Program Director Handbook

Roles and Responsibilities

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

  • promoting excellence in graduate education at the program and department level
  • advocating for graduate students in the program
  • coordinate the program's efforts in the recruitment of graduate students in collaboration with the Graduate School and, if applicable, the Office of Distance Education
  • monitoring the academic progress of students related to the approved 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 as noted in the Graduate Bulletin
  • ensuring that program and department policies and procedures are aligned 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 policies and procedures
  • nominating graduate students for awards, fellowhships, and assistantships
  • fulfilling other duties related to graduate education as assigned by the chair of the department


Student Funding and Support

Enrollment, Program of Study, Graduation


External Resources