During the 2001-02 academic year, the Graduate Council crafted a statement of responsibilities and resources for graduate program directors. Subsequently, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs approved this policy.
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Most graduate programs in departments and institutes are led by a Graduate Program Director, who is central to the success of these programs. Directors of graduate programs work with the graduate faculty, the chair or director of the academic unit, and the Graduate School to develop graduate curricula and courses, recruit and facilitate the admission of graduate students, manage graduate assistantships, and mentor graduate students. They may also develop and manage the budget for the academic unit's graduate program, promote scholarship, and serve on the Graduate Council. Directors of graduate programs coordinate these efforts with the chair or director of their department or institute. (Brief version from Faculty Handbook)
The position of graduate program director (GPD) is central to the success of that graduate program. This document outlines the general responsibilities and duties of a GPD and addresses the resources (including remuneration) that should accompany these responsibilities. The GPD coordinates these efforts with the chair or director of that department or institute.