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Graduate White Paper



The University of Delaware has arrived at another major crossroads in its development as an R1.

Establishment of a graduate college would be a means of signaling more clearly to internal as well as external constituents the centrality of graduate and professional education to the institution’s mission and reputational identity.

Re-thinking the infrastructure supporting graduate and professional education (space, staff, programming) is also an opportunity to:

  • promote academic excellence more effectively
  • enhance student services and support
  • leverage strategic cross-college collaborations on interdisciplinary program development and administration more effectively.
President Assanis greats graduate students.

“We need to take our graduate and professional education programs to the next level.”

—President Dennis Assanis, University Faculty Senate, September 12, 2016


October 16, 2017Town Hall, 5-6 p.m. Gore 205
October 17, 2017Town Hall, noon-1 p.m. Willard 116
November 30, 2017Town Hall, 4-5 p.m. 305 Pearson Hall
November 30, 2017Town Hall, 4-5 p.m. 203 Cannon Lab, Lewes via ITV
December 1, 2017Town Hall, noon-1 p.m. 203 007 Willard Hall


The University of Delaware is a major research university with extensive graduate programs that is also dedicated to outstanding undergraduate and professional education. UD faculty are committed to the intellectual, cultural, and ethical development of students as citizens, scholars, and professionals. UD graduates are prepared to contribute to a global and diverse society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity and a dedication to service.

—UD Mission Statement (Approved by University Faculty Senate April 5, 1993; approved by the Board of Trustees May 26, 1993; May 19, 2008)

Graduate education must be an institutional priority in the New American Research University as it is essential to preparing the most highly trained members of our society – our future leaders, innovators, teachers, professors, thinkers.

…Many AAU organizations organize their graduate studies under a separate college [or school], which may or may not itself be degree-granting, and most of these colleges are staffed at a significantly higher staff-to-student ratio than is [the Office of Graduate and Professional Education]. Moreover, the fact that a university has formally devoted a college, its highest-level organizational unit, solely to graduate education announces that graduate education is an institutional priority.

—Delaware Will Shine “Models of the New American Research University” Working Group White Paper (2014)

Graduate education at UD is highly decentralized, and most constituencies appear to regard the role of OGPE as one of solving problems and providing services, not one of leadership. This view is particularly strong among the Deans. This level of decentralization, and this view of graduate leadership, is not the norm at first tier institutions.

[We recommend giving] serious consideration to reorganizing OGPE as a “graduate school” under the leadership of a Graduate Dean. We believe this would be instrumental to UD’s achieving the goals for graduate and professional education set out in The Path to Prominence.

— External Review of Graduate Education and Administration Report (2011)



Ann Ardis

Senior Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education
Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of English

Eric Wommack

Deputy Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Doug Doren

Deputy Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Jack Baroudi

Associate Dean, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics

Janis Lopez

Assistant Dean, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

Ralph Ferretti

Director, School of Education, College of Education and Human Development

Yushan Yan

Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Susan Hall

Deputy Dean, College of Health Sciences

Ravi Ammigan

Interim Associate Deputy Provost
Institute for Global Studies
Office for International Students & Scholars

Gretchen Bauer

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Faculty Fellow, Graduate & Professional Education

Peggy Bottorff

Associate Provost/Chief of Staff,
Office of the Provost

Jim Broomall

Associate Vice Provost Professional & Continuing Studies and Online Initiatives

Trevor A. Dawes

Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums

Lynnette Overby

Deputy Director, Community Engagement
Professor of Theatre

Jeff Palmer

University Registrar

John Poehlmann

Chief Budget Analyst

Charlie Riordan

Vice President for Research, Scholarship and Innovation
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Buz Swanik

Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, Faculty Senate
Professor, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

John Sawyer

Associate Provost, Instructional Research & Effectiveness

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