Graduate Catalog

2008-09 Academic Year

The University

University of North Texas Hurley Administration Building

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university and is the flagship of the UNT System. The university stands as the most comprehensive in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, offering 99 bachelor's, 104 master's and 49 doctoral degree programs, many nationally recognized.

UNT is a thriving university with a legacy of excellence in a broad range of academic areas. It is also one of the largest universities in Texas, enrolling more than 34,000 students. Founded in 1890, UNT takes pride in its outstanding faculty, high academic standards and diverse student body. Offering a traditional college experience at an affordable cost, UNT has a 20:1 student-faculty ratio and Division I-A athletics. Named one of America's 100 Best College Buys® for 10 consecutive years, UNT also provides more than 59 centers and institutes which serve the public good.

The university is committed to academic excellence, to student success and to serving as an intellectual resource for the community, state and nation.

Our History

UNT was founded in 1890 as Texas Normal College and Teachers' Training Institute. Joshua C. Chilton, the founding president, leased facilities above a hardware store on Denton's square to establish a teacher training institute. His charge to the faculty at its first assembly remains an important part of UNT's value system: “It will be our aim to become leaders in the education of the young men and women of Texas, fitting them to creditably fill the most important positions in business and professional circles. We desire the cooperation of all who believe in higher education and who want to see our state in the very front of intellectual as well as material progress. ”

The university has had seven names through the years.

Incoming students choose UNT for the quality of its programs, many of which are nationally ranked. More degree programs at UNT are nationally accredited than at any other university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region (see list of accrediting organizations following the index). UNT “firsts” through the years include:

UNT Presidents

Joshua C. Chilton (1890-1893)
John J. Crumley (1893-1894)
Menter B. Terrill (1894-1901)
J.S. Kendall (1901-1906)
W.H. Bruce (1906-1923)
Robert L. Marquis (1923-1934)
W.J. McConnell (1934-1951)
J.C. Matthews (1951-1968)
John J. Kamerick (1968-1970)
John L. Carter, Jr. (acting, 1970-1971)
C.C. Nolen (1971-1979)
John L. Carter, Jr. (acting, 1979-1980)
Frank E. Vandiver (1980-1981)
Howard W. Smith Jr. (ad interim, 1981-1982)
Alfred F. Hurley (1982-2000)
Norval F. Pohl (2000-2006)
Gretchen M. Bataille (2006-present)

From 1981 until 2000, the president also carried the responsibilities and title of Chancellor of the University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Senate Bill 751 of the 76th Texas Legislature provided for the establishment of the University of North Texas System, and in July 1999, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board confirmed formal system status for UNT, including the Denton campus, UNTHSC at Fort Worth and the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas). In October 2000, the positions of president and chancellor were officially separated.

UNT Chancellors

Frank E. Vandiver (1981)
Alfred F. Hurley (1981-2002)
Lee Jackson (2002-present)

On August 24, 2002, the UNT Board of Regents named Alfred F. Hurley Chancellor Emeritus of the UNT System and President Emeritus of the university.

The Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

When Robert B. Toulouse, who served as graduate dean from 1954 to 1982 and provost until 1990, retired, the board of regents renamed the graduate school the Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

His contributions to graduate education made the honor richly deserved. During Toulouse's tenure as graduate dean, almost every graduate program currently authorized at UNT was established. His leadership role in establishing these programs helped to make UNT the most comprehensive graduate institution in the region and one of the three largest graduate institutions in the state.

In addition, graduate student enrollment grew from approximately 300 students to more than 5,500, which then represented almost a third of UNT's total enrollment. Toulouse also provided leadership in establishing the Federation of North Texas Area Universities in 1968.

Toulouse's efforts also had an extraordinary effect on the development of research at the university. As dean, he pursued a goal of enhancing research across the entire campus, involving as many professors as possible to build a strong base for attracting external funding. His insight and good judgment in managing the university's limited resources led to major increases in the quality and impact of research at UNT. In this, he laid the foundation for the explosive increase in external research funding in the 1980s.

History of Graduate Education at UNT

Graduate studies at the master's level were first offered at UNT in 1935 in response to an increasing demand from Texas school systems for teachers with more than four years of college education. Master's degrees were first offered in art, biology, chemistry, economics, education, English, physical and health education, and Spanish, with the first master's degrees conferred in 1936.

