GradEdge | Winter 2023

What Does the Future Hold for International Graduate Education?

By Suzanne T. Ortega

A new year brings new opportunities, and it’s a great time to look ahead to the trends and issues in graduate education. I’ve spent this month reflecting on the internationalization of graduate education and how we can better serve international scholars and create more global networks.

We first need to address some of the issues facing graduate students, international and domestic, and look at how we can prepare ourselves and students for a new global education landscape.

For our international students, we need to assess our current recruitment strategies to create new models and networks of collaboration. For our domestic students, we need to elevate opportunities for international experiences and ways to gain global competencies. Addressing cultural and language barriers should be a concern for all educational institutions around the world. Improving mentorship by applying best practices and building networks between the Global North and South are ways we can improve graduate education in a globalized world. Read more.

Meet the New CGS Board Chair,
Graham Hammill

There have been many news articles, think pieces, and opinion editorials debating the value of humanities degrees, and Graham Hammill, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Buffalo (UB), isn’t having any of it.

“I rely on my humanities background every day in my role as a leader,” Hammill said. “There’s a certain core of skills that you learn in a humanities education around communication that are critical and incredibly important.”

Hammill, who is the new chair of the CGS Board of Directors, says the future of narrative development involving data, analytics, and artificial intelligence are just a few of the examples of how humanities is on the cutting edge of innovation. Read more.

2022 Global Summit: The Evolving Role of Mentors and Supervisors in Graduate Education

Graduate education leaders from 14 different countries released their Statement of Principles and Practical Actions following discussion and consensus-building about postgraduate mentorship at the 2022 Strategic Leaders Global Summit.

The Statement of Principles and Practical Actions document describes key principles to successful postgraduate mentorship. The document also lists actions different groups graduate school deans, administrators, employers, funding organizations and student can take to foster a caring culture that supports both mentors and mentees.

Attendees also compiled mentorship resources that they had found effective in supporting mentorship. These can be found on CGS’s website.

GradImpact: Da’Shay Templeton Wants Everyone to Have a Quality Education

Growing up poor in Los Angeles, California, Da’Shay Templeton moved around a lot. She has lost track of how many different schools she attended during her childhood.

Due to open enrollment policies, sometimes she went to schools that weren’t necessarily in the same neighborhood where her family could afford to live.

“I really got a chance to look at different types of schools. I went to all white schools that had more funding and better teachers,” Templeton said. “I had a great time in those schools and I learned a lot. Some of the best teachers I’ve ever had were at predominantly white schools.”

She learned that unfortunately, not all schools are the same or able to provide the same amount of educational opportunities. Read more to learn how this Florida State University doctoral candidate plans to change public education for the better.

Do you know a stellar graduate student who would make a great addition to our GradImpact Series? We’re looking for more stories, especially students and alumni with master’s degrees. Learn more about our GradImpact Series and how to submit an entry here.

Meet CGS Visiting Scholar Jan Allen

Jan Allen has joined CGS as Visiting Scholar and will develop a multi-platform resource for assistant/associate deans to promote peer networking and leadership development.

Allen is associate dean for academic and student affairs in the Graduate School at Cornell University. Prior to that she was associate dean for PhD programs at Columbia University and associate dean in the Graduate School at Northwestern University. She was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee for 20 years and assistant dean in the Graduate School.

She received her PhD from Purdue University and her master’s from the University of Oklahoma. Jan’s research and writing focuses on children’s political socialization, children’s cognitive understanding of emotional responses to stress, graduate student mentoring, and research ethics.

She writes the Productive Writer listserv, with over 18,000 graduate and faculty subscribers world-wide and also the Graduate Fellowship Writer listserv, both with writing tips and encouragement for all writers. Her most recent book is The Productive Graduate Student Writer (Stylus, 2019). Contact her at

Idea Lab 2: Strategies for Broadening Dissemination and Impact  

Once you reach a milestone, get the word out.

