Graduate Admissions Counselors and Coordinators

Get personal support and expert advice on applying to Cal U as a graduate student.

Entering into the world of graduate studies is a big step. We're here to support you during this exciting time in your life. Our graduate admissions counselors and coordinators are eager to help you get to know Cal U and walk you step by step through the application process.

Get expert advice and personal attention whether you're planning to start a traditional on-campus graduate program or are joining our Global Online community.

There are many ways to get in touch with our graduate admissions teams. 

The Graduate Admissions Office

  • Visit us on campus at Eberly Hall, Room 202B; office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Call us with general questions at 724-938-4187.
  • Call us with questions specific to your admissions application at 724-938-5259 or 724-938-5261.
  • Email us at gradschool@calu.edu.
  • Send us an online information request.

The Global Online Office

For answers to all of your questions about Global Online program selection, applying, course sequences, course registration or changes to registration, financial aid or student accounts:

Meet Us at an Event

Meet a graduate admissions counselor in person at one of our graduate open house or recruitment events.

Admissions Contacts and Program Coordinators

Admissions Contacts

 

William Biddington
Acting Dean School of Graduate Studies and Research
724-938-1589
biddington_w@calu.edu

Lindsay Pecosh
Associate Director
pecosh@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348 

Kristy DeBord
Assistant Director
debord@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348

Peggy McGarry
Assistant Director
mcgarry@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348 

LaQueda Taulton
Assistant Director
taulton@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348 

Kristen Wagner, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Wagner_k@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348

Devon Markish
Assistant Director
markish@calu.edu
724-938-4912
1-866-595-6348

Nikki Popielarcheck
Assistant Director
popielarcheck@calu.edu
724-938-5490
1-866-595-6348

Kimberly Lipniskis
Assistant Director
lipniskis@calu.edu
724-938-5958
1-866-595-6348

Lynne Berdar
Management Technician
berdar@calu.edu
724-938-5261
1-866-595-6348 

Jessica Spence Morris
Clerk Typist II
spence@calu.edu
724-938-4187
1-866-595-6348 

Adam Stairs
Applications Developer
stairs@calu.edu
724-938-4917
1-866-595-6348

Program Coordinator Contacts

Questions About an Academic Program? 

If you have specific academic questions related to a particular graduate program, we encourage you to email the program coordinator. You can search for your program in the list below.

Program

Award

Coordinator

Delivery Mode

Administrative Program for Principals

Master's, Certification

Dr. Silvia Braidic

100% Online (Global Online)

Advanced Studies in Secondary Education

Master's

Dr. Michael Perrotti

100% Online (Global Online)

Applied Math

Professional Science Master's

Dr. Melissa Sovak

100% Online (Global Online)

Arabic Language & Linguistics

Master's

Dr. Razak Surrey

100% Online (Global Online)

Athletic Training

Master's

Kayla Shinew

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Certificate, Certification

Dr. Jason Kight

Online

Business Administration

Master's

Dr. Arshad Chawdhry

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master's

Dr. Grafton Eliason

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Communication Disorders

Master's

Dr. Ralph Belsterling

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Conflict Resolution Studies

Master's

Dr. Beverly Ross

100% Online (Global Online)

Counseling

Licensure

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Criminal Justice

Doctorate

Dr. John Cencich

100% Online (Global Online)

Criminal Justice Studies (formerly Applied Criminology)

 Master's

Dr. John Cencich

100% Online (Global Online)

Cybersecurity

Professional Science Master's

Dr. Weifeng Chen

100% Online (Global Online)

Early Childhood Education

Master's, Certification

Dr. Michelle Torregano

100% Online (Global Online)

Education Administration & Leadership Doctorate

Doctorate

Dr. Silvia Braidic

100% Online (Global Online)

Elementary Education Pre-K-4

Master's, Certification

Dr. Michelle Torregano

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

English as a Second Language

Master's, Certification

Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge

100% Online (Global Online)

Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Master's, Certificate

Dr. Barry McGlumphy

100% Online (Global Online)

Health Science and Exercise Leadership

Doctor of Health Science

Dr. Marc Federico

Online with on-campus dissertation meeting

Integrative STEM Education

 Master's

Dr. Diane Fine

100% Online (Global Online)

Legal Studies

Master's

Dr. Christina Toras

100% Online (Global Online)

MAT (Masters of Arts Teaching) - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communications, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish

Master's, Certification

Dr. Michael Perrotti

Online except for student teaching / field experience

Nursing Administration and Leadership

Master's

Dr. Mary O'Connor

100% Online (Global Online)

Reading Specialist

Master's, Certification

Dr. Diane Fine

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

School Counseling

Master's, Certification

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

School Psychology

Master's, Certification

Dr. Angela Bloomquist

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Social Work

Master's

Dr. Sheri Boyle

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Special Education

Master's, Certification

Dr. Jason Kight

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Sports Counseling

Certificate

Dr. Robert Mehalik

100% Online (Global Online)

Sport Management

Master's, Certificate

Dr. Robert Taylor

100% Online (Global Online)

Student Affairs

Certificate

Dr. Robert Mehalik

Traditional, face-to-face with some online

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

Certification

Dr. Silvia Braidic

100% Online (Global Online)

Technology Education

Master's

Dr. Rene Kruse

100% Online (Global Online)