Dr. JoAnn Canales

Our motto is Inquire, Innovate, Impact. Our vision is grounded in our commitment to enriching the public good through creative stewardship of graduate education. Our mission is to guide, cultivate, and collaborate with a diverse community of scholars and stakeholders providing expertise, oversight and resources that generate and disseminate higher education excellence in South Texas and beyond.

It is a distinct honor for me to serve the administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni that comprise the Island Community. Together with the loyal and able staff in CGS, we are committed to providing you with the needed information, guidance, and support and pledge to work diligently on your behalf.

Your success and accomplishments are our greatest satisfaction. Together, we will advance and enrich the quality of life for the Coastal Bend and beyond.


Karen McCaleb, EdD
Dean for the College of Graduate Studies



College of Graduate Studies

Dr. Karen McCaleb Dr. Karen McCaleb
Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 151B
Phone: 361.825.3847
Email: Karen.McCaleb@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Administers and supports graduate programs
  • Collaborates with faculty and academic deans on all issues related to graduate education
  • Oversees all areas of graduate education including compliance, recruitment, retention, policy and procedures
  • Represents graduate education internally and externally
Dr. Marvarene Oliver Dr. Marvarene Oliver
Professor and Associate Dean
Office: Faculty Center Rm 151C
Phone: 361.825.3216
Email: Marvarene.Oliver@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Directs related graduate program activities and professional development initiatives
  • Oversees graduate catalog
  • Facilitates Graduate Council
  • Collaborates with other TAMUCC units to ensure a climate of engagement and success for graduate students
Sandra Kureska Dr. Sandra Kureska
Director & Admissions Liaison
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 151E
Phone: 361.825.2711
Email: Sandra.Kureska@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Oversees daily operations of the college
  • Serves as liaison to the Office of Admissions
  • Oversees graduate college process and policies
  • Serves as a liaison to graduate program coordinators and advisors for policy purposes
Leticia Bazan Ms. Leticia Bazan
Director, Recruitment Liaison
Office: Faculty Center, Rm 151D
Phone: 361.825.3302
Email: Leticia.Bazan@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Works with prospective and new students
  • Serves as liaison to the Recruitment Office/Enrollment Management
  • Coordinate social media presence; liaison with marketing and communications office
  • Coordinates recruitment efforts in conjunction with recruitment office
Angela Speaker Ms. Angela Speaker 
Audit & Compliance Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 151G
Phone: 361.825.2526
Email: Angela.Speaker@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Performs all audit and compliance processes including degree plan audits, academic standing, degree plan exceptions
  • Processes all information related to doctoral students
  • Monitors and updates DegreeWorks and catalog
  • Maintains matriculated graduate student records
Ms. Shay lee Ms. Shay Lee
Executive Administrative Assistant
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 151A
Phone: 361.825.3884
Email: Shay.Lee@tamucc.edu

Services provided
  • Assists Dean and Associate Dean with administrative duties
  • Organizes and maintains college data and records
  • Serves as the logistical liaison, with different units across campus, for all college events and activities
Karen Franzone Ms. Karen Franzone
Business Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 151F
Phone: 361.825.2803
Email: Karen.Franzone@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Oversee Graduate Assistantship process
  • Coordinate Graduate Scholarship process
  • Assist with budget development and management
  • Generate reports on accounts for the Dean
Timothy Boulan Mr. Timothy Boulan
Programmer II
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 152 
Phone: 361.825.3160
Email: Timothy.Boulan@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Maintains databases and equipment
  • Provides systems/application analyses, design, development and implementation of programming projects to meet strategic plan
  • Generates correspondence to graduate applicants/students regarding admission, enrollment and policy information
  • Generates reports to program faculty regarding admissions and student progress
Sophia Zaner Ms. Sophia Zaner
Outreach & Compliance Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 151H
Phone: 361.825.3675
Email: Sophia.Zaner@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Manage day-to-day GROW suite operations
  • Assists with the coordination of GROW and College of Graduate Studies events
  • Assists with GROW and College of Graduate Studies social media
  • Assists with student compliance processing

Graduate Advisors

Dr Alexandra Shaw Dr. Alexandra Shaw
Academic Advisor
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 214
Phone: 361.825.2968
Email: Alexandra.Shaw@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Advising for the College of Education and Human Development
Ms. Ronnie Emanuel Ms. Ronnie Emanuel
Academic Advisor
Office: Center for Instruction, Rm. 365
Phone: 361.825.2654
Email: Ronnie.Emanuel@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Advising for the College of Science and Engineering
Ms. Elizabeth Rivera Ms. Elizabeth Rivera
Academic Advisor
Office: Island Hall, Rm. 350E
Phone: 361.825.2568
Email: Elizabeth.Rivera@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Advising for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Ms. Cindy Sheehy Ms. Cindy Sheehy
Academic Advisor
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 222
Phone: 361.825.2174
Email: Lucinda.Sheehy@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Graduate Academic Advisor
  • Advising for the College of Liberal Arts