Graduate Council


The responsibilities of the Graduate Council are to:

  • Recommend general policies and regulations for graduate programs, including general admission requirements, language requirements, procedures for conducting general examinations, criteria for admission to candidacy, regulations for the preparation and submission of theses, and the coordination of interdisciplinary programs.
  • Recommend criteria for the graduate faculty and review proposed new graduate programs and proposed terminations of current graduate programs.
  • Assist and make recommendations on matters of institutional effectiveness relating to graduate studies, including adherence to standards of the University as printed in the catalog and to the accreditation criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Periodically review graduate programs and make recommendations concerning their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Serve as liaison between the graduate faculty and administration.
  • Recommend policies on the professional development of the graduate faculty.

Primary Responsibility Area: Academic


Membership shall consist of the chairs or representatives of departments with graduate programs.

Chair: Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Ex-Officio Membership as of Spring 2021
Dr. Laura Payne, Dean of Graduate Studies, Arts and Sciences – Languages and Literature – Chair

Dr. Jamie Boyd, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences – Animal Science

Dr. Ryan Luna, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences – Natural Resource Management

Dr. Kendra DeHart, Arts and Sciences – Behavioral and Social Sciences

Dr. Chris Ritzi, Arts and Sciences – Biology, Geology, and Physical Science

Carol Fairlie, Arts and Sciences – Fine Arts and Communication

Dr. Ian Peddie, Arts and Sciences – Languages and Literature

Dr. Deborah Pendarvis, Education and Professional Studies – Business Administration

Dr. Barbara Tucker, Education and Professional Studies – Education

Dr. Oguzhan Basibuyuk, Education and Professional Studies – Homeland Security and Criminal Justice

Dr. Christopher Herrera, Education and Professional Studies – Kinesiology and Human Performance