Graduate Faculty

The Graduate Faculty consists of the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, the academic deans and those members of the general faculty who, by their scholarly attainments in their own fields of specialization have demonstrated their competence to offer graduate instruction. The purpose and functions of the Graduate Faculty, within limits established by the Board of Trustees, are to offer graduate courses, supervise thesis and dissertation research, and advise the Graduate Council and the Graduate Dean on the establishment of policies relating to graduate education. The major advisory functions of the Graduate Faculty are carried on by committees appointed by the Graduate Dean. Appointment to the Graduate Faculty is made by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

A.  Graduate Faculty

Graduate Faculty may teach graduate courses, supervise and serve on supervisory committees for students working toward post-baccalaureate degrees, vote on nominations for the Graduate Council and serve on the Graduate Council. Full members of the graduate faculty possess terminal degrees in their area of instruction or have achieved equivalent recognition through their research achievements.  They are experienced professors, having at least five years' experience in higher education, including some graduate teaching, and having directed graduate student research and carried on their own research.

 B.  Associate Graduate Faculty

Associate Graduate Faculty may teach graduate courses, supervise masters' theses, co-supervise doctoral dissertations, serve on supervisory committees for students working toward post-baccalaureate degrees, and vote on nominations for the Graduate Council. Associate members of the graduate faculty have completed their terminal degrees and demonstrated expertise in teaching and research in the area of instruction.  They are  professors with at least three years' experience in higher education, including some graduate teaching, and having directed graduate student research and carried on their own research.

C.  Assistant Graduate Faculty

Assistant Graduate Faculty may teach graduate courses, supervise masters' theses, co-supervise doctoral dissertations, serve on supervisory committees for students working toward post-baccalaureate degrees, and vote on nominations for the Graduate Council. Assistant members of the graduate faculty have completed their terminal degrees, have begun teaching within the last three (3) years and demonstrated expertise in teaching and research in the area of instruction.

D.  Adjunct Graduate Faculty

Adjunct members of the graduate faculty are temporary, part-time professors, possessed of proven competence and appropriate credentials, who are appointed to meet the University's needs in their area of expertise.  The application must contain a letter of justification from the appropriate department chair or graduate program director.  Adjunct Graduate Faculty may  apply to:

  • teach graduate courses.
  • co-supervise and serve on supervisory committees for students working toward post-baccalaureate degrees.

Resources

Criteria for Graduate Faculty Status
GFacApp2013 (PDF-form)

Checklist for Applicants (PDF)