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Planning to Graduate in Fall 2016?

From Shelby Tate:

In order to graduate this Fall 2016 you must Apply to Graduate and submit your Candidacy form before Thursday, September 8; however to ensure that we meet the deadline of the Graduate School we are requesting that you please follow the appropriate process based on your degree no later than Friday, September 2, 2016 4:00pm. It is very important that you help us meet the deadline of the Graduate School by submitting your documents by this date.

All ICL MAT Graduating Students, please see Mrs. Shelby Tate in Ball Hall 404 and present her with your Program of Study Sheet and Candidacy Form. If you are, however, submitting the In Lieu Teaching Application, please see Ms. Mary Lanier in 202 Ball Hall and submit your Candidacy form and In Lieu of packet to her. All documents must be submitted by Friday, September 2 at 4:00pm.

All ICL MS and Certificate Program Graduating Students, please see your faculty advisor to confirm completion of your program and to obtain his/her signature on your Candidacy Form. Then please see Mrs. Shelby Tate in Ball Hall 404. Present her with your Candidacy Form by Friday, September 2 at 4:00pm.

All ICL Doctoral Students, please see your major professor to confirm completion of your program of study and to obtain his/her signature on your Candidacy Form. Then please see Mrs. Shelby Tate in Ball Hall 404. Present her with your Candidacy Form by Friday, September 2 at 4:00pm.

Important Graduation Forms:

  1. Apply to Graduate
  2. Master’s Degree Candidacy Form (click for instructions)
  3. Doctoral Degree Candidacy Form (click for instructions)
  4. Graduate Certificate Candidacy Form**
  5. Course Substitution Form (attach to candidacy form, if needed)
  6. In Lieu of Student Teaching, or contact Ms. Mary Lanier for form

Failure to submit BOTH the graduation application and the degree and/or certificate candidacy form will delay your graduation until the next semester. A late fee of $500 will be assessed.


  • You must have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or better.
  • You must be fully admitted to a graduate degree and/or graduate certificate program before filing your graduation application.
  • Non-Degree Students are NOT eligible to file for graduation.


We strongly recommend that you submit the candidacy form to your departmental advisor no later than Friday, September 2, 2016 so that the form will reach your respective College Director of Graduate Studies by the required deadlines. Any received after the deadline will NOT be approved or forwarded to the Graduate School for processing.


a. Students completing a Graduate Certificate program must be officially admitted to the program in order to both apply to graduate and to officially receive the certificate. If you are not admitted, please submit a Change of Status application to Graduate Admissions (FedEx Inst. of Technology Bldg, Suite 201) immediately.

b. Students completing an Education Specialist degree (EdS) may substitute the College of Education EdS Program of Studies and Candidacy form for the Graduate School candidacy form. If you have not completed the EdS Program of Studies, the form must be completed and submitted to the College Director of Graduate Studies by the deadline listed below.

c. All future correspondence pertaining to graduation will be sent to student University email accounts only. No written correspondence will be sent via U.S. mail. Please check your university account periodically throughout the semester.


Students will be certified for graduation only when all degree requirements are met, including the removal of all "I" or "IP" grades earned from previous semesters and the successful completion of comprehensive examination requirements or final approval of master’s theses or doctoral dissertations.

If degree candidates earn any "I" or "IP" grades during their last semester of enrollment, they will automatically be disqualified from graduation and will be notified of this disqualification via U of M email only.


Visit your MyMemphis portal at:

To access the application, click on the MyDegree tab to locate the Commencement and Graduation channel. Follow the prescribed steps listed below:

  • Carefully review Step 1 – Prerequisites to Graduate.
  • Click onStep 2 – Apply to Graduate to complete application.
  • Once Step 2 has been completed, proceed to Step 3 – Diploma Mailing/Cap and Gown form. All students are required to complete both the Diploma Mailing and Cap and Gown form, even if there are no plans to attend graduation exercises. For students completing only a graduate certificate program, there will be no access to the Cap and Gown portion as these students are not allowed to participate in graduation.
  • During the middle of every semester, the Commencement Office will provide graduating students access to Step 4 – Attendance Card.
  • After the application has been completed, click View Application to Graduate.
  • Proceed to Step 3 only if you need to make changes to your name or to the diploma mailing address. Do not go back to Step 2.

Your ICL faculty advisor is available to assist you as well as the ICL Graduate Services Office in Ball Hall 404. Please stop by the Graduate Services Office for open advising on Thursday, September 1, 2:00-4:00pm.

