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School of Graduate Studies and Research

About the Graduate Council

The Mission of the Graduate Council: 

The mission of the Graduate Council at Central Washington University is to ensure that programs provide a high quality graduate school experience for students, to foster exceptional faculty scholarship and teaching, and to promote contributions to society through effective post-baccalaureate programs.

Information about the Graduate Council:

The Graduate Council is the faculty council that is responsible for proposing policy in an advisory capacity to the School of Graduate Studies and Research in terms of the academic standards of graduate programs, the curriculum offered by the graduate programs, procedures governing who may be part of the graduate faculty, minimum admission standards for students to the graduate school, and other issues that relate to faculty governance of the graduate programs.  The council may serve in advisory capacity at the request of graduate students, graduate faculty, university administration, or others requiring advice on issues that involve the graduate school and/or graduate programs.  The Graduate Council seeks to support the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Central Washington University in both mission and vision.

The Graduate Council is comprised of the graduate coordinators of graduate programs that have been properly vetted and approved by the Graduate Council, the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, and the Faculty Senate.  The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, sit in an ex officio capacity on the council.  Other non-voting members may sit on the council if the council deems it appropriate (e.g. graduate students and the Provost).  The chair of the council and the chair of the standing committees (Academic Standards Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Procedures Committee) are elected to two year terms by members of the council.  Chair of the Graduate Council serves as the chair of the council’s executive committee with the chairs of the other standing committees making up the rest of the executive council.  The Chair of the Academic Standards Committee serves as the vice chair of the council.

Graduate Council meetings for 2017-2018 will be the first Monday of each month (Unless there is a conflict) from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM


October 2Barge Hall Room 304
November 6Barge Hall Room 304
December 4Barge Hall Room 304
January 8Barge Hall Room 304
February 5Barge Hall Room 304
March 5Barge Hall Room 304
April 2Barge Hall Room 304
May 7Barge Hall Room 304
June 4Barge Hall Room 304


Executive: This committee represents the leadership of Graduate Council and serves as the representative advisory body to the graduate dean. This committee meets regularly with the Dean to receive updates about internal and external activities that impact graduate education at CWU. The committee also works with the Dean to strategize/set priorities for graduate studies at CWU.

PositionFaculty MemberDepartmentEmailPhone
 Academic Year 2017-2018
ChairDr. Karen RoemerCEPS, Health Sciences - IHPkaren.roemer@cwu.edu2746 
Vice ChairDr. Rory WeishaarrCEPS, PESHMS-Athletic Admin.rory.weishaar@cwu.edu1911


MemberDr. Jennifer Lipton

 COTS, Geography, CERM

MemberDr. Sadie LovettCOTS, Psychology - ABAsadie.lovett@cwu.edu3543 
SecretaryDawn AndersonGraduate Studiesdawn.andersond@cwu.edu3108 


Non-Voting Ex Officio Executive Members:



Dean of Graduate Studies & ResearchDr. Kevin Archerkevin.archer@cwu.edu3101
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & ResearchOpen Position  


Procedures: This committee reviews applications for membership on the graduate faculty. This committee also sets the standards for membership on graduate faculty (e.g. terminal degree status, research activity, etc.). It considers the applications of outside (i.e. outside of CWU) thesis committee members for temporary 'courtesy' graduate faculty membership. The Chair of this committee also serves on the Executive Committee of Graduate Council.

Faculty MemberDepartmentEmailPhone
Dr. Sadie Lovett; ChairCOTS, Psychology - ABAsadie.lovett@cwu.edu3543
Dr. Pat McCutcheonCOTS, Anthropology - CERMpatrick.mccutcheon@ cwu.edu2075
Dr. Ralf GreenwaldCOTS, Psychology- Experimental Psychralf.greenwald@cwu.edu3630
Dr. Bret SmithCAH - Musicbret.smith@cwu.edu1548
Dr. Julie BonnerCEPS- ITAMjulie.bonner@cwu.edu2630
Dr. Kris ErnestCOTS - Biologykris.ernest@cwu.edu2805


Curriculum: This committee reviews changes to existing courses/programs and reviews new courses and programs. It also reviews programs every 5 years to ensure that those programs meet discipline-specific graduate standards as well as standards set by the graduate faculty. The Chair of this committee also serves on the Executive Committee of Graduate Council.

Faculty MemberDepartmentEmailPhone
Dr. Jennifer Lipton ChairCOTS, CERM- Geographyjennifer.lipton@cwu.edu1164
Dr. Daniel HermanCAH, Historydaniel.herman@cwu.edu1755
Dr. Lori SheeranCOTS - Primate Behaviorlori.sheeran@cwu.edu1434
Dr. Rachel KirkCAH, Artrachel.kirk@cwu.edu2665
Dr. Razvan AndonieCOTS, Computer Scirazvan.adonie@cwu.edu1430
Christina BarriganCAH, Theatre Artschristina.barrigan@cwu.edu3292


Academic Standards: This committee reviews existing and/or develops academic policies and procedures for graduate studies. Examples of policies include: minimum admissions standards, requirements for international students, conditional admits (stated conditions, number of admits/year in program/graduate studies overall), probation, dismissal, and capstone requirements. The Chair of this committee also serves on the Executive Committee of Graduate Council.

Faculty MemberDepartmentEmailPhone
Dr. Rory WeishaarCEPS, PESHMS, Athletic Adminrory.weishaar@cwu.edu1911
Dr. Denise ShawCEPS, CSEL - Master
Dr. Amy ClaridgeCEPS, Family Cons Sci - Family Child Lifeamy.claridge@cwu.edu2758
Dr. Yingbin GeCOTS,
Dr. Cody StoddardCOTS, Law and Justicecody.stoddard@cwu.edu3252
Dr. Donald WattamCEPS, CSEl - Higher Ed & School Admindonald.wattam@cwu.edu3075
Dr. Lisa ElyCOTS, Geologylisa.ely@cwu.edu2177
 Additional Graduate Council Members:Heath Marrs, Mark Perez, Kim Bartel, Kathy Whitcomb, Liz Haviland, Christopher Schedler, Charles Li, David Gee and Kate Reynolds 

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