As part of the ongoing national search to select a Graduate School's Dean Search, Idaho State University has invited five finalists to campus. In order of their scheduled campus visits, the five finalists are Dr. Karen Appleby, Dr. Carol McNulty, Dr. Adam Bradford, Dr. Ranjit Koodali and Dr. Brandy Randall. Each candidate will visit Pocatello over a two-day period to meet with faculty, staff, students, and friends of the University.
Dr. Karen Appleby
Dr. Karen Appleby is a Professor in the Sport Science and Physical Education Department at Idaho State University with over 15 years of experience in higher education. Much of her teaching and research focuses on student professional and career development. At ISU, she has served as the Interim Dean of the College of Education, the Co-Coordinator for the ISU Program for Instructional Effectiveness, and the Chair of the Sport Science and Physical Education Department. She has also made contributions to her profession as the VP of Marketing for the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports and as a member of the Continuing Education and Diversity Committees for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Dr. Appleby holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education and two Master of Science degrees in Human Performance and Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in English from Hanover College.
Dr. Carol McNulty
Dr. Carol McNulty is an associate professor of Education at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has over 18 years of experience in higher education and is a former elementary school teacher. Carol has served in a variety of leadership roles including Special Assistant to the Provost, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Before assuming these leadership roles she served as a faculty member in Teacher Education at UNCW and Winthrop University in South Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, a M.Ed. from Mercer University, and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her current research interests center on using an Appreciative Inquiry framework to drive positive change.
Dr. Adam Bradford
Dr. Adam Bradford is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University. He has over nine years of experience in higher education. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Bradford spent seven years as an English teacher and executive administrator for a private school in Salt Lake City, Utah. His higher education leadership experience includes serving as Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Department Head for the Department of Philosophy, Director of the Ph.D. program in Comparative Studies, and Associate Chair of the Department of English. He also currently serves as Chair of the University Graduate Programs Committee, member of the University Graduate Council, and Faculty Senator. Dr. Bradford researches and teaches 19th Century American literature and culture. He is the winner of the 2018 Gargano prize for his work on Edgar Allan Poe. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, a master’s degree from Brigham Young University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Ranjit Koodali
Ranjit Koodali is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota (USD). He has over 24 years of experience in higher education, ten years as Graduate Program Director in Chemistry, and three years as Graduate Dean. He has been a member of the Dean’s Council, President's Council for Diversity and Inclusiveness, University Budget Committee, and the University Research Council at USD. He serves on the GRE Board, Executive Committee of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools and on the Proposal Evaluation Board of the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Koodali has published extensively in the area of nanomaterials, solar energy, and environmental science. Dr. Koodali has B.Sc. from Loyola College, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He is a co-director of an NSF Research Traineeship grant that provides a new paradigm and scalable model for graduate education.
Dr. Brandy Randall
Dr. Brandy A. Randall is a professor of Human Development at North Dakota State University. She has over 17 years of experience in higher education. Dr. Randall has served in a variety of leadership roles including the Associate Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at NDSU, Secretary of the Western Association of Graduate Schools, Editor of the Society for Research on Adolescence Online News, Associate Editor of the Journal of Early Adolescence, and co-founder of the annual Moral Development Preconference meeting. Dr. Randall has made contributions to the quality and support for graduate education at NDSU, promoting the general public’s understanding of graduate education, and to the study of adolescent positive and problem behaviors, including the development of new survey measures on prosocial behavior motivations and adolescent trust relationships. She holds a B.A. from Creighton University, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.