Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006


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 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 six 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:

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 recently-adopted criteria:

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 differing 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 is composed of 18 members and the Dean of the Graduate School , who serves as chair. There are 16 faculty representatives and two student representatives. Associate deans serve in a non-voting, ex officio capacity.

The composition of the Graduate Council is as follows: two members from the College of Agriculture; three members from the College of Arts and Sciences; one member from the College of Business and Economics; two members from the College of Education; one member from the College of Engineering; one member from the Colleges of Communications and Information Studies and of Fine Arts; two members from the Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy; one member from the Colleges of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Nursing, and the Graduate Centers; one member from the Colleges of Human Environmental Sciences, Social Work and the Graduate Centers; two members appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School; and two student members selected by the Graduate Council.

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.

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:

he Graduate Council has such authority as is herein granted, or such as the Dean or the Graduate Faculty may delegate to it. A majority of the Graduate Council constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.

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 theses 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 more detailed description of the role and responsibilities of the Director of Graduate Studies is available in the Graduate School office.

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.

Graduate Student Development

The Graduate School provides graduate student development activities with three main foci: teaching assistant (TA) development, professional development and organizational development.

Teaching assistant development activities include the following:

These efforts take place 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.

Graduate student professional development efforts include:

Organizational development works to make changes in institutional culture that can support more effective graduate student professional development. This work involves collaborating with a variety of groups and developing mechanisms, programs, grants, materials and other supports that can help leverage cultural change. Two examples of organizational development-focused activities are:

Graduate Centers

The Graduate School is responsible for the administration of four multidisciplinary Graduate Centers.

Graduate Center for Biomedical Engineering

The Graduate Center for Biomedical Engineering provides multidisciplinary programs of education, research, and service in the application of engineering principles to the areas of medicine and biology. The Center brings together engineers, life scientists, and physicians to conduct original research on a variety of medical-related problems. Areas of research include cardiopulmonary mechanics and controls, neuromuscular function, musculoskeletal mechanics, rehabilitation engineering, computational neuroscience, motor control, orthopedic biomaterials, orthopedic biomechanics and electromagnetic tissue stimulation. Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Biomedical Engineering are offered. The Center is located in the Wenner-Gren Research Laboratory, which provides the framework for multidisciplinary research. Faculty and staff of the Center collaborate with investigators from other units of the University including the Departments of Physiology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Cardiology, Medicine, Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Kinesiology and Health Promotion, as well as the Departments of Agricultural, Chemical and Materials, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, and the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems. Center faculty and staff provide opportunities and support for graduate students, medical residents, and selected undergraduates. Graduates of the program enter careers in research institutes, academia, hospitals and industry.

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.

Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Nutritional Sciences provide opportunity for advanced multidisciplinary study in Nutritional Sciences. Educational opportunities exist in agricultural, biological, clinical, community, medical, social, biochemical, and molecular nutritional sciences. The graduate faculty consists of a core faculty and more than 30 jointly-appointed faculty members representing various academic units of the University including Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Anthropology, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Clinical Sciences, Horticulture, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition and Food Science, Oral Health Science, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Toxicology. Faculty have modern research laboratory facilities for conducting cell culture, human, and animal studies using state of the art equipment. These include trace mineral, vitamin, lipid, amino acid, enzyme, hormone, cytokine, stable and radioactive isotope, microcirculatory, and energy assessment analyses. Clinical facilities for training and research include the University of Kentucky Hospital, the Veteran's Administration Hospital , Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky Medical Center Outpatient Clinics , and the Markey Cancer Center . Opportunities for community-based research exist locally, throughout the state, and in international settings.

Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

he Martin School offers three multidisciplinary degree programs—the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Health Administration, and the Ph.D. in Public 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.

The Academic Common Market

Kentucky is a participating state in The Academic Common Market, an interstate agreement among 16 primarily Southeastern states for sharing academic programs. Students who qualify for admission may enroll in a specific program in another Academic Common Market state on an in-state tuition basis. At present, the agreement has been limited to less-common graduate programs. For information, write: Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street N.W. , Atlanta , Georgia . For information about University of Kentucky programs in the Academic Common Market, contact the Academic Common Market Institutional Coordinator, Office of the Registrar, 100 Funkhouser Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0054, Phone: (859) 257-3256, E-mail:, Web: <>.


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