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Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

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.




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.



Michelle Dickson
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.



Paige Duke
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.


Pam Norwood
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
Secretary II

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.


Cecelia Price
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.



Tameka Smith
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.


Brenteria Travis
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.

Graduate Assistants:

Christin Dobbs











Christin Dobbs

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.


Chesney Mardis








Chesney Mardis

Born in Grenada Mississippi and raised in Orlando FL, Chesney Mardis earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Delta State University. While at DSU, Chesney was a member of the 2015-16 swim team, was a Health Champion and was Miss Delta State University
2019. She continued her education at DSU and earned a Masters of science with a concentration of Sport and Human Performance. She is now a first year PhD student majoring in Health and Kinesiology. Her long term goal is to open a human performance center.


Lacy Nelson







Lacy Nelson

Lacy is a first-year graduate student in the College of Journalism and New Media, studying journalism. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017 and for the past two years has been working in Washington D.C. In addition to her studies, Lacy also currently serves remotely as the Deputy Press Secretary and Digital Assistant to U.S. Senator Doug Jones of Alabama. She is from Biloxi, Mississippi and is an avid runner and SCUBA instructor.


Jordyn Rodriguez





Jordyn Rodriguez

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.

Sponsored Program:

Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) STEM Program 


Jacquline A. Vinson

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.


Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program


Demetria Hereford

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.