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2010-2011 Graduate Catalog 
2010-2011 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Graduate Studies

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to foster post-baccalaureate programs of study and scholarship that are recognized for their excellence and contributions to society. The School of Graduate Studies will provide an environment that stimulates:

  • Advanced understanding of the concepts, issues, and practice of a discipline;
  • Interdependent thought and the ability to generate new knowledge;
  • The ability to contribute significantly to the academic community, professions, and society; and
  • Diversity among ideas, programs, and people.

Graduate students assume full responsibility for knowledge of the policies and regulations of the Graduate School and special requirements of individual degree programs.

Program Administration

The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies is the administrator of graduate education at the university. The major duties of the office include admission and classification of graduate students as determined by university policy, administration of all regulations and policies governing graduate education, and maintenance of standards prescribed by the governing board and various university and program accrediting agencies. The Dean is responsible for the interpretation and implementation of the actions of the Graduate Council.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is an advisory body that assists the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in administering the graduate programs at East Tennessee State University. The Graduate Council reviews all curriculum changes in graduate courses or programs and approves faculty for graduate faculty status. However, the Council’s main task is to discuss, review, and advise on all matters concerning Graduate School policies. Any ETSU faculty member may offer items for discussion.

Degree Programs

The School of Graduate studies offers programs of study leading to graduate certificates, various master’s degrees, the education specialist degree, and various doctoral degrees. The programs are designed to provide specialized training in professional, academic, and interdisciplinary areas. Specific requirements for each degree program are defined under Courses of Instruction in this catalog.

Graduate Program Specialists

Each graduate program or major is represented by a Graduate Program Specialist who is prepared to assist students with all aspects of the graduate process, from admission through graduation. If you have questions or would like to explore options for graduate study, please contact the appropriate program specialist listed below. Non-degree student applications are processed by Ms. Linda Raines (423)439-4707 Data Control Clerk, Processes non-degree student admissions.

Shella Bennett
(423) 439-4708
Audiology, Biomedical Sciences, Computer Science, Speech Pathology, and one (1) certificate program: Emerging Technology
Mary Duncan
(423) 439-4302
Allied Health, Environmental Health, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and five (5) certificate programs: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Health Care Management, and Rural Health
Cindy Hill
(423) 439-6590
M.B.A., Accounting, all degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Social Work, and two (2) certificate programs: Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Leadership
Robin O’Dell
(423) 439-6148
Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, M.A.T., Educational Media and Technology, Reading/Storytelling, Special Education, Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (RODP), and one (1) certificate program: School Library Professional
Rene Palumbo
(423) 439-6158
Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Nursing, Public Administration, Technology, and five (5) certificate programs: Advanced Nursing Practice, Advanced Nursing Practice (RODP),  Archival Studies, Economic Development, and Urban Planning
Gail Powers
(423) 439-4703
Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Nutrition, English, History, Mathematics, Microbiology, Communications (Professional), Sociology, Psychology, Professional Studies and one (1) certificate program: Forensic Document Examination