Annual Conference

GCGS Annual Conference 2023

Graduate Education Looking Forward and Moving Forward

Dear Colleagues:

The Georgia Council of Graduate Schools will host its annual conference Thursday, April 27, 2023 to Friday, April 28, 2023 at the Clayton State University campus in Morrow, Georgia. The theme of this year’s Georgia Council of Graduate Schools (GCGS) Annual Conference 2023 , broadly conceived, is, "Graduate Education: Looking Forward and Moving Forward." 

Distribute the conference announcement widely across your campuses to involve your program directors, graduate faculty, and staff engaged with graduate education and the support of graduate students. Please send questions to

Best Regards,
J. Celeste Walley-Jean, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Dean, School of Graduate Studies & Inclusive Engagement
Clayton State University
GCGS President 2022 - 2023

Guest Speakers

Sonia J. Toson, JD, MBA, CDP

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA

Charmaine E. Troy, Ph.D.

Associate Director of First-Generation Student Initiatives
First-Generation Student Initiatives
Georgia Institute of Tecnology
Atlanta, GA 

Conference Information

Clayton State University
2000 Clayton State Blvd, Morrow, GA 30260
Harry S. Downs Center (Thursday, April 27th)
Student Activities Center (Friday, April 28th)

Campus Map & Directions: Click here

Conference Registration fee (faculty & staff) - $175
Conference Registration fee (students) - $75
3MT Showcase Presenters = complimentary

Annual Membership Renewal fee - $75

You have the option to register for the Spring 2023 conference and also renew your institutional membership fee (if needed) with one purchase.

Register Here

Thursday, April 27th - Harry S. Downs Center

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Pre-Conference Workshop - Equity in Graduate Admissions: Fundamentals of Equity in Graduate Admissions

Description: This session presents data and research about the role of typical admissions practices in maintaining racial/ethnic inequalities in graduate education, as well as strategies for more equitable processes and outcomes. Suitable for a wide variety of audiences, practical strategies for rethinking typical admissions criteria and processes are introduced, with a focus on equity-based holistic review and embedding attention to equity throughout the admissions process. All aspects of this session are rooted in current research. Participants will learn how common admissions mindsets & practices tend to inhibit access for underrepresented groups, and they will be introduced to tools like rubrics that may improve diversity & equity as part of holistic review processes.

To learn more about Equity in Graduate Education and the IGEN (Inclusive Graduate Education Network, or IGEN) network click here.

Opening Reception

Friday, April 28th - Student Activities Center

Breakfast & Keynote Speaker
Session I (Concurrent)
Session II (Concurrent)
Session II (General): First-Generation Student Initiatives
Lunch & 3MT Showcase
Closing Remarks
GCGS Business Meeting

Download Conference Program

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Showcase

Did your institution host a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023? The 3MT Showcase will run as a lunch plenary session on Friday, April 28th at 12:00 pm. During the session, your institutions 3MT winner(s) will have an opportunity to give a three-minute oration, engage in a discussion about their research and meet other 3MT winners and representatives from institutions across the state of Georgia.

Hotel & Local Information

Clayton State University, located only 15 miles from downtown Atlanta and 10 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is a beautiful lakeside campus that housed state-of-the art facilities. The campus is the only University in the country adjacent to both the Georgia Archives and the National Archives and Records Administration Southeast Region, which is free to the public. 

Past Meetings

May 19 - 20, 2022

Host Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology


Conference Program 2022

Presenter Biographies

Presentation Slides

October 27, 2021

Host Institution: Clayton State University

Location: In-person & Virtual

Meeting Minutes (coming soon)

April 29, 2021

Host Institution: Kennesaw State University


Conference Program 2021

Presenter Biographies

November 6, 2020

Host Institution: Kennesaw State University

Location: Virtual

Meeting Minutes

Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.


October 23, 2019

Host Institution: University of Georgia

Griffin, GA

Meeting Agenda - Fall 2019

Meeting Minutes - Coming Soon

May 16 - 17, 2019

Host Institution: Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

Conference Program 2019

Presenter Biographies

October 24, 2018

Host Institution: Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

Meeting Agenda - Fall 2018

Meeting Minutes - Fall 2018

April 19 - 20, 2018

Host Institution: Middle Georgia State University

Macon, GA

Conference Program 2018

October 25, 2017

Host Institution: Middle Georgia State University

Macon, GA

Meeting Agenda 2017

April 27 - 28, 2017

Host Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

Conference Program 2017

October 4, 2016

Host Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

April 21 - 22, 2016

Host Institution: 

Conference Program 2016