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The Graduate Council is the body responsible for recommending new policies and reviewing existing regulations governing advanced programs at the University. It comprises 25 elected, 6 appointed, and 4 ex-officio members. Each elected or appointed member serves on one of five committees: Research and New Programs, Financial Aid, Admissions and Recruitment, Program and Degree Requirements, or Teaching and Research Awards.
Judy L. Bonner, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio)
Ronald W. Rogers, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and
                                      Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio and chairman)  
Louis A. Pitschmann, Ph.D., Dean of University Libraries (ex officio)  
M. Jenice Goldston, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Representative (ex officio)  


Natalie Adams, Ph.D., College of Education


Elizabeth S. Aversa, Ph.D., College of Communication & Info Sc


John Baker, Ph.D., College of Engineering*


Bruce E. Barrett, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm


Robert B. Batson, Ph.D., College of Engineering


Sharon E. Beatty, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm


Robin Behn, M.F.A., College of Arts & Sciences


Sheila R. Black, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences*


David W. Cordes, Ph.D., College of Engineering*


Martyn R. Dixon, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences


Kari Frederickson, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences


Timothy A. Haskew, Ph.D., College of Engineering


Marsha L. Houston, Ph.D., College of Communication & Infor Sc*


Diane E. Johnson, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm*


Olivia W. Kendrick, Ph.D., College of Human Environmental Sc


Jordan I. Kosberg, Ph.D., School of Social Work


Carol J. Pierman,, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences


Eric E. Roden, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences


Jerry Lee Rosiek, College of Education


David R. Roskos-Ewoldsen, Ph.D., College of Comm & Infor Sc


Nancy J. Rubin, Psy.D., College of Community Health Sciences


Edward J. Schnee, Ph.D., College of Commerce & Business Adm


Forrest R. Scogin, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences


Roy Ann Sherrod, D.S.N., College of Nursing


B. Joyce Stallworth, Ed.D., College of Education*


Pieter B. Visscher, Ph.D., College of Arts & Sciences


John M. Wiest, Ph.D., College of Engineering


Elizabeth K. Wilson, Ph.D., College of Education


Dennis L. Bubrig, Mr., College of Education **


Katara Smith, Ms., College of Education**



*Appointed    **Student Representative




The Graduate School
102 Rose Administration Building
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118
Telephone: (205) 348-5921

Dean of the Graduate School Ronald W. Rogers, Ph.D.
        Executive Secretary Kathleen G. Nodine
Associate Dean John F. Schmitt, Ph.D.
Associate Dean Patti L. Harrison, Ph.D.
Director of Administration John E. Chambers, A.C.A.
        Administrative Support Secretary Ineice M. Lee
Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment    Carl F. Williams, Ph.D.
Graduate Admissions Officer Louise Labosier
International Graduate Admissions Officer Mary S. Williams
        Secretary Gayla S. Harwell
        Admissions Assistant Deborah E. Eads
        Admissions Assistant Sheryl T. Tubbs
Registrar Beverly H. York
Records Officer/Publications Coordinator Dianne C. Teague



Established by Dr. and Mrs. John F. Burnum of Tuscaloosa to recognize and promote excellence in research, scholarship and teaching, the Burnum Award is one of the highest honors the University bestows on its faculty. This prestigious award is given each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated superior scholarly or artistic achievements and profound dedication to the art of teaching.

The 2004 recipient of the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award is Dr. Robin D. Rogers from the Department of Chemistry in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Rogers has more than 525 papers published on various topics and is one of the most frequently cited researchers in the world. Extremely active in his profession, he, with students and colleagues, has given over 500 presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally. He holds three patents, has edited seven books, and founded the American Chemical Society journal, Crystal Growth and Design, for which he currently serves as editor-in-chief. He also serves on the International Advisory Board for Green Chemistry, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences.

Dr. Rogers’ awards include the 2001 American Chemical Society Newsmaker Award and in 2002, he was named a UA College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Fellow. Recently, one of his students, Ann E. Visser received an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Separations Division Graduate Student Award in Solvent Extraction. Ms. Visser, in her nomination, wrote “Dr. Rogers instilled in me the self-confidence necessary to achieve my goal of completing my Ph.D. research. I was motivated to do my research, but what I needed was someone to teach me how to be professional and successful. In this, Dr. Rogers made the most lasting impression on me—he taught me how to succeed as a scientist.”

As a scholar, scientist and mentor, Dr. Rogers embodies the qualities Dr. Burnum wished to honor with this award.


Dr. Walter Enders, professor of Economics in the Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama, has been named Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor for 2004.

The Blackmon-Moody Award is for a faculty member whose “singular, exceptional, or timely work, whether in the form of research, a product, a program, or published material, reflects credit on the faculty member, the field of study, students and The University of Alabama.” The award was created by Frederick Moody Blackmon of Montgomery to honor the memory of his grandmother, Sarah McCorkle Moody of Tuscaloosa.