Beginning in 1946, master's programs were added in other departments and by 1950 the master's degree was available in almost every area in which the institution offered the bachelor's degree.

The Graduate School was established in 1946 as part of a major reorganization of the institution. The Board of Regents approved the first doctoral programs — a doctor of education in education and a doctor of philosophy in music — in 1950. Today, doctoral programs are offered in all schools and colleges except the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management. Throughout the development of the graduate program, the pattern has been to build master's programs on the base of well-established undergraduate programs and to build doctoral programs on the base of well-established master's programs.

In recognition of the institution's widening scope in higher education, the Texas Legislature approved that the North Texas State College be changed to North Texas State University in 1961. The university was designated in 1964 by the Governor's Committee on Education Beyond the High School as one of the five major state-supported universities in Texas. In 1968, the Texas College and University System Coordinating Board confirmed the university's mission to offer “top-quality doctoral programs ... in the basic arts and sciences, teacher education, business administration and the fine arts” as well as “cooperative doctoral programs in other fields.”

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

A new dimension in graduate education came in 1968 with the establishment of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. With the guidance of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the federation was founded to expand and enrich the variety of graduate degrees available to residents of the area by sharing the resources of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University in Denton, and Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Master's and doctoral degree programs have been developed that permit students at one of the three participating institutions to complete a portion of their graduate work at either or both of the other two, although a single institution grants the degree. UNT grants eight master's and seven doctoral degrees that are part of the federation consortium. In addition, 16 program committees have been formed to encourage cooperative activities between the participating universities.

Universities Center at Dallas

In 1997 the Federation of North Texas Area Universities assumed the management of the Universities Center at Dallas, formerly the Dallas Education Center. Five universities cooperate in the offering of upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses that may be applied to programs and degrees offered by the three principal Federation universities (Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman's University and UNT) and by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas. At the graduate level, a master's in business administration degree can be completed entirely at the Universities Center at Dallas.

University of North Texas Dallas Campus

(UNT System Center at Dallas)

The UNT Dallas Campus offers junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses leading to bachelor's and master's degrees. Certificate programs and courses for career advancement are also provided. Courses and programs are of the same high quality as those offered at UNT in Denton and are taught by faculty from the Denton campus.

Students who enroll at the UNT Dallas Campus must meet the same admissions requirements as students who apply to the UNT campus in Denton. Dallas Campus students earn their degree from UNT. The University of North Texas Dallas Campus is located at 7300 Houston School Road.

UNT Dallas Campus features the region's first virtual library, state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs with Internet access, and other services to help students achieve success.

Enrollment has increased each year since the campus opened in January 2000. When Dallas Campus enrollment reaches 1,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) students for one term/semester, UNT-Dallas can be opened as the first public university within the Dallas city limits.

For current information about the University of North Texas Dallas Campus, call 972-780-3600, or visit the UNT Dallas Campus web site at

UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth educates osteopathic physicians and biomedical scientists and emphasizes education, research and community services that promote and support disease prevention and primary health care.

The center, begun in 1970 as the privately funded Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), became state-assisted and affiliated with the University of North Texas by action of the Texas State Legislature in 1975. The Health Science Center is governed by the University of North Texas Board of Regents. Currently, the Health Science Center's three components are TCOM, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Public Health.

The graduate school offers a Master of Public Health degree and master's and doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences with specializations in anatomy and cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, pharmacology, and physiology.

Medical students enrolled at TCOM also may acquire research training through enrolling in a joint DO/MS or DO/PhD program in biomedical sciences. Graduate students at UNT or the UNT Health Science Center may enroll at either campus through special arrangements of the respective graduate schools. Joint research and service activities are underway in such areas as aging, health promotion and public health.

At the undergraduate level, UNT and the UNT Health Science Center's Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine offer a joint program in which selected premedical students complete three years on the UNT campus in Denton, then transfer to the medical school in Fort Worth to begin the four-year medical curriculum. The basic science courses taken in the first year of the medical curriculum serve to complete a BA in biological sciences or chemistry or the BA or BS in biochemistry at UNT. Students in this program thus save a year in their medical training, reducing the usual eight-year program to seven.

The Health Science Center campus is a 15-acre, $71 million medical-care complex in the heart of Fort Worth's cultural district. It is home to the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library, where virtually all the world's medical knowledge may be accessed by students, faculty, and the public through sophisticated medical information systems.

