Dean's Council

Dr. Hasan Pirkul
Dean and Caruth Chair of

Thank you for your interest in the School of Management Dean's Council. The Dean's Council provides a critical link between the students in the School of Management and the School's administration. The monthly meetings are an important venue where myself, as well as the other deans can share significant school information with council members. The council meetings also serve as a portal where students can share vital and timely feedback to the school's administration.

Membership in the council is considered a high honor and only students who are willing to make the commitment to serve the school should consider applying for membership in this organization. To belong, members must have obtained a certain grade point average and must have earned the recommendation of a faculty member.

I value the contributions of this organization. The actions taken by the council serve to enhance our school and our program's reputations. We have high expectations for this council, and I look forward to continuing to share in the success of the Council's efforts.

The Jindal School of Management Dean’s Council was established in April 2008 as the primary student organization designed to provide feedback to the Deans of Jindal School of Management (JSOM). The Council is comprised of a select group of undergraduate and graduate students who have been hand-selected to serve on the Council. Council members complete an application process and must receive a faculty recommendation before being considered by the Dean’s office for membership. Undergraduate Council members must have completed one semester at UT Dallas and must have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Graduate student members need to have completed 9 semester credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The Council meets regularly to assist the Deans with two important objectives:

  • To provide student perspectives on key school issues
  • To support, maintain and build the reputation of the Jindal School of Management


The mission of the Dean’s Council was proposed and adopted on October 12, 2008. The mission reads as follows:

The Jindal School of Management Dean’s Council is dedicated to improving and growing the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management reputation locally, regionally and globally; and committed to protecting and supporting student concerns and working tirelessly with the Jindal School of Management leadership to improve the collegiate experience of all students, both inside and outside the classroom.

The motto “Duty with Dignity” was adopted by the Council in January 2011. It represents the true essence of what it means to be a council member. Members understand that to serve, they must always be dignified and respectful. Council members also understand and accept that to have the honor of membership, there is a responsibility to serve – Thus member of the council serve the Jindal School of Management gladly serve and always remember that “Duty with Dignity” is essential.


The Dean’s Council has many objectives including but not limited to the following:

  • To provide a significant leadership opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students
  • To provide a vehicle for key student issues and concerns to be brought to the attention of the Deans of JSOM
  • To provide essential support to help elevate the rankings and reputation of the JSOM and all academic degree programs

How We Work

The Dean’s Council meets monthly to address important current concerns and initiative relating to the following:

  • Academic programs and services
  • Reputation building
  • School pride


Membership on the Dean’s Council is highly competitive and distinguished. Membership on the Council means direct access to the Dean and the Associates Deans of the JSOM.

The Council plays a critical role in facilitating change within the school, and Council members take significant pride and belief in all their efforts.

Those students who are awarded membership can also enjoy the benefit of placing the prestigious student organization on their resume. Employers can easily see that members of the Council are prominent student leaders in the UTD community. Both the academic and student experience have been improved because of the establishment of this important organization.

Ankit Takallapaly, Graduate Leader

Hello, my name is Ankit Takallapaly and I am currently pursuing my MS in Management Information Systems. I have been associated with the Dean's Council for a semester. As the Graduate Leader of the Dean's Council my goal is to help improve the experience a student is entitled to at the Jindal School and at the same time work towards cultivating Brand JSOM. I am an outdoors person, who in his free time loves to go on camping trips. If you have anything that you would like to talk to me about please feel free to e-mail me. Email

Clay Williams, Undergraduate Leader

Hello, my name is Clay Williams and I am currently a Senior in Management Information Systems. I have been with the Dean's Council for a year and served as co-leader of the Undergrad Dean's Council for one semester. Previously, I have worked with the Careers committee to help find new ways to connect students with employers and to encourage students to apply early for internships. My goal for next semester is to ensure every student that is looking for an internship has every tool available to do so. I look forward to working with the next generation of Dean's Council members and the exciting direction that the School of Management is heading. Email

Brian Childs, Undergraduate Leader

My name is Brian Childs and I am a Senior studying Finance and Economics. I have been with the Dean's Council for two years and have previously led a Dean's Council committee before becoming Co-leader of the council last spring. In my time on the Dean's Council, I have helped organize the Student Organization Carnival and improve participation in the Business Week surveys. My vision for the Dean's Council is for it to become an establishment in the JSOM that aids organizations and makes a real difference in the lives of JSOM students. I am excited to see where the JSOM is headed and I can it wait to work with the next group of Dean's Council members that will help it get there. Email

Naveen Krishna Neelam, Secretary

Hello, This is Naveen Krishna Neelam and I am doing my Masters in Information Technology and Management. I have been associated with the Dean's Council since the last semester and served as the Co-Secretary. The main reason I love to work with the Dean's Council is that it gives me a platform to give it back to school for all it has done to me. Working with the Council has been a wonderful experience.It helps you grow as a person and also helps in providing the students of JSOM a better environment. The pace at which JSOM is growing makes our job at the Council a interesting one. Email

Gaurav Kalra, Co-Secretary

Hello, my name is Gaurav Kalra, Graduate Student majoring in Information Technology and Management. I have been there with Dean’s Council for a semester now and got a chance to contribute my ideas and efforts in different events at the School of Management. I feel honored to serve the council as Co-Secretary of the graduate side as it gives me a chance to pay back for the values and pride the institution has offered us. My goal is to make the correct resources available to the students at JSOM so that they can make right decisions for their career. Apart from work, I like being involved in music and connecting with people around. Email

