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Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies
David A. Wittrock, Ph.D.
As Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and Dean of the College of University Studies, Dr. David Wittrock is responsible for the administration of all graduate education activities and graduate interdisciplinary programs, supervising distance education activities, and overseeing the College of University Studies. Under Dr. Wittrock's leadership, the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies at North Dakota State University has attained Carnegie Foundation Comprehensive Doctoral Status.
Dr. Wittrock earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his doctoral degree at the State University of New York at Albany. He rearned his doctoral training in clinical psychology and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on topics dealing with the interactions of stress and coping and the experiences of headache and pain. Dr. Wittrock has been employed by NDSU since 1989 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology. He was named Dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and Dean of University Studies in 2003.
Mark Sheridan, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Sheridan serves as associate dean for the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies where he is responsible for providing leadership for the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies in obtaining institutional training grants for graduate students, recruitment and support students with fellowships, and development activities for the support of graduate scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. In addition to his new position, Sheridan will continue his faculty role as a James A. Meier and Jordan A. Engberg Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program at North Dakota State University.
Dr. Sheridan’s laboratory conducts research on the regulation of growth, development and metabolism of animals. He has received over $26 million in grants for direct research support and research infrastructure enhancement from several funding agencies, including NIH, NSF, and USDA. He has published three books, six book chapters, 1131 peer-reviewed journal articles, and holds one patent.
A native of California, Sheridan earned a B.A in zoology and a M.S. in biology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California--Berkeley. He did postdoctoral research at the University of Washington, and joined the faculty at NDSU as an assistant professor in 1985.
Dr. Brandy A. Randall
Dr. Randall will lead the student professional development and program development and review aspects of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies. This includes working with graduate programs and the Graduate Council to develop curriculum, working with the Program Review committee to evaluate program efficacy, and working with graduate programs to develop workforce and professional development activities for graduate students. Randall will also continue in her role as an associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science.
Randall’s research involves relational and contextual influences on adolescents’ and young adults’ positive and problem behaviors, with a particular focus on rural youth. She has published 12 journal articles, eight book chapters and two book reviews. She is currently the associate chair of the Youth Development master’s degree faculty group for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of public universities that provides inter-institutional online masters programs.
Randall is a native of Nebraska and earned a B.A. in psychology from Creighton University Omaha, Nebr., a M.A. in social-personality psychology and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She joined NDSU as an assistant professor in 2002.
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