Graduate Council

Approved by the Faculty Senate in December 2018 and by the University Council in February 2019, the Graduate Council is the university’s formal body responsible for review of the quality, consistency, and integrity of its programs of graduate study, including master’s and PhD degrees, in which there is a thesis, dissertation, or other culminating project that represents a new substantive contribution to knowledge in its discipline.

Graduate programs of this nature which are subject to external professional accreditation are exempt from Graduate Council oversight; however, they may voluntarily elect to be designated as Graduate Council-covered programs and follow the standards set by the Council. Graduate programs for which a thesis, dissertation, or other significant culminating project is not required, whether or not such programs are professionally accredited, are outside the purview of the Graduate Council, and will continue to be supported by the University Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Review includes approval responsibility as specified under powers and duties. The council meets on a monthly basis to review and approve, and to report to the provost on Graduate Council-covered graduate program curricular matters and overall Graduate Council covered graduate program academic standards not in the purview of individual colleges or programs.

For more information on the Pacific University Graduate Council, please consult section 2.5.15 in the University Faculty and Governance Handbook

2019-2020 Members of the Graduate Council

Name Term Position
Barr, Gillespie, Ann Standing Provost or designee (non-voting)
Carstens, Lisa Standing Interim Registrar (non-voting)
Isgrigg, Jo Standing Director of OSSP (non-voting)
Gillman, Isaac Standing Dean of Pacific University Libraries or designee
Stamper, Brendan 2019-2022 Grad Council Rep from College of Health Professions
Flipsen, Peter 2019-2021 Grad Council Rep from College of Education
Kundart, James 2019-2020 Grad Council Rep from College of Optometry
Saultz, Andrew (COE) 2019-2022 Graduate Faculty from Grad Council Program (any college)
Tai, Yu-Chi (COO) 2019-2022 Graduate Faculty from Grad Council Program (any college)
Hayes, John R. (COO) 2019-2021 Graduate Faculty from Grad Council Program (any college)
McIlwain, Amber (CHP) 2019-2020 Graduate Faculty from Grad Council Program (any college)
Vik, Peter (CHP) 2019-2022 Graduate Faculty at large (any program)
Gelman, Irina (CHP) 2019-2021 Graduate Faculty at large (any program)

Officers of 2019-2020 Graduate Council

  • Chair, Andrew Saultz, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of the PhD in Education and Leadership program
  • Chair Elect, Peter Vik, PhD, Professor and Director of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program
  • Secretary, Ann Barr-Gillespie, DPT, PhD, Vice Provost for Research and Executive Dean, College of Health Professions

Resource Documents for Faculty

Call for Nominations of Graduate Faculty - February 2020
Graduate Council, Policies and Procedures Manual, 2-8-19
Nomination Packet | For Faculty interested in applying for graduate faculty status (includes definitions of graduate faculty status)
2019-2020 Roster of Graduate Faculty 
Curricular and Program Requirements Revised 6-18-19

Resource Documents for Graduate Students

Thesis/Dissertation Handbook | Approved by the Graduate Council, May 2018

Contact Us

For questions regarding the Graduate Council, please contact:

Ann Barr-Gillespie, DPT, PhD |  Vice Provost for Research and Executive Dean, College of Health Professions
503-352-7372