Abhinav Puskuru, Webmaster

Hello , My Name is Abhinav Puskuru majoring in Information Technology and Management . I have been associated with the Dean¹s Council for a semester. I love the gamut of design that spans fashion to hand coding semantic standards complaint code. I serve as a Webmaster in the Dean¹s Council. My main goal is to bridge the gap between Deans Council and students of JSOM through various forms of media and internet. When I am away from work, I would love to get myself indulged in tours and camping trips. Email

Fall 2013- Spring 2014 - Graduate

  • Started the JSOM Success story contest to publish the achievements of the JSOM Students.
  • Worked on developing a new peer-to-peer mentoring system that would provide the students with career specific guidance.

Fall 2013- Spring 2014 - Undergraduate

  • Finding new and interesting ways to encourage JSOM Seniors to complete their BusinessWeek surveys.
  • Bridged new connections with employers to provide students new networking opportunities for careers and internships
  • Continued the hosting of the Organization Carnival and Golden Comet award
  • Started the #JSOMRevolution to improve the reputation of JSOM from the students' perspective

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

  • Host MBA networking events for current MBA students
  • Create Recognition Wall to emphasize the great accomplishments of our JSOM students, faculty and
    staff in spring 2013
  • Implement Golden Comet award system where students nominate faculty to be recognized in spring 2013
  • Organizing a JSOM student organization showcase to take place in spring 2013

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

  • Create maintenance and beautification proposals regarding improvements to the overall look of the school.
  • Hosted MBA networking events for current MBA students.

Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

  • Improved access to the JSOM’s computer labs.
  • Created the official Dean’s Council Website.
  • Created a committee to help student organizations create their websites.

Fall 2009 - Spring 2010

  • Helped with re-establishing floundering student organizations, growing our student groups from 9 in 2008 to 19 in 2010 to 29 in 2011.
  • Built and orchestrated the “Reputation Matters” campaign to help promote the Jindal School of Management brand in rankings.
  • Worked to extend the school’s cafe hours to accommodate the break time for evening students.
  • Orchestrated getting the university to extend evening orange student parking to begin at 4:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. University withdrew the change and the Council is continuing to work to get it back.

Fall 2008 - Spring 2009

  • Created a brochure for the JSOM organizations to be given to all new incoming students.
  • Arranged a meeting with UT Dallas technical staff and students to resolve wireless problems.
  • Volunteered to lead a “Cans from the Classroom” food drive campaign to give to the North Texas Food Bank; the goal was to collect one can for every JSOM constituent (over 500 cans) in Fall 2008 and over 1800 cans in Fall 2009.
  • Hosted a Welcome Back event on September 2, 2008.
  • Hosted Karaoke in the Courtyard on August 23, 2009.
  • Hosted “Ask the Dean” sessions.

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007

  • Four JSOM Faculty began teaching Rhetoric 1101 as per the recommendation of the Council (RHET 1101 is the required university freshman class that orients students to the UTD campus).
  • Provided feedback to the Dean to acquire more furniture in the building for students to lounge on.
  • Provided feedback to the deans asking for study tables in the common areas during the week prior to finals and during finals.
  • Responded to finance students who needed access to Bloomberg terminals in the early evening; hired students to work the additional hours.

The Dean’s Council is here to serve our management students. If you have a concern regarding the Naveen Jindal School of Management, such as an issue that you have come across, or if you have a suggestion on a project the council should work on, please email Dr. Monica Powell.

If there is an issue that you believe the council should address, please provide Dr. Powell both the problem and your recommended solution in the email.

Council Meeting Dates- Fall 2014:
September 27
October 18
November 15th

Council Meeting Dates- Spring 2015:
January 24
February 21
March 28
April 25

The application for the Dean’s Council can be found at the link at the bottom of this page. Complete an online application and submit by the deadline posted below. Only online applications will be accepted. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. All applications for membership will be reviewed and the candidates who will move to the next step in the process for membership will be contacted via email with a link to schedule an interview time with the Membership Committee. When the interview process is complete, students who are selected to join the Dean’s Council will be notified via email. Those who will not be invited this semester will also be notified via email.

To apply, each candidate must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have been at the JSOM for at least one semester (Graduate minimum 9 completed credit hours)
  • Must be able to serve on the council for at least one academic year (two long semesters)
  • Complete an application form, including the name of a Jindal School of Management faculty reference

All Council members may only miss one monthly meeting per semester. Meetings are held on selected Saturday mornings between 10:00-12:30. The Dean’s Council is inclusive of students who represent all degree programs in the Jindal School of Management.

Fall 2014 DEADLINES:

  • Online Application link open: November 25, 2014
  • Online Application link close: January 14, 2015
  • In person interviews conducted: December 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 (No interviews during Winter break)
  • First Dean’s Council meeting: January 24, 2015

Dean’s Council members can be dismissed for any conduct unbecoming of a council member. The responsibility to serve with dignity and dedication is a requirement of membership in this organization.

Please note there are limited openings per semester for Dean’s Council new membership. If you not selected in the current semester, the Dean’s Council Membership Committee encourages JSOM students to apply again in a future semester.

JSOM Dean's Council Application