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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.

General Information

 Service/ Contact Information

Application Status

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
Graduate Assistant
Academic Projects
  • Master’s en Passant resource
  • Graduate College special projects
  • Support for university events and workshops
  • Graduate faculty appointment assistance

Student Employees
Amanda Capote
Savannah Davis
Jaqueisha Dixson
Rebecca Senatus

  • Assist with front desk coverage
  • Assist with workshops, orientations, tours and other Graduate College events
  • Support Graduate College staff with routine office functions
  • Operate standard office equipment such as copier, fax, scanner and shredder

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Graduate Enrollment Management

Nora Barragan
Assistant Dean
Graduate Enrollment Management

P: 561.297.2428
E: nbarragan@fau.edu

  • Graduate enrollment management functions
  • Enrollment analysis, forecasting, marketing, and planning
  • Recruitment and retention events
  • Recruitment, Admissions and front desk staff supervision
  • Residency appeals committee member



Jordan Parks
Orientation and Admissions Advisor

P: 561.297.1213
E: jparks3@fau.edu

  • New student orientation
  • Transition event coordination
  • Scholarships and fellowships
  • Meetings with prospective students
  • Graduate student recruitment grant program



Assistant Director
Graduate Enrollment Management

P: 561.297.4211

  • Administering admission process
  • Application payments
  • Report generation
  • Assist with recruitment and retention events


Graduate Admissions, Business


Please contact Brian Farrell at 561.297.1210 or farrellb@fau.edu with any inquiries regarding graduate business admissions.

  • Data input
  • Transcript and test score processing
  • Application review
  • Application referrals to College of Business

Monica Miranda
Residency Officer

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

  • Residency review
  • Conduct review
  • Academic Common Market
  • Application review
  • Transcript and test score processing
  • Application referrals to the graduate programs
  • Monitors gcresidency@fau.edu
  • Fullbright Scholars

Gregory Atkinson
Program Assistant

P: 561.297.0365
E: gatkinson@fau.edu

  • Data input
  • Transcript and test score processing
  • Application review
  • Application referrals to graduate programs
  • Monitors gcadmissions@fau.edu

Brian Farrell
Admissions/Registrar Officer

P: 561.297.1210
E: farrellb@fau.edu

  • Graduate Admissions
  • Review and process admission decision form
  • Admission decision letter generation
  • Point of contact for all curricula items to be reviewed by the University Graduate Programs Committee
  • Monitors decisionaward@fau.edu
  • Withdrawals/Form 15

Dora Viles
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
  • Special events
  • GTA Workshops
  • Graduate College MyFAU tab management

Jamie De La Rionda
Graduate Student Advisor
Student 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

Student 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

Academic Support Services

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

Degree Completion Processes

P: 561.297.1174
F: 561.297.1212

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

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

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Zach Greathouse
Marketing and Communications

P: 561.297.4357
E:  zgreatho@fau.edu

  • Marketing/communications initiatives
  • Liaison to colleges
  • Coordinate activities with GPSA
  • Media inquiries
  • Media/design
  • Internal/external communications
  • Website and social media administration
  • Assist with enrollment management and student services activities

Assistant Director
Marketing and Communications


  • Web administration
  • Listserv management
  • Internal/external communications
  • Social media management
  • Media/design
  • Marketing/communications initiatives

Marketing Specialist


  • Social media support
  • Media/design support
  • Publication development assistance
  • Internal/external communications assistance

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IT Operations

Business Systems Analyst

P: 561.297.1445

  • Report administration
  • Data retrieval
  • Banner Security Officer
  • IT business application support
  • Business process analyst

Denis Bogomolniy
University Computer Systems

P: 561.297.4731
E: dbogomol@fau.edu

  • .Net C# application developer
  • MyPOS technical support
  • Data retrieval
  • IT business application support

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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

Nerissa Laurent-Dorlus
Administrative Services

P: 561.297.2347
E: nlaurentdorlus@fau.edu

Nerissa is on leave through June, please contact Monica Miranda at 561.297.1380 or mirandam@fau.edu, in her absence.

  • 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 Dr. Floyd, please contact Liana Smith at marysmith@fau.edu (561.297.6065).

Executive Assistant to the Dean


Associate Dean


Dr. Deborah L. Floyd
Dean, Graduate College

P:  561.297.6065
E:   dfloyd@fau.edu

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 Last Modified 5/22/17