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Graduate Council

Membership List

2021–2022 Graduate Council

Elected Members (voting)

College of Agricultural Sciences

  • Patrick Drohan, Associate Professor of Pedology (2021-2023)
  • Beth Gugino, Professor of Vegetable Pathology (2020-2022) - Vice Chair (2021-2022)
  • Timothy McNellis, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology (2021-2023)

College of Arts and Architecture

  • Pep Aviles, Assistant Professor of Architecture (2020-2022)
  • Amara Solari, Professor of Art History (2020-2022)

Smeal College of Business

  • Brent Ambrose, Professor of Real Estate (2021-2023)
  • Hans Baumgartner, Smeal Professor of Marketing (2020-2022)

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

  • Juliet Pinto, Associate Professor of Journalism (2020-2022)

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences

  • Kenneth Davis, Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Science (2020-2022) - Chair (2021-2023)
  • Matthew Fantle, Professor of Geosciences (2021-2023)
  • Steven Greybush, Associate Professor of Meteorology (2021-2023)

College of Education

  • Kathleen Heid, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education (2020-2022)
  • Elizabeth Hughes, Associate Professor of Special Education (2021-2023)
  • Xiangquan Yao, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education (2020-2022)

College of Engineering

  • Ali Borhan, Professor of Chemical Engineering (2020-2022)
  • Anne Martin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering (2021-2023)
  • Richard Mistrick, Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering (2020-2022)
  • Sven Schmitz, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering (2021-2023)
  • Michelle Vigeant, Associate Professor of Acoustics and Architectural Engineering (2021-2023)

College of Health and Human Development

  • Laura Cousino Klein, Professor of Biobehavioral Health (2020-2022)
  • Seoki Lee, Associate Professor of Hospitality Management (2021-2023)
  • Michael Robb, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (2021-2023)

College of Information Sciences and Technology

  • Ben Hanrahan, Assistant Professor (2021-2023)
  • Sharon Huang, Associate Professor (2021-2023)

College of the Liberal Arts

  • Stephen Matthews, Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, and Geography (2020-2022)
  • Kate Merkel-Hess, Associate Professor of History (2020-2022)
  • Suzy Scherf, Associate Professor of Psychology (2021-2023)
  • Judith Sierra-Rivera, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latino/a Studies (2021-2023)
  • Mary Stuckey, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences (2020-2022)

College of Medicine

  • John Flanagan, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020-2022)
  • Kathleen Mulder, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020-2022)
  • Anirban Paul, Assistant Professor of Neural & Behavioral Sciences (2021-2022)
  • Ming Wang, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences (2020-2022)

College of Nursing

  • Kristen Bransby, Associate Teaching Professor (2021-2023)

Eberly College of Science

  • Todd Lajeunesse, Professor of Biology (2021-2023)
  • Jan Reimann, Associate Professor of Mathematics (2021-2023)
  • Lorraine Santy, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020-2022)
  • Emily Weinert, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2020-2022)

Penn State Behrend

  • Brian Boscaljon, Associate Professor of Finance (2020-2022)
  • Mark Owens, Associate Professor of Economics (2020-2022)

Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate and Professional Studies

  • Adrian Barb, Associate Professor of Information Science (2020-2022)

Penn State Harrisburg, Capital College

  • Senel Poyrazli, Professor of Counseling Psychology (2021-2023)
  • Karin Sprow Forte, Assistant Teaching Professor of Teacher Education and Adult Education (2020-2022)
  • Anne Verplanck, Associate Professor of American Studies (2021-2023)

School of International Affairs

  • Johannes Fedderke, Professor of International Affairs and African Studies (2021-2023)

Additional Members and Participants in the Council

Dean of the Graduate School (voting)

  • Regina Vasilatos-Younken, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Senior Associate Dean (voting)

  • Michael Verderame, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Associate Dean (voting)

  • Sarah Ades, Associate Dean for Graduate Student Affairs

Associate Dean (voting)

  • William Clark, Associate Dean

Associate Dean (voting)

  • Stephanie Preston, Associate Dean for Graduate Educational Equity

Assistant Dean (voting)

  • Michelle Corby, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Services

Senior Vice President for Research (non-voting)

  • Lora Weiss, Senior Vice President for Research

Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives (non-voting)

  • Shashank Priya, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Strategic Initiatives

World Campus Liaison (non-voting)

  • Karen Pollack, Assistant Vice Provost for Online and Blended Programs

Dickinson School of Law Member (non-voting)

  • William Butler, John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law

Penn State Law Member (non-voting)

  • Dara Purvis, Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships, Professor of Law

University Faculty Senate Council Liaison (voting)

  • Kent Vrana, Elliot S. Vesell Professor and Chair of Pharmacology

University Registrar (non-voting)

  • Robert Kubat, University Registrar

Graduate and Professional Student Association Members (voting)

  • Suparna Dutta
  • Annie Everett
  • Claire Kelling
  • Hannah Nolte
  • Kate Warczak

Participants from the Graduate School (non-voting non-members)

  • Erika Bowser, Senior Business Process Analyst
  • Lori Cottrill, Director of Network Operations and Data Systems
  • Lori Anne Hawn, Director of Graduate Student Services
  • Vicki Hewitt, Director of Graduate Council Administration and Secretary to Graduate Council
  • Jessica Hoffman, Director of Graduate Education Financial Administration
  • Tania Luciow, Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications
  • Barbara Struble, Financial Officer and Executive Director of Graduate Education Financial Administration
  • Jennifer Theiss, Director of Alumni and External Relations

Administrative Support to Graduate Council (non-voting non-members)

  • Robert Bannon, Graduate Education Curriculum and Assessment Records Manager
  • Claudia Horner, Administrative Support Coordinator
  • Cathy Murgas, Administrative Support Coordinator
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