Faculty expertise has fostered the development of five institutes at the UNT Health Science Center: the Texas Institute for Research and Education on Aging, the Substance Abuse Institute of North Texas, the North Texas Eye Research Institute, the Wound Care Institute and the Institute for Forensic Medicine.

Students interested in a graduate program in biomedical sciences or public health at the Health Science Center should contact the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the School of Public Health, UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76107, or call 817-735-2560 or 817-735-2252.

Academic and Research Programs

Science, Technology and Research

The University's Mission

The University of North Texas is a recognized student-centered public research university where we harness the power of ideas through a culture of learning based on diverse viewpoints, interdisciplinary endeavors, creativity and disciplined excellence.

This is accomplished through a broad and balanced array of programs where well-prepared students and dedicated scholars and artists collaborate with our local and global communities in the creation, integration, application and dissemination of knowledge. In this way UNT creates an enriched and sustainable future for our students, state, nation and world.

The university continues to expand its relationship with the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth; to develop the University of North Texas Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas); and to cultivate partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, other universities, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to improve the quality of education and community life.

The University's Vision

The University of North Texas will be recognized for its educational, intellectual, research, public service and cultural achievements. UNT will be a diverse and inclusive institution creating the knowledge and innovations that will shape our future, while cultivating excellence in the next generation of scholars and leaders for the global community,

Achieving the Vision

UNT's plan for its growth as a student-centered public research university is shaped by four goals and three themes. The four goals focus our energies in key areas of endeavor: education, research, engagement as a community/with our communities, and institutional effectiveness, directing our efforts in a way that will move us quickly forward.

Our three themes speak to the underlying commitments that drive our work, emphasizing the importance of connection as a catalyst for change. They include a commitment to diversity, which draws a variety of voices into close conversation; to internationalization, which recognizes that global interchange is a vital part of education and research; and to collaboration, which includes partnerships within the university as well as alliances with external constituencies. These connections move the university forward, anchoring it within the context of a multicultural, interconnected, collaborative community and providing the synergy needed to accomplish its goals. The themes are woven throughout our goals, specific strategies and actions. We also highlight them by gathering the strategies most closely related to the themes in a single statement, clearly illustrating their importance to our growth.


UNT research programs focus on the solutions to problems at national, regional, state and local levels. To implement this approach, the university is developing new facilities specifically designed to provide state-of-the-art capabilities.

External research funding reached $23,228,391 in the 2007 fiscal year. Of this total, 58.2 percent was for research, 20.8 percent was for instructional projects, 19.6 percent supported public service efforts and 1.4 percent supported student services and other projects. Federal government agencies provided 73.9 percent of the funds, state agency funds amounted to 7.2 percent and private sources (including business and industry) provided 18.9 percent. Specific areas of research are described in the catalog section devoted to each academic unit.

External funding is an essential feature of university research. Many graduate faculty members receive grants and contracts from private foundations and corporations and from federal, state and municipal agencies. These funds are used in support of all forms of research activity, including employment of graduate research assistants. Fellowships are sometimes available in departments that have received federal training grants.

Research is integral to graduate education. It provides the opportunity for a student to demonstrate creative and problem-solving talents in a unique way that is wholly different from the organized classroom experience. Research activity by graduate students, under faculty supervision, is at the heart of the graduate teaching/learning experience. Inquiries about financial support should be made directly to the academic unit in which the student intends to enroll.

UNT has made a consistent commitment to expanding and improving the space and equipment available for research. The 60,000 square-foot Science Research Building provides state-of-the-art facilities for research in the departments of biological sciences, chemistry and physics, and the biochemistry program. The Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building hosts the Institute of Applied Sciences and provides unmatched facilities for research, teaching and public outreach activities related to the environment. Together with other specialized laboratories spread throughout the campus, UNT provides high-quality space and equipment to support its teaching, research and service missions.

In addition to funds granted by external sources to support research, funds appropriated by the Texas Legislature in support of research by faculty members of the university are allocated through a peer-review process by a faculty committee of eight members appointed by the Faculty Senate. The vice president for research and development and the dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies are ex-officio members. Faculty research grants are administered through the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Faculty research funds provide equipment, material and part-time support of graduate students and faculty members. For example, a graduate student may be employed as a research assistant in one of the many research projects under way on the campus, generally in the department in which the student is studying for an advanced degree. As part of research assistantships, students often are able to undertake projects that contribute to completion of their thesis or dissertation requirement.

