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Graduate Council

South Dakota State University Graduate Council

The SDSU Graduate Council was formed to help articulate a vision of excellence for the graduate community. Members provide quality control for all aspects of graduate education and maintain equitable standards across all academic disciplines. The Graduate Council helps define what Graduate education is and what it is not, bringing an institution-wide perspective to all post baccalaureate endeavors and providing an interdisciplinary perspective. The Graduate Council serves not only as an advocate for graduate education, but to enhance the intellectual community of scholars among both graduate students and faculty. Main goals include emphasizing the importance of adequately training graduate students and developing ways for graduate education to contribute to and enhance undergraduate education. The Graduate Council provides support for the Graduate School and serves as an advocate for issues and constituencies critical to the success of graduate programs.


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2021-2022 Graduate Council Members

  • Nicole Lounsbery, Director of Graduate School
  • Kristi Tornquist, Dean of the Library
  • Joshua Leffler, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management
  • Lan Xu, Professor of Natural Resource Management
  • Alper Kayaalp, Assistant Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Erin Lavender-Stott, Assistant Professor of Counseling & Human Development
  • Stella Liu, Assistant Professor of Health & Nutritional Sciences
  • Tim Hansen, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science         
  • Kim Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Parashu Kharel, Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Nicholas Butzin, Assistant Professor of Biology & Microbiology
  • Sarah Mollman, Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Nursing/Graduate Nursing
  • Brandi Pravecek, Clinical Assistant Professor of Undergraduate Nursing
  • Josh Reineke, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Jeremy Daniel, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Clinical


Graduate Council Meeting Dates

Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m. on Zoom
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Tuesday, April 5, 2022


Associate Graduate Faculty Nomination
The Associate Graduate Faculty Nomination form should be used to nominate faculty who are not eligible for full graduate faculty status. The Assignment to Graduate Faculty notification form should be completed for Faculty who are tenure-track and hold a ranking of Asst. Professor or above.