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Graduate Faculty Model

Criteria for Appointment to Graduate Faculty

  1. Appointment to the graduate faculty can be achieved through meeting one of the following four qualifications:
    1. Standard Academic Preparation
      Eligibility: Faculty eligible for appointment to the Graduate Faculty under this category must hold the terminal qualifications generally recognized by the discipline and the department submitting the nomination.
      Approval Procedure: Standard (See Section V)
      Responsibilities:
      1. Upon recommendation by the department, these faculty may be approved to advise graduate students at all degree levels and to direct research studies or creative projects in their area of specialization.
      2. Upon recommendation of the Graduate Dean, these faculty may be approved to represent the Graduate Faculty on graduate committees in other disciplines.
      3. These faculty are approved to teach graduate courses in their area of specialization.
      4. These faculty are eligible to vote on matters concerning graduate education and are eligible for election to the Graduate Council.
    2. Distinguished Achievement
      Eligibility: Persons who have demonstrated nationally recognized achievement in their field of specialization may be recommended by the department for Graduate Faculty status.
      Approval Procedure: The department must provide documentation to support a request for appointment to the Graduate Faculty based on nationally recognized achievement. Final action will be taken by the Graduate Council.
      Responsibilities:
      1. Upon recommendation by the department, these faculty may be approved to advise graduate students at all degree levels and to direct research studies or creative projects in their area of specialization.
      2. Upon recommendation of the Graduate Dean, these faculty may be approved to represent the Graduate Faculty on graduate committees in other disciplines.
      3. These faculty are approved to teach graduate courses in their area of specialization.
      4. These faculty are eligible to vote on matters concerning graduate education and are eligible for election to the Graduate Council.
    3. Department Chairpersons
      Eligibility: Department Chairpersons who are not otherwise eligible for membership on the Graduate Faculty may receive an appointment for the duration of their appointment as department chairperson.
      Procedure: Standard (See Section V)
      Responsibilities:
      1. Approved to advise Plan B Master’s degree students.
      2. Approved to serve on Master’s degree committees in the area of specialization.
      3. Eligible to vote on matters concerning graduate programs.
      4. Approved to teach graduate courses under the provisions of Appointment to Teach Specific Graduate Courses as outlined below.
    4. Administration and Other Service Personnel
      Eligibility: Members of the administration and other service personnel who do not have a regular teaching assignment in an academic unit may be appointed to the Graduate Faculty.
      Procedure: Nomination for inclusion on the Graduate Faculty will be initiated by the Graduate Dean and approved by the Graduate Council. Should persons in this category return to a regular instructional position, they must be renominated for membership on the Graduate Faculty by the department to which they are assigned.
      Responsibilities:
      1. These faculty may be assigned to teach graduate courses in their area of specialization.
      2. In special cases, they may serve on graduate committees or direct research studies.
  2. Annual Appointment to Teach Specific Graduate Courses
    Faculty in this grouping are:
    1. Approved to advise Plan B Master’s degree students.
    2. Approved to serve on Master’s degree committees in the area of specialization.
    3. Approved to teach graduate course work in these areas of specialization:
      • Master’s plus 60 semester hours--approved for a maximum of 4 course numbers
      • Master’s plus 30 semester hours--approved for a maximum of 3 course numbers
      • Master’s degree--approved for a maximum of 2 course numbers
  3. Appointment as Adjunct Faculty
    Eligibility: Persons appointed as adjunct faculty shall meet the criteria for “Graduate Faculty” or “Appointment to Teach Specific Graduate Courses” as described above.
    Procedure: Standard (See Section V)
    Responsibilities:
    1. Adjunct faculty may be assigned to teach approved courses in their area of specialization.
    2. Adjunct faculty shall not be assigned to teach classes in which over half of the students will be drawn from the same organization as the adjunct faculty member.
  4. Appointment as Teaching Associates
    Eligibility: Persons who do not meet the criteria for appointment as Adjunct Faculty may be assigned specific instructional duties under the direction and supervision of an approved faculty member (as described in categories I and II). This approved faculty member shall be designated as the instructor of record and shall assume the primary responsibility for all aspects of the educational program, planning, instruction, and evaluation.
    Procedure: Standard (See Section V)
    Responsibilities:
    1. Teaching associates may be assigned specific instructional responsibilities for a part of a particular course under the direction and supervision of an approved faculty member.
    2. Teaching associates may assist the approved faculty member in the planning of the instruction and evaluation of student performance.
  5. Standard Approval Procedures
    1. Nominations for persons to be appointed to the Graduate Faculty or to Teach Specific Graduate Courses must originate in the department or unit concerned and shall have the approval of the Graduate Faculty of that department.
    2. Each nomination shall be submitted through and must be recommended by the dean of the college involved.
    3. The Graduate Dean, acting for the Graduate Council and in accordance with the regulations promulgated by that body, must also approve the nomination.
    4. Final authority for approval to the Graduate Faculty or Annual Appointment to Teach Specific Graduate Courses resides with the Graduate Council. The Council in regular session will make final determination in special cases referred for action by the Graduate Dean.
    5. Staff members nominated to teach graduate courses under categories II, III, and IV of the Criteria for Appointment to Graduate Faculty are for one year only and approval must be secured before the class schedule is submitted for the semester or session the appointee is to teach the graduate courses.

A complete statement governing the use of Adjunct Faculty and Teaching Associates may be found in the Graduate Council minutes of June 6, 1973.

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