Dr. Enders’ research and publications on transnational terrorism have demonstrated that it is possible to use economic analysis to predict terrorist behavior. In 2002, Dr. Enders, along with his co-principal investigator, Dr. Todd Sandler (University of Southern California), was selected by the Council of the National Academy of Sciences as a recipient of the distinguished National Academy of Sciences Award in Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War. The award recognizes basic research in any field of cognitive or behavioral science that uses rigorous formal and empirical methods to advance understanding of issues relating to the risk of nuclear war. Dr. Enders’ innovative research into transnational terrorism has demonstrated how science can be applied to further national security. His work has educated the policymaking community about the actual effectiveness of numerous antiterrorist policies. Most recently, he has derived methods for forecasting the level of terrorism and the types of missions to expect from terrorists in the future.

Although Dr. Enders has a distinguished career as a terrorist expert, according to Dr. Billy Helms, he may be even better known for his work on time-series econometrics. His text, Applied Time-Series Econometrics, is widely used in graduate level statistics and econometrics classes, including those at Stanford, Harvard and MIT.

In addition to his heavy research and publication commitments, Dr. Enders is a devoted faculty member at The University of Alabama, using his econometric skills to mentor young faculty and graduate students. His state-of-the-art research on international terrorism, coupled with his dedication to the craft of teaching are all qualities that make him an ideal recipient of the Blackmon-Moody Award.



"I believe that a UA graduate degree in Communication Studies is helping me accomplish my goal of influencing people to become passionate about their own viewpoints. I plan to pursue a doctorate in Mass Communication at UA, which will allow me to educate students about culture and diversity in the media."

Zenobia V. Harris, M.A. student in Communication Studies

"I believe that a unique and productive educational experience can be achieved by combining my previous training in Pharmaceutical Sciences with molecular and microbial expertise at The University of Alabama. After completing my Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, I would like to begin a career in academia with my research focusing on the discovery of new pharmaceuticals from marine microorganisms."

Tyler W. Hodges, Ph.D. student in Biology

"I have always been motivated toward achievement. The professional training in machining and manufacturing and, more importantly, in solving engineering problems provides me a solid foundation for my future career. A Ph.D. is a prerequisite in order to move up the career ladder. I am climbing one level higher by pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Alabama."

Jiu Liu, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering

"Disability studies has always been the center of my research interests. Creating pathways for people with disabilities remains my central goal. I chose The University of Alabama because of its strong track record in preparing leaders who will not only assume positions in higher education, but also have the expertise and vision to lead them to higher levels of inclusion, excellence, and the gift for creating community."

Robert C. Anderson, Ph.D. student in Higher Education Administration



In fall 2004, the University of Alabama Graduate School announced the 12 graduate students who were new fellowship recipients in programs designed to increase and retain the number of minorities in college or university faculty positions, with a special emphasis on graduate students who plan to become faculty members at colleges and universities in Alabama. With the 12 new fellowship recipients, UA currently has 33 graduate students on campus who are participants in the minority fellowship programs listed below. Over 100 graduate students have participated in the programs in the last 15 years.

Front row, left to right: Dana K. Harmon, Rosianna Gray, Shawanda R. Boykin, Leola Harden-Lester.
Back row, left to right: Pablo Arriaza, O’Neil Wright, Gregory Austin, Debbie Jenkins, April Davenport.

Future Faculty Fellowships

Three doctoral students received Future Faculty Fellowships, one of the UA Graduate School's most successful fellowship programs. Based on departmental nominations, the program provides stipends and tuition scholarships for minority graduate students who plan to become college or university professors.

  • April Davenport, of Decatur, GA, is in UA’s PhD program in English. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
  • Dontaire Stallings of Atlanta, GA is in UA’s PhD program in chemistry and received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Georgia Southern University in 2002.
  • Demondrae Thurman of Montgomery, AL is in UA’s Doctor of Musical Arts program. He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance from UA in 1996 and his master’s degree in music performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998.

Joint Faculty Development Fellowships

Two doctoral students were awarded the Joint Faculty Development Fellowship. Implemented in 1989, this program is for active college teachers in historically black institutions in Alabama who do not hold a terminal degree in their field of instruction. Faculty members holding this fellowship receive support from both their home college and a stipend and scholarship from The University of Alabama Graduate School.

  • Leola Harden-Lester of Montgomery, AL is a faculty member at Alabama State University and is in UA’s PhD program in secondary education-English. She received her bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Alabama A&M University in 1983 and her master’s degree in English education from Alabama State University in 1992.
  • Jerolyn Faye Mosely Hughes of Normal, AL is a faculty member at Alabama A&M University and is in UA’s Ph.D. program in human performance. She received her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Alabama A&M University in 1975 and her master’s degree in secondary education-health and physical education from the University of North Alabama in 1978.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)- Alabama Commission on Higher Education Doctoral Fellowships

Seven doctoral students were awarded SREB fellowships. The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program encourages ethnic minority students to pursue doctoral degrees and become college professors. Students are supported for up to 5 years of doctoral study and also participate in the annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Conference.

