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Graduate School Advisory Board

What Does the Graduate School Advisory Board Do?

The Graduate School Advisory Board (GSAB) plays a critical role in guiding and assessing strategic initiatives in graduate education and postdoctoral training at the University.

The Board focuses on institutional, national, and global issues and best practices in graduate education and postdoctoral training, and advises the vice provost and dean of graduate education on these matters.

Board members serve as representatives of, and advocates for, graduate education and postdoctoral training to the internal University and external communities. All University of Minnesota tenured and tenure-track faculty with graduate education responsibility, master's and doctoral students from research-based programs, and postdoctoral associates (9546) and fellows (9560) are eligible to serve on the GSAB.

Who Serves on the Graduate School Advisory Board?

The vice provost and dean of graduate education and a GSAB faculty member co-chair the Graduate School Advisory Board. Its membership includes 15-20 faculty, 3 staff, 3 postdocs, and 5 graduate students who represent the spectrum of University graduate and postdoctoral disciplines and campuses. 

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Current Members

Narges Afshordi
Postdoctoral Associate
Child Development, CEHD
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Edgar Arriaga
Faculty
Chemistry, CSE
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Richard Brundage
Faculty
Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, AHC
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2022

Haitao Chu
Faculty
Biostatistics, Public Health
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Shawn Curley
Faculty
Business Administration, CSOM
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Erin Fider
Staff
Earl E. Bakken Center for Sprituality & Healing, AHC
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Kathryn Grace
Faculty
Geography, CLA
Term: Fall 2017-Spring 2020

Emi Ito
Faculty
Earth Sciences, CSE
Term: Fall 2017-Spring 2020

Bonnie Keeler
Faculty
Natural Capital Project, Humphrey/IonE
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Anup Kollanoor Johny
Faculty
Animal Science, CFANS
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2022

Kathleen Krichbaum
Faculty
Nursing, Nursing
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Nathan Kuncel
Faculty
Psychology, CLA
Term: Fall 2017-Spring 2020

Scott Lanyon
Co-chair
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, CBS

Jennifer Liang
Faculty
Biology/Integrated BioscIences, Swenson CSE
Term: Fall 2017-Spring 2020

John Logie
Faculty
Rhetoric/Writing Studies, CLA
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Alexandra Luong
Faculty
Psychological Science, CEHSP
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2022

Ryan Machtmes
Graduate Student Doctoral
Evaluation Studies, CEHD
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Ellen Messer-Davidow
Faculty
English, CLA
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2022

Katie Querna
Postdoctoral Associate
General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, AHC
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Kent Reed
Faculty
Comparative and Molecular Biosciences, CVM
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2022

Joe Ritter
Faculty
Applied Economics, CFANS
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Murti Salapaka
Faculty
Electrical & Computer Engineering, CSE
Term: Fall 2017-Spring 2020

Margaret Shanahan
Graduate Student Doctoral
Entomology, CFANS
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Frances Shepherd
Graduate Student Doctoral
Veterinary Medicine, CVM
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Jeff Shi
Staff
Center for Educational Innovation
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Martha Streng
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Neuroscience, Medical School
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Ron Siegel
Faculty
Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Clifford Steer
Faculty
Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, CBS
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Max Van Wyk De Vries
Graduate Student Doctoral
Earth Sciences, CSE
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Christophe Wall-Romana
Faculty
French and Italian, CLA
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

Abdi Warfa
Faculty
Biology Teaching and Learning, CBS
Term: Fall 2018-Spring 2021

David Weerts
Co-Chair
Organizational Leadership and Policy Development, CEHD
Term: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Jerry Zhao
Faculty
Public and Nonprofit Management and Leadership, HSPA
Term: Fall 2017-Spring 2020

Staff to the Council

Etty DeVeaux
Chief of Staff, Graduate School

Char Voight
Staff, Graduate School 

Anna Nowak
Staff, Graduate School