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Graduate Academic Council

The Graduate Academic Council is the principal body for the establishment of policies and procedures relating to the administration of graduate programs. The purpose of the Graduate Academic Council is to provide for effective participation and deliberation by those concerned with graduate programs.

The Graduate Academic Council (GAC) receives and deliberates additions and amendments to graduate courses and curricula as well as policies/regulations/guidelines impacting graduate programs, and makes recommendations to University Academic Council and/or other University officials. GAC may initiate studies that are concerned with the welfare of graduate programs.

GAC is chaired by the College of Graduate Studies Dean and is comprised of a single representative from each graduate degree program*, a representative from Faculty Senate, a representative from the Office of the Registrar, a representative from the Library, a representative from Financial Aid, two graduate student representatives selected by the GAC chair, and a representative from Office of Student Research & Innovation. Graduate degree program representatives are selected by department chairs. Only faculty representatives from graduate degree programs and the Library have voting privileges. *Should a department have multiple graduate degree programs then the number of representatives will be determined by the Dean of the degree program’s College and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. 

2022-23 Graduate Academic Council Meetings

Date Time Location
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 3 - 4:30 p.m. Virtual (Zoom)          
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 3 - 4:30 p.m. Virtual (Zoom)
Wednesday, November 30, 2022                        3 - 4:30 p.m.                     Virtual (Zoom)             
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 3 - 4:30 p.m. Virtual (Zoom)
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 3 - 4:30 p.m. Virtual (Zoom)
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 3 - 4:30 p.m. Virtual (Zoom)
Wednesday April 26, 2023 3-4:30 p.m. Virtual (Zoom)


GAC Charge

Graduate Program Coordinators

Graduate Academic Council Members

Graduate Program Coordinators
Member Email Department
Dr. Wes Atkinson atkinsonr@apsu.edu Languages & Literature
Dr. Laura Barnett barnettl@apsu.edu Education
Dr. Kadi Bliss blissk@apsu.edu Health and Human Performance
Dr. Mollie Cashner cashnerm@apsu.edu Biology
Dr. Kim Coggins coggsinsk@apsu.edu Psychological Science & Counseling
Dr. Joseph Elarde elardej@apsu.edu Comp. Science & Information Tech.
Dr. Korre Foster fosterk@apsu.edu Music
Dr. Charles Gonzalez gonzalezc@apsu.edu Education
Dr. Andrew Hendrickson hendricksona@apsu.edu Health and Human Performance
Dr. Christina Hicks-Goldston hicksgoldstonc@apsu.edu Communication
Dr. Tatsushi Hirono hirinot@apsu.edu Social Work
Dr. Matt Jones jonesmatt@apsu.edu Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Kelly Kleinhans kleinhansk@apsu.edu Health and Human Performance
Dr. Valerie Leake leakev@apsu.edu Psychological Science & Counseling
Dr. Emily Lean leane@apsu.edu Management and Marketing
Dr. Jiang Li lij@apsu.edu Comp. Science & Information Tech.
Dr. Christine Mathenge mathengec@apsu.edu Earth and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Sherri Prosser prossers@apsu.edu Education
Dr. Michelle Robertson robertsonm@apsu.edu Nursing
Dr. Ramanjit Sahi rsahi@apsu.edu Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Adriane Sanders sandersam@apsu.edu Psychological Science & Counseling
Dr. Gregg Steinberg steinbergg@apsu.edu Health and Human Performance
Dr. Cameron Sutt suttc@apsu.edu History
Dr. Jackie Vogel vogelj@apsu.edu Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Kathryn Woods woodsk@apsu.edu Leadership & Organizational Admin.
Dr. Christopher Wright wrightc@apsu.edu Criminal Justice
College Deans
Dr. Prentice Chandler chandlerp@apsu.edu Martha Dickerson Ericksson Col. of Ed.
Dr. Marcy Maurer, Interim    maurerm@apsu.edu College of Behavioral Health & Sci.
Dr. Mickey Hepner hepnerm@apsu.edu College of Business
Dr. W. "Buzz" Hoon hoonb@apsu.edu College of Arts & Letters
Dr. Karen Meisch meischk@apsu.edu College of Science, Tech., Eng. & Math.
Department Chairs
Dr. Robert Baron baronr@apsu.edu Communication
Dr. Beatrix Brockman brockmanb@apsu.edu Languages & Literature
Dr. Sue Evans evanss@apsu.edu Leadership & Org. Leadership
Dr. Samuel Jator jators@apsu.edu  Mathematics & Statistics
Dr. Nicole Knickmeyer knickmeyern@apsu.edu Psychological Sci. & Counseling
Dr. Cheryl Lambert lambertc@apsu.edu Teaching & Learning
Dr. Leong Lee leel@apsu.edu Comp. Science & Information Tech.
Dr. Tim Leszczak leszczakt@apsu.edu Health & Human Performance
Dr. John McConnell mcconnellj@apsu.edu Educational Specialties
Dr. Amye Melton meltona@apsu.edu Mgmt., Marketing & Gen. Business 
Dr. Dong Nyonna nyonnad@apsu.edu Accounting, Finance, & Econ.
Dr. Ravi Manimaran manimaranr@apsu.edu Engineering Technology
Dr. Eve Rice ricem@apsu.edu Nursing
Dr. Kristen Sienkiewicz sienkiewiczk@apsu.edu Music
Dr. Kevin Tanner tannerk@apsu.edu History & Philosophy
Dr. Amy Thompson thompsona@apsu.edu Biology
Dr. Jeffrey Thompson  thompsonjd@apsu.edu Social Work


Affiliated Units
Dr. Chad Brooks
AP for Research & Dean 
brooksc@apsu.edu College of Graduate Studies
Ms. Megan Mitchell
mitchellm@apsu.edu Graduate Admissions & Recruitment
Ms. Alyson Morris
Admissions Processor
morrisal@apsu.edu Graduate Admissions
Dr. Tucker Brown
Interim VP & Associate Vice President
brownt@apsu.edu Academic Affairs
Ms. Jasmine O'Brien
Curriculum Coordinator
obrienjr@apsu.edu Academic Affairs
Ms. Amy Corlew
corlewa@apsu.edu Admissions
Mrs. LaNeeca Williams
Chief Diversity Officer
williamslr@apsu.edu Equity, Access, and Inclusion
Ms. Donna Price
priced@apsu.edu Financial Aid & Veteran's Affairs
Dr. Kristine Nakutis
Executive Director
nakutisk@apsu.edu Fort Campbell Center
Dr. Marissa Chandler chandlerm@apsu.edu International Student Services
Dr. Elaine Berg
Director (Interim)
berge@apsu.edu Library Services
Ms. Catherine Winn
Associate Registrar
winnc@apsu.edu Office of the Registrar
Ms. Nancy KingSanders
kingsandersn@apsu.edu Office of the Registrar
Dr. Chad Brooks
brooksc@apsu.edu Research & Sponsored Programs
Student Research 
& Innovation