Without question, graduate education is one of the most important functions of a research university. Graduate students are the lifeblood of KU and take an active role in both our educational and research missions. The structures we have in place at KU to support graduate education and our graduate students is of utmost importance.
I have commissioned a Graduate Studies Advisory Committee (GSAC), which will be chaired by Prof. Audrey Lamb, who is serving this semester in the role of interim dean of Graduate Studies. GSAC will consist of two subcommittees, both considering how we may best support graduate education within our Office of Graduate Studies – one focused on strategies to further strengthen the existing structures (Refresh Subcommittee) and one that considers new possible structures (Re-imagine Subcommittee).
Our subcommittee co-chairs will be:
- Associate Dean of Education Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Refresh Subcommittee
- Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies Amanda Ostreko, Refresh Subcommittee
- Distinguished Professor of English Maryemma Graham, Re-imagine Subcommittee
- Distinguished Professor of Engineering Perry Alexander, Re-imagine Subcommittee
Each subcommittee will have about 15 members – the two co-chairs, three members common to both subcommittees and about 10 additional members particular to that subcommittee. These subcommittees are composed of students, faculty and staff from across campus, as well as representation from student, staff, and faculty governance.
During the spring semester the GSAC and the subcommittees will meet and provide guidance to Chancellor Girod and me as we develop a plan for the future of the Office of Graduate Studies. They will also offer guidance to Interim Dean Lamb as she works closely with staff from the Office of Graduate Studies to implement this plan.
You can see the complete list of members and their contact information on the Provost Office website.
The Graduate Studies Advisory Committee has important work ahead and they will need your input throughout this process. I hope I can count on you to support them and participate with your energy and ideas. We have some of our most engaged members of the KU community working on the future of graduate education at KU. The result will be a structure that has at its heart the best interests of graduate education and our graduate students.
Carl Lejuez Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor