Published: Tues., August 11, 2020

As the new year begins, you may notice some differences on campus and how you can contact various offices. Many offices that have been closed may be open, but some may still have limited hours or staff who are still working remotely. Knowing where to go and how to get things accomplished is critical to being a successful graduate student. While Graduate Studies’ office will be open, many staff may be working remotely or have limited hours on campus so you should expect some changes in how you interact with our office. Our office will be open for you to drop off or pick up materials or schedule an appointment, but drop-in appointments will not be happening.

Regardless of what office you visit, you should plan to bring and wear a face mask. If you visit a faculty or staff member’s office, you will be expected to wear a mask as social distancing would be impossible. That faculty or staff member is also expected to wear a mask. If you refuse to wear a mask that staff member may refuse to meet with you in person.

Below are answers to some of the questions you may be having about how processes have changed.

How do I file the necessary degree documents?

Graduate degree program documents, such as a signed Supervisory Committee form, Memorandum of Courses/Program of Studies, Application for Candidacy or other required documents for degree completion, should be submitted to the appropriate Program Coordinator via email or campus mail. If they are unable to have the form signed in person, or digitally signed, by the required faculty, they may work with either Terri Eastin (masters) or Kelsey Sims (doctoral) to determine the preferred method of submission. For guidance on the timing and submission of these documents, students should visit (and bookmark) the appropriate degree information page found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/academics/degrees.

How do I get grades changed?

Graduate students who wish to have a grade changed on their student record need to discuss this with the instructor of the course. In the case of research hours (899/999), this, typically, is the student’s advisor. The instructor will need to complete the online grade change in MyRED. Instructions for faculty are found here: https://registrar.unl.edu/faculty-staff/tutorials/faculty/grade-changes/. If they are unable to complete the process online, a paper Change of Record form will need to be filed with the Office of the Registrar.

How do I submit an enrollment request?

Graduate students may work with the instructor of the course and their department’s graduate support staff member to determine if a permission code can be provided that will override the issue. If it is early in the semester, this usually will be able to resolve the issue. If not, graduate students can work with the instructor/advisor to submit a Schedule Adjustment Form or an email with the complete information and permissions required for the enrollment.

The information should include the Class number (a 4-5 digit number), the subject code, the course number (3 digits), section number and the number of credits in which to be enrolled or dropped along with the student’s name and NUID. If a student is amending enrollment (changing the number of hours enrolled), this will require a drop of the initial enrollment and an add for the desired enrollment.

Please note - it is wise for students to review their enrollment prior to the end of the first month of classes so that any corrections can be done during the semester in which the course is taken. Retroactive amendments to enrollments are not permitted.

How do I meet with someone to discuss job documents?

Graduate students or postdocs wishing to get feedback on their CV, resume, cover letter, and any other job documents or to just talk about their job search concerns can reach out our office for help. Some students may also wish to schedule a mock interview. We are available to help with any of these documents or concerns for academic job searches or non-academic job searches. You can submit documents or schedule an appointment here. We also have 30-minute appointments available Friday mornings, which you can schedule on that same page. Consultants will let you know whether they are meeting with students in person when you schedule an appointment. You can also contact us directly by emailing graddev@unl.edu.

We also have a series of modules available on Canvas designed to help graduate students prepare resumes, CVs, cover letters, teaching statements or prepare for interviews.

How do you know what events are happening?

Many workshops or events on campus will be taking place virtually this semester, both to accommodate those not on campus and to address the university requirements for social distancing. All upcoming OGS events will be posted on the weekly Graduate Report emails. If you are not subscribed these weekly emails, you can do so at https://listserv.unl.edu/signup-anon?LISTNAME=GRADNEWSLETTER.

How do I get help on my teaching?

We will continue to offer teaching support through CIRTL programming, campus events and workshops, and teaching observations. We will be conducting teaching observations for online classes as well as those in person or in hybrid environments. If you are interested in learning more about any of these programs, please contact Lisa Rohde at lrohde2@unl.edu.

