Associate Dean and Director’s Message

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Welcome to the Graduate School !

Karen Jones

Greetings from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)!  You are now a member of a select group of people investing in themselves through graduate education.  You will spend the next few years challenged and fulfilled as you become immersed in a transformative academic environment.  You will expand knowledge, advance discoveries and make original and substantial contributions to your discipline while being guided by faculty who are leaders in their respective fields. I encourage you to immerse yourself in our diverse community composed of artists, scholars, researchers, and educators.

Southern Illinois University’s mission statement embodies our commitment to “... embrace(s) a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success.  As a nationally ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives.”  SIUC is a vibrant Carnegie Doctoral-High Research Activity (R2) University.

I encourage you to put to use every resource SIUC has to offer. The Graduate School is here to help you succeed.

Use your time here wisely. Work hard. Enjoy yourself. Improve the world!

Karen Jones, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate School