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

2021-2022 Members of the Graduate Council

Name Term Position
Barr-Gillespie, Ann Standing Institutional Officer (non-voting)
Roubidoux, Nikol Standing 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
Liu, Chunming 2020-2023 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)
Yang, Shun-nan (COO) 2021-2024 Graduate Faculty from Grad Council Program (any college)
Christopher, Michael completing term for McIlwain, Amber (CHP) 2020-2023 Graduate Faculty from Grad Council Program (any college)
Vik, Peter (CHP) 2019-2022 Graduate Faculty at large (any program)
Hogan, Anne (AUD) 2021-2024 Graduate Faculty at large (any program)
TBD 2021-2024 Graduate Professional Student

Officers of 2021-2022 Graduate Council

  • Chair, Peter Vik, PhD, Professor and Director of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program
  • Chair Elect, Isaac Gilman, Dean of University Libraries
  • Secretary, Andrew Saultz, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of the PhD in Education and Leadership program

Graduate Council-Covered Programs

Masters of Healthcare Administration, School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership, CHP
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, CHP
PhD in Clinical Psychology,School of Graduate Psychology, CHP
PhD in Education and Leadership, Colleges of Education and Health Professions
MS in Vision Science, College of Optometry
PhD in Vision Science, College of Optometry
DMSc in Medical Science 
DHSc in Health Care Science

Resource Documents for Faculty

Call for Nominations of Graduate Faculty
Graduate Council, Policies and Procedures Manual
Nomination Packet - For Faculty interested in applying for graduate faculty status 
Graduate Faculty Categories and Qualifications
Roster of Graduate Faculty 
Curricular and Program Requirements

Resource Documents for Graduate Students

Thesis/Dissertation Handbook

Contact Us

For questions regarding the Graduate Council, please contact:

Ann Barr-Gillespie, DPT, PhD |  Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
503-352-2114