UNM Professor of Biology Tom Lowrey has been appointed to the position of associate dean in the Office of Graduate Studies. Lowrey will serve as associate dean, but split his time between the Office of Graduate Studies and the Museum of Southwest Biology where he is curator of the herbarium. He will also continue to teach during the fall semesters.
OGS Dean Julie Coonrod says Lowrey has extensive experience at the departmental and campus levels during his 23 years at UNM.
"I look forward to working with Dr. Lowrey to improve graduate education at UNM," Coonrod said.
Coonrod has several changes underway in Graduate Studies. Vendor proposals for developing an online graduate application have been requested. The online application will allow applicants to upload required documents, referees will be able to upload reference letters, and faculty and committee members will be able to review the entire application online. Additionally, new processes for hiring Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants are underway. More electronic processes are to follow.
Championing interdisciplinary graduate degrees, OGS is the new home for the Water Resources Program. Other interdisciplinary programs may soon join the WRP in Graduate Studies.
As part of his work, Lowrey will oversee the Teaching Assistant Resource Center (TARC). The center supports graduate students who teach courses and has had limited support in the past.
"We are considering changing the structure and intend to increase the resources for TARC in some way," Lowrey said.
He will also oversee grants, contracts, fellowships, and awards administered by OGS. Coonrod and Lowrey hope to work directly with the UNM Foundation to increase donations for fellowships that support graduate students.
Another focus for Lowrey will be graduate program reviews in departments. Lowrey says the programs are reviewed periodically by outside reviewers and that the reviewers frequently recommend the departments increase support to the graduate programs by giving them more resources. He hopes to be able to champion the cause of additional resources for graduate students at an institutional level.
Lowrey's appointment begins immediately.
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