Graduate Handbook | Year End
Toward the end of each academic year, students are asked to rank preferred courses for which they would like to work as a teaching assistant in the fall and spring terms of the coming academic year. Students who have made other funding arrangements or would like to take one of their allotted fellowship years are asked to make that known as well. (Keep in mind that the timing of fellowship years versus teaching assistant years is at the discretion of the department.) From this information, teaching assistant assignments are made and announced before the applicable semester.
Students submit a two- to three-page Annual Report each spring. The reports should be sent via email to (1) your Counselor or Major Professor, (2) each member of the Graduate Studies Committee, and (3) Joe Styles. Your Annual Report will be used by the GSC and the department-as-a-whole as part of the year-end assessment of the progress and quality of your work. It will then become part of your permanent departmental file. Depending on your stage of doctoral work, your Annual Report should address your course progress, steps toward qualifying exams, teaching experience, intellectual and professional development, and progress on your prospectus and dissertation. For further suggestions, see the Annual Report Guidelines (PDF).
In addition, students who have passed to candidacy are asked to submit information regarding their dissertation progress each fall, including this Time to Completion form.
As required by the University, the department as a whole meets in the spring to evaluate the progress of each graduate student in the program. Documents reviewed in this meeting include the Annual Report, Graduate Advising Folder, and other materials in your permanent department file. Students are notified in the following weeks regarding their future status in the department.