  • Pablo Arriaza of Miami, FL is in UA’s PhD program in social work. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s degree in social work from Florida State University in 1990 and 1992, respectively.
  • Gregory Austin of Austin, ME is in UA’s PhD program in political science. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Franklin Pierce College in 1999 and his master’s degree in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000.
  • Shawanda R. Boykin of Catherine, AL is in UA’s PhD program in applied mathematics. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Alabama A&M University in 2003.
  • Rosianna Gray of Tuscaloosa, AL is in UA’s PhD program in molecular biology and was selected for an outstanding graduate teaching award. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stillman College in 2001.
  • Dana K. Harmon of Tuscaloosa, AL is in UA’s PhD program in social work. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from The University of Alabama in 1994 and her master’s degree in social work from Loyola University of Chicago in 1997.
  • Debbie Jenkins of Detroit, MI is in UA’s PhD program in electrical engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University in 1996 and her master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 2000.
  • O’Neil Wright of Tuscaloosa, AL is in UA’s PhD program in molecular biology. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Stillman College in 2001, where he was an Amp Scholar and Howard Hughes Scholar.


This Report is issued annually, is published for the purpose of providing as much information as possible about the Graduate School of The University of Alabama, and serves as a primary reference source about and for the Graduate community.

The material is divided into two main sections; firstly, a narrative that covers the highlights from the key areas of our activities during the current and preceding years. In the second section there is a comprehensive set of data tables covering all aspects of our applications, enrollment, degrees awarded, and financial support. In most cases, the sources for the data are computerized databases, however some information is obtained from other University offices, for which the Graduate School is appreciative.

In collating the information presented here many judgments have been made as to inclusion, exclusion, and form of presentation. As always, suggestions, based on actual use of the material, for modifications or corrections are welcome and should be directed to the Graduate School Office.

Our number of total applications received in the year was 6,181 (last year 7,163). Acceptance rates stayed in line with last year and despite the lower number of applications generally acceptances fell marginally from 3,549 to 3,227, a decrease of only 9%. There was also a small reduction in the number of applications received for our off-campus programs. Total applications for Gadsden, QUEST, and other off-campus programs were 1,249 (last year 1,430).

Applications from international students declined this year due mainly to increased time taken to obtain visas.

Despite the impact of fewer applications, enrollment levels were around the same level as last year. Total for fall 2004 was 3,756 (last year 3,763). International student enrollment was 553 compared with 613 last year, a decrease of about 9%.

A total of 830 new students were enrolled this fall, around 22% of our total enrollment. In addition, a further 311 students were enrolled who were either former students or who were returning graduates entering a new program. Within new enrollment over 56% (462) were women.

Our percentage of applicants who were accepted and enrolled for the fall increased from 65% last year to 70%, an increase of 5 percentage points.

The number of credit hours enrolled increased by over 2% compared with last year. A total of 61,979 hours were registered against 60,181, and reflects the enrollment trends for the last couple of years.

Total financial support for graduate students was $22,632,916 which was significantly higher than last year’s $21,429,445 (increase of just over 5%). Increased funding for additional fellowships was augmented by an increase in average stipend levels and tuition support for assistantships’ and fellowships.



Each year, the Graduate School develops a comprehensive recruitment and marketing plan, which includes recruitment travel, on-campus activities, electronic and web resources, and other components. The 2003-2004 academic year saw significant recruitment travel by the UA Graduate School. Our recruiters made visits to over 30 recruitment events attended by students at over 50 colleges and universities. A number of historically black institutions were targeted for recruitment visits. Following each visit, the Graduate School representative developed a list of prospective graduate applicants and wrote each a follow-up letter.

The Graduate School organizes a large number of on-campus recruitment activities. In September 2003 and September 2004, the Graduate School sponsored its annual Preview Day on “Applying to Graduate School,” which was attended each year by 350-400 undergraduates from UA and other colleges and universities. The Preview Day consisted of presentations by Graduate School recruiters on the application process and by UA departmental representatives on graduate opportunities in specific fields of study. Small group discussion sessions included the Arts and Sciences divisions of Physical Sciences/Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts/Humanities; Commerce and Business Administration; Communication and Information Sciences; Education; Engineering; Human Environmental Sciences; Law; Nursing; and Social Work. The Preview Day concluded with practice administrations of graduate admissions tests, provided at no charge by Kaplan, Inc. The attendees continue to be monitored regularly to ensure that as many as possible decide to enroll in graduate school.

On September 26, 2003 and October 5, 2004 the annual Graduate and Professional School Days were held for UA and Stillman College undergraduate students. The events were held on the Stillman Campus. Universities from across the country exhibited and provided information to prospective graduate students.

On the first Wednesday of most months, the Graduate School conducts a seminar on “Applying to Graduate School.” The seminar is listed on the Graduate School’s virtual site and is promoted by the various departments and support groups across the UA campus. The seminar is also advertised widely on other campuses across the state.

Graduate School staff members conduct presentations for a large number of campus organizations, including honor societies, undergraduate organizations, undergraduate classes, and many other units. For example, in 2003-04, Graduate School representatives conducted presentations for prospective graduate students at the UA English Language Institute, National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Summer Program, McNair Scholars Program, Adult Student program, housing groups, various classes, honor societies and other UA groups and organizations. Emphasis continues on maintaining links and dialogue with all undergraduate organizations concerning graduate admissions procedures and highlighting the benefits of investing in graduate education. The Graduate School stresses the importance of developing a personal contact with all outstanding undergraduate students (those who have maintained a 3.00 or better GPA) and encourages them to consider attending the Graduate School at the UA.

