Office of International Programs, Office of Grants and Research
Robert M. Augustine, Ph.D., Dean
Robert Chesnut, Ph.D., Director of Grants & Research
William J. Elliott, Director for International Programs
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The Graduate School
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/: The Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University, in consultation with the Council on Graduate Studies, establishes and monitors graduate education policies. The Graduate School also oversees the Office of International Programs and the Office of Grants and Research and the University Tuition Waiver Programs. The Graduate School at Eastern Illinois University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, and the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools. Information on graduate programs, graduate admissions, graduate assistantships and other areas of graduate education may be obtained by contacting the Graduate School, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61920, 217/581-2220 or at the above listed web site.
Since 1951 Eastern Illinois University has provided graduate degree programs and graduate courses to support rigorous study and professional development for qualified candidates seeking advanced leadership and professional roles. Graduate education emerged to provide residents of the state and the region with opportunities for advanced study following the completion of the baccalaureate degree. Graduate education has evolved as an integral part of the University’s mission to foster the acquisition of new knowledge, expand expertise, offer a diversity of learning experiences, cultivate leadership roles, provide a global perspective, and support life-long learning. The University currently offers twenty-five graduate degrees and four graduate certificate programs which provide advanced courses, research, interdisciplinary study, internships, field experiences, international exchanges, and study abroad options. Eastern Illinois University has an established reputation for excellence with its well focused master’s, specialist’s degree, and certificate programs.
Eastern Illinois University endorses the philosophy of the Council of Graduate Schools which states that the Graduate School has as its primary responsibility the advancement of learning through scholarly research and instruction and recognizes the achievement of this goal by the awarding of advanced degrees. The University also endorses the Council’s stated purposes of graduate education, which include the advancement of education and intellectual development, the production of new knowledge through research and creative activity, and the preservation and transmission of knowledge.
As a Master’s Comprehensive University, Eastern Illinois University is committed to graduate education. The master’s and specialist’s degree programs and graduate certificate programs enhance the quality of the University by attracting highly qualified graduate candidates whose scholarship contributes to the intellectual climate of the academy. Graduate and teaching assistantships add an additional dimension of expertise for the University’s teaching, research, and service mission. Graduate programs attract faculty with the unique expertise required to meet the criteria as regular, associate, and adjunct graduate faculty members.
Mission of Graduate Education
The mission of graduate education at Eastern Illinois University is to provide superior graduate degree, certificate, and post-baccalaureate options designed for career specialization and advancement, certification and credentialing, professional and leadership development, and preparation for advanced scholarship. The mission includes:
- strengthening the quality, diversity, and internationalization of the University’s student body by attracting candidates who have the potential for academic and professional achievement;
- fostering advanced scholarship through critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication, application of technology, research/creative activity, and commitment to professional ethics;
- expanding the curriculum with rigorous advanced courses, curriculum, and options offered through lectures, laboratories, seminars, forums, practicum field experiences, internships, and partnerships with education, business, and industry;
- building and enhancing the excellence of the University’s undergraduate majors and options through mutual and reciprocal research/creative activity with graduate students and faculty; and
- developing opportunities for the discovery and application of knowledge with graduate faculty members who reflect the University’s teaching and mentoring priority and who have a record of research/creative activity and professional service.
Accreditation and Affiliation
Eastern Illinois University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, and the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools.
Eastern Illinois University is accredited through the specialist’s level by the Commission on Institutions of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers and school service personnel.
In the College of Arts and Humanities, the programs in art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and those in music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
In the College of Education and Professional Studies, the Master of Science Degree in Counseling is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
In the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, the MBA program is accredited by the AACSB, the International Association for Management Education. The Graduate Dietetic Internship within the dietetic option of the Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by the American Dietetic Association.
In the College of Sciences, the Master’s Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is recognized by the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology.
