Curt Rom
Interim Dean of the Graduate School and International Education
213 Gearhart Hall

James Gigantino
Associate Dean of the Graduate School and International Education
Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies
213 Gearhart Hall

Degrees Conferred:

M.S., Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology (CEMB)
M.S., Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics (ENDY)
M.S., Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (MEPH)
Ph.D. in Public Policy (PUBP)
M.S., Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Sciences (SPAC)
M.S. in Statistics and Analytics (STAN)

Graduate Certificates (non-degree) offered:

Cross-Sector Alliances (CSAL)

Sustainability (SUST)

Graduate MicroCertificate (non-degree) offered:

Preparing for the Professoriate (PROF)

Housed in the Graduate School and International Education, the Interdisciplinary Studies unit is the home department for the cross-college interdisciplinary graduate programs: Graduate Certificates in Cross-Sector Alliances and Sustainability; Graduate MicroCertificate in Preparing for the Professoriate; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Cell & Molecular Biology; M. S. and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Dynamics; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering; Ph.D. degree in Public Policy; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Space & Planetary Sciences; and M.S. in Statistics and Analytics.  It is also the home for courses that relate to preparing students for graduate education.

The common feature of these interdisciplinary programs is that their faculty members have voluntarily associated themselves with that academic community while being appointed faculty in our traditional departments.  Each program operationally reports directly to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School as the Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, but works closely with the traditional departments that house actively participating program faculty members.


GRSD 5003. The Professoriate: Teaching, Learning and Assessment. 3 Hours.

Designed to introduce the future academic professional to the expectations of the faculty teaching role in higher education. Topics include techniques of effective teaching and learning, dealing with a variety of institutional expectations, course management issues, and using models of effective teaching across a broad spectrum of class sizes and levels. (Typically offered: Spring)

GRSD 5013. Practicum for Future Faculty. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to follow GRSD 5003 and to give participants opportunities to apply theories and methods learned in that course. To accomplish these goals, the course instructor helps the participant arrange a mentoring opportunity as part of this course. Prerequisite: GRSD 5003. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

GRSD 502V. Special Topics in Graduate Education. 1-3 Hour.

Seminar on selected topics for those anticipating a career teaching in higher education. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

GRSD 5033. The Professoriate: Research and Service. 3 Hours.

Designed to complement GRSD 5003 by focusing on topics of interest to future academic professionals beyond those related to instruction. Topics include developing a research statement, strategies for securing an academic position the general nature of employment and service expectations in higher education, research ethics, and funding issues, including grant proposal writing. (Typically offered: Fall)

GRSD 5041. Graduate Enrollment. 1 Hour.

This course allows a degree-seeking graduate student to continue as an active graduate student. Students should enroll in this course only when they are not enrolled in credit-bearing academic courses. This course cannot be counted for degree credit. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for degree credit.

GRSD 5091. Topics in Graduate Education. 1 Hour.

Special topics course on professionalization topics in Graduate Education (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

GRSD 5101. Introduction to Graduate School. 1 Hour.

A small-group, peer-led, extended-orientation program for first-semester graduate students. Designed to promote a positive student experience through social interaction, familiarization with campus resources, and peer mentorship. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)