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Committees

Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Committees

Currently five standing committees are concerned with the policies and procedures of the Graduate School; as with all standing committees, their deliberations are confidential. Student members of these committees are selected by the Graduate Student Assembly.

The Executive Committee

A committee of faculty members and graduate students, chaired by the Dean, advises the Dean on broad matters of policy and procedure and makes recommendations to the faculty of the Graduate School.

Members
2020 Committee (as of August 1, 2019)

Faculty
Woo-Kyoung Ahn (Psychology)
Susan Baserga (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)
Valerie Hansen (History)
Matthew Jacobson (African American Studies; American Studies; History)
Samuel Kortum (Economics)
Christina Kraus (Classics)
Frances McCall Rosenbluth (Political Science)
Brian Scassellati (Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science)
Charles Schmuttenmaer (Chemistry)

Students
Lucylle Armentano (Psychology)
Andie Berry (English Language & Literature)
Louis Brown (Mathematics)
Ryan Petersburg (Physics)
Trevor Williams (Economics)

Deans
Lynn Cooley
Ann Gaylin
Pamela Schirmeister

Listing of past committee members

The Degree Committee

The Degree Committee is composed of two senior faculty members from each division (Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) and chaired by a faculty member appointed by the Dean. It meets twice a year and is responsible to the faculty of the Graduate School for maintaining standards of graduate education in the School and for recommending candidates for degrees. The committee reviews special academic issues of individual students and, when appropriate, the educational programs of the departments.

Members
2018-2019 Committee

Faculty
Truman Bewley, Committee Chair (Economics)
​Daniel Botsman (History)
Daphne Brooks (African American Studies; American Studies)
Edward Kamens (East Asian Languages & Literatures)
Valerie Reinke (Genetics)
Brian Scassellati (Computer Science)
Charles Schmuttenmaer (Chemistry)

Deans
Lynn Cooley
Richard Sleight

Listing of past committee members

Dean’s Advisory Committee on Student Grievances

Composed of three graduate students, three faculty members, normally one from each division, and one administrator of the Graduate School, the committee reviews complaints brought by graduate students against a member of the faculty or administration of the Graduate School. (See Grievance Procedures, under Policies and Regulations.)

Members
2018-2019 Committee

Faculty
Maria Pinango, Chair, Fall 2018 (Linguistics)
Charles Schmuttenmaer (Chemistry)
Emily Thornberry (English Language & Literature)

Students
Da’Von Boyd (Political Science)
Daniel Eastman (Religious Studies)
Jaymin Patel (Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology)

Deans
Lynn Cooley
Richard Sleight

Listing of past committee members

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Climate and Inclusion Committee

Composed of faculty, students, and staff, this committee serves as an advisory capacity to the Dean on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Members
2018-2019 Committee

Faculty
Anjelica Gonzalez (Biomedical Engineering)
Emily Greenwood (Classics; African American Studies)
Patrick Holland (Chemistry)
Marianne LaFrance (Psychology; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
Maureen Long (Geology and Geophysics)
Maria Pinango (Linguistics)
Stephanie Spangler (Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services)

Staff
Vee Cangiano
Aley Menon
Denzil Streete
Matthew Tanico

Deans
Lynn Cooley
Michelle Nearon

Listing of past committee members

The Committee on Regulations and Discipline

Composed of three graduate students, three faculty members, normally one from each division, and an associate dean, the committee reviews violations of the regulations governing academic and personal conduct. (See Personal Conduct, under Policies and Regulations.)

Members
2018-2019 Committee

Faculty
Tyrone Cannon (Psychology)
Sun-Joo Shin (Philosophy)
David Vasseur (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)

Students
Fabian Schrey (Economics)
Shanelle Shillingford (Chemistry)
Connor Williams (History)

Deans
Lynn Cooley
Richard Sleight

Listing of past committee members

GSA Steering Committee   

The Graduate Student Assembly is an elected body of Yale students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Assembly’s goals are to identify the needs and concerns of graduate students, consider possible solutions, and present these to the Dean and other administrators. It also discusses, proposes, and advises on possible changes to Graduate School policy proposed by the administration. The assembly provides a means for communication and deliberation both among graduate students and between graduate students and other members of the Yale community.

Executive Board and Steering Committee 2018-2019