Graduate Council


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 Ccolleges, and one from SDSU-Imperial Valley
  • Dean of Graduate Affairs or designee, who shall serve as Chair
  • Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dean of the Library and Information Access
  • two graduate students
    • (with classified status and in good standing; one must represent a doctoral program)

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

*there is a policy update in progress to formally increase membership spring 2022.

Major Academic Unit or Ex Officio Position Name (*Senator) Term Ends Appt. Date Dept.
Dean: College of Graduate Studies (Chair) Love, Tracy (Chair) CGS
Dean: Library (or designee) McCarthy, Patrick (designee for Walter Scott) LIB
Provost Ochoa, Hector Salvador AA
Faculty – A&L Bosco, Fernando May-24 Dec-18 GEO
Faculty – A&L Maher, Kristen May-24 Sep-21 CAL
Faculty – FCOB Zheng, Congcong May-24 Aug-21 MNGMT
Faculty – FCOB Miles, Morgan (Poor) May-23 Sep-20 MKTG
Faculty – EDU Degeneffe, Chuck* May-22 Sep-16 ARPE
Faculty – EDU
Marshall, Jim
(proxy for Lisa Lamb)
May-22 Sept-19 TED
Faculty – ENG Sharma, Satish* May-24 Nov-18 E COMP ENG
Faculty – ENG Kumar, Sunil May-22 Sep-16 MECH ENG
Faculty – HHS Mahar, Matthew May-22 Feb-17 ENS
Faculty – HHS Stoskopf, Carleen* May-22 Nov-19 PH
Faculty – PFSA
Savage, Matthew
(proxy for Kerianne Quick)
May-21 Sep-21 ART + D
Faculty – PFSA
Zhong, Mei
(proxy for Arthur Santana)
May-21 Sep-21 JOURN
Faculty – SCI Vaidya, Naveen May-21 Aug-21 MATH
Faculty – SCI Orosz, Jerome* May-22 Sep-16 AST
Faculty – IVC Pearson, David May-23 Sep-20 IV
Graduate Student
(must be in good academic standing)
TBD May-22 Aug-21 CGS
Graduate Student
(must be in good academic standing)
Moreno, Johnny May-22 Aug-21 CGS
Assistant Dean: College of Graduate Studies (Non-Voting) Riley, Erin CGS
Associate Dean: College of Graduate Studies (Non-Voting) Bohonak, Andrew CGS
VP: Research and Innovation (Non-Voting) Madanat, Hala DRI
Director: Graduate Student Diversity (Non-Voting) Villodas, Feion SACD
Associate Director: Admissions (Non-Voting) Cortell, Sabrina ENROLLMENT SRVCS
Graduate Admissions Lead (Non-Voting) Pina-Harlow, Margarita ENROLLMENT SRVCS
Graduate Studies
Logan, Jennie CGS
Graduate Studies
Bobb, Ashley CGS
Graduate Studies
Sanchez, Cristina CGS
Graduate Studies
Walls, Pat CGS


Day Thursdays
Time 2:15 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Frequency Thursday after Senate meetings
Modality via Zoom
Location N/A