Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate Student Advising

Students must have each semester's coursework approved prior to registration. Please submit this registration form to the Graduate Coordinator, who will remove your advising bar prior to the start of each term. Supervisors or faculty Graduate Advisers may also email this information to the Graduate Coordinator.

College of Liberal Arts - General Information

You may review the following general information about the college. Some highlights concern:

Overseas Travel Authorization / Traveling to Restricted Regions

Depending on the international destination, overseas travel may first require travel authorization through the university's International Oversight Committee (which is a section of the Study Abroad Office). Many Middle Eastern countries have travel warnings and, as such, are considered restricted regions. In these instances, and when the travel is academic-related (typically for research purposes or language programs), prior travel authorization is required, even in cases where it's the student's home country, and especially in cases where funding is involved (otherwise the funding will not be released). The only instances where it is not necessary is when the student visits a country purely for personal purposes. Please begin on this page to learn more and to get the authorization process started, if your destination requires it. This website additionally includes information about signing up for travel insurance.

Ph.D. Milestones

At the start of the first semester, part of the advising process for incoming doctoral students includes the review of and agreement to the Milestones Agreement. This ensures that doctoral students are aware of the general requirements, expectations, and timeline of the MELC program. Students must sign electronically before being able to register for classes. Milestones will be tracked by the Department and the Graduate School:

Academic Integrity

It is imperative that all students adhere UT's honor code. You may begin here to begin familiarizing yourself with it. There is a zero-tolerance policy on plagiarism and cheating. Please read this PDF document on the subject of plagiarism.

Chapter 11 of the Institutional Rules on Student Services and Activities, Section 11-402 states the following:

"‘Academic dishonesty’ or ‘scholastic dishonesty’ includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, and any act designed to give unfair academic advantage to the student (such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two classes without the prior permission of the instructor), or the attempt to commit such an act."

The examples of academic dishonesty listed above are defined at length in chapter 11 of the Institutional Rules. Students are expected to review this section of the document carefully, as ignorance will not be accepted as a defense against accusations.

Please note that, in language courses, having a native speaker revise work done in the target language without the instructor’s permission, and before submission of the assignment, is considered an act of collusion.

Please review further information from the Graduate School on academic integrity:  Page 1 and Page 2

Graduate Coordinator

Lisa Parisi Calhoun Hall 514

The Graduate Coordinator handles all administrative matters related to the graduate programs and assists students with a variety of issues, including admission, registration, degree requirements, funding, and employment. The Graduate Coordinator advises students and faculty on policies and procedures related to the graduate program and serves as a liaison to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), the Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC), the College of Liberal Arts (COLA), the International Office, Human Resources, and the Registrar, and other offices. In general, the Graduate Coordinator’s office will be the first stop for questions or concerns.

Faculty Mentors

MELC:  Graduate students in MELC are assigned a faculty mentor at the beginning of their first semester in the program. The mentor provides guidance on academic matters such as course selection and thesis/report topic development. Mentor assignments may change as the student’s interests evolve.

MES:  Graduate students in MES are initially advised by the Graduate Coordinator and/or Graduate Adviser. It is the student's responsibility to identify a thesis/report supervisor - and 2nd reader - by the start of the 3rd long semester (thesis option) or 4th long semester (report option).

Graduate Advisers

The Graduate Advisers offers students further information on fulfilling degree requirements, making adequate progress towards the degree, preparing for the thesis/report/comps/dissertation, academic integrity, among other issues. After the supervisor, the Graduate Adviser is the final departmental approver of petitions, exceptions, leave authorizations, and other special requests; therefore, discussing any problems or issues that arise with the adviser is critical for achieving quick and painless resolution. The Graduate Adviser is also the final departmental approver of programs of work (coursework applied to the degree) and graduation applications. Semesterly advising sessions with the supervisor and/or Graduate Adviser are essential to avoid last-minute surprises or crises.

Program Contacts:

Lisa Parisi, M.A. Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Faegheh S Shirazi, Graduate Adviser (DMES/MELC) 

Dr. Blake Atwood Graduate Adviser (CMES)

Further Resources:

DMES forms

CMES forms

How to Register

Registration Information Sheet

View My Classlist

Graduate Degree Planner

Tuition bill

What I Owe

Grad Guide


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