Dean of Graduate Studies

Karin Elliott Brown
Karin Elliott Brown, PhD
Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Karin Elliott Brown currently serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Prior to this appointment she served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for three years, Director of the School of Social Work at Cal State LA for five years, Director of the BA in Social Work program for six years, and as a faculty member in the School of Social Work for 15 years. She has over 25 years of experience within the field of social work as an educator and practitioner. Her practice experience has been in public child welfare and medical social work. 

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Professional Staff

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Andrew Chavez, M.A.
WSCUC (WASC) Staff Support

Andrew Chavez is a recent M.A. graduate from Cal State LA’s Department of Psychology, where he is currently an adjunct professor. He examines issues in multicultural psychology from social and counseling psychology perspectives and his research focuses on the relationships between social identities, discrimination, and academic outcomes among college students. He has served multiple roles in the Office of Graduate Studies since March 2015. Currently, he provides administrative support to the different committees and teams who are working on WSCUC accreditation, program review, and assessment.

Jessica Dennis
Jessica Dennis, PhD
Director of Assessment

Dr. Dennis has been a professor at Cal State LA since 2005, where she was also a post-doctoral researcher and adjunct faculty from 2003 to 2005. Her research focuses on development in emerging adulthood with an emphasis on cross-cultural issues in family and peer relationships and the ways in which these relationships impact academic and psychosocial outcomes.

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Andrea Gutierrez, MFA
Coordinator, Graduate Resource Center

Andrea Gutierrez is a seasoned higher education professional and college instructor. She has worked with undergraduates and graduates at colleges and universities throughout California, including the Claremont Colleges, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Riverside, and now Cal State LA. She earned a B.A. in German Studies at Scripps College in Claremont and an MFA in Creative Writing at UC Riverside. In addition to her work as an educator, Andrea is a writer, editor, and audio producer.

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Veronica Ramirez, B.S.
Office Manager

Veronica Ramirez has worked at all levels of education since 2000, having worked at USC, USC Head Start, Long Beach Day Nursery, and California State Preschool Program before coming to Cal State LA. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Services and Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently researching potential master's degree programs. She is a parent advocate and enjoys spending time with her daughters.

Graduate Student Assistants

Dina Abou Salem
Graduate Student Assistant & M.A. candidate, Communication Studies
Sara Johnson
Graduate Student Assistant & M.A. candidate, Geography
Ledi Loot
Graduate Student Assistant & M.S. candidate, Healthcare Management

Writing Consultants, Fall 2018

Priscilla Contreras
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, English
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Adam Kendall
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, History

Adam Kendall is a graduate student in History, specializing in American and World History. For over a twenty years he has been a keen student of fraternal societies, and has published widely on the subject in academic journals such as the European Journal of American Culture. He has also lectured at symposia throughout the U.S., Canada, and western Europe. For ten years prior to relocating to Los Angeles from San Francisco, he was the director of a museum specializing in mid-19th to 20th century California history as told through the lens of American fraternal orders. In addition, fascinated by his own family’s long history, his interest in California extends to the study of Californio and other Hispano societies of the western U.S.­

Alexandria Vickery
Writing Consultant & M.A. candidate, Education

Thesis Reviewers, Fall 2018

Christine Pallette
Thesis Reviewer & Postbac Student, Communication Disorders
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Natalie Vindivich
Thesis Reviewer & M.A. candidate, Anthropology

Natalie is a third-year graduate student in the Anthropology department. She looks at cultures from a historical and sociocultural point of view and helps to interpret their stories in a way that might be beneficial to the world today. Her current research involves examining her time spent collecting data in Alaska and she aims to eventually pursue a PhD. Natalie received her B.A. from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, in English Literature in 2008, where she worked as a writing center consultant. In addition to her work at Cal State LA, she freelances as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, is an AirBnB host, and enjoys playing guitar and banjo.  

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Wil Schimmeyer
Thesis Reviewer & M.M. candidate, Music