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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 Natura Sciences. 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 (209) 228-4309
Front Desk Specialist
Email: vortega4@ucmerced.edu

General inquiries, conference room reservation requests, mail & copy services, paychecks, stationary.

Faculty, Lecturers, TAs

Faculty Support

Bobbi Ventura  (209) 228-2374
Faculty Support Coordinator
Email: nsfacultysupport@ucmerced.edu

Maryam Nabizadeh
Faculty Support Specialist
Email: nsfacultysupport@ucmerced.edu

Administrative support to Academic Unit chairs and faculty units. Work space 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

Appointment letters, hiring paperwork, visas, emergency absence contact.

Faculty, Lecturers, Postdoctoral

Graduate Program 

Joy Sanchez-Bell
Grad Student Specialist (QSB & CCB)
Email: snsgrads@ucmerced.edu

Amanda Sargent
Grad Student Specialist (PHYS & Applied MATH)
Email: snsgrads@ucmerced.edu

Recruitment, Admissions, Academics, Employment and Funding,
Workshops and Events, TA teaching assignments. Leave of absence.

TAs

Instructor & Curriculum Support

Shannon Adamson 
Curriculum Manager
Email: snscurriculum@ucmerced.edu

Melissa Gil 
Academic Resource Specialist
Email: snscurriculum@ucmerced.edu

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 (209) 228-7645
Instructional Lab Manager - Physical Sciences
Email: djaramillo-fellin@ucmerced.edu

Dr. Jim Whalen (209) 228-7642
Instructional Lab Manager - Life Sciences
Email: jwhalen2@ucmerced.edu

Instructional lab access, lab training and support.

Faculty, Lecturer