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Graduate Council By-Laws, May 2011

The Graduate Council is the chief policy-formulating and advisory body for The Graduate School. Its duties are to formulate, review, and approve or recommend for approval policies and other items concerning the conduct of graduate study at James Madison University, and to provide leadership in advocating for graduate education and scholarship of the highest caliber. The Graduate Council actions are reported to the graduate faculty, to college deans and to appropriate administrators of the University.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Council:

  • Communicating policy on issues affecting graduate education;
  • Monitoring and advocating excellence in graduate education;
  • Setting the broad framework for all graduate study;
  • Making recommendation on policies with regard to graduate degrees and any changes or additions to such policies;
  • Making recommendations on procedures regarding student appeals

Specifically, Graduate Council approval is required for the following:

  • New program proposals
  • Deletion of graduate programs
  • Standards for graduate faculty
  • University-wide graduate policies
  • Graduate courses

Graduate Council Membership

The Graduate Council membership includes: a representative from each graduate program; the dean of The Graduate School, who will chair Council meetings; a representative from the JMU library system and from the Office of Academic Affairs; and two graduate students. 

Graduate Council Meeting Dates 2013-2014

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.         Thursday, September 12, 2013           

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.         Thursday, October 10, 2013             

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.         Thursday, November 14, 2013            

No December meeting

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Thursday, January 16, 2014               

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Thursday, February 13, 2014             

No March meeting             

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.          Thursday, April 10, 2014                   

9:00 a.m. – noon         Friday, May 16, 2014 (retreat)            Montpelier Room, East Campus Dining Hall 



FREE food, fun, family, and friends.... The Graduate Community Dinner is Friday, September 20, 4:30-6:30 pm! Graduate students and faculty, and their immediate family and significant others are welcome!

Link here for more information and to RSVP.

MBA Graduate Students win big in the Google online challenge:  http://www.jmu.edu/news/2013/08/27-google-online-challenge-winners.shtml

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Fall 2013

September 13  - last day to submit an application to graduate this semester

November 22 - comprehensive assessment results and thesis/research project/dissertation due to The Graduate School

December 13 - Course completion deadline for graduation


News from CSD! 

Dr. Stacey Pavelko and Dr. Carol Dudding have recently been awarded a $9,471 grant award for Language Sampling and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) for Speech-Language Pathologists by the Virginia Department of Education. Congratulations on this award!

Dr. Christy Ludlow has been appointed as Chairperson of the Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study Section for the Center for Scientific Review beginning July 1st, 2013 until June 30th, 2015. This position requires high competence and achievement in the researcher’s scientific discipline and members are selected based on quality of research, publications in scientific journals, and other significant activities, achievements, and honors. Dr. Ludlow’s participation helps assure the quality of the National Institute of Health (NIH) peer review process and is a highly esteemed position. Congratulations to Dr. Christy Ludlow!



Dr. Anne Stewart is elected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award by the  State Council of Higher Education for Virginia!  Read more...


Justine Schembri, a May 2011 graduate of the ISAT-Malta program is selected to receive the 2012 CSGS (Conference of Southern Graduate Schools*) Master's Thesis Award in Life Sciences.

Jason Kopp, a doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. program, and graduate of the Psychological Sciences master's program, is selected to receive the 2012 CSGS Master's Thesis Award in Social Sciences, Business and Education.  Read more...

Dr. Sarah Finney, with the Center for Assessment and Research Studes and the Ph.D. progra in Assessment and Measurement is selected to receive the 2012 CSGS Outstanding Mentor Award for her work with master's and doctoral students at JMU.

*The Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (of which JMU is a member) is an organization of over 200 gradaute schools in the following 15 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland. Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.


Dr. Brenda Ryals, faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders progam,  is the recipient of the 2012 Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology. Read more...


JMU Graduate Student, Sarah DiDimenco,  is Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA)scholarship award winner ....  more.

Thesis and Dissertation submission is now electronic. Please see the thesis and dissertation page for more information.