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Graduate Council

The Graduate Council oversees graduate courses, certificates, concentrations, degree programs and policies.

The Council must approve:

  • Requests to add, modify or delete courses numbered 500 or above
  • Requests to add, modify or delete certificates, concentrations or degree programs
  • Requests to make modifications to programs that require reporting to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges or the U.S. Department of Education, such as offering programs online, off-campus, or in collaboration with partner organizations.

The Council meets monthly during the academic year, and meetings are open to the entire George Mason University community.

Agenda items must be submitted two weeks prior to the meeting date.  Late submissions will be postponed to the next meeting.  The agenda will be posted online one week prior to the meeting. All meetings will be held 1:30-3 pm. Videoconferencing with the Arlington Campus is available with advance notice.

Agenda Items Due Agenda Online Meeting Date Meeting Location
  Aug 2   Aug 9  Aug 16, 2017
 Merten Hall 1201
  Sep 6   Sep 13  Sep 20, 2017
 Merten Hall 1201
  Oct 4   Oct 11  Oct 18, 2017
 Merten Hall 1201
  Nov 1   Nov 8  Nov 15, 2017
 Merten Hall 1201
  Nov 29   Dec 6  Dec 13, 2017
 Research Hall 163
  Jan 10   Jan 17  Jan 24, 2018
 Merten Hall 1201
  Feb 7   Feb 14  Feb 21, 2018
 Merten Hall 1201
  Mar 7   Mar 14  Mar 21, 2018
 Merten Hall 1201
  Apr 4   Apr 11  Apr 18, 2018
 Merten Hall 1201
  May 9   May 16  May 23, 2018 Merten Hall 1201


Graduate Council Roster

Representative Contact Information Term 
Cody W. Edwards
Associate Provost, Graduate Education
Susan B. Woodruff
Council Secretary
Graduate Council Secretary
John Dale
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Sociology & Anthropology
08/15 to 08/18
Shannon Davis
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Interim Associate Dean, Sociology Program Director/Coordinator
10/16 to 08/19
Guoqing Diao
Volgenau School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Statistics
09/15 to 09/18
Margret Hjalmarson
College of Education and Human Development
Associate Professor; PhD Program Director
Lisa Kahn
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
08/17 to 08/20
Kylene Kehn-Hall
College of Science
Associate Professor; Graduate Program Director, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases
08/17 to 08/20
Stephen Nash
Volgenau School of Engineering
Senior Associate Dean/Professor, SEOR
08/15 to 08/18
Andrew J. Quillen
Student Representative
President, Graduate and Professional Student Association 09/17 to 09/18
Ellen Rodgers
College of Education & Human Development
Associate Dean, Student and Academic Affairs
09/15 to 09/18
Padmanabhan Seshaiyer
College of Science
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
08/17 to 08/20
Juliette Shedd
School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
Associate Dean, Administration
02/15 to 02/18
Susan R. Trencher
Faculty Senate
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Sociology and Anthropology
09/17 to 09/18
Thys van Schaik
School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
08/16 to 08/19
Frank Whittington
College of Health and Human Services
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
08/16 to 08/19
Paige Wolf
School of Business
Senior Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs
08/16 to 08/19