The CGS is the premier national organization for developing new initiatives, conducting research and influencing the direction of graduate studies across the U.S.
Edwardsville, IL (PRWEB) May 17, 2013
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Jerry Weinberg, associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School, is president elect of the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools (IAGS). He also has been tapped to serve on the Council of Graduate Schools Masters Committee.
The IAGS is the Illinois chapter of the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, which is the regional affiliation of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), the national organization. CGS research and activities serve to advance graduate education and to promote U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.
“I am looking forward to serving as the IAGS president,” Weinberg said. “IAGS creates a great opportunity for Illinois universities to share ideas, develop collaborations and collectively express opinions to the state legislature regarding the advancement of graduate studies across Illinois.”
As a member of the CGS Masters Committee, Weinberg will join in providing advice on issues that master's students and programs are facing. The committee helps provide direction for national meetings and new CGS initiatives and studies for its more than 500-member institutions.
“The CGS is the premier national organization for developing new initiatives, conducting research and influencing the direction of graduate studies across the U.S.,” said Weinberg, who is honored to serve on the master’s committee. “I will be one of a small group of educators who will provide guidance to CGS as it promotes and advances master’s degree programs nationally.”
Before being named to his current SIUE post in May 2012, Weinberg served as the acting associate provost for research and dean of the Graduate School for nearly two years. During that time, he advanced the activities of the unit to strengthen both the graduate operations and its scholarly efforts. He increased travel support for faculty, developed and offered new internal programs to support faculty in the submission of external grant proposals. He also oversaw the creation of a new research and creative activities website, increased attendance at the Graduate School Open House and brought the graduate program assessment process under the shared governance structure of the Graduate School.
Prior to serving in the acting position, Weinberg was the department chair of computer science in the School of Engineering from 2005-2010. He joined the SIUE faculty in 1996 after earning a Ph.D. in computer science from Vanderbilt University that same year.
By preparing the next generation of leaders in a knowledge-based economy, SIUE’s Graduate School fulfills the region’s demand for highly trained professionals. Graduate school offerings include arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, nursing and interdisciplinary opportunities. SIUE professors provide students with a unique integration of theoretical education and hands-on research experiences. Students can obtain graduate certificates or pursue master’s degrees, and be part of a supportive learning and rich intellectual environment that is tailored to the needs of adult learners. The Graduate School raises the visibility of research at SIUE, which ranks highest among its Illinois Board of Higher Education peers in total research and development expenditures according to the National Science Foundation. Doctoral programs are available in the Schools of Education (Ed.D.) and Nursing (DNP). The School of Engineering and Department of Historical Studies feature cooperative doctoral programs (Ph.D.).