Graduate Council

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The Graduate Council advises the Dean of the Graduate School on matters pertaining to graduate study at the University of Oregon.  The Council establishes policies and regulations governing graduate study at the University of Oregon, excluding those matters requiring approval by the Chancellor or the Oregon University System (OUS).  In addition to its advisory role, the Graduate Council is responsible for the following:
  • providing rules and procedures for the effective administration and application of faculty policies and regulations
  • recommending changes in, or additions to, the policies and major regulations of the Graduate School
  • providing for the maintenance of high standards of graduate instruction
  • considering all proposals for changes in courses carrying graduate credit and to present its recommendations to the Committee on Courses
  • participating in decennial Program Review

Membership and Reporting

Membership of the Graduate Council is fixed at 14 voting members, consisting of 12 elected teaching faculty at the rank of assistant professor or above and 2 students plus the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School (ex-officio, non-voting).  Of the 12 teaching faculty, 6 shall be from the College of Arts and Sciences representing the Humanities (2), the Social Sciences (2), and the Natural Sciences (2), but no two shall be from the same CAS department; 1 from each of the professional schools/colleges which include the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the Lundquist College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Music, and 1 at large representative from any of the professional schools/colleges. 

The elected faculty members of the Graduate Council come from departments that have graduate major programs leading to the graduate degree and are conducted under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School.  One student must be from a program leading to a master's degree and one must be from a graduate program leading to a doctoral degree.  Faculty members are elected for 3-year terms.  The Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School are empowered to appoint other ex-officio, non-voting members to represent important constituencies of graduate students and faculty as needed.

The Graduate Council reports to the University Senate.

Members of the 2015-16 Graduate Council

Member Unit/Area Through
Mariah Acton Master's Student (Conflict & Dispute Resolution) 2016
Hank Childs Assistant Professor, Computer & Information Science 2016
Alexandre Dossin Associate Professor, Music 2016
Kaori Idemaru Associate Professor, East Asian Languages 2016
Alison Kwok          Professor, Architecture 2016
Thomas Ptak Doctoral Student, Geography 2016
Krista Chronister Associate Professor, Counseling Pyschology 2017
David Riley            Associate Professor, Music 2017
John Russial Associate Professor, Journalism & Communications 2017
Zhibin “Ben” Yang Assisant Professor, Lundquist College of Business 2017
Shankha Chakraborty Professor, Economics 2018
Stephen Frost Associate Professor, Anthropology 2018
Susan Anderson Senior Vice Provost of Academic Affairs ex Officio
Victoria “Tory” Herman Associate Professor, Biology ex Officio
Bruce Blonigen Associate Dean of Social Sciences ex Officio
Erik Girvan Assistant Professor, Law School ex Officio
Adell Amos Associate Dean, Law School            ex Officio
Ron Bramhall Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Affairs  ex Officio
Mark Watson Librarian, Collections & Access ex Officio
Scott Pratt Dean, Graduate School ex Officio
Sara Hodges Associate Dean, Graduate School ex Officio
Laura Jacek Assistant Dean, Graduate School ex Officio

Meeting Minutes

2015-16 Meeting Minutes

  • October 2015
  • November 2015
  • January 2016
  • February 2016
  • March 2016
  • April 2016
  • May 2016


2014-15 Meeting Minutes


2013-14 Meeting Minutes


2012-13 Meeting Minutes


Minutes from previous years are archived and available in the Graduate School.  Please contact us for more information.

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