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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
brbrown@stanford.edu 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

shulingchen@stanford.edu 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

loifeliz@stanford.edu 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
valcazar@stanford.edu 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
wjhorng@stanford.edu 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, Assistant Director of Degree Programs

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liutommy@stanford.edu CU 143 (650) 725-1497

Tommy holds a MA in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and a 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 course planning 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 undergraduate engagement and advising. 

Kim McCabe, Admissions and Community Engagement Officer

Kim
kgmccabe@stanford.edu CU 134 (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 Admissions and Community Engagement Officer 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

kbmckinney@stanford.edu 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 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 and helps create and oversee policy. Additionally, this position manages certain MA programs as well as aspects of undergraduate research and student advising.

Amanda Ruiz Charles, Academic Services Administrator

amandarc@stanford.edu 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, Assistant Director of Degree Programs

stasulat@stanford.edu CU 141 (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 July 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.