Other Graduate Opportunities

Other Opportunities

Most of our opportunities are filled at the beginning of each academic year.

Currently, GSA is looking for representatives for the Graduate Council Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (see descriptions below). 

GSA is also seeking representatives for Graduate Chamber (visit Grad Chamber to see what programs still need representation or email gsa_vp@gvsu.edu).

If you are interested in applying for these positions, please email a 250 word bio to gsa_admin@gvsu.edu.

Please check back soon for more open opportunities! 

Grad Chamber (Multiple Representatives)

Grad Chamber is a collaboration of the GSA Vice President and representatives from different schools and programs that get together once a month to discuss concerns from the graduate student community.  GSA then takes these concerns to the Dean of Graduate Studies, where both parties work to find resolutions that will benefit the graduate students.

Grad Chamber is currently looking for representatives from every program, university-wide, to get involved in addressing issues within their individual programs.  Reps would be responsible for talking to fellow classmates and faculty to find out what concerns, questions, and feedback students and faculty have on issues within their programs. Reps will bring the feedback to Grad Chamber every month where we will discuss possible solutions and further action if necessary.

Grad Chamber meets once a month, on Fridays at 6 pm. 

Graduate Council (2 Voting Representatives)

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative for Policy Sub Committee - Marc Plooster

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative for Curriculum Sub Committee - Majesta VanWyk

The Graduate Council is a faculty-led governance standing committee of the University Academic Senate.  It was established in the 2004-05 academic year to promote excellence in graduate education by creating policies and reviewing curriculum that ensure consistency, equity, and fairness across all graduate programs.

The Graduate Council is a representative body of all faculty engaged in graduation education. Its voting membership is made up of two faculty representatives from each academic college and the University Libraries and two student representatives from the graduate student body.

The Graduate Council strives to ensure transparency in its decision-making; thus, meetings are open to the GVSU community for anyone to attend.  Additionally, all agendas and approved meeting minutes are published on the Graduate Council’s website. Further information on the Graduate Council meeting schedules are available on the Grad Council website

*Meets on Fridays from 9a-11a.

University Academic Senate (1 Representative)

Chair - Karen Gipson

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative - Alaina Clarke

University Academic Senate (UAS) is the highest faculty governance body. It has the authority to deal with any academic issue or faculty concern. It makes recommendations to the Provost and/or President regarding such matters as curriculum, the academic organization of the university, faculty personnel policy, the budget, and other issues considered relevant to academic affairs. 

Composition: Number of reps – CLAS-25, PCEC-3, SCB-4, CHP-3, CCPS-4, KCON-2, COE-3, BCOIS-2, Libraries-2, Student Senate-5, Administratioin-18 ex-officio. Faculty serve a 3 year term; elected meetings held on Fridays 3pm to 5pm [Fall Allendale; Winter Grand Rapids]. 

Typically meets 4th Friday of the month (or as called by ECS) from 3pm-5pm.

Academic Policies and Standards Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Brent Smith

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative - Michael Kurley

The responsibilities of the Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) include studying, reviewing, and making pertinent recommendations on academic policies and procedures. Its duties include composing policies relevant to admission, retention and dismissal, repeat grades, withdrawal, the academic calendar, and library privileges. 

Composition: The APSC consists of four faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from each of the remaining colleges, one from the University Libraries, 1 student selected by and from the Student Senate, 1 faculty member elected by and from the University Academic Senate, and the Provost or designee (ex officio, non-voting). Term is two years, staggered. 

Meets 2nd Thursday of the month from 9am-11am.

Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Kyle Felker

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative - Elizabete Saukas

The Faculty Teaching and Learning Center Advisory Committee (FTLCAC) was set up in January 1997 to provide advice on the policies, direction, and performance of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center. It serves as liaison between the campus community and the Center's director, establishes grant funding priorities, and reviews applications for teaching renewal and development grants. Among other responsibilities, the committee annually evaluates the effectiveness of the director and the center's activities. 

