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Washington State University Graduate Studies Committee

Graduate Studies Committee

Composition & Tenure

  • One member from each college that offers graduate training. Normally, at least one shall be a member of the Senate. (F)
  • One member from WSU libraries faculty. (F)
  • Three graduate students, with one-year terms (renewable), with at least two geographic regions represented. (G)
  • President, Graduate and Professional Student Association; dean of the Graduate School, serving as secretary; provost and executive vice president or designee; all chancellors or their designee(s); representative from the Registrar’s Office. (X)(#)


  • On a continuous basis, reviews and appraises graduate educational policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Recommends establishment, continuation, modification, and termination of graduate courses and degree programs.
  • Advises the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Makes policy recommendations regarding the granting of graduate scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships.
  • Consults with the Academic Affairs Committee and the Professional Health Sciences Committee on those policies and procedures that jointly affect graduate and undergraduate education or health professional programs.

Additional notes

  • Chair or co-chairs are elected by the Committee.
  • Permanent Subcommittee: Catalog Subcommittee.
  • Whenever possible, at least one non-ex officio member of the Graduate Studies Committee shall serve on the Catalog Subcommittee.
  • Has representation on the Steering Committee, Catalog Subcommittee and the Syllabus Committee.
  • Responsible to: Faculty Senate.
  • Reports to: Faculty Senate, the president, dean of the Graduate School, and the provost and executive vice president.

Time Commitment

The Graduate Studies Committee meets twice a month during the academic year on Tuesdays from 3:10-5:00. Members spend 1-4 hours per month reviewing 1-4 proposals per meeting. These include new or revised courses, graduate programs, certificates, or department bylaws. The workload may vary over the course of the school year. Total estimated time commitment is 2-8 hours per month.

Name Rank Constituency Location Term Start Term End
Committee Co-Chair, Erica Nicol (F) Humanities & Social Sciences LibrarianLibraries Pullman 20182024
Committee Co-Chair, Gary Wayman (F) Professor Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience, CVMPullman 20192025
Lonnie Nelson (F)Associate Professor Nursing, CoNSpokane20202023
Mary Paine (F)Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences, CoPPSSpokane 20202023
Peter Pfromm (F)Professor Chemical Engineering & Bioengineering, VCAEPullman 20202023
Paul Bolls (F)Associate Dean Communications, MCCPullman 20212024
Sindhuja Sankaran (F)Associate Professor BSE, CAHNRS Pullman 20212024
Cheryl Schultz (F)Associate Professor Biological Sciences, CASVancouver 20212024
Astrid Suchy-Dicey (F)Assistant Professor IREACH, ESFCOM Seattle 20212024
Yuliya Ardasheva (F)Associate Professor Teaching & Learning, CoETri-Cities 20192025
Umesh Uchila (F)Professor Marketing & International Business, CCBVancouver 20192025
Administrative Support
Craig Parks Vice Provost Office of the Provost Representative Pullman Office of the Provost Representative Office of the Provost Representative
Kate McAteer Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Representative Tri-Cities Tri-Cities Representative Tri-Cities Representative
Christine Portfors Vice Chancellor Chancellor Designee Vancouver Vancouver Representative Vancouver Representative
Vacant --Chancellor Designee Everett Everett Representative Everett Representative
Vacant -- Chancellor Designee Spokane Spokane Representative Spokane Representative
Joe Merrill Development Manager Office of the Graduate School Pullman Office of the Graduate School Representative Office of the Graduate School Representative
Tiffany Boswell Administrative Management & Programs Office of the Graduate School Pullman Office of the Graduate School Representative Office of the Graduate School Representative
Swarnita ChakrabortyGraduate Student Graduate Student Representative Pullman 20212023
Nazua Idris Graduate Student CASPullman 20222023