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Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School Faculty Resources & Tools

As a valued member of MCW’s graduate faculty, we are committed to providing you with a variety of resources and guidelines to support your teaching, research, advising and mentoring activities.

The Graduate Student Handbook (PDF), in conjunction with program specific guidelines as defined by each department, is the official record of program requirements, as well as all policies and procedures of the MCW Graduate School. We encourage all faculty members to become familiar with the contents of these publications.

Additionally, we have several resources to assist you with collaborating with other faculty members, serving as a mentor to your students and leveraging social media to build your network.


MCW’s Graduate Studies Council (GSC)

The members of the GSC consist of MCW’s Program Directors and Recruitment Directors from each of the Graduate School programs, the President and Vice President of the Graduate Student Association, the Dean of the Graduate School and other members appointed by the Dean. Membership terms are determined by the length of time the member(s) remain in the position they currently hold (i.e. as program or recruitment director, as President and Vice President of the GSA, etc.)

Term: Terms are determined by the length of time the member(s) remain in the position they currently hold i.e.: as program or recruitment director, as President and Vice President of the GSA, etc.

The Standing Committees of the Graduate School are defined in the Graduate Student Handbook (PDF).

Building Your Professional & Research Network

There are numerous ways for you to connect with your MCW colleagues, alumni, partners, and more. In fact, social media provides several great platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, to showcase your research focus, highlight your achievements and build your personal brand. In order to ensure that you are getting the most out of social media, we encourage you to do the following:
  • Make sure that your profile pages are complete and include a professional photo
  • Search for an connect with colleagues, former classmates, current and former students, partners, thought leaders and influencers
  • Maintain an active presence by continually sharing valuable content, trends and updates – generated by you and others
  • Research and join relevant groups and participate in group discussions
  • Set up regular discussions around original content (generated by you, your department, your colleagues within groups where other colleagues, students, partners and/or thought leaders congregate
  • Share content and updates relevant to your target audiences (colleagues, alumni, current and prospective students

Share News

Do you have any news and information that you wish to share with MCW? Maybe you or one of your colleagues or students received a new grant, have been recognized for an award, or achieved a major accomplishment. We’re always looking for news about MCW’s Graduate School to share. If you wish to submit information or an idea for a story, email us.

Faculty Bios & Research

As a member of the MCW Graduate School faculty, you are part of a renowned group, collaborating to train the next-generation of biomedical and health researchers and scientists. We encourage you to explore the profiles and areas of research focus of your fellow faculty members, and learn more about their experience and success.

Faculty Collaboration Database

MCW’s Faculty Collaboration Database was developed to foster collaboration between faculty members of MCW and our partner facilities, to support and enhance research advances, patient care needs, educational excellence and the business requirements of MCW. Whether you’re looking to start a conversation, explore a second opinion or find a partner to advance your research, the Faculty Collaboration Database is the place to start.

Faculty Tools

Course Credit Calculations

Graduate course credit is calculated according to the following mechanism:

Each 18 hours of lecture, reading course presentations and other online materials, incorporating instructor feedback, engaging in online discussions/dialogue, interactive tutorials, or computer-assisted instruction and assessments = one (1) credit hour

Each 36 hours of laboratory, conference, demonstrations, clinical conference, other course activities = one (1) credit hour

Ninety (90)non-contact credit hours conducting research, writing papers or other assignments, completing projects,= one (1) credit hour*

*This policy may only be used for new course proposals beginning with the courses approved at the September 13, 1996 GSC meeting. It cannot be chosen for use in existing courses unless approved by the Graduate Studies Council upon recommendation by the Curriculum and Programs Committee. (Approved 12/09/1996 GSC)

Internet-Web Based Courses:

Definition: An Internet-web based course is any course in which student may complete more than 50% of the requirements through internet access to the course website.

Equivalence: Courses taught in the web-based format must be equivalent to the same course(s) taught in the traditional, face to face format.

During the planning and development of an asynchronous course, faculty should estimate the time a typical student will take interacting with the course content not limited to reading course presentations and other materials, participation in online discussions, conducting research, writing papers or other assignments; taking exams, interactive tutorials, or computer-assisted instruction; engagement with the instructor regarding course content, and completing other assignments or projects. The total time spent on these activities in an online course is equivalent to time spent on comparable activities in a face-to-face, traditional course.

As is the case with traditional, face to face courses, online course syllabi should provide evidence of compliance with the “Course Credit Calculations” (see above).

Course Director Overview
Outline for Standardized Course Syllabus
Proposals for new courses, new certificate programs, new programs or changes in title, content or credit hours must go through this process:

All proposals for new and altered graduate programs and courses must be prepared according to guidelines developed by the Graduate Studies Council. These proposals are reviewed by the Director of Enrollment and forwarded to the Curriculum and Programs Committee for evaluation. This evaluation concludes in a recommendation for approval, approval with changes, or disapproval. The Committee's recommendation is then discussed and acted upon by the Graduate Studies Council. Frequently, the course or program director is interviewed by the Council as part of the review process. All new or altered graduate programs and courses must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than November 1 to allow adequate review time to meet the Office of the Registrar February 1 deadline for approval in the following academic year.

Role of the PhD Mentor
Role of the Master Degree Mentor
Training Grant Application Support

An MCW-wide training grant support initiative has been jointly launched by the Graduate School and Cancer Center to help support PIs who are submitting training grants. Longitudinal databases tracking trainee and faculty/mentor information have been built and are continuing to be developed. These databases will contain information needed for the preparation of data tables that are required for (NIH) training grant applications.

These training grant support services do assist with:

  • Providing information for data tables for new applications
  • Providing information for renewal of an existing training grant
  • Institutional resources boilerplate components and template language
  • Providing faculty biosketches if available in the database

These training grant support services do not assist with:

  • Drafting and polishing the body of the grant
  • Submission of the grant

For those seeking data for a new training grant application or renewal application, please email with your request or question.

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