Interim Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Dean of the Graduate College,
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Doug Doren (BSEE, University of California, Berkeley, 1979; PhD, Harvard, 1986) joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1988, after a postdoctoral appointment at AT&T Bell Labs. Since 2007, he has served in several roles in the dean’s office of the College of Arts and Sciences, most recently as Deputy Dean. His research uses methods of theoretical and computational chemistry to study problems in semiconductor surface chemistry, STM imaging of molecules at semiconductor interfaces, electronic properties of semiconductor materials for photochemistry and solar energy, catalysis for biomass transformation, and aqueous solvation in extreme conditions.
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education and Associate Dean of the Graduate College,
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Mary has served UD in several positions since 1996, most recently as Associate Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. A former president of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and board member, Martin has been active in numerous University-wide committees. She has been honored by the SSIU, American Association of University Administrators and UD. A graduate of Valparaiso University, she earned her master’s degree in business education from Indiana State University and went on to finish her EdD from UD in 2006.
Senior Assistant Dean
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Dr. LaRuth McAfee joined the University of Delaware Graduate College in January 2020 as Senior Assistant Dean. In this role she oversees programs aimed at increasing the number and success of graduate students through recruitment efforts, initiatives to support students while at the University of Delaware, and support of academic program-based initiatives. Prior to University of Delaware, McAfee served as Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School (2014-2019), Director of Student Engagement and Community Building in the BOLD Center at the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering and Applied Science (2009-2014), and Executive Director for Education at the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Layered Polymeric Systems based at Case Western Reserve University (2006-2009). Through these experiences, she has extensive knowledge of initiatives to recruit and retain students, especially underrepresented students in engineering and related fields.
McAfee is a native of Ann Arbor, MI, and a chemical engineer with degrees from the University of Michigan (BSE) and MIT (PhD). Over the past 15 years, she has focused on engineering education, starting with a postdoctoral research project sponsored by the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education. From these experiences, she especially enjoys working with students to help them along whatever career path meets their interests, whether that leads to a traditional or non-traditional career.
Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development
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Suprawee Tepsuporn joined the Graduate College as Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development in 2019. Her mission is to create data- and outcome-driven, integrated, and holistic graduate professional development resources and initiatives that empower graduate students and post-doctoral trainees to translate their education into meaningful careers. Before transitioning her career to advocating for and supporting graduate students, Suprawee spent many years in biomedical sciences research. She completed her post-doctoral training in Oncology at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, earned her PhD in Immunology from Harvard University, and her BA from Mount Holyoke College.
Graduate College, Faculty Fellow
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Charles Buz Swanik (PhD, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Sports Medicine,) joined the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology in 2005. He has served UD in the BIOMS Interdisciplinary Graduate Program (Director), Faculty Senate Graduate Studies Committee (Chair), and Graduate College Working Group (Member). His responsibilities in the Graduate College include: Coordinating internal/external competitive awards, grants, scholarships/fellowships and program improvement/policy related initiatives. As a Professor in Health Sciences, he has been honored with numerous awards for research in neuromechanics by identifying characteristics that may make people injury prone.