Dr. JoAnn Canales

Our motto is Inquire, Innovate, Impact. Our vision is grounded in our commitment to enriching the public good through creative stewardship of graduate education. Our mission is to guide, cultivate, and collaborate with a diverse community of scholars and stakeholders providing expertise, oversight and resources that generate and disseminate higher education excellence in South Texas and beyond.

It is a distinct honor for me to serve the administration, faculty, staff, students, and alumni that comprise the Island Community. Together with the loyal and able staff in CGS, we are committed to providing you with the needed information, guidance, and support and pledge to work diligently on your behalf.

Your success and accomplishments are our greatest satisfaction. Together, we will advance and enrich the quality of life for the Coastal Bend and beyond.


Karen McCaleb, EdD
Interim Dean for the College of Graduate Studies



College of Graduate Studies staff

College of Graduate Studies Staff
Dr. Karen McCaleb Dr. Karen McCaleb
Interim Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 169
Phone: 361.825.3847
Email: karen.mccaleb@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Administers and supports graduate programs
  • Collaborates with faculty and academic deans on all issues related to graduate education
  • Collaborates with other TAMUCC units to ensure a climate of engagement and success for graduate students
Dr. Marvarene Oliver Dr. Marvarene Oliver
Professor and Graduate Studies Faculty Fellow
Office: Library Rm. 220
Phone: 361.825.2507
Email: Marvarene.Oliver@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Develop and Implement Graduate Student Professional Development Program
  • Coordinate Efforts to Improve Graduate Student Retention
  • Oversee Activities Associated with the new GROW Graduate Student Suite (Library 220)
Ms. Michelle Costa Ms. Michelle Costa
Audit & Compliance Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 179A
Phone: 361.825.3675
Email: michelle.costa@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Audits all degree plans
  • Academic standing update
  • Processes all degree plan exceptions
  • Processes all information related to doctoral students
  • Collaborates with other TAMUCC units to ensure a climate of engagement and success for graduate students
Mr. Jesse Sifontes Mr. Jesse Sifontes
Executive Administrative Assistant
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 179C 
Phone: 361.825.3884
Email: jesse.sifontes@tamucc.edu

Services provided

  • Collaborates with other TAMUCC units to ensure a climate of engagement and success for graduate students
Lorena Quevedo-Delgado Ms. Karen Franzone
Business Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 179B
Phone: 361.825.2803
Email: Karen.Franzone@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Assist with budget development and management.
  • Generate reports on accounts for the Dean.
  • Prepare, track, and approve documents to reallocate budgeted funds.
  • Review departmental expense reports.
Timothy Boulan Mr. Timothy Boulan
Programmer II
Office: Faculty Center, Rm. 173A 
Phone: 361.825.3160
Email: timothy.boulan@tamucc.edu

Services provided:
  • Maintains databases and equipment
  • Provides systems/application analyses, design, development and implementation of programming projects to meet strategic plan
  • Generates correspondence to graduate applicants/students regarding admission, enrollment and policy information
  • Generates reports to program faculty regarding admissions and student progress