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Deans & Staff


Brown University Graduate School
47 George Street, Box 1867
Providence, RI 02912 (401) 863-2600

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General inquiries:

Dean Peter WeberDean Peter Weber

Peter M. Weber
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Chemistry
Drop-By Hours: Mondays, 1-2 p.m. or contact Carrie Honeman to schedule an appointment


John TylerJohn Tyler

John Tyler
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Education

  • Academic issues
  • Exchange programs
  • Leaves of absence

Meetings by appointment

Brian WaltonBrian Walton

Brian Walton
Associate Dean of Administration and Program Development
Deputy Title IX Coordinator 

  • Administration, including admission
  • Liaison to Directors of Graduate Study
  • Student liaison on health insurance
  • Coordinates with Office of Institutional Diversity and  the Office of Campus Life and Student Services

Drop by or make an appointment

Maria Suarez
Associate Dean and Director of Student Support Services
Office of Student Life 

  • Graduate student services
  • Student support services
  • Medical leave and medical re-admission

Meetings by appointment

Vanessa RyanVanessa Ryan

Vanessa Ryan
Associate Dean of Student Development

  • Graduate student teaching and pedagogy
  • Liaison to the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Liaison to the Office of the Dean of the College

Office hours Tuesdays 2-4 pm, appointments at other times available through online self-scheduling, and by appointment.

Shayna Kessel
Associate Dean for Master's Education 

  • Mentor and advise master's students
  • Liaison to master's programs
  • Liaison to other University offices/resources to support master's students and programs

Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives
New hire begins March 1 

Staff and Partners

Peter Baron
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Office of Financial Aid 

  • Student-loan eligibility
  • Need-based grants and fellowships (GAANN, Javits, Gates, etc.)
  • Financial workshops for graduate students
Barbara BennettBarbara Bennett

Barbara Bennett
Academic Affairs Manager

  • Liaison to Registrar and Bursar
  • Processing of Master's theses and PhD dissertations
  • Processing of leaves, withdrawals, and exchanges
Marie CarreiroMarie Carreiro

Marie Carreiro
Admission Coordinator

  • Program liaison for Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology/Ancient World, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Economics, Education, Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies, Computer Music and Multimedia, Ethnomusicology, and Public Humanities
Susan ElySusan Ely

Susan Ely
Communications Specialist

  • Graduate School webmaster
  • Social media communicator
  • Assist with Graduate School communications and special events
Bev EhrichBev Ehrich

Bev Ehrich
Career Advisor

  • GradCON organizer
  • Career Advising


Maria FariaMaria Faria

Maria Faria
Admission Coordinator

  • Program liaison for Comparative Literature, Engineering, English, French Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, Literary Arts, Mathematics, Modern Culture & Media, Philosophy, Physics, Portuguese & Brazialian Studies, Public Afairs, Public Policy, Religious Studies, and Slavic Studies
Pamela GaddiPamela Gaddi

Pamela Gaddi 
Manager of Student Development 

  • Development programming
  • International student outreach 
  • Postdoc outreach

  • Ivy Hall
    Financial Coordinator
    Financial & Administrative Networked Services, Office of the Provost

    • Staff expense reports
    Carrie HonemanCarrie Honeman

    Carrie Honeman
    Executive Assistant

    • Executive administrator for the dean
    • Recruiting and professional development support
    • Orientation and events support
    Scott HoudeScott Houde

    Scott Houde
    Computing Manager

    • Liaison to Computing & Information Services
    • Reporting
    • Data visualization
    Julie KindschyJulie Kindschy

    Julie Kindschy
    Manager, Admission & Reporting

    • Managing admission operations
    Beverly LarsonBeverly Larson

    Beverly Larson
    Director of Communications

    • Graduate School communications and outreach planning, content and channels
    • Graduate School Orientation, Commencement, Academy in Context and special events
    • Liaison with University Communications 
    Gail LeeGail Lee

    Gail Lee
    Payroll Specialist
    Financial & Administrative Networked Services, Office of the Provost 

    • Graduate student payroll administration
    Michelle RoseMichelle Rose

    Michelle Rose
    Financial Coordinator

    • Processing and review of graduate student appointments
    • External funding incentive plan and stipend top-ups
    • Conference and Research Travel

    Kelly Scott
    Senior Financial Analyst

    • Graduate School budget input and financial reporting
    • Operations management (stewardship, grant funds, travel funds, and payroll)
    • Graduate program financial plan set-up and analysis
    Lisa TillsonLisa Tillson

    Lisa Tillson
    Admission Coordinator

    • Program liaison for Applied Math, Biology and Medicine, Brown-Trinity Acting & Directing, Computational Biology, Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, History, History of Art, Neuroscience, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, and Theatre Studies