Administration 2019-09-09T13:47:34+00:00

Administration of the Graduate School


The following dates have been scheduled for the Graduate Council Meetings for the fall/spring semester of 2019-2020.  Meetings are set for 1:00PM in a location to be announced.

Please submit 2 complete hard copies and one electronic email of all graduate proposals to the Graduate School office no later than two weeks prior to the meeting dates (see the below deadlines).   The Graduate Council follows the same protocol for submission as does the CRC and your agenda and accompanying paperwork will be sent to you electronically.

Listed below are the Graduate Council Members for 2019-2020 academic years.  If you have any questions regarding submission of proposals please contact Callie Hammonds in the Graduate School Office at 357-5851 or the Council Member representing your department listed below.  All proposals being submitted to the CRC that are Graduate School related MUST be presented to the Graduate Council for approval prior to submitting to CRC.  Both Councils meet on the same day with Graduate Council meeting immediately prior to the CRC.

Meeting Dates
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Proposal Deadline
July 30, 2019
August 27, 2019
September 24, 2019
October 29, 2019
December 17, 2019
January 28, 2020


Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson, Education, (faziom/5067)
Dr. Tammy Curtis, Radiological Sciences (curtist/677-3067)
Dr. John Dollar, Health and Human Performance, (dollarj/5128), CHAIR
Dr. Barbara Duchardt, Education, (duchardt/5154)
Dr. Cynthia Lindsey, Psychology,  (lindseyc/5259)
Dr. Dennette McDermott, CAPA — Music,  (mcdermottd/5761)
Dr. J. Ereck Jarvis, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, (jarvisj/6272)
Dr. Mark Melder, Criminal Justice, History, & Social Sciences, (melderm/6682)
Dr. Pamela Simmons, Nursing, (simmonsp/677-3100)
Ms. Phyllis Lear, CAPA – Art, (learp/4056)
Dr. Greg Handel, Dean of Graduate School

Associate Members

Mr. Joel Hicks, Radiological Sciences, 2nd year (hicksj/677-3069)
Ms. Robyn Ray, Nursing, 2nd year (rray13/201-4307)

Carrie C. Smith

chandlerCoordinator of Graduate School Admissions and Records

Carrie Smith joined the Graduate School staff in 2003 after a career in the health care industry. A native of Montgomery, Smith considers herself a “military brat,” living most of life all over the United States and abroad.

Since joining the Graduate School, Smith is considered the “calming” voice of the office. She provides counsel to graduate students requesting program information and applications. She is responsible for processing applications and notifying students of acceptance, while assisting the dean with the many responsibilities of the office.

Smith travels daily over 90 miles to work. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, and art. She also enjoys being around people, especially those who are from places all over the world. Their experiences empower her.

Callie Hammonds

croppedimage680382-Whos-Who-CallieHammonds_smCoordinator of Graduate School Client Services

Callie Hammonds was named the Coordinator of Graduate School Client Services in the fall of 2015. She began her career at NSU in spring 2006 as an Administrative Coordinator 2 within the Offices of University Planning/Assessment and EEO and Institutional Research. In fall 2008, she transferred to the Office of Admissions where she was an Admissions Records Analyst for almost 7 years.

The Coordinator of Client Services is responsible for assigning graduate assistants to various departments on campus; as well as maintaining and verifying graduation requirements for all graduate students. She also acts as the secretary for the Graduate Council.

Callie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State University in December 2006. While pursuing her degree, she was employed as a student worker in the Offices of Planning/Assessment & EEO and Institutional Research. She has thoroughly enjoyed her experience at NSU both academically and professionally.

Callie and her husband, Nick, are proud to call Natchitoches home. They have one son, Blayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.