Graduate School Staff
The Graduate School staff is here to assist you throughout your graduate education. Among the duties of the office are to receive applications, coordinate their review, communicate with prospective students regarding their admission status, maintain academic records, monitor students’ progress, process assistantship appointments, advise students and interpret academic policies established by the Graduate Council.
We are here to help you, so please feel free to contact us any time.
Annette S. Kluck, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
Annette S. Kluck, Ph.D., joined the University of Mississippi as the Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Leadership and Counselor Education on March 1, 2019. She came to the University after 12.5 years at Auburn University, where she was the Assistant Provost for Women’s Initiatives within the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and a Professor of Counseling Psychology within the College of Education. She also directed the nationally accredited doctoral program in counseling psychology and served as a member of the affiliate faculty for Women’s Studies. Currently, she also serves as an Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, a highly rated journal within Women’s Studies. Dean Kluck earned her bachelor’s degree in 2001 from Nebraska Wesleyan University and earned her master’s (Psychology, 2003) and doctoral (Counseling Psychology, 2006) degrees from Texas Tech University.
Robert J. Doerksen , Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Robert J. Doerksen serves as the associate dean of the Graduate School, associate professor of medicinal chemistry and research associate professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He joined the faculty of the School of Pharmacy in 2004 and became associate dean of the Graduate School on December 11, 2017. He was born in Winnipeg, Canada and obtained a Double First Class Honours Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton, Canada, a graduate level Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, and a PhD in Chemistry from UNB. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at University of California, Berkeley, and at University of Pennsylvania.
Murrell Godfrey, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Murrell Godfrey, Ph.D., joined the Graduate School as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion July 1, 2020. Dr. Godfrey earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1994 from Dillard University and his doctoral degree in 2003 from the University of Mississippi. He has served as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2003 where he directed the Forensic Chemistry Program through the FEPAC accreditation process and mentored undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. His major research includes method development and analysis of prescription and illicit drugs in wastewater and other matrixes, development of computational approaches to predicting new psychoactive substances, and development of methodology to determine the biogeographic origin and genealogy of cannabis. Dr. Godfrey currently serves the University community as a member of the Climate Study Working Group (CSWG) and as the director and site coordinator for the Ronald E. McNair and Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) programs, respectively. He also represents the University of Mississippi by serving external constituencies of the University as president of The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), commissioner for the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC), and Lieutenant Governor for District 10A of Kiwanis.
Robin Wiebe Bourgeois
Assistant to the Dean
Robin Wiebe Bourgeois earned her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Mississippi. Bourgeois manages the graduate assistant health insurance program and oversees the admissions and records processes.
Administrative Coordinator II
Michelle Dickson began her employment with the Graduate School in 2003 as office manager. After a brief departure, she returned as coordinator of records and is now administrative coordinator. Her duties include reconciling and monitoring budget statements; supervising student workers; and processing payroll, accounts payable/receivables, tuition and nonresident scholarships for minority students, financial aid for graduate assistants and electronic forms.
Sr. Project Administrator
Paige received her B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi. Her job responsibilities include orientation, student counseling, alumni connections and creating new programs for our graduate students. She also acts as a liaison for the Graduate Student Council and Graduate Program Coordinators.
Graduate Activities Specialist for Admissions
Pam received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mississippi. Her job responsibilities include processing and maintaining admission applications, scanning transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores. She also receives letters of recommendation, resumes and statements of purpose. Her special interests are listening to music and spending time with family.
Rohini Patel completed her Associates Degree in Management Information Systems at North West Community College. She previously worked in Athletics for many years. Her job responsibilities are greeting people and answering inquiries as well as maintaining The Deans calendar. As a certified YTT Yoga instructor, she enjoys teaching yoga around town.
Graduate Activities Specialist for Admissions
Cecelia Price earned a Baccalaureate of Applied Sciences in Social Work from the University of Mississippi. Her job responsibilities include graduation, all “G” forms except “GS10″, dissertations/thesis, transfer credits/admitted records and undergrad reserving graduate credits.
Graduate Activities Specialist for Admissions
Tameka Smith’s duties at the Graduate School include processing and maintaining admission applications, and scanning transcripts, GRE and TOEFL scores. She also receives letters of recommendation, resumes and statements of purpose. Smith graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1998 with a degree in banking/finance and real estate.
Manager of Graduate Admissions
Brenteria, a computer scientist, devises, implements and manages programs, communication strategies, analytical campaigns, and functions that aid in the enlistment of prospective students for graduate programs offered at the university. She counsels interested students on the admissions process, funding opportunities, programs of study, and any facet related to entrance into the university. Moreover, on behalf of the graduate school, she is responsible for providing representation at sanctioned events designed to advise and inform potential students about the university’s advanced degree offerings.
Cameron is a Mississippi native from Bay St. Louis. He is a 2020 graduate from the University of Mississippi in Integrated Marketing and Communications with a minor in business administration and specializations in sports promotions. Cameron is completing his first year in the Master’s graduate program with the School of Journalism, and he is on the professional track with the program. Cameron plans to work in sports journalism or sports promotions after school. He enjoys spending time outdoors on the golf course with family and friends. Cameron loves movies, and he would like to develop a screenplay in the future as his writing skills progress. He is eager to learn more in the graduate program and acquire new talents to prepare for work after graduation.
Christin received her Bachelors in Psychology at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. She is a current graduate student within The Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Mississippi and aspires to work as a private practice counselor in different states across the country. Christin loves to travel to new places, enjoy new books and challenge herself to write during her free time. The Pacific Northwest is where she found her love and appreciation for the outdoors, spending many nights skiing and hiking at Bogus Basin. Christin was recently awarded the Excellence in Inclusivity Scholarship and a full-time Graduate Assistantship within the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi to fulfill her educational goals out of her native state. She always wants to continue learning, growing and pushing herself to be the most authentic version of herself.
Kristina Fields is from Belden, MS. She is a 2020 graduate from the University of Mississippi in Psychology. Kristina is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Sports and Recreation Administration. Kristina plans to work in athletics with an emphasis in campus recreation after school.
David Rodriguez is a first year graduate student studying a Master of Science in Engineering Science with an emphasis in Computer Science. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Mississippi. After graduation, David plans on working in a tech hub such as Seattle, Washington as a software engineer. During his free time, he likes learning about new technologies and seeing how they evolve over time. He also enjoys following a popular MOBA game called DotA2 and playing ultimate frisbee as hobbies.
Jordyn, from Fullerton, California, is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she earned a degree in agriculture. Jordyn is in her first year of the Integrated Marketing Communications Master’s program. Upon graduating from the University of Mississippi, she plans to pursue a career as a communications coordinator for an agricultural corporation.
A native of Decatur, Alabama, Jacquline Vinson, earned her Bachelors in Business Administration (2001) and Masters of Arts in Student Personnel (2010), both from the University of Mississippi. As Project Coordinator of LSMAMP, she is responsible for its daily operation and management. In addition, she provides academic support to minority STEM undergraduates giving them the tools to be successful in attaining a BS degree and exceling to graduate/professional school. In her free time, Jacquline enjoys being active in her Church and Sorority, traveling, walking and reading.
Assistant Director of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at the University of Mississippi
Demetria Hereford, a native of Tupelo, Miss., obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology at Stillman College in 1995. While attending Stillman, Hereford was a dean’s list scholar, student support services participant and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She received a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Mississippi in 1997. As assistant director of the McNair Program, she is responsible for its daily operation and management. In addition, she assists participants in career planning, conducts needs assessments and provides academic counseling. Her special interests are demographics, population analysis and community/economic development.