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Spring 2009

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See the commencement website for dates, times, locations, and full information on graduation processes and procedures.


New! NAU Research/Creative Awards

FYI! To recognize the invaluable contributions made by NAU faculty and students in furthering the research mission of the university, the Office of the Vice President for Research is implementing an annual research award program: the Research and Creative Activities (RCA) Awards. Faculty can nominate colleagues, themselves, and/or students for various categories of scholarship, including Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher. Full-time graduate students in good academic standing at the time of nomination are eligible for this award. Nominators must submit the student’s CV/resume and a one-page description of the student’s research activities.

Awardees will be announced in May, and award recipients will be honored at a reception preceding the annual research Open House to be held in September.


CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Counsel of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms International sponsor the Distinguished Dissertation Award for completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas; for 2009-10, the areas will be biological sciences and humanities and fine arts. Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution. The submission deadline is July 31, 2009. See the CGS website for more details.



The Western Association of Graduate Schools and University Microfilms International sponsor the WAGS/UMI Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award competition and the WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology Award for master’s or doctoral students. Individuals must be nominated for these awards by a member institution. The submission deadline is August 20, 2009. See the Graduate College website for more details.


New Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Policy

Some people want to help more than one person at a time. They want to make a difference for an entire population, and sometimes institutions and society need to change first in order to make that difference possible. A new certificate will help students develop the policy knowledge and skills to create change.

The Interdisciplinary Health Policy Graduate Certificate trains you to:

  • Analyze institutional policies, ordinances or legislation
  • Write policy for an agency, a company or a nation
  • Influence policy makers on the job, or at the local, state or national level
  • Advocate for change in your community or your country

For more information, contact Bill Wiist at or (928) 523-5852.


Transfer Credit Reminder

It is very risky to wait until the semester you hope to graduate to put transfer credit through. Be aware that transfer credit is NEVER guaranteed. A petition, by definition, is a request for an exception to the rule that all graduate courses are taken at NAU. There are three signatures on the petition form (advisor, department, and Graduate College), which indicates that the petition can be denied at three levels.

Each university is different, and it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the required documentation to accompany his/her petition. Also, be aware that continuing or professional education courses may not be eligible for use toward master’s degrees at the institutions where they were earned and thus are not eligible for transfer to NAU toward our master’s degrees. Contact the university for verification in writing that the course(s) in question counts toward at least one of their master’s degrees—and the degree should be specified. This verification should be turned in to your advisor along with the petition to transfer credit.


Clinical Speech Pathology

NAU’s master’s degree program in Clinical Speech Pathology has received accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. This maximum eight-year accreditation cycle demonstrates the council’s confidence in NAU and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to prepare the highest quality speech-language pathologists.


Successful NCATE Visit

The visiting accreditation team from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) informed President Haeger that it believes the Professional Education Unit has met all conditions for accreditation. This is a terrific accomplishment and a credit to the long-time commitment of our university to Arizona's schools.

According to College of Education Dean Dan Kain, this is a testimony to the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students. "There is more to be done: we will respond to the team's report, and the formal decision on accreditation will be made by the Unit Accreditation Board in October. But this is certainly grounds for celebration!"

(See article in our January e-newsletter.)


Teaching for The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is interested in offering preparation classes for standardized tests to help NAU students successfully apply to graduate programs. The organization is also looking for qualified candidates to teach preparation classes for standardized tests. If you are interested in learning more about teaching for The Princeton Review, please e-mail a copy of your resume to


Graduate Assistantships for Summer and Fall

Watch the Graduate College website for a current listing of non-academic graduate assistantship openings for summer and fall 2009.