Graduate College Staff



Dr. Jeff Robertson

Interim Dean, Graduate College
Dean, College of Natural & Health Sciences

Tomlinson 113
1507 North Boulder Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
(479) 968-0398

  • Ph.D. - Indiana University
  • M.S. - San Diego State University
  • B.S. - University of Kansas

Professor of Astrophysics, and Director of the Astronomical Observatory, earned B.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas; M.S. in Astronomy from San Diego State University and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Indiana University. 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. He served as the department head of Physical Sciences from 2005-2011 and took on the role of dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences in 2011. He served as Interim Dean of the College of Business during 2016-2017. Robertson has twice served as the President of the Arkansas Academy of Science and currently serves as peer review corps member for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). His research pursuits include automation of astronomical observatories, observation and modeling of interacting binary stars, and astrometry of hazardous asteroids.

Dr. Giroir

Dr. Christopher Giroir

Interim Associate Dean for the Graduate College
Associate Professor of College Student Personnel
Tomlinson 113
1507 North Boulder Avenue
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 964-3624

  • Ph.D. - University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A. - Northwestern State University
  • B.A. - McNeese State University

Michelle McMinn

Administrative Analyst

  • M.S., Arkansas Tech University
  • B.P.S., Arkansas Tech University

Michelle, originally from Arkansas, has lived in Idaho and Florida but moved back here to her hometown of Russellville in 2003. She began working at the Graduate College in 2011. Since then she has started working with the Graduate Council, serves as a program director liaison, and budget coordinator. In addition, she processes graduate assistantship paperwork and graduate candidacy forms. Michelle currently resides in Russellville with her husband Brad, young son Jae, and her dogs Teeny and Sweetpea.


Jill Hays

Administrative Specialist I 

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.


Cindy Conley

Administrative Specialist III/Admissions Coordinator                              

  • A.S. - Arkansas Tech University

Cindy joined the Graduate College staff in the summer of 2015. She manages incoming applications for graduate admissions, international admissions, and other special projects. Cindy has worked in the higher education environment for several years. Cindy currently resides in Perryville with her husband Kelly and 6 year old puppy Dixie. 


Graduate Assistants

Jocelyn Flores 03.29.17

Joceyln Flores


  • M.S. - In progress
  • B.A. - Arkansas Tech University 2016

Jocelyn, originally from Fayetteville, AR moved to Russellville in the Fall of 2012.  Jocelyn graduated from Arkansas Tech University in the Fall of 2016 with a Bachelor of Art in Speech Communications.  Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in College Student Personnel and aspires to become a university president one day.  As a graduate assistant in the Graduate College, she assists with university recruitment, social media management, data research, and administrative tasks.



Maddie Lang


  • M.S. - In progress
  • B.A. - Arkansas Tech University 2016

Maddie, originally from Fayetteville, AR, moved to Russellville in 2012 to begin her undergraduate at Arkansas Tech. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in December 2016. Currently, Maddie is working towards her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel. As a graduate assistant in the Graduate College department, she assists with university recruitment, social media management, and various administrative tasks.