Graduate Council

The Graduate Council plays a crucial role in the oversight and planning of all MTSU graduate courses and graduate degree programs, in establishing criteria for the appointment and re-appointment of Graduate Faculty, in assessing graduate student issues and concerns, and in recommending to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies university-wide policies and procedures for implementation. The Graduate Council advises in the modification of existing programs and in the approval and implementation of any new programs. All student work towards advanced degrees proceeds under the policies and regulations established and reviewed by academic departments, the Graduate Council, and the College of Graduate Studies.

The Graduate Council provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in scholarly activity and serves as an advocate in obtaining resources for graduate program. Only full-time MTSU faculty who have previously been appointed to the Graduate Faculty may serve on the Graduate Council. Council members are appointed by the President to serve three-year terms with three faculty representatives per college. Two graduate student representatives who meet all graduate academic standards are also appointed. To ensure continuity and institutional memory in the creation and implementation of policies and procedures, one Council member from each college is replaced each year. Graduate students are appointed to the Council each academic year and the graduate college deans and the six academic deans serve as ex-officio members. The vice chair, who conducts meetings in the absence of the chair and who serves as chair-elect, and the recording secretary of the Graduate Council are elected annually. The chair, in consultation with the dean of the College of Graduate Studies, is responsible for setting the Council's agenda.


Helen Binkley, Chair

Member Subcommittee Rank Subcommittee
Emily Baran   Program Review
Kyle Butler   Graduate Faculty Status
Michael Fleming   ABM / New Programs
Brandon Grubbs   Graduate Faculty Status
Jwa Kim Chair Graduate Faculty Status
Dan Morrell   ABM / New Programs
Pam Morris Chair Curriculum
Steven Morris   ABM / New Programs
Luciana Prestes   Graduate Faculty Status
Mischa Renfroe   Curriculum
Michael Roach Chair Program Review
James Robertson   Program Review
Saleh Sbenaty   Curriculum
Lisa Sheehan-Smith Chair ABM / New Programs
Kierstin Sims    
Samantha Stolze    
Allie Sultan   Program Review
Judith Van Hein   ABM / New Programs
Dong Ye   Curriculum
Helen Binkley   Curriculum
Jeremy Winters    


Meeting Schedule & Deadlines for 2020-2021

The Graduate Council schedule can now be conveniently viewed on the Graduate School Calendar. They are highlighted in a light blue color.

You may also find a vertical listing of all Graduate Council meetings and deadlines below the calendar near the bottom of the page.  

Meeting Minutes




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