May 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Graduate School

Research at the University of Kentucky

The Graduate School

The Graduate Faculty

Teaching at the Graduate Level

The Dean of the Graduate School

The Graduate Council

Directors of Graduate Studies

Establishment and Modification of Graduate Programs

Graduate Student Professional Enhancement

Graduate Centers


Research at the University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is the major graduate and research institution of the Commonwealth, and the major land-grant university in the state. As such, it offers substantial programs in both basic and applied research. These research efforts are the life blood of graduate education programs that prepare new researchers who will continue to expand the boundaries of human knowledge and to seek answers to pressing problems of our complex society. Applied research programs in areas such as agricultural sciences, arts and sciences, business and economics, engineering sciences, mathematical sciences and physics, medicine, and mining and minerals serve the Commonwealth and the nation by addressing critical issues influencing the quality of life and economic well-being of our citizenry.

University faculty and research staff have expertise in many areas including the basic biological, medical, physical, and social sciences; the creative arts and the humanities; and engineering. These individuals conduct research that ranges from the investigation of philosophical and ethical dilemmas raised by advances in science and technology to the practical application of basic knowledge in agriculture, energy, rehabilitation, and information retrieval, as well as in the economic development of the Appalachian region.

A significant aspect of research conducted at the University is the concern for its practical application for the betterment of society. Many of the techniques developed and ideas conceived in the laboratory and in advanced study evolve into technological developments of major significance.

Most research programs at the University are supported through federal, state and private sources. Application for such support and the fiscal administration of the monies received are overseen by the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA). Programmatic organization and administration of research is provided by the various research institutes and multi-disciplinary centers and, in the case of individual faculty projects, by the regular departmental, school, and college structures.

The Graduate School

The University of Kentucky began offering graduate work in 1870 and awarded its first graduate degrees in 1876. The Graduate School became a distinct unit in the University organization in 1912. The mission of the Graduate School is to promote advanced study, graduate instruction, and research by the faculty and students of all colleges and departments. The total graduate resources of the University are merged under the Graduate School for the purpose of promoting the acquisition of knowledge in an atmosphere of free and lively inquiry. Graduate work is offered in most colleges in the University. A general description and tabulation of courses for each of the various programs is given in the Graduate Degree Programs section of this bulletin.

The Graduate Faculty

The Graduate Faculty consists of the Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Deans of the Graduate School, and Full and Associate Graduate Faculty Members. As the chief University agency for the promotion of the ideals of graduate study, it determines the policies of the Graduate School and makes recommendations to the University Senate and to the President, or to other administrative officials as appropriate. All rules affecting graduate work and the inauguration of new graduate programs must be approved by the Graduate Faculty. Any proposed change in the rules of the Graduate Faculty must be included in the agenda of its meeting and circulated to the Graduate Faculty at least 10 days prior to the meeting at which it is to be considered.

Any faculty member, regardless of specific title series of appointment, is eligible for consideration for membership on the Graduate Faculty. New Graduate Faculty members may be proposed to the Dean of the Graduate School at any time by the college deans and department chairs concerned, or in the case of persons not attached to a college faculty, by the Provost of the University. Eligibility qualifications are as follows:

  • The doctor’s degree or its equivalent in scholarly reputation.
  • The rank of assistant professor (or equivalent) or higher.
  • Scholarly maturity and professional productivity as demonstrated by publications, editorial services, research surveys, creative work or patents, and research in progress at the time of appointment.
  • Demonstrated participation in graduate teaching and research in the program.

The Dean of the Graduate School is responsible for appointing and monitoring the progress of Associate Members of the Graduate Faculty. Associate members are authorized to teach graduate courses, direct master’s theses, and serve on and co-chair doctoral committees. Associate membership is limited to a term of three years with reappointment possible after departmental review. There is no category for at-large graduate faculty membership.

Appointment to Full Graduate Faculty membership is made by the Provost and/or the Dean of the Graduate School after consultation with the Graduate Council when appropriate. Full members of the Graduate Faculty are particularly responsible for:

  • Guidance of graduate student research and study to its completion. The finished work should meet or exceed accepted standards for publication, dissemination or performance within the particular discipline.
  • Participation in the formulation of graduate curricula and policy.

