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The University of Tennessee

Graduate School

Frequently Used Tools:

CHAIR: Patricia K. Freeland, Ph.D., Professor
Department of Political Science
Phone: 865-974-7056

CHAIR-ELECT: Stephen A. Kania, Ph.D., Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine
Phone: 865-974-5727

Graduate Council

The mission of the Graduate Council is to promote excellence in graduate education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Working with the Dean of the Graduate School, this body of elected representatives from the colleges establishes standards for admission, retention, and graduation; assesses curricular revisions and new proposals for graduate programs; evaluates interdisciplinary, intercollegiate and international programs; approves individuals to direct doctoral dissertations; and considers new initiatives and other matters of policy pertaining to graduate programs.


  • Limited Exceptions for Conditional Admission Report [PDF]

Documents and Resources

Meeting Dates (2014–2015)

Graduate Council meetings will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the
University Center Room 221.

  • September 11, 2014 [Minutes]
  • November 20, 2014 [Agenda]
  • January 29, 2015
  • February 26, 2015
  • April 16, 2015 (time 3:15) [Agenda]

Archived reports of the Graduate Council Minutes