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Office Staff

The Office of Graduate Education & Life actively supports the holistic development of WVU’s graduate and professional students. For specific information on the services our office provides, visit the " About" page.

Room 249 Mountainlair (on the second floor directly above Hatfield's) 
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Staff members:

Dr. Richard Thomas
Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

Richard Thomas is the Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs at West Virginia University where he is also a Professor in the Department of Biology. Professor Thomas earned his PhD in Plant Physiology from Clemson University. He held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Duke University before joining the faculty of West Virginia University in 1995. Prior to his appointment as Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs, he served as the Chair of the Biology Department for 12 years.

Professor Thomas’s research on global environmental change has been supported by the National Science Foundation,      US Department of Agriculture, and the US Department of Energy. Dr. Thomas is the author or coauthor of 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications and findings from his research are providing information for atmospheric scientists, ecologists, and policy analysts on the role of forest ecosystems in the global carbon cycle as the Earth’s climate changes over the next century. His research has been featured in many news media venues, including Scientific American, National Geographic,  and WV Public Radio. He was named Outstanding Researcher of the Year in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences in 2001. 

Dr. Richard Thomas

Dr. Allison Dagen  
Assistant Provost for Graduate Education 

Allison Dagen

Dr. Jessica Queener
Assistant Provost for Graduate Education Policy

Jessica Queener

Dr. Nancy Caronia

Provost Fellow

Nancy Caronia is a Teaching Associate Professor with the Department of English and an Honors Excel Faculty Affiliate. She co-edited Personal Effects: Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham University Press) and wrote the introduction for the reprint of DeSalvo's novel Casting Off (Bordighera Press). She received the WVU Nicholas Evans Faculty Award for Advising Excellence in 2019, a WVU Teaching MVP Award: "Queen of Online Instruction" in 2020, and the first ever Honors Excel Mentor Award in 2021. She has curated American Dime Novel: Racialization / Erasure for the WVU Libraries' Art in the Libraries Faculty Exhibit Award.

Nancy Caronia

Dr. Snehalata Huzurbazar
Provost Fellow

Read Dr. Huzurbazar's bio here.

Snehalata Huzurbazar

Dr. Betty Mei  
Program Director for Graduate Student Success


Micalyn Stump, M.A.
Program Coordinator

Micalyn currently serves as OGEL's program coordinator, managing operations and strategic planning. She has a professional background in program management, professional development cultivation, and issues in graduate education. She has previously worked as a research analyst at the West Virginia state legislature. She earned an M.A. in political science and is currently pursuing an MBA in the WVU Chambers College of Business & Economics.

Vickie Crowder
Program Assistant

Kristen Johnson
Graduate Assistant

Kristen Johnson

Zachary Duff
Graduate Assistant

Zachary Duff is from upstate New York. He attended West Virginia University for undergrad and earned a B.A. in Criminology in 2017. He is now a graduate student at WVU studying for an M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis on School Counseling. He is interested in working with elementary students, and his research interests lie in LGBTQ+ youth as well as student success from different types of socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Zachary Duff