Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute Program

New Deans Institute
July 8, 2023

Summer Workshop
July 9-12, 2023

Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, Colorado

CGS invites graduate deans, associate and assistant deans, and other faculty and staff from colleges, universities, and associations to network with their colleagues in the vibrant city of Denver.

The CGS Summer Workshop for Graduate Deans offers participants a fresh focus on hot topics that affect every facet of graduate education. Complementing the Workshop is the New Deans Institute, a program tailored to orient new deans and to integrate the Workshop experience. The CGS Board of Directors, staff, and other specialists serve as core faculty for both the New Deans Institute and Summer Workshop.

CGS welcomes you to this unique opportunity to share knowledge and work on issues facing graduate education.

The CGS Annual Meeting was held December 1-4, 2021 in New Orleans. The 300+ attendees enjoyed a safe, productive, engaging, and thought provoking event. Annual meeting participants explored a variety of important issues in graduate education with topics ranging from mentoring to articulating the value of formal degrees to reinventing graduate STEM education.


Selected PowerPoint presentations from the 2021 CGS 61st Annual Meeting are below. Presentations are in chronological order by each category. Presentations are offered as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.



Pre-Meeting Workshop Presentations


Mentoring To Support Diverse Students and Careers

William Karpus, Ambika Mathur, and Paula McClain


Improving Marketing and Recruitment Strategies For Master’s Programs
Brian Carolan, Andrea Golato, and Ranjit Koodali


Data and Evidence Inspired Approaches Toward Graduate Student Well-being
Karen Butler-Purry, Elizabeth Klonoff, and Robin Yates


ProQuest Breakfast


Big Questions, Big Data and ProQuest Dissertations And Theses
Jason Owen-Smith and Gilia Smith


IELTS USA Breakfast


The Challenges of International Teaching Assistants and How to Support Their Transition into the Classroom
Kayla Landers, Marianne Menius, and Misty Wilson


Concurrent Sessions Presentations


More Than The Sum of Their Parts?: Articulating The Value of Formal Degrees
Bonnie Ferri, Clay Gloster, and Douglas Woods


Creating a Graduate Enrollment Ecosystem: Attracting, Engaging, and Retaining Your Best-Fit Applicants – Sponsored by Liaison International
Jillian Baer, David Daleke, and Algerian Hart


Mentoring Master’s Students
Reginald Ellis, Jennifer Roberts, and Jerry Weinberg


Integrating Networking Skills Into Humanities Phd Programs
Amanda Bryant Friedrich, Robin Garrell, and Thomas Jeitschko


Bridging The Gap: Deferrals, Leaves, and Skipped Cohorts
Scott Adler, Susan Ettner, and Mary Jo Finney


STEAM and The Future of Interdisciplinary Research: Engine of Innovation or a Bunch of Hot Air?
James Antony, Natasha Croom, and Elizabeth Wentz


An Outcome-Based Proposal for the Future of the Phd: We’re All In This Together

NAGS organized session

Gina Beltrán and Bradley Nelson


Building A New Future for Virtual Academic Support and Professional Development for Graduate Students: Investigating A Consortium Model
E. Alana James, Scott Lanyon, Sarah Larsen, and Joseph Oppong


Reinventing Graduate STEM Education
Karen S. Coats, Peter J. Harries, Nirmala Kannankutty, and Kim LaScola Needy


Seeing the Future We Used to See Here: Compassion and Commitment to International Students
Angela Pool-Funai, M.J.T. Smith, and Melissa Sturge-Apple


Understanding Challenges and Impacts of Caregiving: Supporting Students at a Time of Transition
Susan Carvalho, Preselfannie McDaniels, and Michael Solomon


Are My Professional Graduate Programs Financially Sustainable? A DIY Guide for Deans MAGS organized session
Ricky Hull and Jennifer Ziegler


Understanding The Graduate Student Mindset: Insights From a New Survey of 2,000+ Prospective Graduate Students – Sponsored by EAB
Will Lamb and Ashley Walker Colquitt


Lightning Round Sessions


Student-Centered Language Assessment: Lowering Barriers and Increasing Opportunities – Sponsored by Duolingo English Test
State of the Education Market: Trends and Insights in Key Master’s Disciplines – Sponsored by Wiley Education Services


Final Program



The CGS Annual Meeting was held December 7-10, 2022, in San Francisco. The 500+ attendees enjoyed a safe, productive, engaging, and thought-provoking event. Annual meeting participants explored a variety of important issues in graduate education with topics ranging from mentoring to the new face of student affairs to community engagement.

Selected PowerPoint presentations from the 2022 CGS 62nd Annual Meeting are below. Presentations are in chronological order by each category. Presentations are offered as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.


