Administration 2022-04-27T18:15:51+00:00

Administration of the Graduate School


The following dates have been scheduled for the Graduate Council Meetings for the fall/spring semester of 2021-2022.  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 2021-2022 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
August 10, 2021
September 14, 2021
October 12, 2021
November 9, 2021
January 11, 2022
February 8, 2022
Proposal Deadline
July 27, 2021
August 31, 2021
September 28, 2021
October 26, 2021
December 28, 2021
January 25, 2022


Dr. Greg Handel, Dean of Graduate School, Chair
Dr. Laura Aaron, Radiological Sciences (carwilel/677-3067)
Dr. Michelle Fazio Brunson, Education, (faziom/5067)
Dr. April Giddens, Education, (giddensa/6944)
Dr. J. Ereck Jarvis, English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies, (jarvisj/6272)
Ms. Phyllis Lear, CAPA – Art, (learp/4056)
Dr. Cynthia Lindsey, Psychology, (lindseyc/5259)
Dr. Dennette McDermott, CAPA — Music, (mcdermottd/5761)
Dr. Michael Moulton, Health and Human Performance, (moultonm/5142)
Dr. Mark Melder, Criminal Justice, History, & Social Sciences, (melderm/6682)
Dr. Begona Perez-Mira, Computer Information Systems, (perezmirab/6650)
Dr. Pamela Simmons, Nursing, (simmonsp/677-3100)

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.