Results of faculty research include articles in professional and technical journals, published books and the development of new areas of research that may attract funding from sources outside the university.

University Libraries

Library facilities at the University of North Texas function as the nerve center for teaching and academic research. In addition to a major collection of electronic journals, books and databases, five campus facilities house just under six million cataloged holdings, including books, periodicals, maps, documents, microforms, audiovisual materials, music scores and full-text journals. A branch library is located at the University of North Texas Dallas Campus.

Library Collections

Willis Library holds one of the country's largest music libraries, extensive phonographic disc and tape collections, a broad humanities and social sciences collection, the University Archives, and the Rare Books and Texana collections. Other unique library collections include the private jazz collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Whit Ozier and Leon Breeden; the private library of Anson Jones, president of the Republic of Texas; Texas county histories; miniatures; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles.

The library is a depository for U.S. and Texas government documents, including the Texas Register. The UNT Libraries also serve as an online morgue (cybercemetery) for government web sites and documents.

The Media Library in Chilton Hall houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including motion pictures, tapes, recordings and videodiscs, DVDs, videocassettes, 16mm films and audio CDs.

The Science and Technology Library, housed in the Information Sciences Building, emphasizes physics, chemistry, biology, and library science and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics.

The Discovery Park Library, supporting the College of Engineering, has a collection of journals and materials focused on computer science and engineering, materials science and engineering, electrical engineering and engineering technology. There are two library locations: reference assistance and current periodicals; and the library collection, bound periodicals and reserves.

The Library Annex houses more than 500,000 lesser-used materials, and the preservation and technical services departments of the University Libraries. Items located in the annex are so noted in the libraries' online catalog and may be requested if needed for research. The Library Annex, located just off Airport Road on Precision, is near the main campus.

Special Services of the Libraries

Through the libraries' membership in TexShare, students with a TexShare library card may borrow materials at college, university and public libraries throughout the state of Texas. Contact library staff for details. Active participation in the AMIGOS Library Services Inc. provides access to a variety of computerized library services, including interlibrary loans, bibliographic database searching and shared cataloging. The libraries have a large number of electronic databases available for public use, both on and off campus, via computer linkage.

The UNT Libraries hold a membership in the Center for Research Libraries. The center, which functions as an extension of the local collections, is dedicated to acquiring and lending materials that complement and supplement the collections of the major research libraries of North America. The University Library has been designated a major research library by the U.S. Department of Education.

Computer Services

Centralized computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through Academic Computing Services and User Services (ACS/US). ACS/US is a division of the Computing and Information Technology Center and is located in Room 119 of the Information Sciences Building. These services include support for a wide range of research computing platforms, student messaging, training, consulting and a university computing help desk. Check the web site at

In addition to the services directly supported by Academic Computing Services, computer services are also available from the University Libraries and many college, school and departmental computer support centers. Computer networks are installed in all academic departments, providing Internet connectivity. Wireless networking (Eaglenet) is available in most campus classroom buildings and in public buildings such as the University Union and UNT Libraries. Online courses are offered with support from the Center for Distributed Learning using computing systems supported by the Computing and Information Technology Center.

Student Computing Services

Fourteen general access microcomputer laboratories, housing approximately 700 computers, are available to all students for use of both Windows and Macintosh personal computers. Laser printers are provided in all labs. Approximately 30 additional special-purpose labs serve students in particular disciplines or students living in university residence halls. In addition, all residence hall rooms have connections to the campus network, allowing students to have high-speed access to the Internet on their own computers.

The Computing and Information Technology Center provides electronic mail to all students via EagleMail, a web-based e-mail system. EagleMail is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Other Internet services available to students include personal web page publishing. Many buildings, including the University Union and libraries, have wireless network access, which is available to enrolled students.

Research Computing Support

Academic Computing provides support for a variety of microcomputer-based software applications. Site licenses are maintained for microcomputer versions of SPSS, SAS, S-Plus, STATA and Matlab, which provide statistical analysis capabilities.

Several statistical analysis packages, including SAS, SPSS and S-Plus, are provided in many of the general access labs. Academic Computing Services also maintains a multi-node computing cluster to support concurrent execution of long-running user-compiled programs for computation-based research.

