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The Graduate College Staff

The Graduate College is responsible for promoting quality graduate education at Florida Atlantic University. Working in conjunction with the university Graduate Council, Faculty Senate, and the individual college deans, the Graduate College works to develop university-wide graduate plans and policies to ensure that academic standards are maintained. In addition, the Graduate College is responsible for coordinating graduate recruitment efforts, processing graduate student admissions, facilitating graduate programs and workshops, ensuring university policies are followed, distributing tuition benefits to graduate assistants, awarding fellowships, certifying all degree requirements are met for graduation, and awarding graduate degrees.

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International Student Information

Residency Information
Fax: 561.297-0874

Thesis/Dissertation/Plan of Study


Florida Atlantic University
Graduate College

777 Glades Road
Student Support Services
(SU-80, Room 101)
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991

E: graduatecollege@fau.edu
W: www.fau.edu/graduate

Karen Finkelstein
Program Assistant
P: 561.297.3624
F: 561.297.2117 / 561.297.1212


Charlene Hickson
Graduate Recruitment

P: 561.297.1213
E: chickson@fau.edu

  • Graduate student recruitment
  • Recruitment events coordination
  • Meetings with prospective students
  • New student orientation


Nora Barragan
Graduate Enrollment Management

P: 561.297.2428
E: nbarragan@fau.edu

  • Graduate enrollment management
  • Enrollment analysis, forecasting, marketing, and planning
  • Recruitment and retention events
  • Reports
  • Admissions process
  • Residency appeals committee member
  • Front desk supervision

Myroslava Skoroden
Assistant Director
Graduate Enrollment Management

P: 561.297.4211
E: mskorode@fau.edu

  • Application referrals to graduate programs
  • Administering admission process
  • Application payments
  • Application referral to the graduate programs
  • Reports
  • Assist with recruitment and retention events

Karol Airdo
Residency Officer

P: 561.297.1380
F: 561.297.0874
E: kairdo@fau.edu

  • Residency
  • Conduct
  • Academic Common Market
  • Non-immigrant visas (H, L, etc.)

Program Assistant

P: 561.297.0365

  • Data input
  • Information processing
  • Application referrals to graduate programs

Nancy Diamond
Admissions/Registrar Officer

P: 561.297.1210
E: diamond@fau.edu

  • Domestic graduate admissions
  • Scholarships/fellowships
  • Graduate Programs Committee
  • University Graduate Council

Degree Completion Services

Debra Szabo
Assistant Director
Degree Completion Services

P: 561.297.6065
F: 561.297.1212
E: dszabo@fau.edu

  • Thesis & dissertation final package
  • Graduate College forms
  • Waivers
  • Academic Progression Plan
  • Degree audit & certification
  • GPSA liaison
  • Plan of Study/MyPOS

Julie Farkas

Student Support Services

P: 561.297.1221
E: jfarkas3@fau.edu

  • Thesis & dissertation format review
  • Thesis & dissertation final package coordinator
  • Thesis & dissertation formatting workshops
  • Turn It In coordinator
  • ETD submission

Eileen Bustamante
Program Assistant

P: ebustam@fau.edu
E: 561.297.0056

  • Awards ceremony coordination
  • Admissions to Candidacy forms
  • Doctoral Applications for Degree
  • Doctoral student degree audits

Suzette Caan
Degree Completion Assistant

P: 561.297.2203
E: scaan@fau.edu

  • Degree completion assistance
  • Degree audits
  • Academic Progression Plan

Linda Petersen
Degree Completion Assistant

P: 561.297.1174
F: 561.297.2573
E: lpetersen@fau.edu

  • Plan of Study/MyPOS
  • Degree completion assistance
  • Academic Progression Plan
  • Applications for Degree
  • Degree audits

IT Operations

Business Systems Analyst


  • Report administration
  • Student information system (Banner)
  • Customer relations management system (Intelliworks)


Danielle Rose
Business Manager

P: 561.297.2906
E: drose13@fau.edu

  • Graduate tuition benefits
  • Financial affairs
  • Purchase orders
  • HR functions
  • Dean grants
  • Office administration

Jessica Watts
Administrative Services

P: 561.297.2347
E: wattsj@fau.edu

  • Form 14 (Full-Time Equivalency)
  • HR functions
  • Tuition waiver audits
  • Assist with purchase orders
  • Assist with financial reconciliations
  • Office administration


Jim Hellegaard

P: 561.297.4485
E: jhellegaard@fau.edu

  • Marketing/communications initiatives
  • Liaison to colleges
  • Coordinate activities with GPSA
  • Media inquiries
  • Internal/external communications
  • Website content and social media
  • Assist with enrollment management and student services activities

Zach Greathouse
Assistant Director
Marketing and Communications

P: 561.297.4357
E: zgreatho@fau.edu

  • Web administration
  • Listserv management
  • Graduate College MyFAU tab management
  • Internal/external communications
  • Social media management
  • Media/design
  • Marketing/communications initiatives

To make an appointment with Dr. Floyd, please contact Althia Ellis (561.297.4358).

Dr. Deborah L. Floyd
Interim Dean, Graduate College

P: 561.297.4358
E: dfloyd@fau.edu

Susan H. Fulks
Assistant Dean

P: 561.297.1211
E: sfulks@fau.edu


 Last Modified 8/22/14