Committee on Graduate Studies (CGS)

Committee Liaison

College Office of Graduate Affairs Liaison: Morgan Swartzlander, 785-864-4201,

Admin. Support: Rachel Decorie, 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. 


NameDepartmentTerm Ends
Herlihy, PeterGeography2026
Isenberg, AndrewHistory2025
Jelks, RandalAfrican & African-American Studies2026
Jiang, YunfengMathematics2024  
Kuczera, KrzysztofChemistry2025
Landau, MarkPsychology2025
Leyerzapf, AmyLeadership Studies2026
Piercy, CameronCommunication Studies2025
Raibley, JasonPhilosophy2026
Schulz, ArminPhilosophy2026
Wilson, RonFilm & Media Studies2025

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 2023-2024:

Fall 2023

  • August 24
  • September 14 and 28
  • October 12 and 26
  • November 9
  • December 14

Spring 2024

  • January 25
  • February 8 and 22
  • March 28
  • April 11 and 25
  • May 9

Meeting Documents

See meeting documents.


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 endorsement 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.

Departments submitting a master’s degree program change to switch to a coursework-only master’s (i.e., no thesis, exam, or other culminating effort), must review the Guidelines for Coursework Only Master’s Degree.  The rationale for the change submitted should address the questions contained in this document. 

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.