Ronald E. Hawkins, B.A., M.Div., Ed.S., D.Min., Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost
Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology
Kevin Corsini, B.B.A., Th.M., Ph.D.
Administrative Dean for Graduate Programs
Associate Professor of Counseling
Douglas F. Mann, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
Associate Professor of History
Tess Stockslager, B.A., M.A.
Associate Dean, Center for Writing and Languages
Director of the Graduate Writing Center
Mike Shenkle, B.S., M.B.A.
Executive Director of Graduate Student Affairs
Fernando Garzon, B.A., Psy.D.
Institutional Review Board Director
Associate Professor of Counseling
Grace Baker, B.S., M.A.
Institutional Review Board Coordinator
Tracy Godsey, B.S.
Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies
Emily DeFosse, B.A., M.A.
Coordinator of Graduate Administration
Craig Hammond, B.S.
Coordinator of Academic Operations
THE GRADUATE SCHOOL
The Graduate School, located in Green Hall, is the administrative hub for all graduate programs at Liberty University. It assists the departments and schools of the University in the planning and maintaining of high quality master’s and doctoral degrees across the disciplines. The Graduate School at Liberty University facilitates various faculty functions, such as the Graduate Senate and the Graduate Administrative Council. It also coordinates a variety of services to students through the Graduate Writing Center, the Institutional Review Board, and the Graduate Student Affairs Office.
The Graduate School at Liberty University guides the University’s schools and academic departments in developing and maintaining distinctively Christian and academically excellent graduate programs.
THE GRADUATE ADMINISTRATRIVE COUNCIL (GAC)
The Graduate Administrative Council (GAC) is the administrative entity tasked with overseeing, planning, developing, and coordinating all graduate programs at Liberty University. The GAC is comprised of all graduate program directors and appropriate graduate-related administrators and is chaired by the Dean of Academic Administration for the Graduate School.
THE GRADUATE SENATE
The Graduate Senate consists of faculty representatives from each graduate program and the appropriate members of the administrative staff of the Graduate School. It conducts the regular faculty business of graduate studies, academic standards and curriculum, and program requirements. The Graduate Senate meets monthly and is coordinated by an executive committee.
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD (IRB)
Liberty University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is designed to protect people who take part in research studies affiliated with the University. The IRB examines each study’s design to insure it is ethical, does not involve unnecessary risks, and includes adequate safeguards for research participants. The IRB committee consists of academicians with scientific training, clergy, medical doctors, persons without scientific training, and students. Liberty’s IRB may be reached online at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through its web page at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/graduate/irb.
GRADUATE WRITING CENTER
In conjunction with the Quality Enhancement Plan, Liberty University’s Graduate Writing Center aims to improve graduate student writing and to equip faculty to teach writing more effectively. Services offered to students include one-on-one tutoring, consultations on thesis and dissertation projects, and conversation practice for non-native English speakers. Services offered for faculty include developing writing and teaching aids for classroom use, presenting on writing-related topics in classes, and assisting faculty with their own research and scholarship. Most services are available in both residential and online formats. More information is available at www.liberty.edu/graduatwritingcenter.
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