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GRADUATE FACULTY

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.

Qualifications for Appointment

Full Member Associate Member

Initial appointment of new faculty members:

Renewal of appointment or initial appointment of faculty members with at least six years of professional experience:

Research Affiliate Member

Professional Affiliate Member

Privileges and Responsibilities

Full Member

Members determine policies of the Graduate School, engage in all graduate education activities, and nominate faculty for membership on the graduate faculty. Doctoral general and final examination committees must include two full Members of the graduate faculty, including one from the major department.

Associate Member

Associate members may engage in all graduate education activities. They may chair a thesis committee if that committee includes at least one full Member of the graduate faculty from the major department. They may chair a dissertation committee if that committee includes at least one full Member of the graduate faculty from the major department.

Research Affiliate/Ex Officio Member

Affiliate members and Ex Officio members may serve as members of thesis, dissertation, and examination committees but may not normally chair one of these committees or determine policies of the graduate faculty. Affiliate members who have a continuing and particularly close association with a graduate instructional program may, at the special request of the department, be given permission to chair committees.

Professional Affiliate Member

Professional affiliate members may serve on thesis and master’s examination committees, but may not normally chair one of these committees or determine policies of the graduate faculty. Professional affiliate members who have a continuing and particularly close association with a graduate instructional program may—at the special request of the department—be given permission to chair committees. When advanced undergraduate or master’s level courses are taught by professional affiliate members, participation in that course will normally be limited to undergraduate and master’s level students. If a doctoral student enrolls for graduate credit in a course taught by a professional affiliate, prior approval must be secured from the Dean of the Graduate School.

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