SLAT Student Handbook
The Ph.D. program is designed to provide rigorous advanced training for researchers, teachers, and administrators concerned with second language learning and teaching. The SLAT Program has been recognized nationally as a superior interdisciplinary program. Our alumni generally hold academic and administrative positions throughout the world. Some alumni are employed in business adventures such as publishing, and some hold positions in the military language programs.
Organization of the Graduate Program
The Graduate Program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) is one of several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) at the University of Arizona. There are no faculty members directly within SLAT; rather the program consists of participating faculty who are willing to devote their time and efforts to our students. These faculty come from various department and programs which can be found here: http://slat.arizona.edu/associated-colleges-departments-and-programs.
The SLAT Student Association (SLATSA) elects a student representative to the Executive Council. This representative attends the General Session of the Executive Council meetings and reports pertinent information back to the SLAT student body. In addition, the student representative brings any concerns and/or issues of the students to the Executive Council.
SLAT is housed currently in Harvill 241, where the Director and the Program Coordinators maintain offices. There are no program maintained office or research space for the students.
Additional information can be found at the following websites (not an exhaustive list, by any means):
http://grad.arizona.edu/new-and-current-students resources for parents, for professional development, for health and wellness, etc
http://catalog.arizona.edu/ for General catalog
http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/codeofacademicintegrity (link is external) for Academic integrity
The SLAT Student Handbook contains detailed descriptions of all degree requirements for the Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching including required course work, examination policies, dissertation requirements, and many other important items. It is each student's responsibility to be aware of and comply with all the policies found in the Ph.D. Student Handbook. Students should consult the Ph.D. Handbook frequently, particularly prior to important milestones, to ensure that they are complying with all department and university policies. SLAT Ph.D. milestones are listed following the Table of Contents.
Table of Contents
- A. Course Work Requirements
- A1. Overview
- A2. Core Courses
- A3. Courses in Program Specializations
- A4. The Minor
- A5. SLAT Minor for Doctoral Students in Other Majors
- A6. Independent Studies
- A7. Workshops and Required Meetings
- A8. Auditing Courses
- A9. En Route MA in SLAT
- A10. Responsible Conduct of Research and Doctoral Plan of Study
- B. Advising and Mentoring
- C. Examinations
- C1. Second Language Proficiency
- C2. Qualifying Exercise
- C3. Comprehensive Examination
- C4. Candidacy and the Dissertation Proposal
- C5. Final Oral Examination
- D. Dissertation
- E. Academic Policies
- F. Student Support
SLAT Ph.D. Guidelines for Satisfactory Academic Progress
SLAT and SLAT’s Executive Council, along with the Graduate college expect timely and orderly progress towards the degree. Below are the program milestones and the expected completion window. Recommendations from the Executive Council will be sought when a student fails to meet the milestones in the appropriate time frame. Some milestones are more rigid in expected completion. Students who are considered not making progress to degree can expect written notification from the Executive Council, and may have their registration of SLAT 920 dissertations units suspended. These milestones that are particularly rigid are:
- the completion of Comps by the end of the 7th semester,
- presentation of the Dissertation Proposal within 6 months of Comps, and
- defense of the dissertation by April of the 10th semester.
Students may request extensions and/or appeals of milestone deadlines in extreme cases, where a leave of absence is not appropriate. Such extreme cases may include, but not limited to, delays due to advisor unavailability (e.g. sabbaticals). In such cases, students should request an extension through the Program Coordinators and the Director, both of whom will seek guidance from the Executive Council when appropriate.
Students have the right to formally request exceptions to program policies and procedures or formally appeal program decisions. The appeal must be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies. The appeal will be reviewed with the Program Director and may include a collective meeting with the student. The appeal will be presented to the Executive Council who will make the decision on the appeal and will notify the student in writing of the decision. The Executive Council make place additional requirements and/or deadlines on the student in order to continue in the program. Students may want to review the following link for a summary of grievance types and the responsible parties: https://grad.arizona.edu/policies/academic-policies/summary-grievance-types-and-responsible-parties.
Click here for a printable version of the slat_student_sap_checklist_08_04_2014.pdf.
|Program Milestone||Completion Window|
| Establish proficieny in a 2nd language||at entry – by comps|
|by end of 1st year|
| Submit verification RCoR via GradPath||
by beg of 2nd semester
| Complete/Submit SLAT Plan of Study||by end of 2nd sem|
| Complete/Submit Plan of Study via GradPath||
by end of 3rd sem
| Complete 2nd year workshop||
at end of 4th sem
| Form Comps committee||
by end of 6th sem
| Submit Comps Committee Approval form via Gradpath||30 days before written comps|
| Submit Comps Announcement form via GradPath||10 days before oral exam|
| Complete PhD course work||by end of 7th sem|
| Complete PhD Comps||
by end of 7th sem
| Create dissertation committee||within 2 mos of Comps, by beg of 8th sem|
| File Committee Appt. form via GradPath||
by beginning of 8th sem
| Present dissertation proposal||
w/in 6 mos of Comps, by end of 8th sem
| Submit Announcement of Final Oral Exam via GradPath||10 days before defense|
| Defend dissertation||by April of 10th sem|
| Graduate||by May of 10th sem|