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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 2018-2019 Academic Year will be will be the first Monday of each month (Unless there is a conflict) from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We have a New Meeting Venue this year! SURC Room 201


October 1                 SURC Room 201
November 5SURC Room 201
December 3SURC Room 201
January 7SURC Room 201
February4SURC Room 201
March 4SURC Room 201
April 1SURC Room 201
May 6SURC Room 201
June 3SURC Room 201


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 2018-2018
ChairDr. Donald WattamCEPS - CSELdonald.wattam@cwu.edu3075 
MemberDr. Bret Smith

CAH - Music

MemberDr. Rachel KirkCAH - Artrachel.kirk@cwu.edu2665 
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. Bret Smith; ChairCAH - Musicbret.smith@cwu.edu1548
Dr. Julie BonnerCEPS - ITAMjulie.bonner@ cwu.edu2630
Dr. Lisa ElyCOTS - Geologylisa.ely@cwu.edu2177
Dr. Ralf GreenwaldCOTS - Psychologyralf.greenwald@cwu.edu3630
Dr. Charles LiCAH -


Dr. Jessica MayhewCOTS - Primate Behaviorjessica.mayhew@cwu.edu3220
Dr. Carin ThomasCOTS - Chemistrycarin.thomas@cwu.edu2815
Dr. Denise ShawCEPS -



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. Rachel Kirk;  ChairCAH - Artrachel.kirk@cwu.edu2665
Dr. Jennifer LiptonCOTS - Geographyjennifer.lipton@cwu.edu1164
Dr. Patrick McCutcheonCOTS - Anthropologypatrick.mccutcheon@cwu.edu2075
Dr. Karen RoemerCEPS - Health Scienceskaren.roemer@cwu.edu2746
Dr. Fred WashburnCOTS - Psychologyfred.washburn@cwu.edu2379


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. Donald Wattam; ChairCEPS -
Dr. Razvan AndonieCOTS - Computer Sciencerazvan.andonie@cwu.edu1430
Dr. Christina BarriganCAH - Theatre Artschristina.barrigan@cwu.edu3292
Dr. Tishra BeesonCEPS - Health Sciencestishra.beeson@cwu.edu2494
Dr. Amy ClaridgeCEPS -Family Child Lifeamy.claridge@cwu.edu2758
Dr. Craig HughesCEPS -
Dr. Jason KnirkCAH - Historyjason.knirk@cwu.edu2422
Dr. Cody StoddardCOTS - Law and Justicecody.stoddard@cwu.edu3252

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