Getting to Know Who's Who in Graduate Studies

Published: Tues., January 14, 2020

As a graduate student, you may encounter unique issues or have questions about policies and procedures while progressing through your program. What forms are required for graduation? Can I get a summer tuition waiver? How do I change my dissertation credits to thesis credits? When should I start thinking about career exploration and my future job search? Is there anyone that can help me edit my CV and cover letter or help me with my teaching? For these questions and more, Graduate Studies has dedicated specialists to assist you.

Terri Eastin – Master’s Programs Coordinator

Terri Eastin
Terri Eastin

Students pursuing a master’s degree are required to submit a Memorandum of Courses indicating the courses they plan to complete during the course of their study. Once this form is submitted, the Master’s Programs Coordinator, Terri Eastin, will review your program to ensure that it meets Graduate College requirements to be awarded a master’s degree. Terri also processes Final Examination Report forms and confirms that you’ve completed all necessary steps to graduate in your final term of study. Contact Terri if you have any questions about master’s degree requirements or required milestone forms.

Kelsey Sims – Doctoral Programs Coordinator

Kelsey Sims
Kelsey Sims

Like master’s degree students, doctoral students are also required to complete a plan of study – the Program of Studies – which should be submitted before you’ve completed half of your program. Kelsey Sims, the Doctoral Programs Coordinator, will approve your Program of Studies, as well as your Supervisory Committee. After you’ve passed your comprehensive exam, you’ll submit the Application for Candidacy to Kelsey for approval. In the final year of your program, you’ll apply for graduation, complete your dissertation, and submit your Final Oral Examination form to Kelsey for approval to graduate. If you have any questions about doctoral degree milestones or policies, contact Kelsey.

Dr. Eva Bachman – Director, Graduate Student Support & Associate Registrar

Eva Bachman
Eva Bachman

Graduate Studies is dedicated to ensuring the academic success of our graduate students. Dr. Bachman, the Academic Success Coordinator, is available to provide guidance to students regarding your options if any questions or issues arise during the course of your degree. In addition, Dr. Bachman processes all forms related to graduate course enrollment, such as the Schedule Adjustment Form to amend enrollment or add/drop classes after open enrollment has ended and the Override Authorization Form required to exceed the maximum credit hour enrollment.

Caroline Knuth – Fellowship Specialist

Caroline Knuth
Caroline Knuth

As Fellowship Specialist, Caroline helps students understand their funding (assistantships and fellowships) as well as the tuition, health insurance, and other benefits that accompany them. If you encounter any issues with your funding, Caroline will work with other campus units, like Payroll, Student Accounts, and the Health Center, to resolve the issues and ensure that you are paid correctly and receive your tuition and health benefits. Caroline also facilitates the awarding of Graduate Studies’ annual fellowships and travel grants. For any questions about your funding, payment, or benefits, contact Caroline.

Dr. Lisa Rohde - Associate Director of Teaching and Research Development

Lisa Rohde
Lisa Rohde

Graduate Studies supports the professional development needs of all graduate students throughout their time at UNL. Dr. Rohde designs workshops and programs to prepare graduate students for their teaching or research responsibilities. She oversees the CIRTL Program, as well as the Institute for International Teaching Assistants and Teaching Orientations and Workshops throughout the year. She is also available to meet with TAs and conduct teaching observations as part of the Teaching Development Program. She also coordinates events the Spring Research Fair and conducts consultations on job documents as requested. If you have any questions about these programs or you would like an individual consultation, please contact Lisa.

Erin Omar - Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development

Lisa Rohde
Erin Omar

As the Assistant Director of Career and Professional Development, Erin helps students navigate their future career paths and develop the skills needed for professional and career advancement. She designs workshops that allow students to enhance their knowledge of career development topics, as well as graduate student well-being. Erin helps students create Individual Development Plans, and provides individualized career planning. She is also available for individual consultations to review resumes and cover letters. Erin is currently working with the rest of the Professional Development team to create online professional development resources students can access anytime throughout their graduate career. If you would like additional information about career and professional development programs, please contact Erin.

Carol Boehler - Program Coordinator, McNair Scholars & Grad Student Development

Lisa Rohde
Carol Boehler

Carol Boehler supports the graduate development team in implementation of the teaching and professional development workshops. In addition, she assists with the Spring Research Fair, Workshops for Graduate Teaching Assistants, and the fall Graduate Community Fair. As the program coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program, Carol also works with selected undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. McNair Alumni or other interested graduate students can contact Carol about how to get involved in the McNair Program, such as serving as a graduate student mentor or panelist for McNair sessions.

Other Professional Development Staff

Dr. L.J. McElravy serves as the Associate Dean of Professional Development. He oversees professional development efforts and works with departments to ensure that their students’ needs are being met. He also helps coordinate workshops and other programs for graduate students.

For a complete listing of current Graduate Studies staff, visit our directory. Our entire team is here to help you be successful at UNL and beyond.