About Us

Jim Oris

Jim Oris, Ph.D.; Associate Provost for Research and Scholarship and Dean of the Graduate School
Email: orisjt@miamioh.edu

Chief administrative officer for the Graduate School and Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship. Chair of Graduate Council and member of the Council of Academic Deans. Responsible for budget management and policy development and implementation.  Resource person for all students, faculty, and staff members involved with graduate education.

Ann Frymier

Dr. Ann Bainbridge Frymier, Associate Dean
Email: frymieab@miamioh.edu

Responsibilities include chairing the following financial assistance opportunity committees for graduate students: Academic Achievement Assistantship committee, Graduate Students' Achievement Fund, and Student Financial Assistance committee. Additional involvement as a resource person for Graduate Directors, Department Chairs and Graduate faculty on issues of Graduate School policy, recruitment, and retention of students.

Valerie Robinson

Valerie Robinson, Ph.D.; Assistant Dean
Email: robinsvo@miamioh.edu

Responsibilities include overseeing domestic and international admissions and participating in local, regional and national recruitment events targeted at enhancing the diverse graduate student population, managing the Diversity Enhancement Pathway graduate assistantships, and advising the Graduate Students of Color Association. Also, the primary contact for the online graduate admission process.

Nazanin Tork

Nazanin Tork, MA.; Director of International Admission
Email: torkn@miamioh.edu

Responsibilities include overseeing the recruitment and admission of international graduate stduents, participating in local, regional, national and international events targeted at recruiting a diverse international student population, working with current international students, and serving as a liaison with other groups that serve international students.

Lou Haines

Lou Haines, Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School
Email: hainesla@miamioh.edu

The Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School works with graduate students about questions and concerns that may arise. Additional responsibilities include involvement with Student Financial Assistance, the Bursar, and Accounts Payable to see that students are paid any awards and scholarships that are allocated throughout the year.

Christie Keller

Christie Keller, Program Associate in the Graduate School
Email: kellermh@miamioh.edu 

The Progam Associate is the first point of contact in office reception by person and telephone. Among other tasks, the Program Associate processes and addresses questions about the following: Grants-In-Aid, change of major requests, and credit transfer approval, while also maintaining Graduate faculty level standing files.

Laura Bolling

Laura Bolling, International Graduate Admission Coordinator
Email: bollinle@miamioh.edu 

The international admissions administrative assistant assists the international admissions director in managing the general inbox as well as processing all international graduate applications for Masters and Ph.D. degrees for all programs. After processing the applications and transcripts, the materials and files are sent to the departments for review. Once notice of the department's decision is received, students are then notified via email.

Debbie Hansel

Debbie Hansel, Domestic Graduate Admission Coordinator
Email: hanseld@miamioh.edu 

The domestic graduate admission coordinator processes all domestic graduate applications for Masters, Ph.D., and Specialist degrees for all programs, as well as all domestic continuing graduate studies applications.