Division of Art History Administration
Head of Art History:
The Head of Art History prepares agendas, schedules and chairs Art History Division Faculty meetings; oversees the Art History Division budget; organizes and coordinates faculty searches, including visits of candidates; oversees and coordinates visits of outside lecturers in the Art History Distinguished Lecturer Series; coordinates office, classroom, and other space needs; maintains the art history bulletin board, posts notices, monitors compliance with deadlines; coordinates course scheduling and ensures all required courses and an appropriate range of courses are being offered (i.e., oversees the distribution of service courses among the Art History Faculty); recommends and coordinates summer course offerings; reviews course catalogue and schedule of courses proofs; works with the Undergraduate and Graduate Program Advisers and counsels students with special problems and requests; writes letters to the Director on behalf of petitioning graduate students (e.g., degree time extensions) and on behalf of all requests from the Art History Faculty; monitors degree committees for the M.A. and Ph.D.; works closely with the graduate admissions committee on recruitment; oversees and facilitates fellowship applications or nominations and writes letters of recommendation; coordinates R.A. and T.A. appointments. Finally, the Head of Art History serves as liaison between the Art History Faculty, the Art Library, and the Office of Visual Materials.
Director of Graduate Studies:
The Director of Graduate Studies serves as adviser for all graduate students in the art history programs except for those who, having passed the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations, are formally declared doctoral candidates. The Director of Graduate Studies insures uniform dissemination of information, monitors adherence to requirements, and oversees timely progress toward the degree.
All graduate students must meet with the Director of Graduate Studies prior to the beginning of each semester. The Director of Graduate Studies goes over the M.A. Checklist (page 26), the Ph.D. Checklist (page 29), approves course registration, and provides registration code numbers.
M.A. Adviser or Ph.D. Dissertation Adviser:
When a graduate student has identified a specific art historical field of specialization, a professor in that area becomes his/her M.A. Adviser or Dissertation Adviser. This faculty member's primary responsibility to the student is to advise him/her in the selection of an appropriate M.A. qualifying paper or Ph.D. dissertation topic. The M.A. Adviser guides M.A. students in the writing of their qualifying papers. The Dissertation Adviser counsels Ph.D. candidates concerning their comprehensive exams, offers constructive criticism of dissertation proposals and presentations, and monitors the research for and the writing of the dissertation. Of course, even after a student has chosen an M.A. Adviser or a Dissertation Adviser, he or she should continue to consult with other members of the Art History Faculty for advice.
Graduate Program Coordinator:
The Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) assists graduate students with completing, in a timely fashion, the various forms required to facilitate progress toward their degrees. These include: Plan of Study; M.A. Degree Committee Approval; Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam Committee Approval; Ph.D. Topic Approval Form; and Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Approval (pages 27, 29-31).
The completion of many of these forms requires consultation with the Division of Art History Graduate Program Adviser as well as the individual student's M.A. Adviser or Dissertation Adviser.
Graduate students, whether they are on campus or not, should supply a current address, maintain their e-mail address, and telephone number to the Graduate Program Coordinator (E302 Visual Arts Building) and the Registrar's Office (1 Jessup Hall). This can be done electronically through secure log-in to MyUI (https://myui.uiowa.edu/my-ui/home.page)