Staff Directory

Office of the Dean Admissions
Student Affairs Communications
Academic Diversity 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) 854-2861


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

 

AM

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 GSAC-recognized student groups

 

Harold

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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Student Affairs

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


 

Richard

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

 

Thalyana

Thalyana Stathis
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
ts2980 [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-4738

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

 

Manoah

Manoah Finston
Graduate Student Affairs Officer
maf2278 [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

 

Kei

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

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Liaison to Disability Services and testing accommodations
  • Liaison to University Apartment Housing
  • PhD and MPhil procedures
  • Library study carrel assignments and inquiries

 

Sarah

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

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Parental Accommodations and Childcare Subsidy
  • Fellowships in Academic Administration
  • Master’s SynThesis Competition
  • Inter-University Doctoral Consortium (IUDC)

 

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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

 

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

Areas of Responsibility:

  • General administrative support to academic and student affairs staff

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Academic Diversity

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


 

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Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity
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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
Administrative Assistant
afiya.wilson [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-2866

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Assistance in coordinating Office of Academic Diversity programs
  • General administrative support to academic and student affairs staff

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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


 

Tom

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


 

Ryan

Ryan Wenzel
Director of Communications
r.wenzel [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

 

JA

Jahsie Ault
Assistant 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


 

Iralba

Iralba Castillo
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
ic2250 [at] columbia.edu
(212) 854-5052

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

401C Low Library
535 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
gsasit [at] columbia.edu


 

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Mario Camaj
Director of Information Technology
camaj [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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