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Deans and Staff

Graduate College Leadership

Dr. Andrea Golato
Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean
Dr. Eric Paulson, Associate Dean
Dr. Eric Paulson, Associate Dean
Dr. Sandy Rao
Dr. Sandy Rao, Assistant Dean

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, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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 master's and doctoral 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. For more information, view her complete VITA.

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 post-secondary literacy through publications, presentations, and grant-funded work. He has published three books and numerous articles in journals that include Reading Research QuarterlyJournal of Developmental EducationJournal of Adolescent and Adult LiteracyResearch in the Teaching of EnglishClassroom Discourse, Literacy Research & Instruction, Reading Psychology, the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and others. To learn more, visit Dr. Paulson’s website.

Dr. Sandy Rao is assistant dean of The Graduate College. She has responsibility for leadership and oversight of the work pertaining to recruiting, student travel, orientation, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

She is also a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and 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.

Graduate College Staff

  Administrative Support:

  • Abigail Miller, Senior Administrative Assistant (graduate dean and graduate faculty support)
  • Mary Pavia, Administrative Assistant II (walk-ins; phones)

  Graduate Admissions Specialists (admissions review; decision processing):

  • Laurie Pickerill, Supervisor (College of Health Professions)
  • Melissa Bentley (College of Education; McCoy College of Business Administration; Professional/Teacher Certifications)
  • Patricia Ferrer (College of Applied Arts; Domestic applications in the College of Science and Engineering)
  • Mark Moore (International applications for ALL colleges)
  • Sylvia Sanders (College of Fine Arts and Communication; College of Liberal Arts)

 Graduate Degree Audit Specialists (candidates; curriculum and degree audits; letters of completion, good standing, and anticipated graduation):

  • Gwendolyn Balboa, Supervisor (Colleges of Fine Arts and Communication, Liberal Arts)
  • Meagan Hernandez (McCoy College of Business Administration; Colleges of Health Professions, Science and Engineering)
  • Christopher Solis (Colleges of Applied Arts, Education)

  Graduate Funding Specialists:


  • Janet Moseley (probation/suspension, security access requests, advisor training, special appeals and problems, special projects)

  Publications Writer:

  • Paloma Gray (GradBulletinsocial media; webmaster; external communications; publicity materials including graduate program brochures)

  Recruiting Coordinator:

  Student Development Specialist II:

  Systems Support Analyst:

  • Mark Burrow (analysis, evaluation, and response to requests for data; assistance with development of reports and new technological systems; hardware/software)