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Instructor Resources

Welcome NS Instructors

Thank you for serving as a graduate student teaching assistant, non-senate faculty (lecturer), or faculty for the School of Natural Sciences (NatSci, NS). As an instructor in our school, you will be performing critical work that is greatly appreciated. We look forward to working with you to create a strong partnership in providing an excellent education to our students.

Navigating the Way

The following links will provide you with information and instructions for your role as School of Natural Sciences lecturer:

Contacts

The following links will provide you with contact information for various staff members who can provide support based on your instructional role within the School of Natural Sciences:

Support Type:

               Primary Contact Info:

Please Contact Regarding:

Will support the following:

General School Support 

Vanessa Ortega 
Front Desk Specialist
Email: vortega4@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-4309
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General inquiries, conference room reservation requests, mail & copy services, paychecks, stationary.

Faculty, Lecturers, TAs

Faculty Support

Bobbi Ventura 
Faculty Support Coordinator
Email: nsfacultysupport@ucmerced.edu

Maryam Nabizadeh
Faculty Support Specialist
Email: nsfacultysupport@ucmerced.edu
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Administrative support to Academic Unit chairs and faculty units. Workspace assignments and checking in/out office keys.

Faculty

Personnel

Dora Lopes
Personnel Director
Email: snspersonnel@ucmerced.edu 

Esmeralda Martinez
Senior Academic Personnel Specialist
Email: snspersonnel@ucmerced.edu 

Josephine Vang
Academic Personnel Specialist
Email: snspersonnel@ucmerced.edu 

Sauci Xiong
Academic Personnel Specialist
Email: snspersonnel@ucmerced.edu
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Appointment letters, hiring paperwork, visas, emergency absence contact.

Faculty, Lecturers, Postdoctoral

Graduate Program 

Paul Roberts
Director of Graduate Programs &
Graduate Student Coordinator (BIO, MATH & QSB)
Email: proberts@ucmerced.edu

Michelle Morrow
Grad Student Coordinator (CHEM & PHYS)
Email: snsgrads@ucmerced.edu

Rita Guel
Graduate Program Assistant 
Email: rguel@ucmerced.edu

Brandi Lambert
Administrative Assistant 
Email: blambert3@ucmerced.edu
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Recruitment, Admissions, Academics, Employment and Funding,
Workshops and Events, TA teaching assignments. Leave of absence.

Graduate stufdents, TAs

Instructor & Curriculum Support

Shannon Adamson 
Curriculum Manager
Email: snscurriculum@ucmerced.edu

Melissa Gil 
Academic Resource Specialist
Email: snscurriculum@ucmerced.edu
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Coordination of course offerings each semester in addition to providing instructors with course materials (i.e. textbooks). Melissa can also assist in scheduling space for office hours in the library and classroom buildings.

Faculty, Lecturer

Instructional Labs

Dr. Donna Jaramillo-Fellin
Instructional Lab Manager - Physical Sciences
Email: djaramillo-fellin@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-7645

Dr. Jim Whalen 
Instructional Lab Manager - Life Sciences
Email: jwhalen2@ucmerced.edu
Phone: (209) 228-7642
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Instructional lab access, lab training and support.

Faculty, Lecturer