Faculty & Staff Resources

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This page provides information and resources for UNH Graduate School Faculty and Staff. Here you will find an overview of best practices related to several overarching categories and access to data and reports relevant to advising, retention, graduation outcomes, and more. If you are looking to connect students with helpful resources be sure to direct them to the Student Resources webpages for the approporiate campus, as well as the Career, Professional, and Community Development webpages for information on programming and other opportunities. Faculty members seeking information regarding international students should visit the OISS webpage.

 

Admissions and Recruitment

The Graduate Coordinators 101 canvas page was designed specifically for graduate program coordinators and admisnistrators. It provides a comprehensive and detailed set of resources and information following the general outline below:

Section 1: Graduate Student Policies and Resources

  • This section provides information from the graduate catalog and program coordinator handbook so you can find answers to specific questions regarding policy.

Section 2: Recruitment

  • This section will allow you to learn about strategies and best practices in graduate recruitment.

Section 3: TargetX Training Materials

  • This section allows you to learn about and practice using TargetX effectively (including the new user interface called Lightning).

Section 4: Accelerated Master's

  • This section provides detailed information on the Accelerated Master's program and will be useful to any faculty in your department who are advising Accelerated Master's students.

Section 5: Data Dashboards

  • This section allows you to learn about data dashboards that are available to help you manage and administer your program.

Section 6: Discussion Boards to Ask Questions and Share Information

  • This section provides discussion boards on each topic so you can share any questions, comments, or concerns regarding any of the information in this module.

On the Admissions page of the Graduate School Academic Catalogue you'll find details regarding the University's admission and course registration process. Please contact the Graduate School or the Registrar's Office if you need further clarification. We will be happy to answer your questions regarding University procedures and policy.

More information on general Admission processes and applications (including video tutorials) can also be found in section 3 of the GRAD 101 for Program Coordinators Canvas page.

The Recruitment Info Session in a Box Guide was developed to support departments in their recruitment efforts. Although with adequate staffing, departments can manage these efforts on their own, the Graduate School staff is available to assist in any way possible to ensure a successful event.

Student Support

Effective communication between Mentors and Mentees is a crucial part of student success in graduate school. Departments often provide outlines to help facilitate conversations and determine responsibilities for all parties involved. Please view this helpful example Graduate Student Mentoring Compact document from the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.

Annual check-ins help ensure that students are making adequate progress in their program and helps keep them on track and up-to-date with important deadlines. Please view this example of an annual progress report from the UNH Department of Biological Sciences. 

The Graduate School offers a three-part series where faculty, current and former graduate students, and academic advisors from the Graduate School talk about good mentoring and how to establish and maintain this relationship. You can go to the Mentorship Series Archives to find video recordings and all related documents. Find event and registration information on the UNH Master Calendar.

Another highly informative resource is the Council of Graduate School's (CGS) Great Mentoring in Graduate School Guide. This guide is designed for graduate students, but also contains information that faculty members may find helpful when it comes to mentoring students. 

UNH Health and Wellness provides a wide variety of services for students, faculty, and staff related to medical needs and wellness education/promotion. Visit the Health and Wellness website for information on events, campus resources, best practices, and more. Please note that UNH Psychological and Counciling Services (PACS) is the place to find information and services relating to counseling, psychiatric consultation, outreach and prevention services. 

The UNH Graduate School provides a variety of opportunities to learn about research communications and practice presentation skills. Some examples include the Research Communications Academy (RCA), the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT), and the annual Graduate Research Conference (GRC). Students and faculty are encouraged to visit the Communication and Research sections of the Career, Professional, and Community Development webpages to learn more about these and other opportunities.

Policies

The UNH Faculty Senate are the elected body of representatives from each academic department. The Faculty Senate is the legeslative body that reviews and developes policies concerned with the academic mission of the university.

The Graduate Council is comprised of 12 graduate faculty members and four graduate students. The council advises the dean of the Graduate School on policies concerning graduate education and is responsible to the graduate faculty for recommendations concerning new graduate programs. Standing committees of the council include the doctoral program committee, the master's program committee, the student affairs committee, and program review committee.

The primary purpose of Graduate Program Review at the University of New Hampshire is to ensure that programs are functioning at the highest possible level of academic quality and are operating in ways that are consistent with the missions of the University and the Graduate School. For complete information see the Graduate School Program Review Policy Document

The Graduate School Academic Catalog is the official record of academic policy and program curricula for the Graduate School. The Graduate Catalog takes precedence if there is a conflict between the Catalog and web sites or any other resources.

The Graduate School maintains handbooks and templates that can be used by departments for general operations. 

The Faculty Resource Guide was designed to provide assistance and information to all faculty members, new and continuing, full-time and part-time, about faculty responsibilities, University procedures, and campus resources. The guide provides an overview of the history and administrative structure of the University of New Hampshire. It also presents information on various processes and procedures you will encounter as a faculty member in your teaching, research, or service roles.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Graduate School has a limited number of fellowships to support quality and excellence in our graduate programs. To begin to address the significant under-representation of racial and ethnic minorities, particularly US minorities, in most disciplines, as well as a gender imbalance in many fields, programs that are using their own resources to enhance quality through diversity will be prioritized when awarding fellowships.

