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”

2021-2022 GFGC Membership

Name Term Subcommittee* Area
Bob Mitchell 2020-2022 GSSC Area A - CSE
Linda Keeler 2020-2022 GPRC Area B - Social Sciences
Chris Loar 2020-2022 GPRC Area C - Humanities
Patty Bourne (GFGC Vice-Chair) 2020-2022 GSCC Area D - Fine and Performing Arts
Mark Staton 2020-2022 GPRC Area E - Business and Economics
Tammi Laninga 2020-2022 GPRC Area F - College of the Environment
Stan Goto 2021-2023 GPRC Area G - Woodring College
Gabe Gossett 2020-2022 GSCC Western Libraries
Kristi Lemm 2021-2023 GSCC - Chair At-Large (Social Sciences)
Christina Byrne 2021-2023 GSSC At-Large (Social Sciences)
Craig Dunn 2021-2023 GSSC At-Large (Business and Economics)
Joseph Hunter 2021-2023 GPRC At-Large (Woodring)
Margaret Scheuermann 2021-2023 GPRC At-Large (CSE)
Beth Boland (Chair) 2021-2022 GSCC At-Large (Chair)
Gustav Guenther 2021-2022 GPRC AS Senate
Samia Quidwai 2021-2022 GPRC AS Senate
Jaimie Baxter 2021-2022 GSCC GSAC
Gabby Wilson 2021-2022 GSSC GSAC



GSCC - Graduate School Curriculum Committee

GPRC - Graduate Program Review Committee

GSSC - Graduate Student Support Committee