Visit the Graduate School website for additional information on graduation, ordering caps and gowns, thesis and dissertations deadlines and other information at


Shelby Lynn Tate

Shelby Lynn Tate

Academic Services Associate
The University of Memphis

Department of Instruction & Curriculum Leadership
404 Ball Hall
Memphis, TN 38152



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Position Announcement: VSCC Instructional Design Specialist

From: Gregory, Rhonda <Rhonda.Gregory>

Volunteer State Community College is seeking qualified applicants for an Instructional Design Specialist.

To review the full job description and apply, go to: All applicants must complete an online application and attach the required documents.

Applicants may be subject to a background check.

Volunteer State Community College does not discriminate against students, employees, or applicants for admission or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected class with respect to all employment, programs, and activities sponsored by the Tennessee Board of Regents or affiliated institution.

Rhonda Gregory
Director, Distributed Education
Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 230-3668
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New IDT Professor Amanda Rockinson Szapkiw

The IDT program is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Amanda Rockinson-Szapkiw as a new Associate Professor in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Memphis. Dr. Szapkiw (pronounced “zap cue”) is a veteran professor and administrator, and brings a wealth of valuable experience to the IDT program. You can read all about her at her website, and on her LinkedIn profile, including her scholarly contributions, research interests, teaching experience, and contributions to the field. She will begin this August, 2016. Welcome aboard Dr. Szapkiw! 

Free User Group Meetups For Students and Faculty at FedEx Institute

[on behalf of Cody Behles]


The following user groups meet monthly at the FedEx Institute of Technology. These meetups are open to the public and encourage all skill levels to attend. Please share this list with your students, faculty, and staff.

* R Users Group <>
* Python Users Group <>
* Ruby Users Group <>
* Data Science/Machine Learning

* Memphis WebWorkers

* MidSouth PASS Chapter <>
* Data Management Association
* MidSouth Game Developers/Unity <>
* WordPress Users Group <>


Cody Behles
Manager, Innovation and Research Support
FedEx Institute of Technology
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The University of Memphis
365 Innovation Drive
Memphis, TN38152 <>

901.678. <>2470|

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The FedEx Institute of Technology is an advanced technology and research organization that serves as the front door to the research infrastructure and innovation capabilities of the University of Memphis. It functions as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and innovation in emerging technologies by supporting cross-campus research innovation clusters. The Institute is also home to the University’s intellectual property and patent repository which is the focal point of technology transfer and licensing operations. The Institute enjoys a unique innovation partnership with FedEx, which sponsors the Institute for advanced research purposes <>. The Institute is the central hub for efforts to maintain a cutting-edge innovative environment in the Mid-South region.

Vanderbilt openings for Instructional Technologists

From: Johnson, Stacey M <stacey.m.johnson>

I work at the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University. We have one (soon to be two) positions opening up for Instructional Technologists. I was hoping you would help me spread the word to people who might be interested in applying. Here is the link to the ad:

The deadline is currently June 19, although we do expect to extend that some.


Stacey M. Johnson

Assistant Director for Educational Technology, Center for Teaching

Senior Lecturer, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Vanderbilt University

PMB 183

230 Appleton Place

Nashville, TN 37203-5721

(615) 322-7290

Dissertation Defense Announcement Form

IDT Students,

please see the notice below regarding a form for dissertation defense announcements.

Dear CoE Faculty:

If you are chairing masters/doctoral committees and your students are getting ready to defend their theses or dissertations, please note that the Graduate School has a new requirement for a Thesis/Dissertation Defense Announcement that must be submitted three weeks prior to the defense date. The link to the form can be found on the Graduate School Forms page under Thesis/Dissertation Forms and Samples ( The announcements go up on the Graduate School Blog ( Unlike the College of Education announcement process, there is no review of accuracy for what the student submits before it is published so please review your students’ information before they submit it. On the CoE Blog, Stormey was able to correct errors, however, I do not know that errors will be easy to correct on the Graduate School page so it is very important for the major professor to review the information with the student.

This is a separate announcement from the dissertation defense form that we have been using in the College of Education (that Stormey uses for the CoE Blog). Since the Graduate School is now doing this, we will drop the College of Education requirement for the dissertation announcement using our format. Your students need to do only the Graduate School form from now on.


Suzanne Lease, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology

Interim Assistant Dean, College of Education

Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

100 Ball Hall

The University of Memphis

Memphis, TN 38152

901 678-4476 (office)

901 678-5114 (fax)