In unique instances, an advanced assistant professor may be nominated by his or her chairperson for full membership in the Graduate Faculty. To be considered for this status by Graduate Council, a nominee must meet the following criteria:

  • An associate member of Graduate Faculty who is an assistant professor may be put forward for full membership by the individual’s department chairperson or Director of Graduate Studies (as appropriate) after a minimum of 2 years of employment at UK.
  • The individual must show the appropriate level of scholarly research and productivity and important contributions to the department’s graduate program, including graduate teaching.

After review by the Dean of the Graduate School, appropriate cases will be placed on the Consent Agenda of the Graduate Council for approval. Atypical cases may either be turned down by the Dean or brought to the Graduate Council for full discussion. Once Full Graduate Faculty status is attained, membership is continuous unless a change in status is recommended by a graduate program to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will present the recommendation to the Graduate Council.

On recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies and with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, persons who normally do not hold academic appointment in the University, but who have demonstrated an interest in collaborative participation in its graduate programs, may be appointed as Auxiliary Graduate Faculty Members. They should hold the terminal academic degree in the field and possess a record of research or creative experience that would warrant their inclusion on advisory committees to assist graduate students in conducting research. Auxiliary Graduate Faculty may serve only as nonvoting members of the advisory committee.

Administrative officers assigning teaching and other duties to members of the Graduate Faculty who are taking an active part in the graduate program (i.e., are heavily engaged in directing theses and dissertations, carrying on productive research, etc.) should make appropriate reduction in the duties required of such faculty members.

Teaching at the Graduate Level

Courses intended for graduate studies at the University must be taught by faculty members who have the terminal degree in the discipline or a closely related discipline. These courses are designated by the numbers 400G - 799. The terminal degree in most cases is the doctorate. Ideally, these courses should be taught by Graduate Faculty members. If a program needs to assign a person without a terminal degree to teach a graduate level course, they must first petition the Dean of the Graduate School, explaining the unique circumstances and qualifications supporting this assignment. A copy of the diploma or transcript of each faculty member must be kept in the personnel file.

Courses that have both undergraduate and graduates in the courses are usually designated as 400G or 500 level courses. In all courses with a mixed student population, there must be a clear differentiation in the syllabus of course requirements and grading criteria for graduate students and undergraduates. Copies of these syllabi must be retained by the College.

The Dean of the Graduate School

The Dean of the Graduate School is charged with administering the policies adopted by the Graduate Faculty and the University Senate relating to graduate studies. The dean presides over all meetings of the Graduate Faculty and calls meetings of this faculty whenever it is advisable or whenever requested to do so by one-fourth of the membership. Recommendations are made by the dean to the Graduate Faculty regarding the requirements for advanced degrees, the regulations necessary to insure a high standard of graduate work and all other aspects of the graduate program. The graduate programs are administered   in the interest of efficient instruction and the highest attainment possible on the part of each graduate student. The dean is responsible for determining and certifying to the Registrar candidates who have fulfilled requirements for advanced degrees. The President, the Executive Vice President for Research, the Provost, and the Dean of the Graduate School shall be ex officio members of all committees of the Graduate School.

The Graduate Council

The Graduate Council approves or disapproves proposals concerning courses offered for graduate credit, and advises and lends assistance to the Dean in executing the policies and regulations determined by the Graduate Faculty. Specifically, the Council:

  • Evaluates department requests relating to proposed graduate programs.
  • Reviews existing programs and curricula.
  • In cooperation with the Dean, initiates recommendations to the Graduate Faculty (this procedure is not intended to prevent a faculty member from bringing any recommendation or request directly before the Graduate Faculty).

