Graduate Council

Charge and Responsibility

The Graduate Council shall advise the Dean of the Graduate School on matters pertaining to graduate study at the University of Oregon.

The council shall establish general policies and regulations governing graduate study at the University of Oregon.

Specifically, and in addition to its advisory role, the Graduate Council shall be responsible for:

  1. Providing rules and procedures for the effective administration and application of faculty policies and regulations

  2. Recommending changes in, or additions to, the policies and major regulations of the Graduate School

  3. Providing for the maintenance of high standards of graduate instruction

  4. Considering all proposals for changes in courses carrying graduate credit and to present its recommendations to the Committee on Courses

  5. Participating in decennial Program Review. This legislation shall not preclude the right of any faculty member to appeal to the general faculty on matters pertaining to graduate policies and regulations.

Meeting DateDeadline to receive college-approved proposals for new programs or other curriculum changes

Membership and Reporting

Membership of the Graduate Council is fixed at 14 voting members:

  • 12 elected teaching faculty at the rank of assistant professor or above
  • 2 students
  • Vice provost for graduate studies (ex officio, non-voting)
  • Dean of the Graduate School (ex officio, non-voting)

Of the 12 teaching faculty, 6 shall be from 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 College of Design, the Lundquist College of Business, the College of Education, the School of Journalism and Communication, the School of Music and Dance, and the Law School.

The elected faculty members of the Graduate Council shall come from departments that have graduate major programs leading to a graduate degree and are conducted under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School.

One student must be from a graduate program leading to a master's degree and one must be from a graduate program leading to a doctoral degree.

The vice provost for graduate studies and the dean of the Graduate School shall be empowered to appoint other ex-officio, non-voting members to represent important constituencies of graduate students and faculty as needed. (UOCC will designate an ex officio non-voting member to Grad council).

2019-20 Graduate Council

MemberTitleUnitTerm Through
Ron BramhallAssociate Vice ProvostOffice of the ProvostEx Officio
Liska ChanAssociate DeanCollege of Design2022
Dane ChristensenAssistant ProfessorLundquist College of Business2021
Michael FakhriAssociate ProfessorSchool of Law2022
Marina GuenzaProfessorChemistry and Biochemistry2022
Burke HendrixAssociate ProfessorPolitical Science2021
Rachael KlaissPhD StudentPhysics2020
Aidan KolarMaster's StudentClassics2020
Andy KardunaAssociate DeanGraduate SchoolEx Officio
Seth LewisAssociate ProfessorSchool of Journalism & Communication2020
Hauxin LinProfessorMathematics2022
Fabienne MooreAssociate ProfessorFrench2021
Dorothee OstmeierProfessorGerman and Scandinavian2022
Elizabeth PetersonHumanities LibrarianUO LibrariesEx Officio
Jeremy PigerProfessorEconomics2021
Jana PrikrylSenior InstructorBiologyEx Officio
Phil ScherDivisional Dean - Social SciencesCollege of Arts and SciencesEx Officio
Leslie StrakaAssociate DeanMusic2021
Angie WhalenClinical Associate ProfessorCollege of Education        2020
Janet Woodruff-BordenVice Provost and DeanGraduate SchoolEx Officio

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