Fellowship Types:

The master’s fellowship program is designed to help recruit a high quality and diverse student body and provides a limited number of $5,000 2-year fellowships ($2,500 per year renewable for one year) to new students. These fellowships will be awarded as supplements to an assistantship or scholarship awarded by the program.

The doctoral fellowship program provides summer support for new students. Each fellowship consists of three months’ summer support (at the prior academic year monthly rate ~$5,000) and a mandatory fee waiver for two years. To be eligible, the student must be funded on an academic year assistantship (teaching or research).

Questions about the fellowships should be directed to Dovev Levine (2-2234) or Cari Moorhead (2-3007). Nominations should be emailed to Dovev Levine at Dovev.Levine@unh.edu

Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP)

  • The Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) program is a consortium composed of 15 universities and colleges (including five minority-serving institutions), whose goal is to work cooperatively to increase the number of underrepresented U.S. minority students receiving doctoral degrees and become faculty members, with a particular emphasis in STEM fields. Founded in 1999, and under the Administrative leadership of the UNH Graduate School since 2018, this consortium has successes in an array of fronts, including collaborative work on recruitment and retention activities and innovative research regarding supports and challenges facing underrepresented graduate students.
    • "UNH is proud to take the lead in continuing this important work to increase diversity in graduate education, particularly in STEM fields. NEAGEP has made great strides and we are committed to ensuring it only grows." - Wayne Jones, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs via UNH Today

Comprised of master's and doctoral students representing the cross-sections of U.S. underrepresented graduate students (e.g., colleges, gender) that advises the Graduate School deans on retention and recruitment-related initiatives. The board meets in-person monthly, and has a particular focus on building community for the underrepresented population. Will develop an "Underrepresented Graduate Student Organization", which will be governed by ABUGS.

For more information contact: Dovev.Levine@unh.edu or grad.assist@unh.edu.

URGE (Unlearning Racism in GEosciences) is a curriculum (8 sessions) focused on providing tools and resources to help Geoscientists develop policies that improve accessibility, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) in the workplace and community. The primary objectives of URGE are to:

  1. Deepen the community’s knowledge of the effects of racism on the participation and retention of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in Geoscience.
     
  2. Draw on existing literature, expert opinions, and personal experiences to develop anti-racist policies and strategies.
     
  3. Share, discuss, and modify anti-racist policies and strategies within a dynamic community network and on a national stage.

The Peer Mentorship Program's goal is to enhance the UNH graduate experience by connecng underrepresented minority graduate students with willing mentors, including post-docs and experienced students. The underlying premise is that mentorship can often get lost in the shuffle of classwork and research, and we believe that this kind of relationship is essenal to graduate student success.  We create mentoring pods, pairing up groups with similar degrees of interest as best as possible. The mentors and mentees are asked to meet at least once a month, either in person or virtual. The mentors and mentees also take part in a training session on being a mentee and mentor, led by Dovev Levine.

If you are interested in becoming either a peer mentor or mentee, then please complete this brief questionnaire to help us conduct matching as close as possible to your discipline and interests. Please note that you may indicate if you wish to be mentored, serve as a mentee, or both.

Data

These reports present summaries of activities by the Graduate School and the units that report to the graduate school dean over the academic year. The report is organized around several programmatic and functional activities. The Graduate School's success depends on the support of the Graduate School staff, the Graduate Council, Graduate Program Coordinators, Chairs and staff, and the leadership of the Graduate Student Senate. Each report is written and presented by the Graduate School Dean.

 

  • The Graduate School, with Management Reporting and UNH Institutional Researchprovides a variety of reports and data for departments, faculty and staff. The majority come from the Graduate School WEBI Universe reporting areawith reports ranging from recruitment to graduation. These reports are provided in a joint effort between our office and the management reporting team. Institutional Research also provides data and reports on their website that covers all UNH student data.
  • Sometimes a department staff or faculty member needs access to information not available on any of the existing reports provided through WEBI or Institutional Research. Should you need a customized report or have any questions on a graduate school report (or its data) please email the graduate school with your request.

Tableau is a data visualization tool that UNH uses to help make data-informed decisions. There are graduate-level admissions, enrollment, academic advising, and graduation dashboards available to program coordinators and admins to help manage their programs. Find out more about Tableau and gaining access here.

The First Destination Survey helps the University of New Hampshire learn how graduates are doing after they receive their degrees. Responses may be used to improve how we serve students in pursuit of their goals, to help enhance the value and prestige of a UNH degree by enabling us to maintain top-notch programs, to attract talented new Wildcats, and to promote our graduates' success. First destination survey data on our UNH Graduate School Alumni is accessible through the Tableau data portal described and linked above.

Funding

There are a variety of award opportunities available through the Graduate School to support and uplift students as they work towards their goals. Available awards include the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF), Summer Teaching Assistant Fellowship (STAF), Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate/Research/Scholarship/Creativity Award (GRSC), and Graduate Teaching Award. Further information about opportunities right here on campus can be found in the Fellowships, Funding, & Awards Available to Grad Students Guide. 

Information on assitantship stipends, fees, and basic requirements can be found in the Graduate School Catalog under the Graduate Appointments section. More specifics can also be found on the UNH Rate Sheet.

You can find links to forms for applying for finacial aid, travel grants, fellowship applications, appointment letters, and more by visiting the Forms & Policies webpage and navigating to the "Graduate Financial Aid" section.