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Graduate School

Graduate Council

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The Graduate School provides a framework for supporting excellence in graduate research, scholarship, teaching, and mentorship in accordance with Columbus State University's mission and consistent with the mission of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The Graduate School is led by the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, who is assisted by a representative body, the Graduate Council. Among its responsibilities, the Graduate Council approves new and revised graduate programs and certificates, develops policies and processes related to graduate studies, approves graduate admission requirements, and reviews and approves faculty for teaching at the graduate level.

The Graduate Council meetings are usually held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 12:00pm in the Graduate School, Tucker Hall 104.

Graduate Council Membership 2023–2024

Year 3

  • Mahmut Reyhanoglu, Chair, COLS
  • Lisa Oberlander, COA
  • Neal Thomson, TCOB

Year 2

  • Patricia Anafi, COEHP
  • Kimberly Gill, COLS
  • Lixin Wang, TCOB

Year 1

  • Dana Griggs, COEHP
  • Mohammad Jafari, COLS
  • Saoussan Maarouf, COEHP
  • Jennifer Newbrey, COLS
  • Aimee Vael, COEHP
  • Ramesh Rao, COA


  • Dr. Margie Yates, Dean of Research and Graduate Studies / Interim Dean COEHP
  • Dr. Tim Howard, SACSCOS Liaison
  • Dr. Catrina Smith-Edmonds, Associate Director of Admissions and The Graduate School
  • Dr. Elizabeth McFalls, Executive Officer of the Faculty Senate
  • Dr. Yesem Peker, Interim Director of Graduate Studies

View Membership for 2022–2023

Meeting Dates and Minutes


Graduate Council Bylaws (PDF) (revised September 2020)


Addendum for New and Part-time Faculty 2011–2012 (Spring 2013)

Graduate Council Membership 2011–2012


New Program Documents


Policies and Forms

Qualifications for Graduate Faculty Membership 2014

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