Graduate School Executive Profiles
Susan Carvalho, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Since 2016, Dr. Carvalho has led The University of Alabama Graduate School with an agenda focused on growth and globalization of graduate education, as well as overall improvement of the graduate student experience at UA.
Before joining UA, Dr. Carvalho served for seven years as associate provost and senior international officer at the University of Kentucky, interim dean of the Graduate School, associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, chair of the General Education Reform Steering Committee and interim department chair in Hispanic studies and in political science.
At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Carvalho guided the expansion of the Office of International Affairs into a full-fledged International Center and served as a resource to the president, provost and campus leadership teams for the development of global competitiveness. She has served on the executive committee of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) and is a past AIEA Neal Presidential Fellow and American Council on Education Fellow.
With her scholarly foundation in the field of Hispanic studies, she has authored a monograph, a collection of essays and over 30 scholarly articles in Latin American and Latino/a cultural studies. She has been the principal investigator on several grants focused on higher education development in post-conflict regions and has delivered multiple presentations on internationalization, graduate education and women’s leadership in higher education.
Dr. Carvalho holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Virginia.
Andrew Goodliffe, Associate Dean for Graduate Admissions, Recruitment, and Fellowships
As associate dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Goodliffe supports the growth and quality of UA's global reach.
In his career as a geophysicist, Dr. Goodliffe has worked worldwide on geophysical projects including active volcanoes, continental rifting, seafloor mapping and geological carbon sequestration. Other important projects include the application of geophysical techniques to the location of sub-sea-ice crashed aircraft and the drilling of eight deep exploration wells. He has served as an observer for the United Nations SOPAC program, is extensively published and has secured more than $10 million in grant funding during his career.
During his time at UA, Andrew has served as President of the Alabama Geological Society, Graduate Program Director for Geological Sciences, Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee, and Chair of the Alabama Council of Graduate Deans. He has served on the executive committee of the Council of Southern Graduate Schools and numerous UA committees related to recruitment and enrollment management.
Dr. Goodliffe earned a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, an M.S. in geophysics from University of Alaska Fairbanks and a B.Sc. in applied geology and physics from the University of Plymouth (United Kingdom).
André Denham, Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
As associate dean for Graduate Academic Affairs, Dr. Denham’s focus is on everything from students’ arrival to student support programs, to understanding how students navigate their journey to degree completion.
After earning his Ph.D. in educational technology at Arizona State University, Dr. Denham arrived at The University of Alabama in 2012 to teach in the instructional technology program. He became involved in the administrative side of graduate education while serving as the faculty member responsible for launching a new master’s of instructional technology program. When the first cohort enrolled in fall 2018, Dr. Denham served as the program advisor. During his time at UA, he has served on several college- and University-wide committees including serving as the co-chair of the academic affairs committee of the Faculty Senate, chair of his college’s recruitment and retention committee and as a co-chair of the general education task force.
In addition to a Ph.D. in educational technology, Dr. Denham holds a M.A. in curriculum and instruction from La Sierra University and a B.A. in mathematics from Oakwood University.
Emmett J. Lodree, Executive Director of Academic Partnerships
Prior to being appointed to this role in August 2023, Dr. Lodree served as Director of Strategic Graduate Partnerships on a part time basis from 2021 to 2023.
Dr. Lodree joined The University of Alabama in 2009 as an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the Culverhouse College of Business. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2012, and then promoted to Full Professor in 2019.
Prior to joining the University of Alabama in 2009, Dr. Lodree held the position of Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering at Auburn University from 2004 to 2009, and a position of the same title at North Carolina A&T State University from 2002 to 2004.
His research focuses on the application of deterministic and stochastic operations research methods to logistical issues that arise in humanitarian relief operations. Personal experiences inspire his work in this area. He is a native of New Orleans directly impacted by Hurricane Katrina, and he also experienced the historic 2011 tornado outbreak in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Lodree’s work in relief logistics has addressed inventory control policies for emergency supply items and operational policies for managing spontaneous volunteers during post-disaster relief efforts. His current work focuses on the logistics of food bank supply chains.
Dr. Lodree earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Orleans and M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri.