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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, Professor, Engineering Technology (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Sonya Armstrong, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction (R) 
Dr. Lisa Baumgartner, Associate Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (R)
Dr. William Chittenden, Associate Professor, Finance and Economics (MBA Program) (2013-2022) (R) 
Dr. Anthony Cross, Lecturer, Philosophy (2020-2021) (R)
Dr. Jose Carlos de la Puente, Associate Professor, History (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Celeste Domsch, Professor, Communication Disorders (2014-2023) (R)
Dr. Joe Etherton, Professor, Psychology (2020-2023) (R)
Dr. Patti Giuffre, Professor, Sociology (2013-2022) (R)
Dr. M. Clay Green, Professor, Biology (R)
Dr. Michel Haigh, Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication (2017-2023) (R)
Dr. Michelle Hamilton, Associate Professor, Anthropology (R)
Dr. Paul Hart, Professor, International Studies (2016-2022) (R) 
Dr. Jan Hodges, Associate Professor, Health and Human Performance (2017-2023) (R)
Dr. Jennifer Irvin, Associate Professor, Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization (R)
Dr. Paul Jantz, Associate Professor, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (2020-2023) (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 (R)
Ms. Alice Lee, Assistant Professor, Art and Design (2020 -2023) (R)
Dr. Kim Lee, Assistant Professor, Health Administration (2021-2024) (R)
Dr. David Lemke, Professor, Biology (2006-2021) (R) 
Dr. Kasey Martin, Associate Professor, Accounting (2017-2023) (R)
Mr. Brandon McWilliams, Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance (2017-2023) (R)  
Dr. Anne Hee-Hiong Ngu, Professor, Computer Science (R)
Dr. Kay Nicols, Associate Professor, Management (2018-2021) (R) 
Dr. Suzanna Okere, Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Therapy (R)
Dr. Greg Passty, Professor, Mathematics (2007-2022) (R)
Dr. Janet Payne, Professor, Finance and Economics (2020-2023) (R)
Dr. Ludim Pedroza, Associate Professor, Music (2018-2021) (R)
Dr. Wuxu Peng, Professor, Computer Science (2014-2023) (R)
Dr. Edwin Piner, Professor, Physics (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. J. Yuri Porras, Professor, World Languages and Literatures (2014-2023) (R)
Dr. Nandhini Rangarajan, Associate Professor, Political Science (2016-2022) (R)
Dr. Lucia Summers Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Teya Rosenberg, Professor, English, (2017-2023) (R) 
Dr. Chris Russian, Professor, Respiratory Care (2017-2023) (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. Kathy Smith, Assistant Professor, St. David’s School of Nursing (2020-2023) (R)
Dr. Mark Stafford, Professor, Criminal Justice (R)
Dr. Sharon Strickland, Associate Professor, Mathematics (R)
Dr. Lindsay Timmerman, Associate Professor, Communication Studies (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Raphael Travis, Professor, School of Social Work (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Vishu Viswanathan, Professor, Ingram School of Engineering (2014-2021) (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, Professor, Health Information Management (2015-2021) (R)
Dr. Amy Weimer, Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences (2019-2022) (R)
Dr. Gail Zank, Professor, Marketing (2002-2023) (R)
Dr. F. Benjamin Zhan, Professor, Geography (R) 

Ex Officio:
Dr. Gene Bourgeois, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (T)
Mrs. Martha Fraire-Cuellar, Interim University Registrar, Office of University Registrar (T)
Dr. Denise M. Trauth, President, Texas State University (T)