Graduate School staff members conduct a number of admissions and recruitment activities on a daily basis in our office in 102 Rose Administration Building, activities that include phone calls, voice mail messages, sessions with individual students in our offices, processing applications, mailing applications and catalogs to prospective students, phone calls from faculty and other units, and responding to e-mail inquiries from faculty and prospective students. During this past year (May 2003 to May 2004) the Graduate School received, processed, or mailed approximately 25,000 pieces of mail related to applications. The Graduate School admissions staff had in excess of 3,500 office visits from students with application questions. The admissions staff handled over 8,000 phone calls and over 8,000 emails from applicants and faculty about applications

The success of graduate student recruitment is dependent upon the active involvement of individual graduate departments and faculty. Graduate students often select a university based on the research and scholarly record and reputation of each department’s faculty. Prospective graduate students who have been contacted directly by department chairs or faculty are more likely to apply to a university. Thus, the Graduate School has implemented a number of activities to assist departments with their own departmental graduate recruitment programs. Every fall semester, the Graduate School holds a seminar for new department chairs and graduate program directors and provides information about possible recruitment activities. Each semester, the Graduate School sponsors a recruitment focus group or seminar for Graduate Program Directors. Graduate School staff members routinely are invited to attend departmental faculty meetings to discuss graduate student recruitment, application, and admission.

As part of the continuing process of assisting departments, the Graduate School maintains and uses several prospect databases. Numerous inquiries from prospective graduate students are entered into the database each month. The Graduate School actively solicits national databases of prospective graduate students (e.g., the McNair Scholars Program for undergraduates who are from disadvantaged groups or are first-generation college students) and forwards the information to departments. The Graduate School also routinely sends reports to departments about potential outstanding applicants who have submitted parts of their applications (e.g., transcripts, test scores) and who can be encouraged by departments to complete their applications and attend The University of Alabama Graduate School.

Developments and improvements within the application cycle also contribute to keeping graduate application and enrollment levels high. In particular, the use of technology in communication further enhances the recruiting process. Enhancements continue for the Graduate School virtual site (http://graduate.ua.edu). Examples of important features of our virtual site include:
  • A recruitment tool produced in 2003-2004 is the Graduate School Viewbook, a self-contained source of information for prospective applicants. The Viewbook is available on a small CD, which is reproduced in large quantities for distribution at professional conferences and recruitment fairs. The CD is provided to departments. The Viewbook is also found on the Graduate School’s website at http://graduate.ua.edu/viewbook/
  • Two graduate assistants serve as the information technology resources for the Graduate School and assist with our website development, online applications, and other activities. The graduate assistants also serve as a resource for graduate departments and provide consultation and assistance to departments in their website design, prospect data bases, etc.
  • The overall design of the Graduate School’s virtual site has been enhanced, and new features have been added, including a site map, search capabilities, and a “Graduate Community News” page. During summer 2004, a major redesign of the home page was launched.
  • Most Graduate School publications and announcements are included on the website, including the Graduate Catalog, Graduate School Brochure, Graduate Program Procedures and Policy Guide, Thesis and Dissertation Guide, Graduate Assistant Guide, Semester Deadlines for Graduate School, Financial Aid Handbook, and the Graduate School Annual Report.
  • The on-line application on our internet site accounted for almost 75% of our graduate applications. Continuous improvements have resulted in an increase in the number of applications and quicker, more efficient processing. For example, on-line application data are automatically uploaded into our Student Information System (SIS). On-line applicants may pay their application fees with credit cards. We recently added online, expedited graduate application forms to enhance the application process for our own seniors and our master’s students applying to our doctoral programs.
  • We use numerous online methods to assist applicants with the admissions and registration process and to provide information to departments that will assist in recruiting highly-qualified students. Departments receive automatic e-mails when applicants apply on-line and are encouraged to make immediate and personalized contact with the applicants. Applicants receive periodic acknowledgement and reminder e-mails following their on-line application submission. Applicants are notified by email or ground mail about the components needed to complete their applications. All applicants may check the status of their applications at http://tideguide.ua.edu. We also send periodic emails and letters to new students, after their acceptance to a degree program, which provide information about the university, encourage accepted students to attend UA, and instruct students in online class registration procedures.
  • Several new activities have been implemented in recent months and will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our application and admissions process. The Graduate School purchased equipment and software to provide imaging of transcripts that accompany graduate applications. We recently began development of a workflow process for online review of graduate applications by department faculty. We are beginning work with the University’s new Banner student information system for the switch to this new platform.
  • The Graduate School has developed a number of electronic resources for use in its own recruitment activities and departmental recruitment. Several PowerPoint presentations were updated in 2003-2004, used at our own seminars, and shared with departments. An electronic slide show on CD-Rom was developed and contains photos regarding research and other activities relevant to graduate education. The research slides are shown at our recruitment tables during recruitment events. Graduate departments have modified our slide shows for use in their individual departmental recruitment activities.


The University of Alabama Graduate School continues to benefit from its extensive recruitment activities. The Graduate School received 5,237 applications to degree programs in 2004, which is 13.8% lower than our 6,075 degree applications in 2003. A primary reason for the decrease in degree applications was related to immigration and other issues of international applicants to U.S. institutions; there was a significant decrease in international graduate applications in 2004. However, in spite of our decrease in applications, our overall graduate enrollment was virtually the same as last year’s enrollment and our on-campus graduate enrollment increased slightly, as described in the next section.