People You Should Know in OGS

Terri Eastin – Master’s Programs Coordinator

Terri Eastin
Terri Eastin

Students pursuing a master’s degree are required to submit a Memorandum of Courses indicating the courses they plan to complete during the course of their study. Once this form is submitted, the Master’s Programs Coordinator, Terri Eastin, will review your program to ensure that it meets Graduate College requirements to be awarded a master’s degree. Terri also processes Final Examination Report forms and confirms that you’ve completed all necessary steps to graduate in your final term of study. Contact Terri if you have any questions about master’s degree requirements or required milestone forms.

Kelsey Sims – Doctoral Programs Coordinator

Kelsey Sims
Kelsey Sims

Like master’s degree students, doctoral students are also required to complete a plan of study – the Program of Studies – which should be submitted before you’ve completed half of your program. Kelsey Sims, the Doctoral Programs Coordinator, will approve your Program of Studies, as well as your Supervisory Committee. After you’ve passed your comprehensive exam, you’ll submit the Application for Candidacy to Kelsey for approval. In the final year of your program, you’ll apply for graduation, complete your dissertation, and submit your Final Oral Examination form to Kelsey for approval to graduate. If you have any questions about doctoral degree milestones or policies, contact Kelsey.

Dr. Eva Bachman – Director, Graduate Student Support & Associate Registrar

Eva Bachman
Eva Bachman

Graduate Studies is dedicated to ensuring the academic success of our graduate students. Dr. Bachman, the Academic Success Coordinator, is available to provide guidance to students regarding your options if any questions or issues arise during the course of your degree. In addition, Dr. Bachman processes all forms related to graduate course enrollment, such as the Schedule Adjustment Form to amend enrollment or add/drop classes after open enrollment has ended and the Override Authorization Form required to exceed the maximum credit hour enrollment.

Caroline Knuth – Fellowship Specialist

Caroline Knuth
Caroline Knuth

As Fellowship Specialist, Caroline helps students understand their funding (assistantships and fellowships) as well as the tuition, health insurance, and other benefits that accompany them. If you encounter any issues with your funding, Caroline will work with other campus units, like Payroll, Student Accounts, and the Health Center, to resolve the issues and ensure that you are paid correctly and receive your tuition and health benefits. Caroline also facilitates the awarding of Graduate Studies’ annual fellowships and travel grants. For any questions about your funding, payment, or benefits, contact Caroline.

Dr. Lisa Rohde - Associate Director of Teaching and Research Development

Lisa Rohde
Lisa Rohde

Graduate Studies supports the professional development needs of all graduate students throughout their time at UNL. Dr. Rohde designs workshops and programs to prepare graduate students for their teaching or research responsibilities. She oversees the CIRTL Program, as well as the Institute for International Teaching Assistants and Teaching Orientations and Workshops throughout the year. She is also available to meet with TAs and conduct teaching observations as part of the Teaching Development Program. She also coordinates events the Spring Research Days and conducts consultations on job documents as requested. If you have any questions about these programs or you would like an individual consultation, please contact Lisa.

Erin Omar - Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

Erin Omar
Erin Omar

As the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, Erin helps students navigate their future career paths and develop the skills needed for professional and career advancement. She designs workshops that allow students to enhance their knowledge of career development topics, as well as graduate student well-being. Erin helps students create Individual Development Plans, and provides individualized career planning. She is also available for individual consultations to review resumes and cover letters. Erin is currently working with the rest of the Professional Development team to create online professional development resources students can access anytime throughout their graduate career. If you would like additional information about career and professional development programs, please contact Erin.

Carol Boehler - Program Coordinator, McNair Scholars & Grad Student Development

Carol Boehler
Carol Boehler

Carol Boehler supports the graduate development team in implementation of the teaching and professional development workshops. In addition, she assists with the Spring Research Fair, Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants, and the fall Graduate Community Fair. As the program coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program, Carol also works with selected undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. McNair Alumni or other interested graduate students can contact Carol about how to get involved in the McNair Program, such as serving as a graduate student mentor or panelist for McNair sessions.

Other Professional Development Staff

Dr. L.J. McElravy serves as the Associate Dean of Professional Development. He oversees professional development efforts and works with departments to ensure that their students’ needs are being met. He also helps coordinate workshops and other programs for graduate students.

For a complete listing of current Graduate Studies staff, visit our directory. Our entire team is here to help you be successful at UNL and beyond.