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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 consists of ten faculty members serving three-year overlapping terms. Each member is elected at large from the Graduate Faculty of the College where nine represent equally each of the three academic areas in the College (the humanities, the natural sciences and mathematics, and the social and behavioral sciences) and one represents the School of the Arts. Four graduate students elected for two-year terms representing each of the three academic areas in the College and the School of the Arts are also part of the committee. Graduate students and graduate faculty with joint appointments or primary appointments in programs or centers may be nominated for election in one of the three electoral divisions of the College (Humanities, Natural Sciences or Social & Behavioral Sciences) that is representative of their self-designated, primary fields of study.


Name Department Term Ends

Barnette, Jane

Theatre 2018
Joslyn, Mark Political Science 2019
Kokobobo, Ani Slavic Languages & Literatures 2019
Mechem, Dave Geography & Atmospheric Science 2018
Pedersen, Kris Speech-Language-Hearing 2019

Reiff, Mary Jo

English 2020
Tunge, Jon Chemistry 2020
Vernberg, Eric Clinical Child Psychology  2019
Versteeg, Margot Spanish & Portuguese 2020
Walton, Tony Geology 2019

Meeting Dates

The full committee of CGS meets during the academic year on each date (Thursdays) noted below from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in 210 Strong Hall. The CGS does not meet if classes are not in session. The following are scheduled meeting dates for 2017-2018:

Fall 2017

  • August 24
  • September 14 and 28
  • October 12 and 26
  • November 9 and 30
  • December 14

Spring 2018

  • January 25
  • February 8 and 22
  • March 8 and 29
  • April 12 and 26
  • May 10


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.