The graduate faculty consists of those members of the teaching and research faculties who have been so designated by the Chancellor, upon recommendation of the Graduate Council acting on appropriate nominations. Such designations provide for classification as Members, associate members, or affiliate members, according to their qualifications and experience. (The term, "Member," when capitalized, denotes a full member of the graduate faculty.)

Faculty members who hold the rank of adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor, or adjunct assistant professor in a department offering work for graduate credit are eligible for graduate faculty status as full Members or associate members, depending upon their qualifications.