Academic Computing serves as a repository for a substantial body of machine-readable data including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archives, Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT and the Center for Research in Security Prices' (CRSP) data sets. The University Libraries also maintain a number of databases and other research materials on CD-ROM servers that are accessible through the campus network.

Consulting, Training and Help Desk Services

Consulting and training are provided by Academic Computing to facilitate the use of research and instructional computing facilities by students. A series of short courses is offered each term/semester to allow students to gain the expertise necessary for effective use of campus computer systems and software. A number of computer-based training programs are accessible within student laboratories or via the web ( Experienced consultants are available to assist students with technical problems.

The Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC) operates a campuswide help desk service to provide students with information and help on a variety of computing problems (

Also, Benchmarks Online CITC's newsletter, (, is published monthly and serves as an excellent resource for current information systems at UNT.


The University of North Texas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097; telephone 404-679-4500] to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Inquiries to the commission should relate only to the accreditation status of the institution.

The University of North Texas offers programs accredited by the following organizations.

AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.

Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration

Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education

Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

American Chemical Society

American Library Association

American Psychological Association

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Association for Behavior Analysis

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Council on Rehabilitation Education

Council on Social Work Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

National Association of Schools of Music

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

National Recreation and Park Association/American Association of Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation

State Board for Educator Certification

Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Addresses of accrediting organizations are printed following the index.

In addition, the University of North Texas offers programs that are approved or recognized by:

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Council for Exceptional Children

Educational Leadership Constituent Council

International Reading Association

International Society for Technology in Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council of Teachers in Mathematics

Institutional Memberships

The University of North Texas holds the following memberships.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American College Dance Festival

American Collegiate Retailing Association

American Council on Education

American Hotel and Lodging Association

American Political Science Association

Association of Texas Colleges and Universities

Association of Texas Graduate Schools

Broadcast Education Association

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Conference of Southern Graduate Schools

Council for Chemical Research

Council for Higher Education Accreditation

Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors

Council of Graduate Schools

Council on Undergraduate Research

Dallas Dance Council

Federation of North Texas Area Universities

Greater Denton Arts Council

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

International Council of Shopping Centers

International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education

International Textile and Apparel Association

National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges

National Collegiate Honors Councils

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National Women's Studies Association

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Society of Cinema Studies

Texas Association of Broadcast Educators

University Film and Video Association

UNT System and University Officers

Board of Regents

Gayle W. Strange, Chair (2009), Denton
C. Dan Smith, Vice Chair (2011), Plano
Don A. Buchholz (2013), Dallas
Charles D. Mitchell (2011), Dallas
Robert A. Nickell (2009), Dallas
Gwyn Shea (2013), Dallas
Al Silva (2011), San Antonio
Rice M. Tilley, Jr. (2009), Fort Worth
Jack A. Wall (2013), Dallas

Student Regent

Appointed annually

UNT System Officers


Lee F. Jackson, MPA, Chancellor of the University of North Texas System

Gretchen M. Bataille, DA, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and President of the University of North Texas

Scott Ransom, DO, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and President of the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Jack Morton, JD, Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations

Nancy S. Footer, JD, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Andrew M. Harris, MBA, Vice Chancellor for Finance

Richard L. Escalante, MA, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services

UNT Officers


Gretchen M. Bataille, DA, President of the University of North Texas, including the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas)

Wendy Wilkins, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Celia Williamson, PhD, Deputy Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

John Ellis Price, PhD, Vice Provost for the UNT Dallas Campus (UNT System Center at Dallas)

Philip M. Turner, EdD, Vice Provost for Learning Enhancement

Gregory McQueen, PhD, Senior Vice President for Advancement

Gilda Garcia, EdD, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Andrew M. Harris, MBA, Vice President for Finance and Administration

Bonita C. Jacobs, PhD, Vice President for Student Development

Deborah S. Leliaert, MEd, Vice President for University Relations, Communications and Marketing

Vishwanath “Vish” Prasad, PhD, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Troy Johnson, PhD, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Allen Clark, EdD, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Bonita J. Hairston, JD, Chief of Staff

Richard Villareal, BS, Director of Athletics

Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

Sandra L. Terrell, PhD, Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

Lawrence J. Schneider, PhD, Associate Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

Donna Hughes, BAAS, Director of Graduate Services and Graduate Admissions

Administrators of the schools and colleges are listed in their respective sections of this catalog.

