Ph.D. Program

Message from the Graduate Program Director

I am responsible for helping the PhD students fulfill their degree requirements, and navigate the bureaucratic, and other, hurdles to completing the program. If you have questions about the mechanics of the program, I am the person with the answers. I can also dispense advice, or steer you to the right resource, should you have problems of any sort that affect your career in the program.


The department website includes many links to useful resources for graduate students. Most important among these is the graduate handbook, which spells out in detail the requirements and regulations that govern the graduate program. If you're a prospective student, this handbook will give you a sense of how our graduate program works: its extensive mentoring system, its requirements and its pace. If you're a new student, you should download the handbook and read through it to familiarize yourself with its requirements. If you're an advanced student, the handbook can help you deal with forming a dissertation committee and completing the necessary paperwork to advance to candidacy on schedule.

As a department, we are committed to preparing PhD students for teaching. We have many resources to help students learn to teach. See our teaching philosophy and some specific resources here.

Students interested in applying for departmental research grants or travel grants to attend conferences should apply using the forms provided here.


Should you want to see me, drop in during my office hours or email me.


Prof. , Graduate Program Director