services & College Communications Officers
  • Responsible for the Graduate College website and social media
  • Member, Graduate Dean's Leadership Team

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IT Operations

Business Systems Analyst


  • Report administration
  • Data retrieval
  • IT business application support
  • Business process analyst
  • .Net C# application developer
  • MyPOS technical support
  • Member, Graduate Dean's Leadership Team

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Annette Casacci
Business Manager

P: 561.297.4485
E: acasacci@fau.edu

  • Graduate tuition benefits
  • Financial affairs
  • Purchase orders
  • HR functions
  • Dean grants
  • Office administration
  • Member, Graduate Dean's Leadership Team

Carol Hemmings-Fennel
Administrative Services

P: 561.297.2347
E: chemmingsfennel@fau.edu

  • HR related functions
  • Timekeeping and payroll functions
  • Form 14 (full time status waiver)
  • Assists with processing fellowships and grants
  • Assists with payments to vendors

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To make an appointment with the Graduate Dean, please contact Brian Farrell at farrellb@fau.edu (561.297.4358).

Brian Farrell
Executive Assistant to the Dean


Associate Dean


Dr. Diane Alperin
Interim Dean, Graduate College

P:  561.297.4358
E:  alperind@fau.edu

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 Last Modified 2/16/18