The Graduate Council

Ex-Officio Members

Sandra L. Terrell, PhD, Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, Chair

Lawrence J. Schneider, PhD, Associate Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

Wendy Wilkins, PhD, Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Warren W. Burggren, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

O. Finley Graves, PhD, Dean of the College of Business Administration

Jerry Thomas, EdD, Dean of the College of Education

Oscar N. Garcia, PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering

Herman L. Totten, PhD, Dean of the School of Library and Information Sciences

Judith C. Forney, PhD, Dean of the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management

James Scott, DMA, Dean of the College of Music

Thomas L. Evenson, PhD, Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Robert Milnes, PhD, Dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design

B. Donald Grose, PhD, Dean of Libraries

Elected Members

Robert Pirtle, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences

Jennifer Way, PhD, Associate Professor of Art Education/Art History

Kenneth Sewell, PhD, Professor of Psychology

Victor Prybutok, PhD, Regents Professor of Information Technology and Decision Sciences

Seifollah Nasrazadani, PhD, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology

Eric M. Nestler, PhD, Professor of Music

Patricia Cukor-Avila, PhD, Professor of Linguistics and Technical Communication

Armin R. Mikler, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Rebecca J. Glover, PhD, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Neal Brand, PhD Professor of Mathematics

John Keith Johnson, MM, Regents Professor of Music

Jeanne Tunks, PhD, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Administration

The graduate council establishes all university policies governing graduate programs, approves new programs, and approves all substantive changes in existing programs. The membership of the graduate council includes elected faculty members who represent each of the eight districts of the faculty senate, plus four at-large members. Elected faculty members serve staggered, three-year terms on the council and represent the interests of the graduate faculty of the university. Two student members, elected by the graduate student council, represent the interests of graduate students and are elected yearly for a one-year term. Ex-officio members include the graduate dean (who serves as chair), the associate graduate dean, the provost, the university librarian, and each of the deans of the schools and colleges with graduate programs. The graduate dean, associate dean, and graduate school staff implement the policies determined by the graduate council.

The Faculty Research Committee

Ex-Officio Members

Vishwanath “Vish” Prasad, PhD, Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Sandra L. Terrell, PhD, Dean of the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies

Elected Members

Yvonne Chandler, PhD, Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences

Kamakshi Gopal, PhD, Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Timothy Jackson, PhD, Associate Professor of Music

Sharon Jenkins, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

Lisa R. Kennon, PhD, Associate Professor of Merchandising and Hospitality Management

Thomas W. LaPoint, PhD, Professor of Biological Sciences

Jeanne Tunks, PhD, Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Administration

Angela Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry

University Diversity Statement

The University of North Texas has a history of seeking to preserve an atmosphere of openness and tolerance. It is committed to maintaining an unpretentious and accepting atmosphere welcoming to anyone who strives to achieve his or her personal best. UNT possesses and values an increasing diversity among the individuals who make up its community. This is one of UNT's greatest strengths.

Individuals within the UNT community are unified by a primary purpose: learning. With that primary purpose in mind, UNT works to advance ideals of human worth and dignity by facilitating open discussion, supporting rational resolution of conflict and encouraging examination of values.

Harassment based on individual differences is inconsistent with UNT's mission and educational goals. Every member of the UNT community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety and respect deserved by every community member in good standing.

Every member of the UNT community must comply with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. Such compliance is not only a given standard, but also is, in fact, a baseline from which our community works to assure fairness and equity to all who pursue their educational and professional goals here.

Students, faculty or staff who have concerns or questions should contact the appropriate office. Students should call the Dean of Students office at 940-565-2648. Faculty and staff should call the Equal Opportunity office at 940-565-2737. TDD access: 800-735-2989.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of North Texas does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities.

The university provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. For information, call the Office of Disability Accommodation 940-565-4323, TDD access: 940-565-2958; or the Equal Opportunity Office at 940-565-2737; or call Institutional Equity and Diversity 940-565-2456. TDD access is available through Relay Texas: 800-735-2989 or 940-369-8652.

Graduate Admissions

(888) UNT-GRAD
(868-4723) (toll-free)

UNT Switchboard

(940) 565-2000