Graduate Council

Storm Hall West at dusk

The Council represents the interest of the University in graduate affairs, and is responsible to the University administration, Dean of Graduate Affairs, the Senate, academic units, faculty members and students; its University-wide jurisdiction derives from the President, the Senate, and faculty.  The Council is responsible for development of policy on a) graduate programs, b) graduate student affairs, c) graduate research and scholarship, and d) faculty participation in graduate programs.

Specifics of the Council's charge are detailed in the UNIVERSITY POLICIES: Committees and Councils section of the Policy File.

This Council has a membership of 22:

  • 15 full-time faculty, two from each of the seven Colleges, and one from the SDSU-IV Campus
  • Dean of Graduate Affairs or designee, who shall serve as Chair
  • Provost
  • Dean of the Library and Information Access
  • two graduate students (with classified status and in good standing; one must represent a doctoral program)

Faculty membrs shall serve staggered three-year terms, and may immediately succeed themselves for one term.

Roster / AY 2017-18

Major Academic Unit
(or Ex Officio Position)
Name Term Ends Appt. Date Department Senator
Assistant Dean - Division of Graduate & Research Affairs Bohonak, Andrew ECON  
Associate Dean - Division of Graduate & Research Affairs Balsdon, Ed G&RA  
Dean - Division of Graduate Affairs (Chair) Welter, Stephen (Chair) G&RA  
Dean of LIA (or designee) McCarthy, Patrick (designee) LIA  
Faculty – A&L Varadarajan, Latha 20-May 17-Sep POLSCI  
Faculty – A&L Lauer, Matt 20-May 14-Sep ANTH  
Faculty – BUS Fleming, Damon 19-May 16-Sep ACCTG Sen
Faculty – BUS Varaiya, Nikhil 19-May 16-Sep FIN  
Faculty – EDU Degeneffe, Chuck 19-May 16-Sep TE  
Faculty – EDU Cappello, Marva 19-May 16-Sep TED  
Faculty – ENG Valdes, Julio 19-May 16-Sep Geo ENG  
Faculty – ENG Morsi, Khaled 18-May 12-Oct Mech ENG  
Faculty – HHS Reed, Mark 18-May 15-Feb SOC WORK  
Faculty – HHS Kiene, Susan 19-May 16-Sep SLHS  
Faculty – PFSA Smigel, Eric 20-May 14-Sep MUSIC  
Faculty – PFSA Lindemann, Kurt 20-May 14-Sep COMM  
Faculty – SCI Thomas, Jennifer 19-May 16-Sep PSY  
Faculty – SCI Harris, Greg 19-May 16-Sep BIOL  
Faculty – IVC

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Provost Enwemeka, Chukuka, S. AA  
Director, Division of Reserach Affairs Plemmons, Dena G&RA  
Graduate and Research Affairs Gulizia, Rick G&RA  
Graduate and Research Affairs Sanchez, Cristina G&RA  
Graduate and Research Affairs Baumann, Rita G&RA  
Graduate Admissions Lead, Enrollment Services Pina-Harlow, Margarita


Associate Director - Admissions, Enrollment Services Cortell, Sabrina


Associate Director - Admissions, Enrollment Services Temores-Valdez, Sandra


Student – Classified graduate in good academic standing Trujillo, Adriana 18-May 17-Sep BIOL  
Student – Classified graduate in good academic standing Arambula, Alicia 18-May 17-Sep SOC WORK  

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