Dixie State University


The DSU Graduate Council is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • The Graduate Council is responsible for the establishment of policy and standards for graduate education and for approval, review, and monitoring of graduate programs at DSU.
  • The Graduate Council shall collaborate with University administration, colleges, and academic departments to ensure consistency and excellence in all graduate degree programs.
  • The Graduate Council establishes policies and procedures for graduate education, including the drafting or amending of sections of DSU Policies and DSU catalog relevant to all graduate programs. Such
    policies are subject to review by the Faculty Senate as specified in the DSU Policy Manual.
  • The Graduate Council shall conduct formal approval of all new graduate program and course proposals and formal approval of all graduate program change proposals, including changes in program
    delivery format.
  • The Graduate Council sets/revises general graduate admissions standards and policies common to all graduate programs.
  • The Graduate Council shall work collaboratively with the Director of Graduate Studies and Marketing & Communications to develop and execute cooperative strategies for recruitment, promotion, and marketing of graduate education at Dixie State University.


Graduate Council Members

College Name Office Email
The Arts Lauren DiSalvo North Plaza 125B lauren.disalvo@dixie.edu
Business Kristy Grayson HAZY 335 kristy.grayson@dixie.edu
Education Kari Gali WEDU 1010 gali@dixie.edu
Health Sciences Peter Neibert (Chair, Member) HPC 309 peter.neibert@dixie.edu
Humanities and Social Sciences Nathan Meng MCDON 222 nathan.meng@dixie.edu
Science, Engineering, and Technology Russell Reid Smith 134 russell.reid@dixie.edu
Student Representative Elysha Samatua


Ex Officio (non-voting) Members

Darlene Dilley, Assistant VP of Enrollment

Misti Pierce, Associate Registrar

Sarah Shurtliff, Director of Academic Budget

Joy McMurrin, Director of Technical Writing and Digital Rhetoric Master’s Program

Derrick Esplin, Director for Accountancy Master’s Program

Dianne Aldrich, Librarian, Head of Public Services

Laura Bennett, Director of Sponsored Programs

Chris Guymon, Assistant Provost for Adult and Professional Education

Rico Del Sesto, Director of the Research Office

DSUSA Vice President


Dr. Pamela Cantrell

Director of Curriculum & Graduate Studies

Email: GraduateStudies@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4260

Office: North Admin 124

Samira Hall

Graduate Council Administrative Assistant

Email: samira.hall@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7506

Office: North Admin 125B