Graduate Council

Office of the Provost and  Executive Vice President
Agendas & Minutes

It may occasionally be necessary to look up historical information about when, why, and how a program, course, or degree changed. Previous agendas and minutes of the George Mason University Graduate Council are arranged in a directory in a public Blackboard folder. For additional information, please contact the Office of Accreditation and Program integrity at

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

The Council may advise the Provost regarding:

  • Academic policies governing graduate education
  • Approval of new and revised graduate courses and programs
  • Review and assessment of graduate programs
  • Planning and attainment of graduate education strategic goals
  • Policies and resources for graduate student support

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

Read the Upcoming Agenda >

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 and Science and Technology Campus are available with advance notice.


Agenda Items Due Agenda Online Meeting Date Meeting Location
  Aug 5   Aug 12   Aug 19, 2020  Via WebEx
  Sep 2   Sep 9   Sep 16, 2020

 Via WebEx

  Oct 7   Oct 14   Oct 21, 2020

 Via WebEx

  Nov 4   Nov 11   Nov 18, 2020

 Via WebEx

  Dec 2   Dec 9   Dec 16, 2020  Via WebEx
  Jan 6   Jan 13   Jan 20, 2021  Merten Hall 1201 or WebEx
  Feb 10   Feb 17   Feb 24, 2021  Merten Hall 1201 or WebEx
  Mar 3   Mar 10   Mar 17, 2021  Merten Hall 1201 or WebEx
  Mar 31   Apr 7   Apr 14, 2021  Merten Hall 1201 or WebEx
  May 5   May 12   May 19, 2021  Merten Hall 1201 or WebEx

Graduate Council Roster


Contact Information Term 
Laurence C. Bray
Associate Provost & Senior Faculty Fellow, Graduate Education
Kristin Amaya 
Graduate Council Secretary
Graduate Council Secretary
Laura Kosoglu
Volgenau School of Engineering
Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
08/20 to 08/23
Michael Bloom
College of Health and Human Services

Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Human Services

08/20 to 08/23

Marguerite Rippy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
08/20 to 08/23

Deborah J. Goodings
Volgenau School of Engineering

Professor and Associate Dean

08/18 to 08/21

Lisa Kahn
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
08/17 to 08/20
Shannon Davis
College of Humanites and Social Sciences
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology, Sociology and Anthropology
08/20 to 08/23
Lilianna Deveneau
Student Representative
President, Graduate and Professional Student Association
08/20 to 08/21

Benoit Van Aken
College of Science

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
703-993-1091 bvanaken@gmu
08/20 to 08/23
Cristiana Stan
Faculty Senate
Associate Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences
09/19 to 08/20
Ellen Rodgers
College of Education & Human Development
Associate Dean, Student and Academic Affairs
05/18 to 05/21
Donna Fox
College of Science
Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Special Programs
08/20 to 08/21
Thomas Flores
School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution
Assistant Professor, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution
08/20 to 08/23
Thys van Schaik
Schar School of Policy and Government
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
08/19 to 08/22
Robert Weiler
College of Health and Human Services
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
03/19 to 05/22
Paige Wolf
School of Business
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs
08/19 to 08/22