Graduate Council

The Graduate Council, acting as the elected delegate body of the Graduate Faculty, formulates Graduate School policies and is responsible for reviewing and making recommendations on all matters affecting the University's graduate programs. The purpose of the Graduate Council is to promote excellence in all graduate programs.

The responsibilities of the Graduate Council include the formulation of policy such as matters of student admission and retention, course load, transfer credit, research requirements, and minimal requirements for comprehensive exams, theses, and dissertations. The Council also has planning and review responsibilities to include the review of proposed new graduate programs and the periodic review of existing graduate programs. In addition, the Council determines requirements for Graduate Faculty membership; it helps promote career growth and development for graduate faculty; it proposes strategies for increasing financial support for graduate education; and it serves as a review body for graduate student appeals.

Application for Graduate Faculty Membership [Word]

Format for Vita for Graduate Faculty Membership [pdf]

Meeting dates & application deadlines

The Graduate Council meets at 1:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month in September, October, November, January, February, and April. There are no meetings in December or March. A meeting may be held in early May or during the summer only if needed.

Application deadlines for new membership are also indicated below.

  • September 20, 2017/ No new applications considered
  • October 18, 2017/ Applications due September 22, 2017
  • November 15, 2017/ Applications due October 19, 2017
  • December / No Meeting
  • January 17, 2018/ Applications due November 16, 2017
  • February 21, 2018/ Applications due January 18, 2018
  • March / No Meeting
  • April 18, 2018/ Applications due March 15, 2018