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Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is the advisory group within The Graduate College. The Graduate Council governs the policies of The Graduate College, and these policies are administered by the graduate dean. Besides the graduate dean, who serves as chair, the Graduate Council is composed of a voting representative of each department offering only a graduate major or minor or support courses.  


  • recommends Graduate College policies to the dean of The Graduate College, who in turn administers the policies or submits recommendations to the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and the president's cabinet
  • reviews standards for admissions, retention and enrollment patterns, in concurrence with the dean
  • approves membership standards for graduate faculty

Graduate Council

Dr. Andrea Golato, Dean, The Graduate College, Chair

Dr. Farhad Ameri, Associate Professor, Engineering Technology (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Sonya Armstrong, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction ~ Developmental Education doctoral programs (R) 
Dr. Ann Brooks, Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology ~ Adult, Professional, and Community Education doctoral program (R)
Dr. William Chittenden, Associate Professor, Finance and Economics (2013-2022) (R) 
Dr. Christina Conlee, Professor, Anthropology doctoral program (R)  
Dr. Jose Carlos de la Puente, Associate Professor, History (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Celeste Domsch, Associate Professor, Communication Disorders (2014-2020) (R)
Dr. Bob Fischer, Assistant Professor, Philosophy (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Patti Giuffre, Professor, Sociology (2013-2022) (R)
Dr. M. Clay Green, Professor, Biology ~ Aquatic Resources and Integrative Biology doctoral program (R)
Dr. Michel Haigh, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication (2017-2020) (R)
Dr. Paul Hart, Professor, International Studies (2016-2022) (R) 
Dr. Kelly Haskard Zolnierek, Associate Professor, Psychology (2017-2020) (R) 
Dr. Jan Hodges, Associate Professor, Health and Human Performance (2017-2020) (R) 
Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Associate Professor, Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization doctoral program (R) 
Dr. Chang Ji, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. James Kilby, Associate Professor, Anthropology (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. James Koschoreck, Associate Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology ~ School Improvement doctoral program (R)
Dr. C. Scott Kruse, Associate Professor, Health Administration (2017-2020) (R)   
Dr. David Lemke, Professor, Biology (2006-2021) (R) 
Dr. Kasey Martin, Associate Professor, Accounting (2017-2020) (R)
Mr. Brandon McWilliams, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance (2017-2020) (R)  
Mr. William Meek, Professor, Art and Design (2020-2022) (R)
Dr. Anne Hee-Hiong Ngu, Professor, Computer Science doctoral program (R)
Dr. Kay Nicols, Associate Professor, Management (2018-2021) (R) 
Dr. Greg Passty, Professor, Mathematics (2007-2022) (R)
Dr. Ludim Pedroza, Associate Professor, Music (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Wuxu Peng, Professor, Computer Science (2014-2020) (R)
Dr. Edwin Piner, Professor, Physics (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. J. Yuri Porras, Professor, World Languages and Literatures (2014-2020) (R)
Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan, Associate Professor, Political Science (2016-2022) (R)
Dr. Teya Rosenberg, Professor, English, (2017-2020) (R)  
Dr. Chris Russian, Professor, Respiratory Care (2017-2020) (R) 
Dr. Jaymeen Shah, Professor, Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Shailen Singh, Assistant Professor, Organization, Workforce and Leadership Studies (2018-2021) (R) 
Dr. Mark Stafford, Professor, Criminal Justice doctoral program (R)
Dr. Lois Stickley, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy doctorate program (R)
Dr. Sharon Strickland, Associate Professor, Mathematics ~ Mathematics Education doctoral program (R)
Dr. Lucia Summers Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice (2019-2022) (R) 
Dr. Lindsay Timmerman, Associate Professor, Communication Studies (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Raphael Travis, Associate Professor, School of Social Work (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Vishu Viswanathan, Professor, Ingram School of Engineering (2014-2020) (R) 
Dr. Nicole Wagner, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Sciences (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Susan Waite, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Tiankai Wang, Associate Professor, Health Information Management (2015-2021) (R)
Dr. Amy Weimer, Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Pamela Willson, Clinical Professor, St. David’s School of Nursing (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Kathy Ybanez-Llorente, Associate Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Gail Zank, Professor, Marketing (2002-2020) (R)
Dr. F. Benjamin Zhan, Professor, Geography doctoral and master’s programs (R)

Ex Officio:
Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (T)
Mr. Louis Jimenez, University Registrar, Office of University Registrar (T)
Dr. Denise M. Trauth, President, Texas State University (T)