Student Success & Professional Development Team

The Graduate School is committed to growing our Graduate Community through Student Success and Professional Development workshops, speaker series, and events.  Our goal is to ensure all our graduate students are prepared with the tools and skills necessary to become successful in the academy or workforce. 

For general inquiries, please contact:


Phone: (210) 458-4111

Janakarim Seshu, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research and Professional Development

(210) 458-7841

Responsible for:

  • Enhancing and sustaining excellence in research as part of graduate education
  • Developing and supporting cross-disciplinary and investigator-initiated grants for funding graduate education
  • Training modules for preparing graduate students as trail-blazers in their respective fields

Mariela Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Director of Teaching Learning & Professional Development

(210) 458-5327

Responsible for:

  • Coordinates professional development in the area of teaching and learning and training for teaching assistants
  • Extends the mission of the Graduate School to build a top-tier community for graduate students
  • Supervises the daily operations of the Graduate Student Professional Development Center

John Shaffer

Associate Director for Student Success & Professional Development

(210) 458-4111

Responsible for:

  • Develops programming initiatives to support graduate student professional development
  • Supervises all processes related to thesis and dissertation requirements
  • Manages the daily operations of the Graduate Student Professional Development Center

Elyse Brown, M.A.

Office Assistant I

(210) 458-6898

Responsible for:

  • Graduate student support for thesis and dissertation formatting and submissions
  • Training modules for graduate students preparing their thesis and dissertation submissions

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