Executive Council of Graduate Faculty

Charge for the Council

Review, revise, and update Graduate Studies policy as needed;
Review and approve new graduate degree and certificate program proposals;
Serve as representative of the School/Division graduate faculty on all issues related to graduate education;
Advise the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies in various areas, including (but not confined to):

  • Scholarship disbursal
  • Graduate Student professional development programming
  • Application and admissions processing
  • Progress toward degree communication and data collection
  • Program review and assessment procedures

Policy approved by the Executive Council is sent to the Office of the Provost for final consideration.


The membership of the Executive Council is representative of the graduate faculty on KU’s Lawrence Campus. One member from each of the professional schools and one from each of the five divisions of the College are appointed to staggered three-year terms, with nomination and selection within the representative's school/College.

Executive Council Members: 2019-2020

Name Department Term Ends
Brook, Jody Social Welfare 2022
Cai, Hui Architecture and Design 2022
Gillispie, Matt CLAS - International Studies 2022
Guthrie, Jim Business 2021
Hallman, Heidi Education 2022
Johnson, Chris Music 2020
Li, Yan CLAS - Humanities 2021
Miner, Joshua CLAS – School of the Arts 2021
Parsons, Robert Engineering 2020
Sabarwal, Tarun CLAS - Social Sciences 2020
Short, Andrew CLAS - Natural Science/Mathematics 2021
Tidwell, Matt Journalism 2020
Wolfe, Michael Pharmacy 2021
Werle, Michael KUMC Faculty Representative Ex Officio
Roberts, Jennifer Graduate Studies Ex Officio Chair

2019-2020 Meeting Dates and Minutes

The Executive Council meets at 3 pm on the following Fridays. Meetings are held in 210 Strong Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Fall 2019 Meeting Minutes
Spring 2020 Meeting Minutes
  • January 24th
  • February 14th
  • March 6th
  • March 27th
  • April 17th
  • May 8th

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