Graduate School welcomes Dr. Jeff Pruchnic as associate dean
The Wayne State University Graduate School has named Dr. Jeff Pruchnic as associate dean. In this role, Pruchnic will be the liaison between graduate students and the Graduate School, acting as their first point of contact concerning non-academic student affairs.
“Dr. Pruchnic has shown a clear understanding of the needs of our graduate students not only at the doctoral level but also the master’s level. He understands the Wayne State systems that impact our graduate students’ life cycles and shows an exceptional level of empathy,” said Graduate School Dean Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich.
As associate dean, Pruchnic follows in the footsteps of Dr. Sharon Lean, who served in the role for three years.
“The past three years was a wonderful experience. It has truly been a privilege to work with colleagues from across campus, the incredibly dedicated Graduate School team, and with our accomplished, inspiring graduate students,” said Lean.
Pruchnic assumes the position immediately and will be handling his Graduate School duties while continuing as an associate professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In addition to being a student liaison, Pruchnic plans to meet with graduate student organizations, support graduate students’ mental health, and streamline the school’s awards and funding process. He considers it an honor to be able to assist graduate students from across the university to achieve their goals.
“I have been lucky during my time at Wayne State to take on a number of roles and projects supporting student success and I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to continue that work,” said Pruchnic.