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General Duties and Responsibilities

Graduate programs in the college are intentionally kept relatively small and focused so that faculty and students have the opportunity to get to know each other fairly well. Graduate students require more of a faculty member’s time than do undergraduates, but faculty members usually enjoy mentoring and challenging advanced-level students.

Duties and Responsibilities of Faculty 

The college faculty has important responsibilities to graduate students. First, faculty members as well as administrators review the applications of graduate students. After students are admitted into one of the graduate programs in the college, they will get to know the faculty because faculty members teach graduate courses, involve graduate students in research projects, and serve as advisers to help students plan their curriculum and their careers. 

Faculty members also provide feedback on graduate student progress through the Graduate Studies Committee of the college. If students are not performing satisfactorily in graduate studies, they will be informed of that decision and the associate dean will work with those students to help them evaluate their goals and decide on an alternative study/career path.

Duties and Responsibilities of Graduate Students 

Every graduate student is expected to meet all the requirements set forth in the current Graduate Catalog and all the other requirements specified by the college. These are subject to change; students will be notified of modifications in college rules and procedures. Copies of the modifications will also be available on the college web site. Students are expected to keep informed about these changes. 

Graduate students are expected to attend their classes and to successfully meet all the requirements of their courses. Graduate students are also strongly encouraged to participate in college activities such as the research symposium that is held in the spring. Graduate students serve on some college committees. Graduate students should consider participation in professionally oriented groups. These include academic associations such as the American Library Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and so on. There are also many opportunities for engagement with campus and local chapters of organizations such as the Ad Club, American Society for Information Science and Technology, Communication Studies Club, Public Relations Student Society of America, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Students with graduate teaching assistantships or associateships bear extra responsibilities because they are also part of the teaching faculty. The graduate teaching assistants are responsible for promptly contacting the faculty member with whom they will work during a semester so that they can be informed of their duties and responsibilities. Graduate teaching associates, who teach their own classes, are responsible for meeting their classes and conducting them as effectively as possible. Grading of quizzes and papers should be completed promptly, enabling students to learn from their mistakes and the teacher’s suggestions and comments. If a teaching associate must miss a class for some reason, that person must find someone to teach the class and inform the appropriate school director and course supervisor, should one exist, of the absence. Both assistants and associates are expected to begin their duties on the first day of class meetings specified for their group and to adhere to all university regulations about meeting times, exams, etc. Dereliction of duties will result in a revocation of the assistantship or associateship.