Graduate College Staff



Dr. Jeff Robertson

Interim Dean, Graduate College
Dean, College of Natural & Health Sciences
Phone: (479) 968-0398

  • Ph.D. - Indiana University (Astrophysics)
  • M.S. - San Diego State University (Astronomy)
  • B.S. - University of Kansas (Physics)

Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Astronomical Observatory, Dr. Robertson joined the ATU faculty in 1997 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002 and Professor in 2008. He received the ATU Faculty Award of Excellence for Teaching in 2003 and served as Department Head of Physical Sciences from 2005-2011 and now as Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences. He was Interim Dean of the College of Business during 2016-2017. Robertson has twice been the President of the Arkansas Academy of Science and currently serves as a peer review corps member for the Higher Learning Commission and on the Board for the National Conference of Academic Deans. His research pursuits include automation of astronomical observatories, observation and modeling of interacting binary stars, and astrometry of hazardous asteroids.  Dogs, Stella and Cosmo, of course.


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DR. Sandy Smith

Interim Associate Dean, Graduate College
Department Head, Emergency Management
Phone: (479) 968-0398

  • Ph.D. - Loyola University Chicago
  • M.S.N. - University of Central Arkansas
  • B.S.N. - Duke University

Professor of Emergency Management, Dr. Smith is a registered nurse with a love for preparing people for disasters. Dr. Smith grew up in Greensboro, NC.


Lindelle Fraser

Coordinator of Graduate Student Support Services
Phone: (479) 880-4112

  • M.S. - Arkansas Tech University
  • B.S.B.A. - Arkansas Tech University

Lindelle joined the Graduate College team in January 2019. As Coordinator of Graduate Student Support Services, she coordinates the publication process for master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, plans events and trainings for graduate students and graduate assistants, and completes reporting and assessment for the Graduate College. Lindelle currently resides in Russellville with her husband, Matt, and daughters, Mae and Molly.



Meredith Lawson

Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment Management 
Phone: (479) 968-0398

  • M.A.-University of Alabama at Birmingham (Communication Management)
  • B.A.-University of Alabama(Communication and Information Sciences, Public Relations)

Meredith joined the Arkansas Tech family in the Summer of 2019 after spending five years with Southern Arkansas University and another seven years with UAB, in a variety of roles. As Coordinator of Graduate Enrollment Management, Meredith will focus on graduate student recruitment on behalf of the ATU Grad College.  Meredith grew up in Birmingham, AL and currently resides in Russellville with her husband Josh, Tech Assistant Football Coach, and their furry children Rambo, Lola and Willie.  



Denise wallis

Administrative Specialist I 
Phone: (479)968-0398

Denise Wallis started working for Arkansas Tech University in 2016. She has recently transitioned to the position of Administrative Specialist for the Graduate College. Her roles include collecting and recording student information to assist them with the graduate school application process.

Denise is a lifelong resident of Pope County and currently resides in Dover with her husband, Randall, and their two sons, Baxter and Kenlee.



Jill hays

Administrative Specialist III/Admissions Coordinator                              

Jill began working in the ATU Graduate College in 2006. She has aided the office in system updates and evolving initiatives which improve the application experience for students. As the primary admission specialist, Jill is often the first contact students have with our Graduate College. She currently resides in Russellville with her puppy Sadie.

 Amee Standridge

Amee Standridge

Administrative Specialist III                             

  • M.S. - In progress
  • B.A. - Arkansas Tech University

Amee joined the Arkansas Tech family in February 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2005 and is currently working towards pursuing her Masters in College Student Personnel at Arkansas Tech University. As an administrative specialist in the Graduate College, she assists in overseeing graduate assistants, program curriculum, processing candidacy forms, change to candidacy requests, the graduate catalog, and various administrative tasks. She currently resides in Russellville with her boyfriend, daughter, and five dogs.