Staff Directory

Office of the Dean Admissions
Student Affairs Communications
Academic Diversity and Inclusion Alumni Relations
Financial Aid Information Technology

 


Office of the Dean

109 Low Library, MC 4306
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsas-dean [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2865


Carlos

Carlos J. Alonso
Dean
Vice President for Graduate Education
gsas-dean [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2861

 

 

Andrea

Andrea Solomon
Vice Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs
asolomon [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-8856

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversight of management and operations for the Graduate School
  • Supervision of Academic and Student Affairs, Academic Diversity, Communications, and Alumni Relations

 

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Rebecca Hirade
Associate Dean for Finance and Operations
rhirade [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-3789

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversight of budget and financial operations, financial and strategic planning, institutional research, finance compliance, and HR operations
  • Supervision of Financial Aid, Admissions, and Information Technology

 

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Ann Madigan
Director of Administrative Operations
alk1 [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2319

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversight of day-to-day operations, HR policies, and candidate searches
  • Coordination of GSAS events, including Convocation and Orientation
  • Oversight of GSAS spaces, including the Graduate Student Center, Graduate Writing Studio, Graduate Grading Room, and library carrels
  • Advisement for ASGC-recognized student groups

 

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Harold Ansah
Assistant Director of Budget Planning and Finance
hansah [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-6726

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Management of day-to-day financial operations, including accounts payable/receivable and purchasing
  • Monitor of Financial Aid and administrative budgets

 

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James Ihn
Assistant Director of Administrative Operations
ji2234 [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2865

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Management of day-to-day operations for the Office of the Dean
  • Executive support for the Dean and Vice Dean, management of calendars, communications, and projects

     

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    Barbara Nesmith
    Operations Assistant
    bnesmith [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-8903

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Provides front desk coverage and scheduling, responds to inquiries to the Offices of Student Affairs, Admissions, Academic Diversity, and Financial Aid
    • Assists in day to day administrative operations: general office supplies, equipment, maintenance, mail

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    Student Affairs

    107 Low Library, MC 4304
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsas-studentaffairs [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-4932


     

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    Richard Slusarczyk
    Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
    rs37 [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-8428

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Supervision of academic and student affairs staff Student advisement on GSAS policies, procedures, and opportunities
    • Urgent student issues and concerns; primary liaison for Public Safety, CPS, ISSO, and Global Travel
    • Student misconduct, grievances, and academic integrity
    • Review of proposals for international agreements; course proposals

     

    Sarah

    Sarah Jackman
    Student Affairs Officer - Academic Programs 
    s.jackman [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-6724

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Teaching Scholars Program
    • GSAS internal fellowships; GSAS nominations for external fellowships
    • Visiting students: exchange, non-degree, and cross-registration (Ivy Plus Exchange)
    • Academic standing and transfer credit

     

    Priscilla Yuen
    Student Affairs Officer - Dissertation Management
    priscilla.yuen [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-6723

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Management of the Dissertation Office: committees, defenses, and deposits
    • Dissertation Progress Reports and registration holds
    • Convocation eligibility and PhD conferrals

     

     

    Sophia Cheng
    Student Affairs Officer - Academic Records
    sc4004 [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-5972

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Registration and enrollment concerns
    • Reporting on academic progress and milestones
    • Leaves of absence, withdrawals, and reinstatements
    • Library access for MA students
    • Compliance communications

     

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    Kei Phillip
    Student Affairs Officer - Academic and Student Services
    k.phillip [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-7892

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Liaison to Disability Services and testing accommodations
    • Liaison to Columbia Residential
    • PhD and MPhil procedures
    • Library study carrel assignments and inquiries

     

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    Allan MacLeod
    Student Affairs Officer - Programs and Projects
    aem2183 [at] columbia.edu 
    (212) 854-4738

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Childcare/Parental Accommodations
    • CCE liaison, Professional Development (social sciences, humanities)
    • Fellowships in Academic Administration  
    • Masters SynThesis  
    • Applying-to-PhD Workshop
    • School-wide events, student workshops, and programs
    • Assists student group event planning

     

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    Chase Cornett
    Administrative Assistant
    cc4523 [at] columbia.edu 
    (212) 854-5052

