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Descriptions of Graduate Faculty Membership Types

The graduate faculty consists of those members of the teaching and research faculties who have been so designated by the Chancellor, upon the 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).

If the department chair and/or the departmental faculty fail to recommend one of their faculty for membership on the graduate faculty, that faculty member has the right to present nomination papers directly to the Graduate Council for its consideration. Only persons appointed to the graduate faculty may teach graduate credit courses and serve on graduate student advisory committees; and normally, only associate and full Members may direct theses and dissertations. Only full Members may participate in the determination of the policies of the Graduate School, according to procedures determined by the graduate faculty.

 

Privileges and Responsibilities

  • Engage in all graduate education activities.
  • Chair a thesis or dissertation committee.

Terms and Criteria

  • Newly appointed tenure-track assistant professors in units offering work for graduate credit are normally appointed to an associate member six-year term, subject to annual review.   
  • Faculty members with at least seven years in rank as associate professor or full professor who do not maintain full membership may be eligible for a renewable, three-year associate member term in units offering work for graduate credit.   
  • Associate members of the graduate faculty must possess the highest degree appropriate to the field or unquestionable evidence of comparable achievement in the field.   
  • To maintain graduate faculty status associate members must demonstrate a current and sustained record of scholarly or creative activities indicated by publications in recognized journals in the field, books, and exhibitions or performances.

Privileges and Responsibilities

  • Determine policies of The Graduate School.
  • Engage in all graduate education activities.
  • Nominate faculty for membership on the graduate faculty.
  • Chair a thesis or dissertation committee.

Terms and Criteria

  • Newly appointed associate professors with tenure or tenure-track in units offering work for graduate credit are normally appointed as full members, subject to annual review.
  • Newly appointed full professors with tenure or tenure track in units offering work for graduate credit are normally appointed to as full members, subject to periodic review.
  • Full members of the graduate faculty must possess the highest degree appropriate to the field or unquestionable evidence of comparable achievement in the field.
  • To maintain graduate faculty status full members must demonstrate a current and sustained record of scholarly or creative activities indicated by publications in recognized journals in the field, books, and exhibitions or performances.

Privileges and Responsibilities

  • May engage in instructional activities at the master’s level.
  • May not engage in instructional activities at the doctoral level except by permission of the college dean and dean of The Graduate School.
  • May serve as a member of thesis committees but may not normally chair except by permission of the college dean and dean of The Graduate School.

Terms and Criteria

  • Individuals nominated for professional affiliate by units offering work for graduate credit may be appointed to a renewable, three-year term based on evidence of expertise or knowledge that is directly relevant and applicable to the professional program in which the individuals will be teaching.
  • Expertise is defined in terms of recent activities recognized by the focal area as indicative of excellence. Appropriate indicators may include but are not limited to terminal degrees in focal or relevant areas; professional certification; licensure, diplomas, or record of professional practice; and demonstrated professional excellence through performances, exhibitions, presentations, professional publications, or national awards.
  • Normally, a person who is eligible for full or associate graduate faculty status is ineligible for professional affiliate status.
    Individuals whose professional activities are a function of their LSU employment are normally ineligible for professional affiliate status.

Privileges and Responsibilities

  • May engage in instructional activities at the master’s and doctoral level.
  • May serve as a member of thesis and dissertation committees but may not chair except by permission of the college dean and dean of The Graduate School.

Terms and Criteria

  • Individuals nominated for research affiliate may be appointed to a renewable, three-year term.
  • Research affiliate membership is available to individuals whose appointments reside in units not offering work for graduate credit or whose appointments are not tenure-track.
  • Research affiliate members must possess the highest degree appropriate to the field or unquestionable evidence of comparable achievement in the field.
  • To maintain graduate faculty status research affiliate members must demonstrate a current and sustained record of scholarly or creative activities indicated by publications in recognized journals in the field, books, and exhibitions or performances.

A faculty member who holds full membership on the graduate faculty may be named as graduate faculty emeritus upon retirement provided that the faculty member has been approved for emeritus status through the LSU System per PM-69 and PS-55. Emeritus graduate faculty status allows these faculty members to continue to work with graduate students on masters and doctoral committees as chairs and members. 

Faculty members who retired as full members of the graduate faculty but who do not have emeritus status may serve on thesis or dissertation committees with administrative approval submitted by the department, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Faculty members serving on graduate students’ masters or doctoral committees as chair or co-chair may continue in the role after retiring from LSU.

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.