Program Director Handbook

Program Director Meetings and Workshops

During the 2021-2022 academic year, graduate program directors are invited to attend the following monthly meetings. Program Directors are encouraged to send a representative if they are unable to attend; recordings of the meetings will be available on request. For Spring 2022 the remaining meeting dates are as follows:

  • Monday, January 31, 3:30 - 5:00 pm via Zoom (passcode if needed is 268246)
  • Monday, February 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm via Zoom (passcode is 321350)
  • Monday, March 28, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm via Zoom (passcode is 186627)
  • Monday, April 25, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm -- In-person meeting, 224 IG Greer (or via Zoom, passcode 778607)

Program Director Workshops will also be held throughout the year. The next scheduled workshop is:

  • TBD


Program Director Roles and Responsibilities

The Graduate Program Director serves as the primary point of contact for the graduate program. In this capacity, the Program Director is responsible for:

  • promoting excellence in graduate education at the program and department level
  • advocating for graduate students in the program
  • recruiting graduate students, in collaboration with Graduate Admissions
  • monitoring the academic progress of students through their program of study
  • acting as the liaison between the program faculty and students, and the School of Graduate Studies staff and administration
  • representing the program on graduate committees and meetings
  • informing students and faculty of Graduate School policies
  • aligning program and departmental policies with those established by the Graduate School and Graduate AP&P
  • communicating events, opportunities, and workshops relevant to faculty, staff, and students
  • managing the review of applicants to the program
  • initiatiating changes to the graduate curriculum and shepherding proposals through the Graduate AP&P approval process
  • submitting necessary forms and approvals related to graduate student programs of study
  • nominating graduate students for awards, fellowhships, and assistantships
  • fulfilling other duties related to graduate education as assigned by the department chairperson


Student Funding and Support

Enrollment, Program of Study, Graduation


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