A large number of degree applications were completed by applicants in 2004 -- 4,057 in 2004 compared with 4,342 in 2003. Some applicants submit the initial applications but fail to complete the applications by submitting all required documents, such as college transcripts, admissions test scores, application fees, etc. A greater proportion of applications were completed in 2004 (77.5%) than in 2003 (71.5%).

The quality of degree applications was similar to last year, and an acceptance rate of 58.9% was maintained in 2004, compared to 60.0% in 2003. The degree applications completed in 2004 resulted in 2,390 acceptances, 1,367 rejections, and 300 acceptances for international applicants awaiting financial documents or waitlisted by departments. A total of 944 Non-degree applications were received in 2004. For a more detailed analysis of admissions and applications, please refer to Tables 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.


As shown in Figure 2, total graduate enrollment at the University of Alabama for fall 2004 is 3,756, which is very comparable to enrollment of 3,763 in fall 2003. Thus, UA graduate enrollment continues to be high and has increased almost 12.5% since fall 2001.

Total on-campus enrollment in the Graduate School in fall semester 2004 was 1.5% higher than the previous year, with 3,230 enrolled this year (last year 3,181). Off-campus enrollment was 526 (last year 582). Total new students (including former students or graduates returning for enrollment in new programs) for the fall were 974 or 30% of total on-campus enrollment. The ratio of men to women enrollees continued to be at the same level as in previous years – 42.8% men and 57.2% women (last year 45% men and 55% women).

For a more detailed analysis of enrollment for 2004, please refer to Tables 6a, 6b, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. FIGURE 2: FALL ENROLLMENT


The Graduate School continues to be committed to the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of minority graduate students. While efforts supporting this commitment involve individuals from a variety of underrepresented groups, African-Americans receive particular attention. During 2003-04, the Graduate School recruitment staff continued to visit historically black institutions and engage in other activities to recruit minority students. Recognizing the benefits of recruiting UA undergraduate students, the Graduate School also personally contacts outstanding UA minority students and hosts a reception for them. The Graduate School continues actively to recruit students through services and publications directed toward minority students.

African-Americans comprised 10.4 % of total graduate enrollment in the fall of 2004, with 390 students enrolled, compared to 362 in fall 2003. Similarly African-Americans comprised 11% of on-campus graduate enrollment in the fall of 2004, with 355 students enrolled. Enrollment of African-American graduate students has steadily increased from 81 students in 1987 (3% of the total on campus graduate enrollment) and remained stable with 200-225 students (6-7% of the total on campus enrollment) from 1994 to 1997, as seen in Figure 1. The last few years have seen high even higher on campus enrollment of African-American graduate students, with 262 in fall 1999, 289 in fall 2000, 272 in fall 2001, 304 in fall 2002, 325 in fall 2003, and now 355 in fall 2004.

The number of minority students receiving graduate degrees at the University also remains high. We awarded graduate degrees to 143 minority students in 2003-2004 (summer, fall, and spring terms), which is 10.75 % of our total of 1,329 graduate degree recipients. We awarded graduate degrees to 145 minority students in 2002-2003 and 120 minority students in 2001-2002, which were 11.1 % and 9.1%, respectively, of our total graduate degree recipients.

The UA Graduate School has received national recognition for its graduation rates for African American students. The UA Graduate School has received national recognition for its graduation rates for African American students. The Graduate School was recognized in the July 29, 2004 issue of the journal Black Issues in Higher Education, which contained the annual report of the “Top 100 Degree Producers.” The data reflected numbers of graduate degrees awarded in 2002-2003. The University of Alabama Graduate School tied for the rank of 45 for All Disciplines Combined—African-American Doctorate among 626 institutions.

To increase minority graduate enrollment and graduation, the University of Alabama Graduate School makes substantial efforts to ensure that minority students receive needed financial assistance. Since 1988, the Graduate School has provided scholarships, fellowships, and stipends for over 170 minority graduate scholars and has funded minority graduate students for almost $3 million in stipends and tuition scholarships. In 2003-04 (summer, fall, and spring terms), a total of 39 students were supported through stipends and/or tuition scholarships. In 2004-2005, a total of 40 students are being supported.

Several programs are in place to provide financial assistance for minority groups. For example, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Minority Doctoral Scholars program provides stipends for minority students at the University, while the Graduate School funds tuition scholarships. Similar forms of support include the Joint Faculty Development Program and the Future Faculty Fellows Program, through which the Graduate School provides stipends and tuition scholarships to African-American students who plan to become college or university professors. The Graduate School also funds participants in the Joint Faculty/Staff Development Program with Stillman College, a historically black institution in Tuscaloosa. The numerous Graduate School fellowship and scholarship programs are described in detail in following sections. In addition, prospective minority students are directed to external fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, and other sources of financial aid for which they may apply.

The Minority Graduate Student Assistance Office offers a variety of support services for students. The Graduate School provides funds and support for the UA African-American Graduate Student Association, which had been inactive for several years before becoming active again in fall 1998. The group sponsors panel discussions, information fairs, and receptions. The African-American Graduate Student Association remains a very active association on campus. The association’s president serves as a representative to the Graduate Council. The Graduate School provides travel funds for officers to attend the National Black Graduate Student Conferences each year.