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Assists all Office of Student Affairs units: special events, data entry, projects
    • Supports GSAS Writing Studio: student use and reception, scheduling, programs
    • Front desk support 107 and 109 Low  

     

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    Esmeralda McCormick
    Student Affairs Assistant
    emccormick [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-2854

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • General administrative support to student affairs staff and the Dissertations Office

    Academic Diversity and Inclusion

    107 Low Library, MC 4304
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsas-diversity [at] columbia.edu


     

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    Celina Chatman Nelson
    Associate Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusion
    chatman.nelson [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 851-9851

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Development of policies, initiatives, and activities to enhance the Graduate School’s diversity and inclusion efforts
    • Summer Research Program, C3-LADO (Creating Connections Consortium and Liberal Arts Diversity Officers), recruitment events, and other programs

     

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    Afiya Wilson
    Student Affairs Officer - Academic Diversity
    afiya.wilson [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-2866

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Provide support in all areas of programming and recruitment: Summer Research Program, C3/Lado, academic- and career-focused workshops, and social events

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    Financial Aid

    107 Low Memorial Library, MC 4304
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsas-finaid [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-3808


     

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    Tom Tarduogno
    Director of Financial Aid
    ttarduogno [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-3809

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Supervision of Financial Aid staff
    • Financial Aid liaison with Natural Sciences departments (see list of departments here)
    • Coordinating official for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

     

    Sandra

    Sandra Peters
    Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid
    speters [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-6725

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Advises students on financing options and debt management; performs needs analyses and award determinations for federal Title IV and private loan programs
    • Administrative oversight of Title IV and private student loan programs, and the Summer Tuition Fellowship
    • Financial Aid liaison to Social Science and Humanities departments (see list of departments here)
    • Coordinating official for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program

     

    Gennet

    Gennet Black
    Associate Director of Financial Aid
    gblack [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-6727

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Advises students on financing options and debt management; performs needs analyses and award determinations for federal Title IV and private loan programs
    • Financial Aid liaison to Social Science and Humanities Departments (see list of departments here)
    • Administrative oversight for FISAP
    • Coordination of NYSED Report

     

    Shawn

    Shawn Ramirez
    Financial Aid Counselor
    sgramirez [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-3808

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Financial Aid resource for visitors to the Graduate School and informational inquiries
    • Processing of Title IV and private loan program funds

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    Admissions

    107 Low Library, MC 4303
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsas-admissions [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-6729


     

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    Renée Schwarz
    Director of Admissions Operations
    rschwarz [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-2436

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Oversight of graduate admissions process
    • Documentation of graduate admissions policies

     

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    Coral Mercedes
    Associate Director of Admissions Operations
    cmercedes [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-8395

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Admissions data reporting
    • Communications to prospective and admitted students

     

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    Anna Marie Sell
    Admissions Officer
    amsell [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 851-9919

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Graduate admission support to faculty, department administrators, and applicants
    • Application software maintenance and support

     

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    Marisa Phillip
    Administrative Assistant
    marisa.phillip [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-6729

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • General administrative support to the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid

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    Communications

    107 Low Library, MC 4306
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsas-communications [at] columbia.edu


     

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    Leora Tanenbaum
    Director of Communications
    lt2645 [at] columbia.edu
    (212)851-0716

     

     

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Strategic planning to promote wider recognition and awareness of the school to internal and external audiences
    • Oversight of email communications, publications, website, blog, advertising campaigns, print materials, and social media channels

     

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    Jahsie Ault
    Associate Director of Communications
    j.ault [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-2889

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Production and design for all GSAS communications
    • Maintenance of the GSAS website and other digital channels
    • Photography

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    Alumni Relations

    109 Low Library, MC 4306
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsasalumni [at] columbia.edu


     

    Erin Z. Hussein
    Associate Director of Alumni Relations
    (212) 854-6728
    eez1 [at] columbia.edu

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Management of programs that enhance alumni engagement with GSAS
    • Liaison with staff partners and volunteer leaders, including the GSAS Alumni Association

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    Information Technology

    107 Low Library
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    gsasit [at] columbia.edu


     

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    Emre Keskin
    Director of Information Technology
    ek3109 [at] columbia.edu
    (212) 854-0504

    Areas of Responsibility:

    • Oversight of IT functions for the administrative units of the Graduate School
    • Online application processes and audio-visual equipment

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