Graduate Coordinators

The graduate coordinator serves a vital role in graduate education at UNLV. Graduate coordinators are the primary point of contact for graduate education and graduate students in the academic departments. Though the responsibilities of the graduate coordinators vary among departments and graduate programs, graduate coordinators are generally responsible for overseeing the recruitment, admissions, matriculation/forms, GA appointments, and graduation requirements for graduate students in their departments in coordination with the Graduate College. Here is a copy of the Spring 2017 Graduate Coordinator Training Presentation for your reference; please also refer to Article 4 of the Graduate College Bylaws for a description of the role of the Graduate Coordinator.

Graduate coordinators are responsible for the management and oversight of the day-to-day operations of graduate programs in their departments. This typically includes:

  • Graduate student recruitment to department programs
  • Graduate student admissions, including coordination and oversight of the evaluation of admissions applications according to Graduate College and specific program guidelines & requirements
  • Managing communications between the department and graduate students, both new and continuing
  • Working with the academic dean, department chair and Graduate College on the appointment, assignment and supervision of graduate assistants
  • Coordinating annual departmental evaluations of graduate students
  • Recommending probation and separation, when appropriate, to the Graduate College
  • Educating students and colleagues about Graduate College policies and enforcing the same
  • Supervising the graduate portion of the department website, the department graduate handbook, and the department’s section of the Graduate Catalog, as well as other graduate program forms and materials
  • Ensuring that proper paperwork is submitted by students in a timely manner
  • Working with department chair and academic dean to establish, review, and revoke when necessary, graduate faculty status (both full and associate)
  • Collaborate with the department chair and academic dean, as appropriate, to facilitate graduate student mentorship and advisement, assignment of lab and/or office space, and mediation of graduate faculty and graduate student issues as necessary
  • Responsible for accurate and appropriate management of data and maintenance of graduate student records and graduate program documents
  • Coordinates graduate curriculum development, as well as new program proposals and program changes
  • enrollment progression, and graduation
  • assignment and supervision of graduate assistants
  • Collaborates on the development and implementation of mentorship and professional development programs
  • Supervise graduation requirements and procedures related to culminating experiences.

Graduate coordinators are the official liaison between the department and the graduate college on all matters related to the oversight and management of departmental graduate programs. Through their appointment to the Graduate Council, graduate coordinators also serve as members of Graduate College committees and assist with the formation and implementation of key graduate college policies and programs. Graduate coordinators each serve on at least one Graduate College committee as well as provide advice and counsel to the Graduate College dean on a variety of issues.