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Academic Services Team

The Academic Services Office collaborates with students, faculty and staff in pursuing the Graduate School of Education’s mission. We strive to empower students on their own unique journeys, preparing them to fulfill their academic goals and reach their potential as educational leaders. To that end, the Office provides services and resources on policies and procedures regarding academic and student life programs and events, curriculum planning, financial aid, admissions, and outreach and recruitment.

Bryan A. Brown, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Bryan Brown CE 228 (650) 725-4662

Prof. Brown is a professor of teacher education. His research interest explores the relationship between student identity, discourse, classroom culture, and academic achievement in science education.  Prof. Brown received his PhD and MA in Science Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his BS in Biology from Hampton University.  He has been a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Education faculty since 2003 and in 2015, was appointed Associate Dean for Students Affairs.

The Associate Dean oversees Academic Services, lecturer appointments, curriculum planning, faculty teaching assignments, academic program changes, TA and RA assignments and chairs the Area Chairs Committee and Undergraduate Committee.

Shu-Ling Chen, Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Services CU 137 (650) 723-4066

Shu-Ling received a BA in Architecture & German from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and a Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining the GSE in 2013, she was Assistant Dean at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for five years and the Director of Institutional Research at both the University of Massachusetts President’s Office and Bridgewater State University. Shu-Ling was also Interim Director of Student Affairs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Assistant Dean of Students at Carleton College.

The Assistant Dean oversees the administrative functions related to the academic Areas and programs, student recruitment, admissions, financial aid, courses and enrollment, degree progress, student funding, visitor appointments and major student-related events; develops strategic planning for these areas; supervises staff hiring and management/professional development processes; prepares and oversees School budgets and reporting; and creates and interprets academic policies.

Loida Feliz, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid CU 136 (650) 723-0555

Loida joined the GSE community in the summer of 2015 as the Associate Director of EdCareers, and has been serving the GSE in her current role as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid since the winter of 2017.  Prior to coming to Stanford, Loida was the Director of Admissions at the Harvard Divinity School for five years. Prior to that, at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she was first Assistant Director of Financial Aid and later Senior Assistant Director of Admissions.  She began her higher education career as Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Lesley University.  Loida received a BS degree in Human Services from Lesley University and a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Director of Admissions and Financial Aid serves as a strategic and operational partner to the Assistant Dean; oversees day-to-day operations for prospective student outreach, recruitment, admissions, financial aid and enrollment management; supervises staff members working on admissions and recruitment, administrative support for the academic Areas, student engagement, visiting scholar appointments, visiting student researchers, and major GSE events run by Academic Services.

Viviana Alcazar, STEP Program Officer and Credential Analyst

Viviana CE 315 (650) 723-2110

Viviana graduated from Stanford in 2007 with a BA in English and Spanish Literature. She then earned an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she also taught undergraduate classes in foreign languages and writing. Before joining the GSE in February, 2014, Viviana was an Admission Officer in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford. Previously, Viviana worked in Williams College as an Admission Counselor and was a Program and Outreach intern with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

The STEP Program Officer and Credential Analyst advises prospective and current teacher candidates on pre-requisites for coursework, financial aid and degree progress, provides statistical data and reports for internal and external use, and manages recruitment and admissions processes for STEP.

Wesley Horng, Admissions & Academic Services Officer

Wesley Horng CU 134 (650) 725-7652

Wesley received his BA from UCLA in Communications and Psychology. After graduating, Wesley decided to further pursue his passion in higher education, earning his M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining Stanford, Wesley worked as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admission at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. In the summer of 2016, Wesley joined the Stanford GSE team to work as the Admissions and Academic Services Officer.

The Admissions and Academic Services Officer assists the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid with admissions and recruitment, works with prospective applicants, answers queries, coordinates the visiting scholar and visiting student researcher processes, manages faculty area meeting administration, maintains the admissions website, and serves as the main point of contact for all Academic Services event planning, including Admit Days and Commencement.

Tommy Liu, Enrollment and Data Reporting Officer

Photo of Tommy CU 143 (650) 725-1497

Tommy has professional experience - both domestic and international - in higher education administration, language arts education, and training. His interests lie in higher education administration, youth development, training and coaching, diversity recruitment, and consulting. He holds a MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a BA in English Literature specializing in Writing from New York University. Tommy joined the Academic Services team in his current role in 2014.

The Enrollment and Data Reporting Officer oversees the administration and system management of course planning for the Graduate School of Education, acting as a resource and working in conjunction with faculty and staff to design course schedules and resolve complex issues. Duties also include appointment processes for visiting faculty and lecturers, supervision of students assistants, and facilitation of data collection and analysis projects.

Kate McKinney, Doctoral Program Officer CU 135 (650) 736-2937

Kate received her BA from the University of Richmond, majoring in Economics and German. Before coming to Stanford, she completed a Fulbright grant in Germany and later worked in the Office of Student Life at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia. Kate interned in the Overseas Resource Center at Stanford’s Bechtel International Center while earning a MA in the POLS program, and came back to work at the GSE in the fall of 2011 as our Admissions and Academic Services Specialist before being promoted to Doctoral Program Officer in 2013.

The Doctoral Program Officer manages doctoral student and postdoctoral fellow orientation, enrollment, degree progress, funding/assistantships and student groups.

Amanda Ruiz Charles, Academic Services Administrator CE 211 (650) 724-7202

Amanda received a BA in Communication from Wheaton College, IL in 2010. She continued her studies focusing on research in interpersonal communication and obtained a MA in Communication from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. Amanda has experience as an adjunct professor at a community college, residential services coordinator, and event planner. Before coming to Stanford, Amanda completed a yearlong self-supported bicycle tour traveling the length of South America. She joined the Academic Services team in her current role in 2016.

The Academic Services Administrator provides administrative support to Academic Services and assists with event planning.

Caroline Stasulat, MA & UG Programs Officer CU 141 (650) 725-6448

Caroline received a BA in English and Native American Studies from U.C. Davis in 2007; and is currently pursuing an MLA degree at Stanford. As an undergraduate, Caroline worked as a student advisor in UCD’s Internship & Career Center and served as the student coordinator for Native American Culture Days. After graduation, she moved to the bay area and worked in the Dean’s Office of the College of Applied Sciences & Arts at San Jose State University. She joined the Academic Services team at the GSE in 2010 as the Course Management Specialist and was promoted to her current role in 2012.

The MA & UG Programs Officer manages master’s and undergraduate student enrollment, degree progress, fellowships, and events.