The Graduate Coordinator is appointed by the Chairperson after consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Faculty. The appointment is for a three year term and is renewable. The Coordinator must be a full member of the Graduate Faculty holding the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The Graduate Coordinator chairs (votes only to create or break a tie) the Graduate Studies Committee and oversees the operation and development of the Department's graduate programs. Among the duties of the Graduate Coordinator are:
- Supervise and coordinate admissions into the Department's graduate programs.
- Recommend to the Chair, with the advice of the Graduate Studies Committee, the awarding of graduate assistantships and teaching fellowships.
- Serve as a Departmental representative to the College of Arts & Sciences, Graduate Council and University Graduate Faculty.
- Serve as liaison to the School of Biomedical Sciences.
- Conduct performance evaluations of graduate student teaching.
- Implement the current policies of the Department's graduate programs and of the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Maintain and process graduate student records and inform students of their standing and progress toward degrees.
- Conduct reviews and make recommendations on Graduate Faculty membership.
- Initiate and coordinate changes and improvements in graduate curricula, requirements, and programs.
- Chair meetings of the Graduate Faculty.
- Act as advisor for the Department's Graduate Student Council.
- Approve individual investigations and special topics at the graduate level.