Graduate Coordinator | School of Communication Studies Handbook | Kent State University

Graduate Coordinator

The Graduate Faculty elects and recommends to the Director a regular, full-time, graduate faculty member in the School of Communication Studies, who is approved to direct doctoral dissertations, to serve as Graduate Coordinator for a renewable 2-year term. The election normally takes place by the end of the spring semester for a term to begin with the ensuing fall semester.

The Graduate Coordinator supervises operation and development of the School's graduate programs. In consultation with the Graduate Studies Committee, the Graduate Faculty, and the Director, as appropriate, the Graduate Coordinator's duties include, but are not limited to:

  1. Supervising and coordinating admissions to the School's graduate program
  2. Coordinating graduate advising and new graduate student orientation
  3. Recommending graduate students for appointment as graduate assistants and teaching fellows (and for part-time teaching, as appropriate)
  4. Recommending graduate assistant and teaching fellow duties
  5. Recommending the schedule of graduate classes and graduate teaching assignments
  6. Administering graduate program policies and curriculum revision and development
  7. Conducting graduate faculty reviews and recommending graduate faculty membership
  8. Supervising graduate student recruitment, preparation of recruiting materials, and the application process
  9. Monitoring graduate student registration and academic progress
  10. Responding to student petitions and requests for program changes, and clearing graduate students for graduation
  11. Conducting comprehensive exams, graduate student program reviews, and reviews of graduate student performance
  12. Recommending graduate students for university, college, school, or professional awards
  13. Updating graduate program catalog copy and the graduate student handbook
  14. Planning and administering the annual Cowperthwaite Lecture and Summer Visiting Scholar program
  15. Chairing meetings of the Graduate Studies Committee
  16. Serving as the School representative to the College Graduate Coordinators’ Council and the College Doctoral Program Committee
  17. Advising the School's Communication Graduate Student Association