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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.

John Willinsky, Associate Dean of Student Affairs EDUC 220 (650) 723-2109

Prof. Willinsky has studied literacy education, curriculum theory, including critical and postcolonial theory. Coming out of that work, he has more recently been involved in directing the Public Knowledge Project, which conducts research and develops open source scholarly publishing software in an effort to alter the way university research is shared, so that it is freely available to the public and scholars on a global basis. Prof. Willinsky’s PhD is in the Sociology of Education from Dalhousie University in Canada. He is the author of the New Literacy, Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End, and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship, as well as other books. He is a fellow in the Royal Society of Canada, as well as the National Academy of Education in the United States. He joined the Graduate School of Education at Stanford in 2007 and was Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford from 2014-2019. He was appointed Associate Dean of Student Affairs in 2020.

Shu-Ling Chen, Associate Dean and Director of Academic Services

Shu-Ling Chen EDUC 110 (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 Associate 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 Barnum 144 (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, Student Services Associate

Viviana CERAS 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 Student Services Associate 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.

Carol Chen, Academic Services Analyst Barnum 132 (650) 725-7236

Carol received her Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Statistics, and her MS in Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carol has extensive experience in educational research, data management and data analysis. Before joining the GSE Academic Services team in March 2019, she worked as an Educational Data Analyst for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Previously, she was a Data Analyst for the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education, a Psychometrician Consultant and a Research Analyst intern for WestEd, a nonprofit education research agency. 

The Academic Services Analyst collects, interprets, monitors, and analyzes data regarding academic programs and student services. She also provides analysis and forecasting to support decision making, benchmarking, reporting and policy formulation.

Wesley Horng, Assistant Director of Admissions & Academic Services

Wesley Horng Barnum 146 (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. He joined the Stanford GSE team in 2016 as the Admissions and Academic Services Officer and was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Services in 2019.

The Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Services assists the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid with admissions and recruitment, works with prospective applicants, coordinates the visiting scholar and visiting student researcher processes, manages faculty area meeting administration, oversees the student worker and graduate assistant, and serves as the main point of contact for admissions operations and Academic Services event planning, including Admit Days and Commencement.

Tommy Liu, Assistant Director of Degree Programs

Photo of Tommy Barnum 132 (650) 725-1497

Tommy earned his MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and his BA in English Literature specializing in Writing from New York University. Tommy’s previous higher education experience includes working at New York University’s Stern School of Business as Assistant Director of Financial Aid. He has extensive experience overseas, teaching English and facilitating intercultural exchange both in South Korea and, most recently, in Japan as a participant of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). He has also assisted workers in Lower Manhattan following the events of September 11, 2001 as a Session Facilitator for Safe Horizon’s Ongoing Recovery Program. Tommy joined the Academic Services team in 2014.

The Assistant Director of Degree Programs oversees the administration and system management of curriculum planning and course scheduling for the GSE. This position serves as the data reporting expert on the Academic Services team. The Assistant Director also facilitates degree progress and advising of master’s students, doctoral student funding, and aspects of community engagement. 

Kim McCabe, Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Services Barnum 146 (650) 723-2115

Kim graduated from Stanford with a BA in French and a minor in Creative Writing. Before joining the GSE in June 2017, Kim worked at the University of Denver in graduate admissions, first at the Office of Graduate Studies followed by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Kim has also lived in Paris, France where she completed graduate-level coursework in French from the School in France at Middlebury College and worked at AFS Vivre Sans Frontière, the American Field Service’s French national headquarters, as an Operations intern.

The Assistant Director of Admissions and Academic Services assists the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid with admissions, marketing, and recruitment; works with prospective applicants; serves as the diversity recruiter for the admissions team; and contributes to student and community engagement by creating opportunities for student and alumni involvement with the GSE.

Kate McKinney, Assistant Director of Degree Programs Barnum 136 (650) 736-2937

Kate earned her BA from the University of Richmond, majoring in Economics and German. Before coming to Stanford, she did a Fulbright grant in Germany and later worked in the Office of Student Life at Randolph-Macon College. Kate interned in the Overseas Resource Center at Stanford’s Bechtel International Center while earning her MA in the POLS program. She came back to work at the GSE in the fall of 2011 as our Admissions and Academic Services Specialist before being promoted to Doctoral Programs Officer in 2013 and to Assistant Director of Degree Programs in 2017.

The Assistant Director of Degree Programs manages doctoral student orientation, enrollment, advising, degree progress, funding/assistantships, and programming. She also handles budget forecasting related to the doctoral program, helps create and oversee policy, and manages degree progress, funding, and advising for certain master’s students.

Caroline Stasulat, Assistant Director of Degree Programs

Photo of Caroline Stasulat Barnum 136 (650) 725-6448

Caroline received a BA in English and Native American Studies from UC Davis in 2007; and a MLA from Stanford in 2017. 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 at San Jose State University for two and a half years. She joined the Academic Services team at the GSE in 2010 as the Course Management Specialist, served as the Master’s and Undergraduate Programs Officer from 2012-2017, and was promoted to her current role in 2017.

The Assistant Director of Degree Programs manages master’s student orientation, enrollment, degree progress and requirements, funding, and programming.  She is also the primary staff for GSE’s undergraduate engagement and programs, including the undergraduate minor and Honors programs.  Additionally, this position manages postdoctoral scholar appointments and PhD Minors.

Terrance Turner, Academic Services Administrator Barnum 132 (650) 723-8639

Terrance Turner received a B.A. in Sociology from Haverford College. Before joining the GSE Academic Services team in December 2017, Terrance worked at the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute (SELI), the Stanford Schools Corporation, the Stanford School Redesign Network (SRN), and more recently the Principal Fellows Program, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) 2008-17. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2006 he worked in Philadelphia as a grant writer for a group of non-profit organizations seeking community based solutions to the problems of the inner city. Outside of Stanford GSE, Terrance enjoys the study of Logic, Mathematics and Philosophy and finding better ways to teach them.

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

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