Graduate Council

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

Our September 18, 2023 meeting will be held face-to-face at 3:00 pm.  Location TBD.

2023-24 Meetings (Open), 3 p.m., currently to be held virtually.

September 18, 2023  Face to face                     January 22, 2024 (fourth Monday)

October 16, 2023                                                February 19, 2024

November 20, 2023                                           March 18, 2024

                                                                               April 15, 2024


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.


Picture of Graduate Council members

Graduate Council Membership, 2023-24

  • Dr. Irene Pittman Aiken, Chair and Dean of The Graduate School
  • Dr. Whitney Akers, Clinical Mental Health Counseling  
  • Dr. Suzanne Altobello, Member-at-large      
  • Dr. Gary Anderson, Public Administration
  • Ms. Christine Bell, Secretary       
  • Dr. Elisha Chambers, Occupational Therapy                        
  • Dr. Serina Cinnamon, Social Studies Education, MAT programs   
  • Dr. Shannon Cousineau, Member-at-large
  • Dr. Rebecca Gonzales-Ehnes, Business Administration
  • Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, Art Education                
  • Dr. Kelly Ficklin, Elementary Education                     
  • Dr. Rita Hagevik, Science Education                         
  • Dr. Julie Harrison-Swartz, Nursing    
  • Dr. Francis Kozub, Sport Administration       
  • Dr. Mary Kozub, Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Dr. Roger Ladd, English Education
  • Dr. Ana Cecilia Lara, Spanish Education
  • Dr. Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, Art Education
  • Dr. Cindy Locklear, Social Work
  • Dr. Sandra Plata-Potter, Birth-Kindergarten Education
  • Dr. Jonathan Ricks, Professional School Counseling
  • Dr. Marisa Scott, Special Education
  • Dr. Heather Kim Sellers, Reading Education
  • Ms. Hillary Sessions, Math Education
  • Dr. Thomas Trendowski, Physical Education
  • Dr. Bryan Winters, School Administration
  • Dr. Velinda Woriax, Member-at-large
  • GSO President or designee