This committee shall review and consider matters relating to graduate education and shall receive, and may stimulate and originate proposals for its development.
This committee shall formulate, for determination by the Faculty Senate, the policies for admission to graduate study. It shall have the power to act on the alteration, addition or deletion of individual graduate courses recommended by college committees and to delegate this authority to the individual colleges, Office of the University Registrar, or Office of Graduate College, as it deems appropriate. It shall have the power to act on modifications of approved graduate programs and shall make recommendation to the Faculty Senate on courses of study leading to graduate degrees and on matters of policy concerning graduate study. The committee shall have the authority and responsibility for general policies concerning the judicial system for graduate students. In the absence of a duly constituted graduate student government, each academic year it shall appoint the graduate student member of the Committee on Student Life. (Detailed procedures for instituting or modifying graduate degree programs are on file in the Senate Office and Graduate College.)
The Faculty Senate Committee on Graduate Studies shall periodically receive from the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education/Dean of the Graduate College (hereafter Dean of the Graduate College) a review of the status of graduate education at the University of Delaware.
The Graduate Studies Committee shall, at its own discretion prepare its own recommendations pertaining to graduate education at the University of Delaware.
On the recommendation of the Dean of the Graduate College, this committee shall certify to the President students who have completed the requirements for advanced degrees and upon whom the faculty, with the approbation of the Trustees, is conferring such degrees; such certification shall be entered into the minutes of the faculty or its Senate.
- The faculty members of the Graduate Studies Committee shall be selected by the Senate Committee on Committees and Nominations from among experienced scholars of the faculty, who shall possess established reputations in their fields, a strong commitment to the highest graduate standards, and experience with various types of graduate degree programs.
- The chairperson of the Committee on Committees and Nominations shall annually solicit nominations for service on the Committee on Graduate Studies from the Dean of the Graduate College, the Provost, and other sources.
- The Committee shall consist of a chairperson, three faculty members from the College of Arts and Science (one from natural sciences and mathematics, one from arts and humanities, and one from social and behavioral sciences) and one representative from each other college offering a graduate program, serving for three-year terms to be arranged in sequence such that the terms of no more than four members shall expire in any academic year. In addition, there shall be one ex officio member: Dean of the Graduate College (or designee). There shall be three non voting advisory members including: the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums (to provide feedback on library support for new programs), the Associate Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education (unless chosen to be the voting designee for the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education/Dean of the Graduate College, and the Registrar. There shall be two graduate student members appointed. In the absence of a duly constituted graduate student government, the Committee on Graduate Studies shall have the responsibility of arranging the election of graduate student senators. Members as they retire from the Committee shall be replaced by members with the new period of tenure.
- The Chairperson of the Graduate Studies Committee shall be selected by the Committee on Committees and Nominations, and shall be confirmed by the Senate for a two-year term. Nominations for this position shall be taken from a register maintained by the Faculty Senate Office of persons who have served at least one previous term of membership on the Graduate Studies Committee. (Rev. 2/2020)
Chair: Bob Opila
School of Education
School of Nursing
Materials Science and Engineering
2023 ENG Chair
Accounting and MIS
Biden School of Public Policy and Administration
Animal and Food Sciences
Graduate Student Representative 2021
Education and Human Development
Graduate Student Representative 2021
Trevor A. Dawes
Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian
Mary Martin (Advisor)
Associate Vice Provost, Graduate and Professional Education (Advisor)
Interim Vice Provost, Graduate and Professional Education