Graduate College Council

The Graduate College Council acts as the primary deliberative and representative body of the Graduate College. It consists of 35 faculty members who are nominated and elected as the representatives of graduate programs within the academic colleges as well as one graduate student from each college.

The purpose of Council meetings is to:

  • discuss issues relevant to all aspects of graduate education
  • develop and propose university-wide policies that support and improve common aspects of graduate programs for submission to the Faculty Senate 
  • approve proposed interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary graduate programs for submission to the University Faculty Senate Graduate Studies Committee

These meetings are open to all faculty with secondary appointments in the Graduate College. The Graduate College bylaws below outline the exact structure and function of the Graduate Council.

The Executive Committee is made up of one representative from each academic college and one voting graduate student representative. Executive Committee members are elected yearly from the 35 elected faculty members of the Council and one of the three voting graduate students. The Committee members shall elect a Secretary from the Committee membership who shall serve both the Executive Committee and the Council.

Executive Committee members are elected annually by the Council members by June 1 in the spring semester to begin a one-year term starting on September 1 of the following academic year. The Executive Committee chair is elected by the Council and presides over the Executive Committee and Council meetings.

The Secretary shall keep a record of official actions of the Committee and the Council and post minutes on the College website. The Dean or their designee may attend Executive Committee meetings but will only vote in the case of a tie.

The Executive Committee has the following authorities and responsibilities:

  1. to establish the agenda for Council meetings;
  2. to refer appropriate matters to a standing or ad hoc committee of the College;
  3. to call special meetings of the Council;
  4. to make recommendations to the Council for action on any matter related to the College;
  5. to investigate any condition that could affect the College’s academic freedom or that of any of its members. The committee shall report its findings to the College Council and faculty;
  6. to discharge any other responsibility or authority that the Council assigns to the Executive Committee.

Sam Lee - CHS

Danilo Yanich – Biden School

Jeff Buler – CANR

Jay Coughenour – LCBE

Adil Bentahar – CAS

Lindsay Naylor – CEOE

Myae Han – CEHD

David Burris – COE

Alan Parkes – Graduate Student Representative

This committee is composed of one faculty member from each of the other colleges, who serve renewable two-year terms, one graduate student, and one representative chosen by the Dean. This committee reviews and evaluates:

  1. graduate courses and curricula that originate within the Graduate College (e.g., Multi-College interdisciplinary programs);
  2. new or provisional University-wide academic policies and degree requirements;
  3. changes in the structure of academic programs that originate within the College;
  4. developments in graduate teaching and curricula that may affect the
    University; and
  5. other matters related to graduate educational affairs.

Committee Resources

Jeff Buler–CANR


Laura Desimone–CEHD (and Biden School), Chair

Clara Chan–CEOE

Jennifer Horney–CHS

Bramie Lenhoff–COE

Siyan Wang–LCBE

Mike Michaud (Biden)–GSG

Mary Martin–Graduate College

This committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom shall be chair, three graduate students chosen by the Graduate Student Government, one representative chosen by the Dean, and the Vice President (or designee) for Student Life. The Chair is selected and approved by a vote of the Committee at the beginning of each term. Committee members serve two year renewable terms, which should be staggered insofar as possible.

This committee makes recommendations bearing upon the care and support of graduate, professional, and post-doctoral students. It advises the College Dean on the implementation of rules and regulations enacted by the Graduate Council or the Faculty Senate. The committee advises on matters such as graduate student financial aid, graduate student housing, graduate student counseling and placement, and graduate student health and mental health. It may meet with the directors of administrative units responsible for these matters at the request of the directors or at the discretion of the chairperson of the committee. Recommendations, which may be in the form of resolutions, may be routed from this committee either through the Council or directly to the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life for consideration for approval.

LaRuth McAfee-Graduate College


Amy Griffin-CAS


Rae Chresfield-Student Wellbeing

Graduate Student Representatives:

Eric Sterin

Ollie Carter

Masooma Sarfraz

More Information to be Announced this Fall.

