JoAnn Canales Named 2018-19 CGS Dean-in-Residence
    April 19, 2018


    Contact: Katherine Hazelrigg, CGS: (202) 461-3888 /


    Washington, DC — The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has announced that JoAnn Canales, founding dean of the College of Graduate Studies and professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been named the CGS Dean-in-Residence for the 2018-19 academic year. Dr. Canales brings to the post significant experience leading graduate education, including launching a professional development program specifically for graduate students. Canales will join CGS on August 1.


    The CGS Dean-in-Residence program was created to infuse a campus-based perspective and vision across a variety of the Council’s programs and initiatives. The Dean-in-Residence works on multiple projects aligned with his or her interests and the Council’s needs.


    “Dr. Canales has spent her academic career ensuring a diverse community of scholars has access to quality graduate education,” said CGS President Suzanne T. Ortega. “Her expertise in assessment and facilitating the development of assessment skills will also greatly benefit CGS and its members.”


    In accepting the appointment, Canales remarked, “I am honored to have been afforded the privilege of working with the graduate education enterprise at the national level.  I look forward to working with the very talented and dedicated team at the Council of Graduate Schools and its partners to enhance the initiatives of our colleagues.”


    Dr. Canales holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Bilingual Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She began her academic career as an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of North Texas. In 2002-2003 she was recognized as a fellow in the American Council on Education Leadership Training Program. As founding Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Canales established the AC & Ende Canales Si Se Puede Scholarship.



    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) is an organization of approximately 500 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada engaged in graduate education, research, and the preparation of candidates for advanced degrees. The organization’s mission is to improve and advance graduate education, which it accomplishes through advocacy in the federal policy arena, research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national voice for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource on issues regarding graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS collaborates with other national stakeholders to advance the graduate education community in the policy and advocacy arenas.  
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.