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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

John Shaffer, M.A.

John Shaffer, M.A.

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 all initiatives for current students out of The Graduate School
Elyse Brown, M.A.

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