The Graduate Council is composed of 21 members and the Dean of the Graduate School, who serves as chair. There are nineteen faculty and two student representatives. Associate deans serve in a non-voting, ex officio capacity. Members representing a college or a combination of colleges are elected by the Graduate Faculty in the respective colleges. The term of office of the elected members is three years and that of the graduate students is one year. Members may not succeed themselves until three years have elapsed following the completion of their last term. A majority of the Graduate Council constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

The composition of the Graduate Council is as follows: two members from the College of Agriculture; four members from the College of Arts and Sciences; one member from the College of Business and Economics; two members from the Colleges of Communications and Information Studies, of Social Work and the Graduate Centers (Patterson and Martin Schools); two members from the College of Education; one member from the College of Engineering; one member from the Colleges of Design and of Fine Arts; one member from the Colleges of Health Sciences, Nursing, and Public Health; two members from the College of Medicine; one member from the Colleges of Pharmacy and Dentistry; two members appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School; and two student members selected by the Graduate Council. The membership of Graduate Council for 2020-21 is as follows:

  • Martha Peterson, Chair of the Graduate Council, Acting Dean of the Graduate School 
  • Jason Hans, Human and Environmental Sciences, 2022 
  • John Grove, Plant and Soil Sciences, 2024 
  • Emily Bacchus, Political Science, 2023 
  • Vincent Cassone, Biology, 2023 
  • Christopher Crawford, Physics and Astronomy, 2024 
  • Dierdra Reber, Classical Languages, 2024 
  • Huiwen Lian, Business Administration, 2021 
  • Namjoo Choi, School of Information Science, 2022 
  • Anthony Limperos, Communication & Information, 2022 
  • Molly Fisher, STEM Education, 2023 
  • Debra Harley, Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education, 2023 
  • Timothy Taylor, Civil Engineering, 2022 
  • Jonathan McFadden, Visual Art, 2024 
  • Johanna Hoch, Athletic Training & Clinical Nutrition, 2022 
  • Steven Van Lanen, Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2022 
  • Rolf Craven, Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences, 2023 
  • David Orren, Toxicology, 2022 
  • Lindsay Fay, Architecture, 2022 
  • Folami Ladipo, Chemistry, 2022 

Directors of Graduate Studies

The Dean of the Graduate School, with the advice of the college dean(s) and the approval of the President, may recommend to the Graduate Faculty the areas of graduate study and research into which the University may be divided. The logical unit for an area is a department or center. By common consent, however, certain departments may be grouped into a single area to offer a graduate program and in exceptional cases a department may be divided into two or more areas to offer programs in the respective areas. Directors of Graduate Studies (DGSs) are the local representatives of each graduate program. They provide for the program’s administration and act as the official liaison with the Graduate School. Directors of Graduate Studies are responsible to the Graduate Faculty of their program and to the Dean of the Graduate School for the recruitment, admission, advising, and examination of students in their program. In addition to Directors of Graduate Studies for specific programs, some colleges have designated individual faculty members as Associate Deans for Graduate Studies to serve as the local extension of the Graduate School at the college level.

Directors of Graduate Studies are appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School after consultation with the respective Graduate Faculty and administration in a program. The DGS is normally a tenured faculty member, holding the rank of Associate Professor or above, and is a full member of the Graduate Faculty. Upon the appointment of each Director of Graduate Studies, the Dean of the Graduate School shall draw the attention of the appointee to the existence and location of the official University policies and guidelines that affect graduate faculty, graduate students, and student applicants.

The Director of Graduate Studies reports directly to the Dean of the Graduate School or to the Dean’s designee on all matters relating to graduate education in the program. The DGS is responsible to the Dean of the Graduate School for the administration of the specific graduate program, including maintenance of records, administration of graduate program funds, admission of graduate students, any affiliated University Scholars Program, fellowships, program requirement changes and new programs, advising and registration, appointment of advisory and examination committees, and other degree requirements related to the graduate program. Additionally, the DGS serves as the focal point for dissemination of information from the Graduate School.

