School of
Graduate Studies

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is the policy-making body for graduate studies at the campus level.

The Council is a representative body composed of full-time regular graduate or doctoral faculty members (one each) elected by each school offering graduate programs and one representative from the UMKC library. There is also a student representative, elected by the Graduate Student Council.

Members serve three (3) year terms. In addition, the Chancellor appoints five members; one from each of the following areas of research endeavor: Physical, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences; Biological and Chemical Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Humanities and Arts; and Administrative and Information Sciences. The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies serves as chair of the Council.

The Graduate Council speaks for faculty on issues related to all graduate programs except the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. The Graduate Council consults with the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Executive Committee about areas in which the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. intersects with other graduate programs.

Graduate Council Responsibilities

  • Confirms academic unit-specific criteria for membership in the UMKC Doctoral Faculty and UMKC Graduate Faculty.
  • Upon the recommendation of the academic units, appoints and reappoints Graduate Professorships and recommends members for the Doctoral Faculty.
  • Monitors the quality of graduate programs other than the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program using periodic reviews based on reports from existing bodies, councils or committees.
  • Recommends new graduate programs and graduate program reduction/termination.
  • Reviews such other policy matters as are referred to it, for example, major curriculum changes.

Graduate Council Meeting Dates

Council meeting time will be 1:00 – 2:30 pm. (Generally the third or fourth Friday of the month).

2023-24 Graduate Council

Graduate Council Members
Academic Unit Term Expires Faculty/Divisional Representative Phone
School of Humanities & Social Sciences 2024 Whitney Terrell 2764
Conservatory of Music 2026 David Thurmaier
School of Science and Engineering 2026 Zhu Li*
School of Management 2025 Roozmehr Safi 2671
School of Education, Social Work & Psychological Sciences 2025 Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes 2520
School of Dentistry Mary Walker 2825
School of Law Jeff Thomas 2378
School of Nursing 2024 Carol Schmer 1713
School of Pharmacy 2024 Gerald Wyckoff 1962
School of Medicine 2024 Julie Banderas 5249
*Zhu Li until SSE votes in October 2023
Graduate Council Members At-Large
Academic Unit Term Expires Faculty/Divisional Representative Phone
Physical/Mathematical Science 2025 Megan Hart (Engineering) 1270
Biological/Chemical Science 2025 Ryan Mohan (Biology) 5333
Social/Behavioral Science 2025 Erin Hambrick (Psychology) 1321
Humanities/Arts 2026 Cristina Albu (Art History) 2985
Administrative/Info. Science 2024 Charles Murnieks (Bloch School) 2201
Graduate Council Ex-Officio Members
Academic Unit Faculty/Divisional Representative Contact
Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies Dr. Stephen Dilks (Chair) 1301
University Libraries Scott Curtis 2225
Administrative Liaison Nancy Hoover 1731
Graduate Student Council appointed student representative Kiel Corkran
International Student Affairs Julie Myer 6426


Graduate Council Subcommittees
Humanities Social Science Natural Science

Cristina Albu
David Thurmaier
Whitney Terrell

Erin Hambrick
Charles Murnieks
Roozmehr Safi
Carol Schmer
Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes
Jeff Thomas

Julie Banderas
Megan Hart
Zhu Li
Ryan Mohan
Mary Walker
Gerald Wyckoff

Graduate Council Minutes