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The Graduate Council

The Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is the primary all-University advisory body responsible for the development and review of Graduate School policy and the review of graduate curriculum. Here you can find a number of resources for graduate program development, including information about the Graduate Council and its procedures, various forms for proposing new or altered graduate programs, as well as the policies governing graduate programs at Montclair State University.

If you are planning to submit a graduate curriculum proposal, please take a look at some of the examples available on this website. These examples were selected by members of the Graduate Council because they are formatted in a way that makes them easier to read and review. They also contain all necessary information items required for proposal review.

About the Graduate Council

About Us

Chair: Rashmi Jain
Vice Chair: Lisa Lieberman

The Graduate Council is the primary all-University advisory body responsible for the development and review of Graduate School policy and the review of graduate curriculum. The Graduate Council makes curriculum and policy recommendations to the Provost. These include review and recommendation about new graduate programs and revisions in existing graduate programs. The Graduate Council also recommends general graduate admission requirements and guidelines for admission to specific graduate programs. The Graduate Council also recommends guidelines for the admission of faculty to graduate faculty status.

Curriculum Committee

This committee reviews all new graduate program proposals and all proposed changes in existing graduate programs which do not have as their primary focus teacher education or professional education and makes recommendations to the Graduate Council for its action.

Voting Members Non-Voting Members
Rashmi Jain (Chair) Dean Scott Herness (Graduate School)
David Witten Dean Judith Lin Hunt, Library
Reva Jaffe-Walter Registrar
Jeremy Fox Barbara Ritola (Academic Affairs)
Arnaud Kurze Associate Dean Nelly Lejter-Morales (Graduate School)
Dawei Li Bryan Moschel (Graduate School)
Jessica Bratter
Vidya Atal
Nastassia Davis
Mary Beth Duffy
Helen Roberts
Student Representatives (3)

Policy Committee

This committee reviews all questions of graduate policy and makes recommendations to the Graduate Council for its action.

Voting Members Non-Voting Members
Lisa Lieberman (Vice Chair) Dean Judith Lin Hunt, Library
Yi Luo (Registrar)
Daniel Mengara Barbara Ritola (Academic Affairs)
Andrada Ivanescu Associate Dean Nelly Lejter-Morales (Graduate School)
Katherine Herbert Bryan Moschel (Graduate School)
Michele Fisher
Hal Ravinder
Joan Valas
Matthew Cuellar
James Di Gabriele
Student Representatives (2)

Doctoral Committee

For AY 2019-2020, this is an ad hoc committee, which will include volunteers from above committees.  Depending on bylaws changes, this may become a standing committee with separate membership.

Ex officio members and regular non-member attendees

  • Scott Herness, Vice Provost for Research and Dean, Graduate School
  • Nelly Lejter-Morales, Associate Dean, Graduate School
  • Bryan Moschel, Director of Admissions and Operations, Graduate School
  • Yune Tran, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, CEHS
  • Jessica Brandt, Associate Dean, CHSS
  • Stefanie Brachfeld, Associate Dean, CSAM
  • Ronald Sharps, Associate Dean, CART
  • Janice Smolowitz, Dean, NURS
  • Nicole Koppel, representing FSBUS Dean
  • Elizabeth Rosini, Associate Dean, FSBUS
  • Jonida Dervishi, Assistant Director of MBA Program, FSBUS
  • Judith Lin Hunt, Dean, Library Services
  • Jennifer Robinson, Director Center of Pedagogy
  • Dana Levitt, Chair, IRB
  • Joanne Cote-Bonanno, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Assessment
  • Barbara Ritola, Curriculum and Instruction, Academic Affairs
  • Leslie Sutton-Smith, Registrar
  • Rebecca Newton, Graduate School
Graduate Council Voting Membership

Graduate Council Voting Membership – AY 2018-2019

Elected Faculty Members: Two year terms (Sept 1 – Aug 31)
Graduate School Appointees and Students: One year terms

College of Education and Human Services (3)

Lisa Lieberman (Public Health) 2019-2021
Reva Jaffe-Walter (Counseling) 2019-2021
Michele Fisher 2020-2022
Alternate Faculty: Sarah Goldstein 2020-2022
Student: James Clark 2020-2021

College of Humanities and Social Sciences (3)

Daniel Mengara 2019-2021
Jeremy Fox 2019-2021
Arnaud Kurze 2020-2022
Alternate Faculty: Jeremy Fox 2020-2022
Student: TBD 2020-2021

College of Science and Mathematics (3)

Andrada Ivanescu 2020-2022
Dawei Li 2019-2021
Katherine Herbert 2019-2021
Alternate Faculty: Jorge L. Trueba 2020-2022
Student TBD 2020-2021

College of the Arts (3)

Yi Luo (Communications and Media) 2019-2021
Jessica Bratter 2020-2022
David Witten 2020-2022
Alternate Faculty: Elizabeth McPherson 2020-2021
Student: TBD 2020-2021

School of Business (3)

Rashmi Jain (Information Management and Business Analytics) 2019-2021
Vidya Atal (Economics) 2019-2021
Hal Ravinder 2020-2022
Alternate Faculty: Ethne Swartz 2020-2022
Student: TBD 2020-2021

School of Nursing (3)

Joan Valas 2019-2021
Nastassia Davis 2020-2022
Mary Beth Duffy 2020-2022
Alternate Faculty 2020-2022
Student: TBD 2020-2021

The Graduate School (3)

Helen Roberts (Mathematical Sciences) 2020-2022
Matthew Cuellar 2020-2021
James Di Gabriele 2020-2022
Doctoral Student TBD 2020-2022