About Graduate School

We have affordable and convenient online options as well as traditional on-campus classes.

The university-wide FSU Graduate Council provides oversight to all graduate programs at the university, and the Graduate School provides support to all graduate programs at the university. The Broadwell College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the College of Health, Science, and Technology, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are responsible for the graduate programs within the college. The graduate faculty, program coordinators/directors, department chairs, assistant/associate deans, and the dean of each college are directly responsible to ensure that each degree program is of the highest quality. Each college has a Graduate Programs Committee.

Graduate Program Contacts


Department of Educational Leadership and School Administration
Educational Leadership Director: Dr. Landon R. Hadley, (910) 672-2319, lhadley@uncfsu.edu
Administrative Support Associate: Ms. Coneasha Thomas, (910) 672-1731,  cthomas@uncfsu.edu


Criminal Justice (MS): Dr. Karen McElrath, (910) 672-2193, kmcelra1@uncfsu.edu

Elementary Education (MAT): Dr. Brian Phillips, (910) 672-2680, bphilli8@uncfsu.edu

Elementary Education (MEd): Dr. Cynthia Wooten, (910) 672-1721, cwooten@uncfsu.edu

Middle Grades Education Language Arts/Social Studies (MAT & MEd): Dr. Catherine Barrett, (910) 672-1700, cbarrett1@uncfsu.edu

Middle Grades Education Math/Science (MAT & MEd): Dr. Kimberly Smith-Burton, (910) 672-1182, ksmith@uncfsu.edu

Nursing: Patient Safety and Quality (MSN)Dr. Jennifer L. Johnson, (910) 672-2228, jjohnson4@uncfsu.edu

Psychology (MA): Dr. Whitney Wall, (910) 672-1903, wwall1@uncfsu.edu

Reading Education (MEd): Dr. Ashley Holder, (910) 672-1316, aholder@uncfsu.edu

School Administration (MSA): Dr. Paris Jones, (910) 672-1262, pjones@uncfsu.edu

Secondary Education (MAT & MEd): Dr. Cynthia Shamberger, (910) 672-1181, cshamber@uncfsu.edu

Social Work (MSW)Dr. Beverly Edwards, (910) 672-2432, bedwar11@uncfsu.edu

Sociology (MA): Dr. Akbar Aghajanian, (910) 672-2927, aaghajanian@uncfsu.edu

Special Education (MAT & MEd): Dr. Bradley Mills, (910) 672-1772, bmills@uncfsu.edu

Teacher Licensure

Office of Teacher Education
: Dr. Jenny Washington, (910) 672-1587, jwashington@uncfsu.edu 
Administrative Support Associate: Mrs. Kathleen Marsh, (910) 672-1266, kmarsh2@uncfsu.edu  

Art Education: Ms. Vickie Rhoda, (910) 672-1513, vrhoda@uncfsu.edu
Biology Education: Dr. Peter Eley, (910) 672-1515, peley@uncfsu.edu
Birth-Kindergarten Education: Mrs. Jocelyn Smith-Gray, (910) 672-1624, jsmit123@uncfsu.edu
Elementary Education: Dr. Brian Phillips, (910) 672-2680, bphilli8@uncfsu.edu
English as a Second Language: Dr. Ji Young Kim, (910) 672-1417, jkim@uncfsu.edu
Health and Physical Education: Dr. Peter Eley, (910) 672-1515, peley@uncfsu.edu
Mathematics Education: Dr. Peter Eley, (910) 672-1515, peley@uncfsu.edu 
Music Education: Dr. Denise Payton, (910) 672-1457, dpayton1@uncfsu.edu
Reading Education: Dr. Ashley Holder, (910) 672-1316, aholder@uncfsu.edu
Secondary EducationDr. Peter Eley, (910) 672-1515, peley@uncfsu.edu
Spanish Education: Dr. Jose Franco-Rodriguez, (910) 672-1379, jfranco@uncfsu.edu

Professional Development

Office of Continuing Education and Summer School
Director: Dr. Jane Smith, (910) 672-2262, jsmit101@uncfsu.edu
Advisor: Ms. Cheryl McGhee, (910) 672-1229, cmghee@uncfsu.edu

Graduate Council and Committees

Graduate Council Chair: Dr. Alison Van Nyhuis, Director of the Graduate School and Program Review, (910) 672-2506, avannyhu@uncfsu.edu: Completed materials (graduate faculty applications, academic proposals, etc.), with all signatures up to the Graduate Council Chair (Department Chair, Dean, etc.), must be submitted to the Graduate Council on Friday, 10 days before the Graduate Council meeting during which the materials are to be considered.
Graduate Council Graduate Catalog Committee ChairMs. Sarah D. Baker, University Registrar, (910) 672-1918, sdbaker@uncfsu.edu
Graduate Council Graduate Faculty Applicaton Committee ChairDr. Petur O. Jonsson, MBA Interim Director, (910) 672-1984, pjonsson@uncfsu.edu 
Broadwell College of Business and Economics Graduate Programs Committee Chair: Dr. Steven Phelan, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, (910) 672-2410, sphelan@uncfsu.edu  
College of Education Graduate Programs Committee Chair: Dr. Cynthia Shamberger, Associate Professor of Special Education, (910) 672-2464, cshamber@uncfsu.edu
College of Health, Science, and Technology Graduate Programs Committee ChairDr. Valentin Milanov, Associate Professor of Mathematics, (910) 672-2202, vmilanov@uncfsu.edu
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Programs Committee Chair: Dr. Miriam DeLone, Assistant Dean, (910) 672-2271, mdelone@uncfsu.edu