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The Graduate Council

About the Graduate Council

The Graduate Council was formed to enable a cadre of faculty with significant experience and achievement in graduate education to assist in the review and implementation of campus graduate studies issues. Working with the Director of the Graduate School, the Graduate Council serves to assess and implement initiatives that foster successful graduate education involving faculty and students.

In addition to serving as an advisory body, the members of the Graduate Council make recommendations on policies for the Graduate School and serve as the final arbiter for student-related appeals.

Members of the Graduate Council are appointed for three-year terms by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in consultation with the Director of the Graduate School and the deans of the academic colleges. The appointment of college representatives is made on a staggered basis to maintain continuity of experience.

The Graduate Council meets at a minimum once per month to hear student appeals and approve membership for candidacy for Graduate Faculty positions.


Student Appeals

How do I make an appeal to the Graduate Council?

A graduate student who is denied admission, readmission, or further continuance in the Graduate School, or a graduate degree program, may appeal the decision to the Graduate Council. The following supportive information must be provided by the student when preparing an appeal:

All appeals should be submitted to:

Graduate Council
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Sandel Hall Room 243
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209

All student appeals are submitted to the Graduate School and processed through a series of committees within the program (s) and college prior to being heard by the Graduate Council.  The Graduate School will supply a complete appeal packet to the program/college through the graduate coordinator that may include official transcripts, GRE/GMAT scores, a signed degree plan, and any other support documentation relevant to the student’s appeal.  The completed appeal must be on the Graduate Council Agenda one week prior (7 days) to the meeting date.  This should be taken into consideration when preparing appeal documents. 

*Note for Students who successfully appeal for continuance:
Those students will be granted “good standing” status and will not need to appeal each semester, even if their GPA remains below 3.0, as long as they are making academic progress in completing their graduate degree. If a student earns a grade of “D” or “F”, however, the student must submit another appeal for continuance.


Graduate Faculty Recommendations

If a graduate faculty appointment request is being made, a Graduate Faculty Recommendation Form should be used. Each completed form should be accompanied by a letter of nomination from the appropriate program or school director as well as a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. Requests for Adjunct Staff Listing in the University Catalog do not have to be approved through Graduate Council. Academic Affairs has created a step-by-step list for preparing both documents with the routing for each, which can be found here. Please note that anyone who is not a full-time employee of ULM must have Adjunct Faculty status in order to be an Associate or Clinical Member of the Graduate Faculty.

Meeting Dates of the Graduate Council for 2023-2024 Academic Year:

   Any items for consideration at the Graduate Council meeting are due to the Graduate School seven (7) days prior to the scheduled Graduate Council meeting date.


Tuesday,  August 16

Thursday, September 15

Thursday, October 20

Thursday, November 17

Wednesday, December 7


Tuesday, January 10

Thursday, February 16

Thursday, March 16

Thursday, April 20

Wednesday May 10


Thursday, June 22

Thursday, July 20

Wednesday, August 16

Graduate Council Policies and Forms
College Committee Recommendation for Graduate Student Appeal
Recommendation for Time Extension to Complete Degree Requirements
Graduate Faculty Recommendation Form
Graduate Faculty Membership Policy


Members of the Graduate Council:

Members of the Graduate Council for 22/23:

College of Arts, Education, and Sciences
      Dr. Stacie Austin
      Dr. Adaobi Duru
      Dr. Chris Gissendanner, Chair
      Dr. Carlton Kilpatrick

College of Business and Social Sciences
      Dr. Burton Ashworth
      Dr. Susie Cox
      Dr. Rick Stevens
      Dr. Dr. Jun Yu   

College of Health Sciences
      Dr. Wendy Bailes
      Dr. Jessica Dolecheck
      Dr. Martha Goodman
      Dr. Jennifer Whited

College of Pharmacy
      Dr. Kevin Baer
      Dr. Karen Briski
      Dr. Keith Jackson
      Dr. Seetharama Jois

2022 Faculty Senate:  
Dr. Sushma Krishnamurthy, Dean of Graduate School (ex-officio)


ULM Graduate School
Sandel Hall Room 243
700 University Avenue
Monroe, LA 71209

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

(318) 342-1036