Graduate Council

PurposeTo consider all matters relating to graduate programs at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and to recommend practices and guidance that enhances the quality of TAMU-CC graduate programs. The Graduate Council reports through the Faculty Senate.

Function: The Graduate Council serves as the advisory body to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The Graduate Council reviews and evaluates the admissions requirements and processes, curriculum and program requirements, academic standards, grading guidelines and practices, academic advising, orientation, faculty qualifications and productivity, library and learning resources, computer and laboratory facilities, and other issues relating specifically to graduate education at the university. The council assists the dean in reviewing the content of the graduate catalog.

This council also reviews new graduate programs being considered by the university once the college/school initiating the proposal has approved them. Once approved by the council, the proposal will continue through the regular approval process (i.e., Faculty Senate, Provost, and President).

The Graduate Council also considers strategic directions that the university should pursue regarding graduate education and assists in the formulation of marketing, scholarship, recruiting, and program development objectives needed to achieve the institution’s graduate education goals.

By April 1st of each year, the Graduate Council will submit its formal recommendations regarding graduate education to the Deans Council and the Faculty Senate for consideration.

Membership: Three (3) graduate faculty members from each academic college and 2 graduate faculty members from the School of Arts, Media, & Communication who are elected by the graduate faculty of the college/school hold voting positions on the council.  The Associate Deans of the College of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Libraries, and one (1) elected faculty representative from Faculty Senate serve as non-voting ex-officio members of the council. The elected members from the academic colleges/schools serve 3-year terms which may be renewed once. Elected terms are staggered so that one member from each college/school rotates off the council each year.

Chair:  Elected by Graduate Council

Responsible University OfficialProvost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Graduate Council Members
Name Unit Represented Term End

Mikaela Boham

College of Education & Human Development (Chair)

August 31, 2025

Corinne Valadez

College of Education & Human Development

August 31, 2024

Kevin Bazner

College of Education & Human Development

August 31, 2026

Hua Zhang

College of Engineering and Computer Science

August 31, 2025

Lucy Huang

College of Engineering and Computer Science

August 31, 2024

Mehdi Sookhak

College of Engineering and Computer Science

August 31, 2026

Patrick Crowley

College of Business

August 31, 2024

Abu Waheeduzzaman

College of Business

August 31, 2026

David Zhang

College of Business

August 31, 2025

Peter Moore

College of Liberal Arts

August 31, 2024

Yuliana Zaikman

College of Liberal Arts

August 31, 2025

Timothy Scott Johnson

College of Liberal Arts

August 31, 2026

Heather DeGrande

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

August 31, 2024

Vacant

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

August 31, 2026

Dixie Andelman

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

August 31, 2025

Fereshteh Billiot

College of Science

August 31, 2024

Ingo Pecher

College of Science

August 31, 2026

Dorina Murgulet

College of Science

August 31, 2025

Michael Sollitto

School of Arts, Media, & Communication

August 31, 2025

Ryan O'Malley

School of Arts, Media, & Communication

August 31, 2026

Marvarene Oliver

Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies (ex-officio)

N/A

Steve Seidel

Interim Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies (ex-officio)

N/A

Catherine Rudowsky

May and Jeff Bell Library (ex-officio)

N/A

Rosie Banda

Faculty Senate (ex-officio)

N/A

Last Updated: 04/15/2024