What sounds like advice from a marketing director at a Fortune 500 company, is from Gundula Bosch, one of the presenters at CGS’s January 19 Idea Lab for Innovation in Graduate Education (IGE) Hub.

Idea Lab is a virtual gathering of IGE Hub awardees who meet up to discuss their projects. The IGE Hub is an NSF funded Innovation Acceleration Hub designed to support learning, dissemination, and collaboration among IGE awardees.

At this most recent meeting, Bosch, director at R3 Center for Innovation in Science Education at Johns Hopkins University, and Corrie Kuniyoshi, manager of student experiences, and Joerg Schlatterer, director of Office of Research Grants, both from the American Chemical Society, presented on how they used podcasts, social media, newsletters, and op-eds for disseminating research to new audiences.

Watch the full presentations from Gundula Bosch and Corrie Kuniyoshi and Joerg Schlatterer to learn more about the strategies they used for effective outreach.

Humanities Coalition: Grant Writing as a Career Opportunity for Humanists

Brenton Brock hadn’t thought much about grant writing or the need for it, but that changed for him after participating in Summer Doctoral Academy put on by the Graduate School at Howard University.

“I’ve never considered grant writing to be a major part of my experience as a graduate student,” said Brock, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. “But the retreat showed me that when it comes to advancing as a scholar, writing a good proposal can be just as important as writing a good conference paper or a good journal article…or a good dissertation.”

Howard’s retreat is just one example of how Humanities Coalition universities are developing programs on grant writing for their doctoral students. Read more to learn about Howard’s program and how Loyola Chicago University and Purdue University are also providing grant writing training.

Enrollment for The National Name Exchange Opens on March 16

The student enrollment period for the 2023 National Name Exchange (NNE) will open on March 16. NNE is a CGS member benefit that identifies undergraduate students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds who are interested in graduate school and connects them to CGS member institutions looking to recruit students into their graduate programs. An institution may choose to participate by recruiting and enrolling underrepresented students into NNE during each annual cycle, which runs from March through June. There is no additional fee to participate.

To learn more about the National Name Exchange, you can watch the 2023 orientation video or email

New CGS Board of Directors

Elected for two-year term (2023-2024):

Daniel Kleinman, Boston University

Elected for three-year terms (2023-2025):

James Soto Antony, University of California, San Diego

Mary Farmer-Kaiser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Michael J. Solomon, University of Michigan

New Graduate Leaders/Deans

  • Ruth Bahr, Dean, Office of Graduate Studies, University of South Florida
  • Victor L. Correa, Director of Research and Graduate Studies, Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Campus of Gurabo
  • Roger Epp, Interim Vice-Provost and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta
  • Channing Ford, Dean, Graduate Studies, Jacksonville State University*
  • Manu Gupta, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Siddharth (Sidd) Kaza, Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Towson University
  • Amanda Lathrop, Interim Dean of Graduate Education, California Polytechnic State University
  • Kirsten Limesand, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College, University of Arizona
  • Valerie Luzadis, Interim Associate Provost for Instruction and Dean of the Graduate School, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Pinku Mukherjee, Interim Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Vann Newkirk Sr.,  Associate Vice President of Academic Administration and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Alabama A&M University
  • Dorit Nevo, Acting Vice Provost and Dean, Graduate Education, California Polytechnic State University
  • S. Marshall Perry, Vice Provost of Graduate Programs and Academic Innovation, Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Jennifer Richer, Dean of the Graduate School, CU Anschutz, University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Troy Terry, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of North Georgia*
  • Christina Moylan, Associate Provost, Graduate and Professional Studies, Ithaca College*

*Graduate education leaders at new CGS member institutions


New CGS Members

  • Jacksonville State University, Regular Institutional Member, Jacksonville, Alabama
  • University of North Georgia, Regular Institutional Member, Dahlonega, Georgia
  • Ithaca College, Regular Institutional Member (Returning), Ithaca, New York