College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Art
Master of Arts in Art
Option in Art Education
Department of English
Master of Arts in English
Department of History
Master of Arts in History
Option in Historical Administration
Department of Music
Master of Arts in Music
Department of Communication Studies
Master of Arts in Speech Communication
College of Education and Professional Studies
Department of Educational Administration
Master of Science in Education in Educational Administration
Specialist in Education in Educational Administration
Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level Education
Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education
Department of Counseling and Student Development
Master of Science in College Student Affairs
Master of Science in Counseling
Department of Special Education
Master of Science in Education in Special Education
Department of Physical Education
Master of Science in Physical Education
Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences
School of Business
Master of Business Administration
Certificate Program in Accountancy
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences
Option in Dietetics
Master of Arts in Gerontology
School of Technology
Master of Science in Technology
Certificate Programs in:
Work Performance Improvement
College of Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Master of Science in Natural Sciences/Biological Science, General Science, Physical Science Concentrations
Department of Chemistry
Master of Science in Chemistry
Master of Science in Natural Sciences/Chemistry Concentration
Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences
Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences
Department of Economics
Master of Arts in Economics
Department of Geology/Geography
Master of Science in Natural Sciences/Earth Science Concentration
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Master of Arts in Mathematics
Option Elementary/Middle School Mathematics Education
Option Secondary Mathematics Education
Department of Physics
Master of Science in Natural Sciences/Physics Concentration
Department of Political Science
Master of Arts in Political Science
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
Specialist in School Psychology
The Council on Graduate Studies
The Council on Graduate Studies is the principle University council which recommends policy pertaining to graduate programs and graduate students. The Council is composed of two elected representatives from each college, one representative appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School and one graduate student representative elected by the Graduate Student Advisory Council. The 2003-2004 members are listed below.
Cheryl Noll, Ph.D, Council Chair, College of Business & Applied Sciences
Britto Nathan, Ph.D., Council Vice Chair, College of Sciences
Brianne Bolin, B.A., Graduate Student Representative
Melanie Burns, Ph.D., College of Business & Applied Sciences
Eric Hake, Ph.D., College of Sciences
Ruth Hoberman, Ph.D., College of Arts & Humanities
Linda Morford, Ph.D., College of Education & Professional Studies
Shane Miller, Ph.D., College of Arts & Humanities
Mark Voss-Hubbard, Ph.D., Dean’s Appointment
Blair M. Lord, Ph.D., Provost, Ex-Officio
Mary Herrington-Perry, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ex-Officio
Robert M. Augustine, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School, Ex-Officio
Graduate Student Advisory Council
The Graduate Student Advisory Council is composed of two graduate candidates from each graduate program. Graduate representatives are selected by their graduate programs to serve a one-year term. The mission of the Council is as follows:
- To elect a member of the Council to serve as a voting member of the Council on Graduate Studies
- To elect Council members to serve on various University committees to represent the views of graduate students
- To discuss, review and participate in decisions that impact graduate education
- To facilitate communication among graduate students, faculty, and staff
- To promote interaction among graduate students through programs, activities, and events
International Programs at Eastern Illinois University, in consultation with International Programs Advisory Council, establishes and monitors international education policies. International Programs recruits students and reviews applications to ensure that documents, visas, and immigration files meet the requirements in accordance with EIU admission policies and Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations pertaining to student status. The office provides arrival assistance, orientation, academic support, advisement, and social programs for the international student population.
The Education Abroad Curriculum at Eastern Illinois University includes an annual program of EIU courses that are offered at international sites, exchange and consortia agreements that support a term or year of study at an approved international site, and support for Fulbright Scholarships, Rhodes Scholarships and other global educational opportunities. The University also offers a special education abroad program through the Honors College. The mission of the education abroad programs is to offer qualified students and faculty the opportunity to experience courses at an international site in order to integrate the curriculum within the context of an international culture. The Education Abroad Coordinator provides a full range of comprehensive services for students seeking education abroad courses and programs of study. An Education Abroad Laboratory is available in Coleman Hall to support independent study of education abroad opportunities for students. Campus wide seminars are offered each year to provide additional information on education abroad programs and opportunities.
