Graduate Council

The Graduate School

The Graduate Council is the university-wide body responsible for approving all procedures, regulations and curriculum matters affecting graduate students and programs.

2020-21 Meetings (Open), 3 p.m., meeting remotely (via WebEx) in fall 2020; spring 2021 location TBD

September 21, 2020 (WebEx link)
October 19, 2020 (WebEx link)
November 16, 2020 (WebEx link)
January 25, 2021
February 15, 2021
March 15, 2021
April 19, 2021

Graduate Council's agenda and minutes for the previous academic years are located here.


Graduate Faculty Nominations/Renewal Form is to be completed before the faculty is to begin instruction and 10 days before the next Graduate Council meeting.


Curriculum and Program Proposals
To propose a new or revised course (Course Proposal form) or new or altered program (Program Proposal form), you will need to go to the Academic Affairs Forms webpage (Academic Affairs website). Read the directions and select the appropriate webform. Completed webforms in Curriculog, with all electronic approvals up to the Dean of The Graduate School (registrar, provost, etc.), must be ready for the Graduate Council review by Friday, 10 days before the Graduate Council meeting during which the proposal is to be considered.


Graduate Council Membership, 2020-21

Dr. Irene Pittman Aiken, Chair of the Graduate Council

Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, Art Education

Dr. Whitney Akers, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Roger Ladd, English Education

Ms. Christine Bell, Business Administration

Dr. Gretchen Robinson, School Administration and Special Education

Ms. Latoya Brewer, Mathematics Education

Dr. Heather Kim Sellers, Reading Education

Dr. Kirill Bumin, Secretary of the Graduate Council

Dr. Emily Sharum, Public Administration

Dr. Serina Cinnamon, Social Studies Education

Dr. Thomas Trendowski, Physical Education

Dr. William Crandall, Member-at-large

Dr. Summer Woodside, Social Work

Ms. Susan Edkins, Athletic Training

Dr. Velinda Woriax, Member-at-large

Dr. Michele Fazio, Member-at-large


Dr. Kelly Ficklin, Elementary Education


Dr. Rita Hagevik, Science Education

TBD, GSO President 2020-21

Dr. Julie Harrison-Swartz, Nursing

TBD, Master of Arts in Teaching program director

Dr. Shenika Jones, Professional School Counseling

TBD, Middle Grades Education program director