New Doctoral Qualifying Examination Effective Fall 2015

At the direction of the University of Texas Coordinating Board, we will institute a qualifying examination early in doctoral study as a way of ensuring timely progress toward the doctoral degree.

All doctoral students who will achieve, for the first time, 18 credit hours (applicable to the degree plan) in the Fall 2015 semester or later must complete this examination. Doctoral students who have achieved 18 hours prior to this fall are not required to complete the exam. Learn more about the Doctoral Qualifying Examination


Five Doctorates Awarded at August Ceremony

Congratulations to Roshanak Akrami, LeeAnn Derdeyn, Angela Park und Kaiser, Blake Remington, and Bingfeng Yang, who were awarded the Ph.D. in Humanities at the August 2015 hooding ceremony!


Twelve Doctorates Awarded at May Ceremony

Congratulations to Lillian Albritton, Donavan Hufnagle, Giraud Polite, Wei Shao, LaToya Stevenson Watkins, Jennifer M. Hudson, John McCaa, Brent Thorn, George Henson, Lourdes Molina, and Shelby Vincent, who were awarded the Ph.D. in Humanities at the May 2015 hooding ceremony!

Congratulations as well to Sherri Segovia, who was awarded the first Ph.D. in Arts & Technology.


Spring 2015 Graduate Travel Grants

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Graduate Travel Grants during the Fall 2014 semester:

Zainah Asfoor Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference
Rebecca Clay International Conference of Interdisciplinary Studies
Jeff Hirshberg 5th Annual Catholic & Dominican Institute Philosophy Workshop
Mark Jenkins Scissortail Creative Writing Festival
Poe Johnson Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
Erin Kelley University of North Texas Critical Voices Conference
Britten LaRue Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
M. Lance Lusk Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference
David Marlett Digital Hollywood: VR Summit
Wael Salam Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900
Sanderia Smith Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Meeting

Spring Graduate Travel Grants were funded by the Graduate Dean, Dr. Austin Cunningham, and by Dr. John Gooch. We thank them for their generous support of graduate research and professional development.


4th Annual Sherry Clarkson Prize Awarded to Tim Gingrich

Tim Gingrich, an MA student in Humanities, has been awarded the 4th annual Sherry Clarkson Prize for the best paper presented at the 2015 RAW: Research, Art, Writing symposium. The prize committee writes: “Tim’s essay is eloquent and articulate, persuasively argued, and represents a notable contribution to scholarly discourse. It exemplified the qualities outlined in the guidelines for the prize: academic excellence; clarity and fluidity of prose; significant findings and/or conclusions.” The Sherry Clarkson Prize is named in honor of the School’s beloved and now-retired Graduate Coordinator. It comes with an award of $300.


Three Doctorates Awarded at December Ceremony

Congratulations to Valeria Forte, Jillian D. Round, and Mary McEntire Young, who were awarded the Ph.D. in Humanities at the December 2014 hooding ceremony!


Fall 2014 Graduate Travel Grants

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded Graduate Travel Grants during the Fall 2014 semester:

Chris Foltz   Reconceptualizing Narrative Conference
Rosalyn K. Mack   South Central Modern Language Association annual meeting
Kenneth Morrow   Association for Asian Studies Joint Regional Conference
Angela Kaiser Parker   South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual meeting
Elizabeth Ranieri   Sixteenth Century Society Conference
Krista Rascoe   Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association annual meeting


Doctoral Candidate is Awarded Fellowship for Cultural Research

Lilian Calles Barger

The American Association of University Women has awarded Lilian Calles Barger, a doctoral candidate in the School of Arts and Humanities, the American Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014.

“I am thrilled to have value ascribed to my project so early in the process. With the support of my committee, the fellowship allows me the opportunity to apply sustained focus in sharpening my arguments and renews the hope of family and friends that I will finish,” Barger said.

Barger’s dissertation, “Human Liberation from Below: Transnational Origins of Liberation Theology, 1775-1975,” provides a cultural history of ideas at the intersection of religion and politics in the American hemisphere.
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Distinction between MA and PhD courses effective Fall 2010

Effective Fall 2010, the School of Arts & Humanities will institute a distinction between master's and doctoral courses. We believe that this change will strengthen doctoral education. See more details.


Changes to Doctoral Field Examinations

Effective August 1, 2009, two changes have been made to the procedures for the doctoral field examinations. First, a form is now required in order to schedule the examinations. Second, examination questions and answers will be distributed electronically. See more details.

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