Policy for Approval of Junior Faculty to Chair a PhD Dissertation Committee
A Graduate College Level 4 faculty appointment is required to chair a PhD dissertation committee. One of the requirements for this appointment level is that the applicant must present evidence that they have participated in departmental graduate education activities. Junior faculty members will have had only limited opportunity to participate in graduate education activities. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the graduate program to evaluate whether the projected graduate activity level and experience of a junior faculty member is appropriate to chair a PhD dissertation committee.
A junior faculty member is defined as a faculty member who has been appointed at the level of an Assistant Professor (or equivalent) for less than three years. The program should evaluate the following when determining whether to request that a junior faculty member be appointed as a Level 4:
1. Experience of faculty member in mentoring students
2. Current or planned activity in the graduate program and graduate education
3. Current or planned activity that will result in knowledge of the Graduate College and graduate program policies and procedures
Approval of a level 4 appointment for a junior faculty member requires that the department chair or appointed liaison provide written verification as part of the Graduate Faculty appointment application that the program has determined that the junior faculty member meets Graduate College requirements for current or planned activity in the graduate program and graduate education required to chair a PhD dissertation committee. Applicants are still required to meet the publication requirements for a level 4 appointment.
1. Junior faculty member submits online application for level 4 Graduate Faculty appointment.
2. Department evaluates whether current or planned activity by the junior faculty member in the graduate program and graduate education are sufficient for the junior faculty member to chair a PhD dissertation committee for students in that program.
3. Department Chair or appointed liaison submits written verification in the comment box in the online application that the program has determined that the junior faculty member meets Graduate College requirements for current or planned activity in the graduate program and graduate education required to chair a PhD dissertation committee.
Approved by Graduate Council - June 17, 2010
Approval for a Non-Graduate College Degree Granting Department to Appoint Graduate College Faculty Members
Faculty members in departments that grant degrees in the Graduate College may apply for Graduate Faculty membership through that department. The Graduate College will allow faculty members in non-degree granting departments to apply for Graduate Faculty membership through the department provided the faculty members in the department provide Graduate College coursework through that department (5000 or 6000 level courses) or faculty members in the department provide important training for graduate faculty members and/or graduate students (i.e. Department of Health Sciences Library and Information Management faculty members).
Faculty appointed as graduate faculty members in these departments will be appointed as Associate Members and may serve as the outside member on a graduate student’s committee. The appointment of Associate Members shall be renewed every 3 years.
• The non-degree granting department must be approved by the Graduate College to appoint graduate faculty members.
• Faculty should apply through the Graduate College database online as Associate Members.
• Appointment level is granted based upon Graduate College guidelines for Levels 1-4.
July 23, 2013