Dean, Graduate Studies | Kent State University

Melody J. Tankersley, Ph.D.Melody J. Tankersley, Ph.D.

Dean, Graduate Studies
Division of Academic Affairs


  • B.A., Southwestern College M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Job Description

Provides administrative and strategic direction to the Division of Graduate Studies and serves as the major advocate and spokesperson for graduate issues across the university. In collaboration with other senior leaders at Kent State, Interim Dean Tankersley is responsible for enhancing graduate education, including student quality of life and student services, program review and development, admissions, recruitment and enrollment management and policy development and implementation.

Direct Reports

  • Director, Graduate Admissions, Lana Whitehead
  • Director, Student Services, Kyle Reynolds Assistant
  • Director, Academic Services, Julie Gabella
  • Assistant Director, Outreach and Marketing, Joelle Bettura

Contact, 330-672-8529

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