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Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS)

Committee Liaison

Dean's Liaison: Associate Dean Holly Storkel, (785) 864-3661,

College Office of Graduate Affairs Liaison: Kristine Latta, (785) 864-4201,

Admin. Support: Rachel Schwien, (785) 864-1784,


The Committee on Graduate Studies shall consist of eleven faculty members serving a three-year term, to be elected at large from the graduate faculty of the College across the five divisions of the College with three members each from Humanities, Natural Sciences & Math, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as one member each from School of the Arts and International and Interdisciplinary Studies. Additionally, the committee will include up to two graduate students elected for a one-year term (fewer students are permitted if good faith efforts are made to reach full representation).  The Director of the College Office of Graduate Affairs or a designee attends these meetings in an advisory, non-voting capacity. 


Name Department Term Ends
Avdan, Nazli Political Science 2022

Brackett, David

Visual Arts 2021
Tunge, Jon 2020-2021 alternate for Caricato, Marco Chemistry 2023
Dean, Bartholomew Anthropology 2022
Gudino, Omar Applied Behavioral Science & Psychology 2022
Jiang, Yunfeng 2020-2021 alternate for Foster, Bryan Mathematics 2021
Symons, John 2020-2021 alternate for Pultz, John Philosophy 2023
Scioli, Emma Classics 2022

Simoes, Antonio

Spanish & Portuguese 2023
Weis, David (Chair) Chemistry 2022
Wolfe, Ben Environmental Studies 2023

Meeting Dates

The full committee of CGS meets during the academic year on each date (Thursdays) noted below from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The CGS does not meet if classes are not in session. The following are scheduled meeting dates for 2020-2021:

Fall 2020

  • August 27
  • September 10 and 24
  • October 8 and 22
  • November 12
  • December 10

Spring 2021

  • January 28
  • February 11 and 25
  • March 11 and 25
  • April 8 and 22
  • May 13


Much of the work of the CGS is conducted in two subcommittees.

  • Program and Curricular Changes Subcommittee
    • ​Reviews and recommends to full committee on course change proposals
    • Reviews and recommends to full committee on program proposals for changes in degree/certificate requirements
    • Reviews and provides recommendations to the full committee on proposals for new graduate degrees and concentrations graduate certificate proposals, and graduate certificate renewals
  • Policies and Student Petitions Subcommittee
    • ​​​Reviews the annual Dean's Charges and prepares response/report for endorcement by the full committee
    • Reviews and provides recommendations to the full committee for proposed new policy or policy changes governing graduate education in the College
    • Reviews and responds to select student petitions seeking relief from College or Graduate Studies policies

Submission Process

CGS and its sub-committees make every effort to review program changes and curricular changes submitted by departments in a timely fashion.  The CGS schedule of submission deadlines provides departments with a guide to the timing of the review process.

Department representatives are welcome to attend the full CGS committee meeting at any time, and may find it especially useful to do so when curricular or program changes for their department are under consideration.