The Graduate School assisted the UA TRIO office in obtaining a U.S. Department of Education grant for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a research-training program for undergraduates who wish to pursue graduate study, and was active in implementation of the UA McNair program on the UA campus. An Associate Dean of the Graduate School serves on the UA McNair Scholars Advisory Board. The Graduate School has agreed to provide tuition scholarships for any UA McNair scholar who attends graduate school at UA and to assist UA McNair scholars with identifying and applying for departmental graduate assistantships. We have conducted recruitment activities for McNair fellows in the Southern region and pay the graduate application fee for any McNair scholar in the country who applies to UA Graduate School. The UA Student Support Services Program is another U.S. Department of Education TRIO program for undergraduate scholars from disadvantaged groups. The Graduate School also pays the application fees and provides assistance on applying to graduate programs for participants in the UA Student Support Services Program.



The total number of international students enrolled for fall 2004 was 553, comprising 113 new students, 36 students who changed program, and 404 returning graduates. This was almost 9% down on last year’s total of 613. The largest contingent of overseas students came from China (173) and India (132). The programs that enrolled the most international students this fall were Chemistry (46), Mechanical Engineering (37), and Computer Science (37). Please refer to tables 12 and 13 for more information.

The press has reported recently that nationally institutions similar to UA have experienced decreases in the number of international applications of around 32%. This inevitably translates to fewer students enrolling and against this background our attrition has followed this trend.

The impact of administrative and federal changes from the Office of Homeland Security combined with visa restrictions in place in many overseas countries continues to be felt, however this university has countered this with increases in the admission of highly qualified domestic applicants.

Our international recruiting team has also noticed that Australia and Europe are attracting a large number of international applicants with lower costs, shorter programs, credit for previous work, and on-line visa application procedures.



Credit hours increased again in 2003-04 to 61,979, which was 2% higher than the previous year (60,181). The average number of hours per student enrolled was the same as last year - 19. These credit hours generated a contribution to the university’s tuition income of around $18million.



The total numbers of degrees conferred during the academic year 2003-04 was 1,329, comprising 135 Ph.D.’s, 103 Ed.S.’s, 15 Ed.D.’s, and 1,076 Master’s. Tables 15 through 18 show details of degrees awarded.



The Graduate School provides up-to-date information to faculty and students through our website (http://graduate.ua.edu). Copies of all of our principal publications – including this report – are included on the website. In addition, copies of administrative updates, informative communiqués, and other important documents are similarly maintained electronically. There are many links to graduate departments, on-line forms and checklists for students, a graduate school calendar with all the important deadlines, and numerous other documents.

An electronic version of the Graduate School application is available on our website at http://graduate.ua.edu/application/ and this is used by more and more of our prospective students. The ability to pay the application fee online has also enhanced the functionality and effectiveness of our application procedures.

Work is also underway to develop and install two major improvements using technology to further assist our customers. Trials are due to start on using the latest imaging systems to record some of our documentation that we receive from external sources and to make the records available to the departments to assist with processing applications. In addition, we are developing an on-line workflow system for Graduate School and departments use that will compliment the electronic application, payment, and image scanning system.

Technology is used extensively in recruitment, application, and admissions activities; please see the section on recruiting for more information.



The purpose of the graduate faculty of The University of Alabama is to set standards for graduate work and to provide graduate instruction. It is the responsibility of the graduate faculty in each division to elect its representative(s) to the Graduate Council, which acts for the faculty in matters relating to graduate work. There are three categories of members: full, associate, and temporary. Only members of the graduate faculty may teach courses numbered 500 or above, and only members of the graduate faculty may chair thesis and examining committees. Only full members may chair dissertation committees.

Criteria for full and associate members. The dean of each academic division has the annual responsibility of nominating members who meet the following criteria to serve on the graduate faculty:
Hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, and
B. Hold the rank of at least assistant professor in a full-time, tenure-track position.
Full and associate members must demonstrate ability and continuing interest in the graduate program and in research or creative activity. Full members must show a strong, continuing record of productive research, publication, creative activity, and scholarly activity appropriate to the discipline. These broad requirements are best interpreted by each department and college considering their unique aspects.

Be recommended by the departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division.
B. The chairperson of the Graduate Council’s Committee on Graduate Faculty Membership will then act upon these nominations, in consultation with the dean of the Graduate School.

Terms of Appointment. Full and associate members are appointed for six-year, renewable terms.

Temporary Membership. Temporary membership may be extended to well-qualified individuals who do not satisfy the above criteria, to perform specific functions for specific time periods, not to exceed one calendar year. The departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division should recommend them. The chairperson of the Graduate Council, the dean of the Graduate School, will then act upon these nominations.

Administrative Appointments. Faculty members currently on administrative appointments, or returning to the faculty from such appointments, are eligible for full or associate membership on the graduate faculty. They should show, at a minimum, promise of satisfying the appropriate departmental as well as University membership criteria. The individual’s record of teaching and research before becoming an administrator should be considered.

Retirement. Members of the graduate faculty are automatically permitted to retain graduate faculty status for one year after retirement. After a graduate faculty member retires, he or she may need to continue to serve as chair or committee member on students’ thesis and/or dissertation committees. These graduate faculty members may be appointed as temporary members of the graduate faculty for these purposes and/or to perform other specific functions. The nomination and appointment procedure for these temporary appointments are the same as those adopted by the academic unit and the University.