The Director of Graduate Studies serves as program advisor to each student until the student has a thesis or dissertation director. The DGS then recommends that the thesis or dissertation director be appointed the student’s advisor or committee chair. In areas where these are not required, the DGS is the advisor of all students not writing theses. All student schedules should be endorsed by the student’s advisor. If it is desirable, a DGS may recommend that additional advisors in the program be appointed. A DGS who is to be absent from the University for as long as a semester must inform the Dean so that a substitute may be appointed. A complete list of current Directors of Graduate Studies can be found at

Establishment and Modification of Graduate Programs

An area that wishes to establish a new graduate program or modify an existing program must submit a request to the Graduate Council, which in turn will make a recommendation to the Graduate Faculty. For information on the steps involved in this process see:

Graduate Student Professional Enhancement

The Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE) provides programs and activities across three main foci: teaching assistant (TA) development, professional development and PhD-level career exploration and preparation. 

Examples of teaching assistant development activities include the following: 

  • University-wide TA and International TA orientations and microteaching sessions 
  • Language screenings for TAs whose native or primary language is not English 
  • Pedagogy workshops and special events throughout the academic year (often in partnership with CELT) 
  • GradTeach Live, a campus-wide competition encouraging effective communication of one’s teaching philosophy and how that philosophy is enacted in the classroom or lab 
  • Multidisciplinary teaching-related courses (GS 610, GS 620, GS 630) 
  • Institutional subscription to 20-Minute Mentor Commons, an online library of more than 150 short videos on a wide array of pedagogical topics 
  • Consultations on teaching-related issues 
  • Classroom observations and feedback (in partnership with CELT) 
  • Coordination of mandatory SACS-related documentation on TA credentialing (observations, evaluations, preparation, departmental orientations) 

These efforts occur in conjunction with departmental TA orientations, in-service activities, and supervision.  Some departments require TA participation in workshops and/or departmental or centralized teaching courses. 

Examples of graduate student professional development efforts include the following: 

  • Workshops, consultations and e-resources 
  • GradDegree+, a partnership with UK HR Training and Development, offering various tracks of transferable skills workshops  
  • Coordination with departmental graduate student development efforts and national efforts (AAC&U, Council of Graduate Schools, Graduate Career Consortium) 
  • Partnership with the Graduate Student Congress, which offers organizational and leadership development opportunities, a series of annual programs (such as a conference on Life After Grad School) and other ongoing activities 

Research communication initiatives, including a campus-wide 3-Minute Thesis competition (GradResearch Live), which focuses on the skills of communicating research effectively to public audiences. Examples of career development initiatives for graduate students include the following: 

  • Preparing Future Faculty for-credit courses (GS 600, 610, 620, 630, 640, 650, 695 and 699) Courses may be taken as stand-alones or as a set leading to a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching 
  • Partnerships with colleges and universities in the region to provide professional development and adjunct employment opportunities for UK graduate students  
  • A new partnership with the Stuckert Career Center, which beginning in Fall 2021 houses a PhD-level graduate career developer offering individual and group consultations as well as outreach to colleges and departments 
  • An institutional subscription to Aurora: Beyond the Professoriate, a robust tool for exploring and learning about careers through video interviews with PhD holders inside and outside academia. Also offers online workshops and career development conferences. 
  • Institutional access to ImaginePhD (UK is a founding sponsor), a career exploration tool, including interests inventories, specifically for graduate students in the humanities and social sciences 

Graduate Centers

The Graduate School administers two multidisciplinary Graduate Centers.


The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce offers an interdisciplinary master’s degree which can be tailored to meet the career needs of individual students. The program is especially useful for students desiring careers in any of the non-academic fields in foreign affairs such as international banking, commerce and journalism, or service with governmental agencies or international organizations. To assure the interdisciplinary character of the degree, students may concentrate their work in a specific geographical area or focus on certain aspects of international affairs. In addition, the Patterson School serves in an advisory capacity to Ph.D. programs in departments offering internationally-oriented doctoral degrees in various colleges on campus. For more information see the Patterson School web-site at:


Martin School of Public Policy & Administration

The Martin School offers four multidisciplinary degree programs-the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Public Policy, the Master of Public Financial Management, and the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration-and engages in research and public service activities. The disciplines represented by the School’s faculty are management, finance, economics, industrial engineering, political science, and health administration. The research and public service components of the Martin School offer the School’s faculty, staff, and graduate students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research on public policy issues. For more information see the Martin School web-site at: