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Dean Golato
Dr. Andrea Golato became Dean of The Graduate College at Texas State University in July of 2013. She holds the equivalent of a Master's degree in translation studies with a specialization in economics from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz at Germersheim, Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in German applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Texas State University, she held faculty appointments at the University of Oregon, Utah State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was also one of the Associate Deans of The Graduate College. Since her arrival at Texas State University, Golato has created professional development opportunities for graduate students, increased scholarship funding, and made changes to policies and procedures reflecting best practices at the national level in graduate education.
Golato’s research falls within the methodological framework of conversation analysis. Specifically, she investigates the connection between grammar and interaction on the one hand, and language use in different cultures on the other. She has published a research monograph and a textbook as well as a series of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in refereed venues. She has mentored M.A. and Ph.D. students in multiple departments in both their research and teaching efforts. In 2005, she received the University of Illinois’s Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring.  Complete VITA.

Dr Eric Paulson
Dr. Eric J. Paulson is Associate Dean of The Graduate College and Professor in the College of Education at Texas State University. He earned his B.A. at Eckerd College, his M.S. at Florida State University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. He joined the faculty at Texas State in 2010 and served as the Director of the Doctoral Program in Developmental Education from 2010 to 2014. Prior to Texas State, he was Associate Professor in the Literacy and Second Language Studies Program, and the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Education, at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Paulson maintains an active research agenda in the field of developmental education and postsecondary literacy through publications, presentations, and grant-funded work. He has published three books and numerous articles in journals that include Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Developmental Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Research in the Teaching of English, Classroom Discourse, Literacy Research & Instruction, Reading Psychology, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and others.  Click here to view Dr. Paulson’s website.

Dr Sandhya Rao
Dr. Sandy Rao is Assistant Dean of The Graduate College.  She has responsibility for leadership and oversight of the work pertaining to recruiting, publicity materials including graduate program brochures, student travel, orientation, the annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students, and other related areas.

She is also Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  She is an honorary professor of International Studies. Dr. Rao received a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Bowling Green State University, Ohio.  Dr. Rao teaches various classes including international communication, mass communication theories, and media writing.  She taught at Manipal University, India, during spring 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar.  During her tenure there, she created and helped set up the Center for Media and Marketing Communication Research.  She has received numerous honors and grants in her academic career.  Her research focus is on the diffusion and growth of new media technologies in the Asian region with particular emphasis on India.  Dr. Rao has published two Books (edited): Cyberpath to Development in Asia--Issues and Challenges, Praeger; and Critical Issues in Communication: Looking Inward for Answers, Sage.  She has also published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Dr. Rao has presented research papers at International, national, and regional conferences.