Graduate Experience Task Force
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The importance of supporting and developing outstanding graduate students and graduate programs has long been recognized as a critical element for the attainment of many of the goals of Vision 2020. To that end, and following on one of the recommendations coming from the recent Academic Master Planning, this task force is established to make recommendations on how we can improve the overall experience of all graduate students here at Texas A&M University. The Graduate Experience Task Force is to make its recommendations to the interim president and interim provost and executive vice president for academics by April 26, 2010.
The task force is to consider the following issues, as well as any others they identify:
- Examine the quality of life issues for graduate students at Texas A&M and in the community, and make recommendations to enhance the experience of graduate students while working and studying in our community;
- Examine the practices, compensation, and benefits provided to employed graduate students and make recommendations to ensure that these students are recruited, retained, recognized and rewarded for their contributions to meeting the University’s mission; and
- Recommend ways of providing a wide menu of professional development opportunities for all graduate students beyond traditional course and research opportunities.
The task force should:
- Review previous Texas A&M University studies―as well as national research findings;
- Assess the present graduate experience, including strengths, weaknesses, and present policies; and
- Comment on inhibitors to Texas A&M implementing best practices.
Once having reviewed the graduate experience as a whole, and being mindful of the current resources available for new activities, the task force should prioritize the recommendations needed to enhance our programs to allow us to meet the goals set in Vision 2020.
The task force is expected to call upon resources and expertise from across campus to aid them in their efforts.
- Christine A. Stanley (chair), vice president and associate provost for diversity
- Husameddin AlMadani, graduate student, Department of Petroleum Engineering, and president, Graduate Student Council
- Robin L. Autenrieth, professor, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, associate dean for graduate programs, Dwight Look College of Engineering
- Susan A. Bloomfield, professor of health and kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development
- Ann M. Boney, staff assistant, Department of Horticultural Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and community affiliate
- Karen L. Butler-Purry, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering
- Ronald G. Douglas, distinguished professor of mathematics, College of Science
- Dinah J. Harriger, graduate student, Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development, and member, Graduate Student Council
- Chance W. Lewis, associate professor of teaching, learning and culture, College of Education and Human Development
- Araceli Lopez-Arenas, graduate student, College of Education and Human Development, representative for the Hispanic Graduate Student Association (HGSA)
- Jeryl Mumpower, professor, George Bush School of Government and Public Service, and director, Master in Public Service and Administration Program
- Gerald R. North distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and of oceanography, College of Geosciences
- David W. Parrott, executive associate vice president for student affairs
- David W. Reed, professor of horticultural sciences, and associate dean for graduate programs and faculty development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Genyne L. Royal, graduate student, Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, College of Education and Human Development, and representative, Black Graduate Student Association
- Harini Sreenivasappa, graduate student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering, and president, University Apartment Community Council
- Louis G. Tassinary, professor of visualization, associate dean for research, and director of graduate studies, College of Architecture
- Duncan M. H. “Hank” Walker, professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dwight Look College of Engineering
- Ben D. Welch, clinical professor of management, director of the Center for Executive Development, and assistant dean for executive education, Mays Business School
- C. Jane Welsh, professor of veterinary integrative biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
- David J. Wentling, assistant dean, Office of Graduate Studies
For more information contact Nicole Cavender at firstname.lastname@example.org.