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News from the Graduate School, April 6, 2017

Scott Herness, Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Opportunity to Give Feedback

Scott Herness
Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and
Interim Dean of the Graduate School

We still have openings for graduate program coordinators and graduate students to participate in the remaining Campus Conversation on Graduate Education workshops. Please attend and give your feedback.

Graduate Student Workshops

  • Diversity and Inclusion, Wednesday (4/12) 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register

Graduate Coordinator Workshops

  • Funding Environment, Wednesday (4/12) 8–10 a.m. Register
  • Professional Development, Thursday (4/13) 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Register

More about the Campus Conversation


Committee approval of master's and doctoral examination report forms (spring)—April 14

Final approved dissertations/theses due (spring)—April 21

Fee match deadline (summer) (contact)—May 1

see full academic calendar



PhD Careers in Think Tanks (STEM) (register)—through April 7

2017 Midwest Slavic Conference and Anne Garrels Keynote Address (info)—April 7

Academic Job Search Overview (register)—April 10

Commencement (spring)—May 7

see full event calendar



U.S. Dept. of Energy Graduate Student Research Program (more)—May 16

Video Conferencing Policy Changes

Graduate School Handbook

The Graduate School and the Graduate Council have approved changes to Appendix B of the Graduate School Handbook—Guidelines for Video Conferencing Relating to Master‘s and Doctoral Examinations—that make remote participation easier. The policy was approved by Graduate Council on February 27, 2017.

Minimum Stipend Increase for GAs

This is a reminder that the minimum stipend for students on appointment as graduate associates has been increased to $15,750 for nine-month, 50 percent GA appointments ($1,750/month) beginning fall semester. This increase was recommended by the University Graduate Compensation and Benefits Committee (GCBC), was uniformly supported by the Council of Deans, and was announced to the graduate community on March 24.

Payroll Deduct Form for GAs Updated

The Payroll Deduct form has been updated. It verifies that GAs and graduate fellows have been informed about student fee deductions from their stipend checks; the form must be signed by all GAs and graduate fellows.

Contact: Lori Bowman, HR/Finance Manager

Preparing for the Academic Job Search

April 10, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
U.S. Bank Theatre, Ohio Union

Graduate and professional students are invited to join UCAT and OUAB Grad/Prof for a primer on the academic job search. The talk will provide helpful tips for starting your job search, including where and how to look for faculty openings, and what materials need to be prepared.


Contact: University Center for the Advancement of Teaching

CGS Seeks Graduate Student Delegates

Deadline: April 7

The Council of Graduate Students is encouraging graduate students to apply to be graduate program delegates. There are 135 delegate positions available for graduate student representation. Delegates serve as a liaison between their graduate programs and the Council of Graduate Students.


Contact: Tracey Walterbusch, Vice President, Council of Graduate Students

Versatile PhD Seeks Writers

Versatile PhD is looking for PhDs and ABDs working in non-academic careers who might consider writing about their post-PhD journeys for Versatile PhD. This year‘s wish list focuses on Humanities and qualitative Social Science folks employed in the following careers:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Law (not limited to attorneys)
  • Marketing
  • Institutional Research
  • Policy or Think Tanks
  • Writing

…and STEM students working in these careers:

  • Conservation
  • Industry other than Biotech
  • Science Policy or Think Tanks
  • Patent Law
  • E-Learning and Instructional Design
  • Marketing
  • University Administration
  • K-12 teaching


Contact: Paula Chambers, CEO, Versatile PhD