Graduate Faculty Governance Council



Graduate Faculty Governance Council Charge

The Graduate Faculty Governance Council, comprised of representatives from the Graduate Faculty, colleges with graduate programs, Western Libraries, and graduate students, supports and advances graduate education at Western Washington University through shared graduate faculty governance. The Council's powers and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership in the areas of Graduate School strategic planning, policy and standards, and resource allocation in collaboration with the Dean of the Graduate School
  • Promoting the interests of the Graduate Faculty and graduate students 
  • Enhancing the visibility of graduate education throughout the University, including the promotion and celebration of academic accomplishments by graduate students
  • Approving and monitoring standards for graduate admission, retention, and graduation
  • Advising on the development and creation of new graduate programs
  • Reviewing graduate curriculum proposals from all academic departments and programs
  • Conducting graduate program reviews to ensure ongoing program effectiveness
  • Participating in the Graduate School NWCCU accreditation process
  • Selecting Western Association of Graduate Schools outstanding thesis nominees
  • Adopting and amending its rules of operation as the “Bylaws of the Graduate Faculty Governance Council”

2020-2021 GFGC Membership

Name Term (Years) Subcommittee* Area
Bob Mitchell 2 GSS Area A - CSE
Linda Keeler 2 GPRC Area B - Social Sciences
Chris Loar 2 GSS - Chair Area C - Humanities
Patty Bourne 2 GSCC Area D - Fine and Performing Arts
Mark Staton 2 GPRC - Chair Area E - Business and Economics
Tammi Laninga 2 GPRC Area F - Huxley College
Beth Boland (Vice-Chair) 1 GSCC Area G - Woodring College
Gabe Gossett 2 GSCC Western Libraries
Kristi Lemm 1 GSCC - Chair At-Large (Social Sciences)
Christina Byrne 1 GPRC At-Large (Social Sciences)
Craig Dunn 1 GSS At-Large (Business and Economics)
Joseph Hunter 1 GPRC At-Large (Woodring)
Margaret Scheuermann 1 GPRC At-Large (CSE)
Ruth Sofield (Chair) 1 GPRC At-Large (Chair)
AP Wang 1 GSCC AS Senate
Samia Quidwai 1 GPRC AS Senate



GSCC - Graduate School Curriculum Committee

GPRC - Graduate Program Review Committee

GSS - Graduate Student Support Committee