Ad Hoc Committee Members:

George Irvine (chair)

Jack Baroudi-Lerner

Nigel Caplan-ELI

Rachel Klein-School of Education

Jill Higginson-COE

Changqing Wu-CANR

Aviva Heyn-Grad College/PCS

The purpose of this working group is to:

  • to continue to advocate for an increase in the minimum stipend that will meet cost of living needs and make us more competitive with comparable institutions

  • to gather data on funding differences both within and across programs and establish best practices for equitable funding

  • to discussion new award/funding possibilities that would serve the needs of different programs

  • to assess how best to revise the fee structure for graduate students, as well as increase payment options for fees

Joe Fox-CAS, Chair

Harsh Bais-CANR

The purpose of this working group is:

  • to provide a grant team to reapply for the CCAMPIS grant we initiated this year

  • to coordinate with the Early Learning Center to build capacity for subsidized childcare for graduate student parents

  • to develop and publish a UD web page with resourced for UD parents

  • to develop a proposal to better address spousal health care costs for graduate students

  • to advocate for graduate family housing and gather data on housing needs

Rena Hallam-HDFS, Chair

Emily Davis-CAS

Jeffery Buler CANR
Deb Jaisi* CANR
Nigel Caplan CAS
Maria Purciello CAS
Art, Design, Music, Theatre
Lu Ann DeCunzo CAS
Anthropology, Fashion & Apparel Studies, Sociology, Criminal Justice
Amy Griffin CAS
Psychological & Brain Sciences
Lars Gundlach CAS
Constanin Bacuta CAS
Emily Davis* CAS
English/Women & Gender Studies
Federica Bianco CAS
Physics & Astronomy
Ramona Neunuebel CAS
Biological Sciences
Joanne Miller CAS
Political Science and International Relations
Jocelyn Alcantara-Garcia CAS
Art Conservation
Margaret Werth CAS
Art History
Jesus Botello CAS
Languages Listeratures & Cultures
Greg Dobler* Biden School of Public Administration
Danilo Yanich Biden School of Public Administration
Lindsay Naylor* CEOE
Geography & Spatial Sciences
I. Pablo Huq CEOE
Earth Sciences; CEE
Barbara Settles* CEHD
Human Development
Rena Hallam CEHD
Human Development
John Slater COE
Biomedical Engineering
Mark Blenner COE
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Arthi Jayaraman COE
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
X. Lucas Lu COE
Mechanical Engineering
Elise Corbin COE
Biomedical Engineering
Cathy Fromen COE
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
David Burris COE
Mechanical Engineering
Samuel Lee* CHS
Physical Therapy
Shannon Robson CHS
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
Libbey Bowen CHS
Rebecca Hunting Pompon CHS
Communication Sci & Disorders
Francis Kwansa LCBE
Hospitality, Sport & Business Management
Greg Kane LCBE
Accounting & MIS
Siyan Wang LCBE
Paul Laux* LCBE
Bernadette Racicot LCBE
Business Administration
Aviva Heyn Professional and Continuing Studies
Lou Rossi Ex-Officio
Graduate College
Charles Riordan Ex-Officio


GSG Representatives

Thanduanlung Kamei CANR
James Korman CAS
Michael Michaud Biden School of Public Administration
Joy Deep Chakrabartty CEOE
Samantha Akridge CEHD
Caroline Williams COE
Sanaz Taherzadeh CHS
Veer Vinod Nair LCBE
William Bill Repetto Executive Council

Council Meetings

The Council meets at least monthly during the regular fall and spring semesters. More frequent meetings can be called by a majority vote of the Graduate College Executive Committee or by petition of at least twenty percent of the Council members. Council meetings are open to all members of the College Faculty and invited guests.

The purposes of Council meetings are to:

  1. discuss issues relevant to all aspects of graduate education,
  2. develop and propose university-wide policies, which support and improve common aspects of graduate programs, for submission to the Faculty Senate, and
  3. approve proposed interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary graduate programs for submission to the University Faculty Senate Graduate Studies Committee.