Composition: The FTLCAC is composed of four members from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and one from each of the remaining colleges, and one from the library.  One student selected by the Student Senate.  The Director and Assistant Director of the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, ex officio, non-voting. Term:  Faculty members serve for three years.

*Meets 2nd & 4th Monday from 1pm-2pm.

Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Helen Klein

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative - Currently Open

The Faculty Facilities Planning Advisory Committee, established in January 2004, was created to coordinate, facilitate, and provide faculty input during the design and building process of new buildings.

Composition: One faculty rep from each of these colleges/units: CCPS, COE, PCEC, CHP, KCON, BCOIS, Library, Provost’s office, Facilities Planning, FTLC, Student Senate. CLAS-7, SCB-2.

Meets 1st Friday of the month from 8am -10am.

University Assessment Committee (1 Representative)

Chair - Shari Bartz-Smith

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative - Ashleigh Begres

Provides leadership and support to university constituents as they design and implement the six year self-study report and three year student learning outcome assessment plans/reports based on best practices. Reviews and provides feedback on assessment plans, reports, and self-studies submitted by all academic programs and most service units. Provides instructions for reporting formats and schedules. Provides feedback to Administration in support of ongoing accreditation standards as set forth by the Higher Learning Commission. Conducts initial and refresher user training in Weave Online. Maintains and updating the UAC website, Blackboard site, and automated timeline and notification system.

Composition: Faculty membership of the UAC consists of seven faculty members from CLAS, two from Seidman College of Business, one from each of the remaining colleges, one from the university libraries.  Academic unit representatives serve three-year staggered terms beginning at the end of the winter semester. Service unit membership of the UAC consists of five representatives with at least one representative from each of three areas:  Advising, Student Services, and Academic Services/Information Technology.  Representatives will be appointed by the Provost.   Service unit representatives serve three-year staggered terms beginning fall semester. One undergraduate and one graduate student representative selected by the Student Senate for a term of one year. Provost or designee serves as ex-officio.

*Meets alternate Mondays 3pm-5pm (off weeks are for sub groups to meet).

Campus Life Committee (1 Representative)

Student Representation: Three undergraduate students and one graduate student.

Meeting Time: Unknown

Purpose of the Campus Life Committee: An advisory body to the Vice Provost/Dean of Students regarding strategic planning of: co-curricular learning opportunities (i.e., educational, social, recreational, etc) to actively engage students in the life of the university; support services that assist students to be successful in their academic and personal lives; and management of various environments at the university (e.g. living centers, apartments, dining areas, Kirkhof Center, Recreation Center, etc).

*For this position, you’ll have to log onto Org Sync and go through a separate application process.

Online Education Committee (1 Representative)

Student Representation: One graduate student representative selected by the Student Senate for a term of one year.

2014/15 Graduate Student Representative - Wladimir Abramenka

Responsibilities of Online Education Committee (OEC):

  1. Participate in a FTLC faculty development workshop for online/hybrid pedagogy in order to best facilitate OEC recommendations to the faculty; 
  2. Develop university pedagogy and oversight standards for online and hybrid programming consistent with traditional course offerings; 
  3. Evaluate online and hybrid offerings (the recommendation of OEC will be appended to the online curricular system, analogous to current recommendations by IT and University Libraries); 
  4. Create recommendations for faculty development of faculty who teach online and hybrid offerings; 
  5. Review and make changes to curricular forms that address online and hybrid pedagogy issues when appropriate;
  6. Request changes to Syllabus of Record in cases of substantial change to existing course due to online/hybrid delivery mode;
  7. In consultation with FTLC, develop student evaluation instrument to be used in all online and hybrid courses that include questions particular to online/hybrid pedagogy as determined by best practices; 
  8. Create communication plan of online and hybrid course offerings in these programs to internal offices (e.g. Admissions, University Libraries) 
  9. Develop recommendations of consistent workload guidelines with regard to online and hybrid curriculum, in consultation with other faculty governance committees; 
  10. Develop assessment tools for online and hybrid courses, in consultation with FTLC and UAC.


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