The Graduate School provides a variety of types and levels of support for graduate students. Departments are invited to nominate students for fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel and research grants. Federal programs specifically for graduate students are monitored and publicized to students to ensure that all possible financial assistance can be given.
In the academic year 2003-2004, a total of $22,632,916 was awarded to graduate students--an average of $7,003 for every qualifying graduate student enrolled on campus.

Perkins Loans and Work-Study Support. In the 2003-2004 academic year, no loans were made to students under this program. Under the work-study support program, 45 assignments were given to graduate students for a total value of $293,477.

Travel and Research Awards. Twice each year the Dean of the Graduate School invites nominations for awards to support graduate research and travel. For research awards, priority is given to thesis, pre-dissertation, and dissertation research. For travel awards, priority is given to (a) graduate students who have been accepted to present personally their own research at the national meeting of their discipline’s major academic/professional organization, and (b) those whose department or college indicates its own support of the student by agreeing to cost share the necessary funding. In 2003-2004, 144 students received awards. A total of $28,410 was awarded to these successful students, representing an average of $197 per student (last year $171 per student).

Graduate Council Fellowships. During the 2003-2004 academic year, 65 graduate students held Graduate Council Fellowships, awarded by the Graduate Council Committee on Financial Aid. Of this total, 12 students held thesis/dissertation fellowships, 7 held research fellowships, 2 held creative activity fellowships, and 44 held regular fellowships. For 2003-04 the level of stipend for each category was $14,000 with an additional full tuition scholarship.

License Tag Fellows. Under the provisions of the National Alumni Association Collegiate License Tag Program, 80% of the proceeds received by the university are endowed, and the income generated is used to support graduate fellowships. In 2003-04 sufficient funds were available to provide 37 fellowships with a stipends ranging from $9,000 to $12,000 each.

Graduate Fellowship Supplements. Each year additional amounts are awarded to graduate students from a special Presidential Graduate Fellowship Supplemental Fund. The fund is financed from logo and licensing fees received by the University’s Office of Auxiliary and Support Services. In 2003-2004 almost $50,000 was awarded from this source.

Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship Program. The National Alumni Association also funds a varying number of graduate fellowships in each college or school that offers a post-baccalaureate degree.

Alabama Heritage Graduate Scholarship Program. This is a one year tuition scholarship for Alabama residents who are children or grandchildren of UA graduates. In 2003-04, 24 graduate students received this scholarship.

Graduate and Faculty Scholarship Committee. As in previous years, the Committee contacted over 600 students to determine their eligibility for and interest in Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, and Fulbright fellowships. 12 students were formally interviewed resulting in 11 nominations, as follows:

Scholarship Number Interviewed Number Nominated
Rhodes 3 2
Marshall 2 2
Truman 0 0
Fulbright 7 7

The interviews for the Truman Scholarships are not being held until late November and applications are not yet finalized.

Minority Support. There are several programs aimed specifically at minority student groups and these are discussed in detail in a separate section of this Report.

Graduate Assistant Stipends. Departments are allocated a budget each year to appoint graduate teaching or research assistants and pay them stipends up to any level that they are able to fund. The Graduate School establishes minimum pay levels dependent upon the assigned work hours and gives guidance on the minimum and maximum number of enrolled hours that each student requires in order to maintain their full-time student status.

For 2003-2004 the minimum stipend levels were the same as the previous year:
0.25 FTE - $4,339
0.50 FTE - $8,678
0.75 FTE - $13,017

For the new academic year 2004-2005 these minimum levels have been increased as follows:
0.25 FTE - $4,600
0.50 FTE - $9,200
0.75 FTE - $13,800

In addition, the Graduate School awards grants equal to the full tuition charge for 0.50 FTE or higher appointments, and prorated amounts for FTE appointments below 0.50 FTE. For fall semester 2004, the total number of 0.50 full time equivalent assistantship awards was 1,128 (last year 1,138). There were 663 teaching assistants (last year 595) and 465 research, administrative, and other assistants (last year 543).


The Graduate School continues to maximize the amount of financial support available for minority students, primarily though four fellowship programs that support full-time and part-time students. In fall 2004 UA enrolled and provided stipends, scholarships, and assistantships for 40 graduate students on campus in the minority fellowship programs. A large number of additional students received continuing financial support through department assistantships or received tuition scholarships. All fellowship programs place a special emphasis on encouraging graduate students to become faculty members at colleges and universities in Alabama or retaining those already holding college faculty positions within the state.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - Alabama Commission on Higher Education Fellowships: The SREB Minority Doctoral Scholars Program encourages ethnic minority students to pursue doctoral degrees and become college professors. The UA Graduate School has held the #1 ranking for number of SREB doctoral scholars during the past few years. Since 1993, the Graduate School has enrolled 44 SREB Minority Doctoral Scholars, and 13 have received their degrees. SREB scholars receive $12,000-$15,000 annual stipends plus tuition scholarships for up to 5 years of graduate study through a combination of SREB, Graduate School, and departmental funding. A total of 14 SREB scholars in 2003-04 and 18 in 2004-05 are being supported with fellowships, scholarships, and department assistantships.

