Graduate Council

The Graduate Council acts on behalf of the Graduate Faculty on routine matters of policy interpretation, curriculum and course review, and review of applications for Graduate Faculty status. The operating procedures of the Graduate Council are defined by the Bylaws of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate School.

The Graduate Council consists of a voting faculty representative from each of the graduate programs.  Representatives are elected for non-consecutive, four-year terms.  Members of the Graduate Council elect a chair from their membership for a two year term.

Meetings are scheduled once a month, generally on the third Monday unless members are notified otherwise by the Graduate School office.

Graduate Council Minutes

Academic Year 2022-2023 Graduate Council

Voting Members

Dr. Antino Allen, Pharmaceutical Sciences – Chair

Dr. Frank Simmen, Cellular Biology and Physiology

Dr. David Ussery, Biomedical Informatics
Dr. Andrew James, Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Melanie MacNicol, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences

Dr. Clare Brown, Health Systems and Services Research
Dr. Lin-Xi Li, Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Patricia Cowan, Nursing Sciences
Dr. Melda Onal, Pathobiology

Dr. Lisa Jansen, Clinical Nutrition
Dr. Isabelle Miousse, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dr. Brooke Montgomery, Health Promotion and Prevention Research
Dr. Mohammed Orloff, Epidemiology
Dr. Nirmala Parajuli, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Dr. Gregory Robinson, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Non-voting Members
Dr. Robert McGehee, Dean of Graduate School
Dr. Latrina Prince, Graduate School
Allyson Douglass, Graduate School
Jewel Banik, 2022-2023 GSA President

Committee on Faculty Responsibilities

This committee reviews applications for Graduate Faculty appointments and makes recommendations to the Graduate Council. Upon recommendation of the Committee on Faculty, the Graduate Council shall have the authority to change the format of faculty application forms and materials needed for support or documentation. This committee shall also be responsible for making recommendations regarding all other matters pertaining to Graduate Faculty status.
Committee Members are:

  • David Ussery, Chair
  • Antino Allen
  • Isabelle Miousse
  • Andrew James
  • Mohammed Orloff
  • Brooke Montgomery
  • Melanie MacNicol
  • Gregory Robinson

Committee on Curriculum Responsibilities

This committee will review and make recommendations to the Graduate Council on proposals for:
a) new courses for graduate credit b) changes to existing graduate courses such as alterations in title, description, number, prerequisites c) deletion of courses for graduate credit d) new or revised graduate tracks leading to a degree e) merging or eliminating existing degree tracks f) new or revised graduate degree programs g) merging or eliminating graduate degree programs. Upon recommendation of the Committee on Curriculum, the Graduate Council shall have the authority to change as appropriate the forms and materials needed to document these actions. In the case of new degree program proposals, this committee is responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the proposal are submitted in accordance with the format and policies of the University Of Arkansas Board Of Trustees and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.
Committee Members are:

  • Melda Onal, Chair
  • Frank Simmen
  • Clare Brown
  • Nirmala Parajuli
  • Lin-Xi Li
  • Lisa Jansen