Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is the executive committee of the Graduate Faculty and is responsible for the formulation of academic policy and programs related to graduate study at Mississippi State University. In addition, the Council may advise the Dean of the Graduate School on any matter they, or the Dean, feel is appropriate. The Chairperson of the Graduate Council is elected by and from the members of the Council.

The Council consists of one elected member from each of the eight academic colleges offering graduate study (programs), and one less in number (seven) appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Not more than two appointed faculty members may be from the same college or school. To be eligible for membership on the Council, members must have Level 1 status on the Graduate Faculty. The term of office is three years. A vacancy on the Council is filled in the same manner in which the member vacating the position was selected. In addition to the faculty, the Council has one graduate student representative who is usually the president of the Graduate Student Association. She/he is a voting member, and the term of office is one year.

Ex officio members include the Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, Associate Vice President for Administrative Affairs, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Dean of University Libraries, Director of Center of Distance Education, Director of International Institute, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Chair of University Committee on Courses and Curricula, and Associate University Registrar.

2018-2019 Graduate Council Meetings

1:30 pm | Templeton Conference Room, Library

Fall 2018 Spring 2019
Friday, September 14, 2018 Friday, January 25, 2019
Friday, October 26, 2018 Friday, February 22, 2019
Friday, November 30, 2018 Friday, March 29, 2019
Monday, December 17, 2018 Monday, May 6, 2019

Approved Graduate Council Policy

2016 - 2017

Previous Policy

Graduate Council Members

Rebecca Robichaux-Davis, Chair

Russell Carr, Vice Chair

Ex Officio Members
Amy Adkerson, M.S. Associate Registrar
Judy L. Bonner, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Peter Ryan, Ph.D. Interim Graduate School Dean
Tim Chamblee, Ph.D. Director, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Frances N. Coleman, M.L.S. Dean of University Libraries
Dana Franz, Ph.D. Chair, University Committee on Courses and Curricula
Brien L. Henry, Ph.D. Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Julie Jordan, Ph.D. Associate Vice President & Executive Director, International Institute
Peter L. Ryan, Ph.D. Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Susan Seal, Ph.D. Executive Director, Center for Distance Education
David R. Shaw, Ph.D. Vice President for Research and Economic Development
John Buol Graduate Student Association President
Elected Members
Kevin Armstrong, Ph.D., 2021 Associate Professor, Psychology
College of Arts & Sciences
Priscilla Hill, Ph.D., 2021 Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Bagley College of Engineering
Donald Grebner, Ph.D., 2021 Professor, Forestry
College of Forest Resources
Nicole Ponder, Ph.D., 2019 Professor, Marketing, Quantitative Analysis, and Business Law
College of Business
Chien Yu, Ph.D., 2019 Professor, Instructional Systems & Workforce Development
College of Education
Richard Harkess, Ph.D., 2020 Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Beth Miller, Ph.D., 2020

Professor and Director, Interior Design
College of Architecture, Art, and Design
Appointed Members
Lara Dodds, Ph.D., 2019 Professor, English
College of Arts and Sciences
Ashli Brown-Johnson, Ph.D., 2019 Associate Professor, Chemical Lab
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Rebecca Robichaux-Davis, Ph.D., 2019 Associate Professor, Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
College of Education
Henk Arnoldus, Ph.D., 2019 Professor, Physics & Astronomy
College of Arts and Sciences
Ashli Brown Johnson, Ph.D., 2019 Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Larry Hanson, Ph.D., 2020 Professor, Basic Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Laura Marler, Ph.D, 2021 Associate Professor, Management
College of Business
Linkan Bian, Ph.D., 2021 Associate Professor,Industrial and Systems Engineering
Bagley College of Engineering