Future Faculty Fellows Program. This program is for African-American students who plan to become college or university professors. Each Future Faculty Fellow receives an annual stipend of $12,000, a departmental assistantship, and a full tuition scholarship for up to four years of full-time graduate study. A total of 33 doctoral students have received Future Faculty Fellowships since 1991, and 18 have received their degrees. In 2003-2004, the Graduate School supported six Future Faculty Fellows with stipends and scholarships. Similarly, in 2004-05 the Graduate School is supporting eight Future Faculty Fellows with stipends, scholarships, and department assistantships.

Joint Minority Faculty Development Program Fellowships. The Joint Faculty Development Program was implemented in Alabama Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for practicing college teachers who do not have a terminal degree. Faculty members participating in this program receive support from their home institution and an annual stipend of $14,000 and full tuition scholarship from The University of Alabama Graduate School. Institutions participating in this program include Alabama State University, Alabama A & M University, and Oakwood College. A total of 27 fellows have participated in the program since 1989, and 13 have received degrees. In 2003-2004, a total of six Joint Faculty Development Fellowships supported faculty members of partner institutions. Seven HBCU faculty members are participating in the Joint Faculty Development Program in 2004-05.

UA/Stillman College Joint Faculty Staff Development Program. The major objectives of the program are to provide support for Stillman College faculty and staff to complete degree requirements for a graduate degree and to provide in-service and staff development. In 2003-2004, the Graduate School provided tuition scholarships for seven faculty and staff members of Stillman College.


In the fall 2004 semester a total of 1,128 0.50 full time equivalent (FTE) graduate assistantships were awarded compared with 1,138 last year. For this year, the number of assistantships with formal teaching responsibilities was 267 (last year 247), and those who are assisting instructors of record was 396 (last year 348).

Of the total number of students receiving assistantships 948 (last year 930) were supported with university funds and 180 (last year 208) were supported on contracts, grants, or gifts from third parties. For a more detailed analysis of assistantships please see tables 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

The total stipend paid to assistants during 2003-04 was $13,271,429 compared or $12,859,876 last year. Average stipends rose slightly from $10,035 last year to $10,082 for 2003-04, an increase of about half a percent. Please see tables 27 through 30 for more information on stipends.



The eighteenth annual workshop for new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) was held at the Bryant Conference Center on August 19-20, 2004. The Workshop serves multiple purposes, including familiarizing new students with the campus and University policies, assisting in new GTAs’ preparation to conduct classes, providing guidance about how to handle various classroom situations, and directing them to campus resources for ongoing improvement of teaching skills. During the Workshop, University faculty and staff members spoke on a wide range of areas related to teaching. Topics included syllabus and course preparation, conducting lab and discussion sessions, using multimedia and the Internet in college teaching, active and collaborative learning techniques, effective communication in college teaching, and important policies and legal issues for GTAs and professors alike. Each new GTA received a copy of 2003-2005 Graduate Assistant Guide and numerous handouts on a variety of topics related to teaching.

Graduate Teaching Fellows, who are experienced GTAs recognized for superior teaching in their respective colleges, led seven simultaneous breakout sessions for a full day at the Workshop. The Fellows videotaped the new GTAs who each had prepared a short teaching session. Each GTA received written and verbal analyses of teaching strengths and areas for improvement. The new GTAs also had the opportunity to analyze videos in order to “troubleshoot” some of the most frequently occurring problems in the classroom. The Fellows led the new GTAs in discussions of important issues such as services for students with disabilities, sexual harassment, academic misconduct, academic grievances, and the confidentiality of student records.


On Honors Day the Dean of the Graduate School presented the following University-wide awards; each student received a plaque and a check for $500.
Award Student Division Department
Thesis Julius Henderson A&S Chemistry
Dissertation Jacqueline Trimble A&S English
Teaching-Master’s Jane Sandor A&S English/Creative Writing
Teaching-Doctoral Justin Benefield C&BA Econ, Fin, & LGS
Research-Master’s Zhiya Zhao A&S Physics & Astronomy
Research-Doctoral Nancy Ryba A&S Psychology


The Academic Common Market is an interstate association of 16 Southern states that permits out-of-state students to enroll in selected programs at participating institutions while paying in-state tuition rates. This program is designed to both help the student by reducing his tuition cost and also the institutions from having to offer duplicate courses. The Graduate School is charged within the University with supervising both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Table 32 shows the current programs and participating institutions.

For the academic year 2003-2004 the data for ACM support were as shown in the table below. The total value of scholarships awarded under this program reached record levels and almost reached the $1m mark; a total of $907,335 was awarded, up 19% on last year’s ($761,409).
ACM Support Fall 2003 Spring 2004
Number of undergraduate students 130 118
Number of graduate students 16 16
Total students 146 134
Value of undergraduate scholarships awarded $418,011 $352,729
Value of graduate scholarships awarded $43,662 $34,535
Total value of scholarships awarded $461,673 $387,264


Most popular ACM majors Fall 2003 Spring 2004
International Marketing 49 40
Apparel & Textiles 15 12
Aerospace Engineering 13 12
Music Therapy 10 7

The numbers of students from each state in the program (ranked by highest 5 states) taking advantage of these awards at this University were as follows:

State Fall 2003 Fall 2004
Louisiana 67 65
Tennessee 33 23
Kentucky 14 12
Mississippi 11 8
South Carolina 8 7


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