International Programs Advisory Council
The International Programs Advisory Council is composed of faculty representatives who provide advice to International Programs regarding issues and policies related to international education. The Council reviews and evaluates proposals for international exchanges, encourages both faculty and student educational exchanges, and promotes International Programs’ calendar of events on campus. Council members include the following:
Alan Baharlou, Ph.D., IPAC Chair, College of Sciences
Mahmood Butt, Ph.D., Council Vice Chair, College of Education and Professional Studies
Scott A.G.M. Crawford, Ph.D., College of Education and Professional Studies
J. Michael Havey, Ph.D., College of Sciences
Mahyar Izadi, Ph.D., Council of Chairs
Roann Kopel, Ph.D., College of Business and Applied Sciences
Frances Murphy, Ph.D., College of Business and Applied Sciences
Anita Shelton, Ph.D., College of Arts and Humanities
Robert Augustine, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate School, Ex-Officio
Association of International Students
The Association of International Students (AIS) is an EIU recognized student organization open to both international and domestic students. AIS exists to promote cultural awareness on campus and to provide social activities to integrate international students into the campus and local community. Two faculty members serve each year as faculty advisors to this globally significant campus organization.
The Office of Grants and Research
www.eiu.edu/~grants/: The Office of Grants and Research facilitates application, negotiations, and procurement of state-appropriated and external research and public service grants by University personnel, while helping to insure compliance with University, state and federal regulations. The Office provides various technical services to assist faculty in completing proposal applications and is also responsible for reporting submission and funding of proposals to University, state, and federal sources. In addition, the Office also administers state-appropriated funds designated by the University as faculty research grants. Many of these grants provide faculty members an opportunity to pursue research interests and develop ideas which serve as the basis for external proposals. Information on grants and other forms of funding may be obtained by contacting the Office of Grants and Research, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61920, 217/581-2125 or at the above web site.
Council on Faculty Research Awards
http://www.eiu.edu/~grants/CFR.htm : Faculty may visit this web site to access information to help prepare for CFR awards. Council on Faculty Research Awards were developed to support faculty research and creative activity during the academic year. Competition guidelines are published annually by the Office of Grants & Research. Twelve to fifteen awards are funded annually and provide operational, equipment, travel, and student help resources to promote research and creative activity. Faculty who receive Council on Faculty Research Awards are honored during an annual honors ceremony.
Summer Research Awards
http://www.eiu.edu/~grants/CFR.htm : Faculty may visit this web site to access information to help prepare for Summer Research Awards. Summer Research Awards were developed to support faculty research and creative activity during the summer. Competition guidelines are published annually by the Office of Grants & Research. Twenty to twenty-five awards are funded annually and provide faculty a stipend during the summer term to promote research and creative activity. Faculty who receive Summer Research Awards are recognized during an annual recognition ceremony.
Council on Faculty Research
The Council on Faculty Research (CFR) is composed of nine representatives from the faculty who have an established record of research/creative activity. Council members are selected to insure representation of diverse areas of research and creative activity. The Council members encourage faculty to apply for CFR and Summer Research Grants. Council members review the grant proposals and recommend proposals for funding. Current members include the following:
Charles Pederson, Ph.D., Council Chair, College of Sciences
Melanie Burns, Ph.D., College of Business and Applied Sciences
Gary Canivez, Ph.D., College of Sciences
Rebecca Cook ,Ph.D. College of Education and Professional Studies
Scott Crawford, Ph.D., College of Education and Professional Studies
Stacey Knight Davis, Library
Newton Key, Ph.D., College of Arts and Humanities
Steve Larson, Ph.D., College of Business and Applied Sciences
Richard Sylvia, Ph.D., College of Arts and Humanities
Robert Chesnut, Ph.D., Director of Grants & Researvh, Ex-Officio
Robert Augustine, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate School, Ex-Officio
University Tuition and Fee Waiver Programs
www.eiu.edu/~graduate/: The Graduate School serves as the administrative unit responsible for overall monitoring of the university tuition and fee waiver programs. Mandatory waiver programs are mandated by state statute and are directly administered by offices or agencies external to the University. The Office of Financial Aid on the EIU campus serves as the liaison between the external office of authority and the University. Discretionary waiver programs are administered by offices on the University campus. Typically, applications and information pertaining to discretionary waiver programs are available by contacting the specific office of authority. The official list of programs in which the University participates and the individual offices that administer the waiver programs are available on the web site listed above.