AM 2022 Final Program

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Pre-Meeting Workshop Presentations


Making The Case For Centralized Support Of Graduate Education
William AhernLisa BoehmLaurence Bray and William Karpus
Making the Case – Handout

New Models Of International Recruitment And Student Support
Mary Carrington, Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Michael Lazzara, and Curt Rom

Mentoring To Support Diverse Students and Careers
David Daleke and Debra Jackson

Reducing The Cost Of A Graduate Degree: Strategies To Support Student Progress And Completion
Wojtek Chodzko-ZajkoMark Garrison, and Elizabeth Wentz

Review Of Graduate Programs Master’s and Doctoral
Peter Harries, and Joy Williamson-Lott

Fundraising As a Critical Instrument For Improving
John Lofthus


ProQuest, Part of Clarivate Breakfast

The Graduate Student Perspective: Approaches To Text And Data Mining
ProQuest Text and Data Mining


Concurrent Sessions – Thursday, December 8

Stewards of Place: Regional Comprehensive Universities and Their Importance To State and Local Communities
Kristen Eichhorn, Brian Kloeppel, and Chevelle Newsome

Beyond Grant Writing: Preparing Humanities Phd’s To Navigate The World Of Sponsored Projects
Emily BarmanStephen Crites, and Gillian Hayes

Addressing Enrollment Staffing Challenges – Sponsored by EAB
Beth Donaldson, Chad Eickhoff, and Maribeth Watwood

Creating Community and Program Inclusivity and Support
NAGS organized session
Barbara KnuthDovev Levine, and Alexandra Padilla

The New Face of Student Affairs in Graduate School
Susan Carvalho, Bonnie Ferri, and Chris Nelson

Teaching The World Mentoring in A Global Context
Hans-Joachim BungartzGraham Hammill, and Adham Ramadan

Technology and Tools in Graduate Enrollment Management – Sponsored by Liaison International
Stephen Taylor and Julie Masterson

Empowering Universities’ Master’s and Doctoral Students for Tomorrow: The Humanities Without Walls Consortium and New Pathways for Graduate Training
MAGS Organized Session
Nusaiba Chowdhury, Christine Getz, Margaret Nettesheim, and Douglas Woods


ETS Breakfast – Friday, December

Through The Learner Lens Building A Graduate Community
Jack Klett, John Augusto, Julie J. Masterson, and Chevelle Newsome


Plenary IV – Friday, December 9

Ethical Leadership for Graduate Deans
C.K. Gunsalus


Concurrent Sessions – Friday, December 9

New Models for Graduate Education Collaborations With/And in Africa
H. Dele Davies, Mark Garrison, and June-Rose Ngcobo

Making An Impact: Rethinking PhD Training Through Community Engagement
Joshua BarkerFahim Quadir, and Janet Rutledge

Voice of the Online Graduate Learner – Sponsored By Wiley University Services
David Capranos and Roxanne Gonzales

A Place To Be: A Focus on Gender and Sexual Identity
William Graves,  Jeni Hart, and Cari Moorhead

Contemporary Approaches to Master’s Admissions
Philip Anloague,  Kellie Cude, and Jennifer Roberts

Creating a Transparent Student Experience: Best Practices to Improve Graduate Student Success – Sponsored By Cayuse
Jason Porter and Noelle Selkow


Lightning Round Sessions – Friday, December 9


Skills and Training: Helping Researchers Develop The Confidence To Achieve Their Full Potential – Sponsored by Nature Portfolio
Gaynor Roberts and Nicole Skinner

Recruit, Empower, and Celebrate Student Success – Sponsored by Academic Analytics
Kathy Felts, Jeni Hart, and Jill Huerta

Harnessing Video to Improve Opportunity, Fairness, And Success – Sponsored by Collegenet
Mark Bridges and Bruce Sylva


Plenary V

Purpose and Resilience in Graduate Education: What Matters Most and How to Make it Happen
Christine Whelan




The CGS Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute was held July 9-13, 2022 in Minneapolis. Meeting participants explored varied and important issues in graduate education. New and returning participants—graduate deans; associate and assistant deans; faculty and staff from colleges/universities; association, federal and state agency, and other education-related administrators; and others interested in graduate education—enjoyed a unique forum where they met leaders in their field and exchanged ideas and information.

Selected PowerPoint presentations from the 2022 Summer Workshop and New Deans Institute are below. Presentations are in chronological order by each category. Presentations are offered as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.

Final Program


New Deans Institute Presentations


Session I: Managing Budgets: Planning, Prioritizing, and Allocating
H. Dele Davies and Julie Coonrod

Session II: Managing Operations: Time, Staff, And Partnerships
Chevelle Newsome and Kevin Williams

Session III: Managing Enrollment: Recruitment, Admissions, and Funding
Graham Hammill and Sarah Larsen

Session IV: Advocacy 101
Jeni Hart and Mark Sheridan


Summer Workshop Presentations


Plenary I:

Universities As Catalysts For Equity and Social Justice
Scott Lanyon, Heidi Lasley Barajas, Karen Hanson, and Rhonda Jones-Webb


Breakfast: Sponsored by ProQuest

The New Proquest (As Part Of Clarivate): Accelerating Discovery Through Dissertation Citation Networks
Gilia Smith


Concurrent Dean’s Toolboxes

If You Build It, Will They Come?: Improving Graduate Student Participation In Campus Professional Development
Jennifer Teitle

Designing Graduate Programs To Stand Out In A Crowded Market Sponsored by EAB
Savon Sampson and Steve Tello

Leveraging Technology to Promote Access and Support Student Success
Julie Masterson


Breakfast: Sponsored by ETS

A New Age of Learner Empowerment
Ann-Marie Stephenson


Concurrent Technical Workshops

Developing A Winning ETS/CGS Award Proposal: Advice from Past Awardees and Reviewers
Michael Cunningham, Ashby Kinch, and Cari Moorhead


Technical Workshop

Strategic Planning at Critical Junctures
April Boulton, Wojtek ChodzkoZajko, and Robert Wojtowicz