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Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is a council of elected and appointed members of the Graduate Faculty that advises the Dean of the Graduate School on policies and procedures concerning graduate education. The Council has the following active committees:

  • Policies, Curricula and Courses (PCC)
  • Outcomes Oversight Advisory Committee

The Council meets two to three times a semester to consider policies affecting graduate education and graduate students, to approve the adoption of new graduate programs or changes in the curricula of established programs, and in general to advise the dean on graduate matters.

Graduate Council Meetings

Graduate Council meetings take place in Room 1310A of Marie Mount Hall.
Click here to see past meeting minutes, agendas, presentations, and reports.

Current Members

Chair of the Graduate Council: Steve Fetter, Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Elected Members-Serve 3-year terms

 Name  College  Term
Martin Rabenhorst AGNR 2017-2018
Christopher Ellis AGNR 2017-2020
Casey Dawkins ARCH 2017-2020
Valentine Hacquard ARHU 2016-2019
Faedra Carpenter ARHU 2017-2020
Kristjana Lyn Maddux ARHU 2015-2018
Ashwini Tambe ARHU 2016-2019
Hui Liao BGMT 2016-2019
Michael Dougherty BSOS 2016-2019
Jeffrey Lucas BSOS 2015-2018
Ann Carlson Weeks iSchool 2017-2020
Jeff Davis CMNS 2016-2019
Michelle Girvan CMNS 2016-2019
Kevin McIver CMNS 2016-2019
Konstantina Trivisa CMNS 2016-2019
Ana Barber EDUC 2017-2020
Wayne Slater EDUC 2017-2020
Jeffrey Klauda ENGR 2016-2019
Oded Rabin ENGR 2015-2018
Ichiro Takeuchi ENGR 2016-2019 
Linda Steiner JOUR 2017-2018
Douglas Besharov PLCY 2016-2019
Kerry Green SPHL 2016-2019

Appointed Members- Serve 1-year terms 

Name College Term
Ruth Zambrana ARHU 2017-2018
Nancy Mirabal ARHU 2017-2018
Kellie Robertson ARHU 2017-2018

 Council of Deans’ Representative

  • Keith Marzullo (Dean, iSchool, 2017-2018)

Student Councilors

  • Michael Goodman (Education, GSG President, 2017-2018)
  • Mahad Ahmad (Public Health, GSG VP for Academic Affairs, 2017-2018)
  • Jamie Welch (BSOS, GSG VP for Community Development, 2017-2018)
  • Cory Martin (CMNS, Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, 2017-2018)
  • Roozbeh Bakhski (ENGR, Mechanical Engineering, 2017-2018)

Non-voting members:

The Graduate School

  • Steve Fetter, Interim Dean and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Jeffrey Franke, Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff
  • Ryan Long, Associate Dean

Affiliated Offices

  • Wallace Loh, President
  • Laurie Locascio, Vice President for Research
  • Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Elizabeth Beise, Associate Provost for Programs and Planning
  • Sarah Grun, Graduate Student Life Coordinator 

Staff: Amanda Strausser, Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School

Council's Organizational Plan

(approved 6 February 1987; amended April 1993 and again in April 2007)

The Graduate Faculty of the University of Maryland College Park is primarily responsible for the conduct of graduate studies and research on this campus. To discharge this responsibility, members of the Graduate Faculty established the following Plan of Organization.

1. Graduate Faculty Membership
There are Full, Adjunct, and Special members of the Graduate Faculty. Criteria for membership and procedures for election to membership are established by the Graduate Council (hereafter to be referred to as the Council).

2. The Graduate Faculty Assembly
All Full, Adjunct, and Special members of the Graduate Faculty constitute the Graduate Faculty Assembly, which is a forum for discussion of matters relevant to graduate studies. Meetings of the Assembly may be called periodically by the Dean of the Graduate School (hereafter to be referred to as the Dean), by majority vote of the Council or by petition of 100 members of the Graduate Faculty. The Dean or his or her designee presides at Assembly meetings. The Assembly may refer issues to the Dean and the Council for further consideration.

3. The Graduate Council
The Council acts on behalf of the Graduate Faculty to ensure the quality of graduate study and research on this campus. It has authority, subject to administrative concurrence, over policies and procedures governing graduate studies, including but not limited to academic standards, admission standards, fellowships, degree-completion requirements, Council elections, periodic program review, membership in the Graduate Faculty, approval of and changes in graduate courses and programs, publications related to graduate studies, and graduate student life and welfare.

4. Representation on the Council
Council members from the Graduate Faculty are either elected from the several colleges or appointed by the Dean. From each college, one council member is to be elected for each 100 members of the Graduate Faculty or any fraction thereof. In addition, the Dean may appoint to the Council up to five members of the Graduate Faculty and one college dean.

The President of the Graduate Student Government shall be a voting member of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Student Government shall elect a second voting member of the Graduate Council from the body of graduate students in good standing, and shall do so in a timely fashion at the beginning of each academic year. The Dean shall then appoint three additional voting members from the body of graduate students in good standing.

The President, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Research, the Dean and Associate Deans of the Graduate School, and the Ombudsperson for Graduate Students are ex officio non-voting members of the Council.

Elected faculty members of the Council serve three-year terms. No more than one third of such members are elected in a single year. Elected members who serve a full three-year term are not eligible for election to consecutive terms. Appointed faculty members of the Council serve one-year terms. Vacancies on the Council are filled by appointment by the Dean from the constituency represented by the former member.

5. Meetings of the Council
Meetings of the Council are normally held at least twice each semester, exclusive of winter and summer terms, and are chaired by the Dean or his or her designee. Actions of the Council are by formal vote, a simple majority of voting members present prevailing, and are recorded in formal minutes taken by a secretary who is appointed by the Dean. A minimum of one more than one half of the voting membership of the Council must be present to form a quorum.

6. Committees
The Council has the following standing committees:

  • Academic Standards
  • Faculty Affairs
  • Fellowships
  • Programs, Curricula, and Courses
  • Student Affairs

Special committees shall be established by the Council as deemed necessary to discharge its functions and responsibilities. The Dean may appoint such administrative committees as need dictates. All standing committees shall include at least one graduate student member. Chairs of standing and special committees of the Council must be members of the Council. Members of the committees are appointed by the Dean upon approval of the Council. Any Graduate Faculty member or graduate student in good standing is eligible for such appointment. Terms of standing committee members are for three years with approximately one third of the members appointed each year. The charge to special committees will dictate terms of office and the Dean may determine terms for members of the administrative committees.

Special committees will be structured according to the following provisions:

  1. special committees will normally be chaired by an associate dean for as long as the Dean requests it; they may be chaired for a three-year term by a faculty member who is also a member of the Graduate Council;
  2. members of special committees will serve three-year staggered terms, and members will represent an appropriate spectrum of campus programs and disciplines;
  3. graduate students will serve on special committees if their presence is appropriate;
  4. the committees will be administrative but may suggest through the usual routes policy changes or considerations to deans for discussion. Currently, the General Research Board and the Creative and Performing Arts Board are special committees of the Graduate Council. 

7. Amendments
Any member of the Graduate Faculty or the Graduate Council may propose, in writing to the Dean, amendments to the Plan of Organization. Proposed amendments shall be reviewed by an appropriate committee, which will make recommendation to the Council. Upon approval by a majority of the Council, amendments shall be submitted to the Graduate Faculty for vote. Amendments are adopted if approved by two-thirds of the ballots cast. Proposed amendments shall be submitted to the Graduate Faculty for vote within six weeks of Graduate Council approval, exclusive of winter and summer terms.

Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu