Graduate Dean's Student Advisory Board


The University of Arkansas Graduate Dean's Student Advisory Board serves as a forum for voicing graduate student ideas and concerns about pertinent university issues and, more fundamentally, exists to enhance communication between graduate students, faculty, and administration throughout the university.


Membership Selection Guidelines

The GDSAB will be composed of representatives, from each of the university's trans-departmental graduate and international student organizations and groups (Black Graduate Student Association, Graduate and Professional Student Congress, , International Students, Lavender Society, part-time students, and Liaison for LGBT Issues), a representative from the Office of Graduate Student Support, and representatives nominated from each of the University of Arkansas colleges administering graduate degrees through the Graduate School:

  • College of Education and Health Professions (two seats)
  • Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences (three seats)
  • College of Engineering (two seats)
  • Sam M. Walton College of Business (two seats)
  • Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences (two seats)
  • Cross-college interdisciplinary graduate programs (four seats)

Graduate students who are nominated for the GDSAB should exemplify the following characteristics:

Commitment to the University of Arkansas

Members of the GDSAB are graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to the long and short-term success of the University of Arkansas.


Members of the GDSAB take seriously the responsibility of representing their classmates and colleagues to the university administration.

Intellectual and Academic Rigor

Members of the GDSAB are excellent students who have performed consistently well in classroom and research activities.


Members of the GDSAB are individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their departments and colleges.


Members of the GDSAB are graduate students who represent the full spectrum of backgrounds and interests of the university community. The GDSAB values diversity in all its forms and as a body desires to reflect the diversity of graduate students in terms of academic disciplines, degree programs, races, nationalities, disabilities, sexual preferences, and gender.


Members of the GDSAB are individuals who are creative problem solvers and enjoy developing novel approaches to complex problems and issues.

Scheduled Meetings

The GDSAB will meet several times each academic semester.

revised: August 30, 2021