Guide to the UA Little Rock Graduate School

Mission | ORSP | Organization | Programs

Ottenheimer Library, 5th Floor, (501) 569-3206, (501) 569-3039 (fax), Website

Interim Dean:
Professor Paula Casey
Associate Dean:

Assistant Dean:
Dana Steele, M.Ed.
Systems Administrator:
Larry Beachler

GradSchoolBannerThe UA Little Rock Graduate School operates as the central administrative unit providing leadership, coordination, and services for graduate students. Together with the individual graduate programs, departments, colleges, and Graduate Council, the Graduate School shares responsibility for program development, management, promotion, and review. Students are always welcome in the Graduate School offices on the fifth floor of the Ottenheimer Library, and staff members will gladly assist them with any questions or problems.Graduate School admissions staff processes applications, handles enrollment questions, and maintains student records. Graduate School staff also manages the graduate assistantship program, produces academic and promotional materials, assists with recruiting and marketing efforts, prepares research reports from the student database, and provides logistics support for the Graduate Council.The Graduate School also facilitates to the Graduate Student Association (GSA). The GSA advocates for graduate students and sponsors an annual research forum at which graduate students present their scholarly work.


The mission of the Graduate School is to provide leadership for developing and sustaining quality graduate programs; to promote graduate education; to facilitate student access to graduate programs; to support and promote public service, research, and sponsored programs; and to support faculty development. In keeping with the UA Little Rock mission, the Graduate School strives to carry out its mission in an environment that enhances freedom of expression, academic integrity, scholarly inquiry, and interactions among the graduate disciplines toward the goal of preparing leaders and responsible citizens. (Adopted by the UA Little Rock Graduate Council, 1989)

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) provides leadership, coordination, and services for faculty and staff members seeking external funds that contribute to strengthening all forms of scholarship at UA Little Rock. As the single point of contact for all activities between UA Little Rock and its external sponsors, ORSP administers grant and contract research and other activities supported by outside funds, assists faculty and staff in preparing grant proposals, and disseminates information on research, program trends, and sources of support from sponsoring agencies. ORSP also coordinates the work of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and provides limited assistance to graduate students seeking grant sources.


The UA Little Rock Graduate School as a distinct academic and administrative unit was created in 1977, although graduate course work had been offered since 1975. The Director of ORSP reports to the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, who reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. No faculty positions are assigned to the Graduate School. The day-to-day operation of individual graduate programs is the responsibility of the graduate coordinators and graduate faculty of the academic departments. The Graduate Council, the academic policy body for the Graduate School, approves admission policy, program requirements, program reviews, program and course additions and deletions, and graduate faculty.


The specific requirements and policies of each graduate degree program are described in the section of this catalog covering that program and its courses. Because of limited course offerings per semester, a student may be unable to carry a full-time load. It is essential that degree-seeking students maintain close contact with their advisors concerning the availability of course offerings.