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Policy:  PAc-6

Subject:  Membership on Graduate Faculty

 Approval Date:     07/01/85
 Revision Date:      06/13/97
      03/13/09

PURPOSE: 

To outline the criteria and procedures for appointment to the graduate faculty.

CRITERIA FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP:

The following criteria must be met to be considered for Full Membership on the graduate faculty:

  1. An earned terminal degree as defined in PAc-1.
  2. Tenured or on track for tenure.
  3. A graduate level need (e.g. teaching, advising, program development, committee service, etc., as documented by the department chair and approved by the college dean).

PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING FULL MEMBERSHIP:

  1. The department chair shall nominate, in writing, the individual for Full Membership. 
  2. The department chair will forward the nomination, along with the nominee's documentation of criteria as indicated above and statement of graduate need, to the respective college dean who will forward this with his/her recommendation to the College Graduate Committee which will either approve or reject the nomination. If the nomination is approved, the committee shall grant Full Membership to the nominee and shall inform all appropriate persons, including the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, of their decision. If the nomination is rejected, justification shall be provided to the nominee and the department chair. 
  3. If the nomination is rejected by the College Graduate Committee, the department chair may appeal the decision to the University Graduate Committee which will make the final determination regarding the nomination. The University Graduate Committee shall inform all appropriate persons of their decision. 

CRITERIA FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP:

When the chair of an academic department determines that he/she needs to assign graduate responsibility to a faculty member who does not qualify for Full Membership in the graduate faculty, he/she shall nominate that faculty member for Associate Membership.  

The following criteria must be met to be considered for Associate Membership:  

  1. An earned terminal degree as defined by PAc-1 in the appropriate teaching discipline or, in the absence of this degree, at least two of the following: an exceptionally high level of scholarly productivity, teaching competency, exceptional professional activities in the discipline, or relevant experience.
  2. A graduate level institutional need (e.g. teaching, advising, program development, committee service, etc, as documented by the department chair and approved by the college dean).  

All Associate Memberships shall be one, two, or three academic year appointments, as determined, based on the recommendation by the department chair and college dean, by the College or University Graduate Committee.  Associate Memberships are renewable based on documented need.  

PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP:

  1. The department chair shall nominate, in writing, the individual for Associate Membership.  
  2. The department chair will forward the nomination, along with the nominee's curriculum vita and statement of institutional need, to the respective college dean who will forward this with his/her recommendation to the College Graduate Committee which will either approve or reject the nomination. If the nomination is approved, the committee shall grant Associate Membership to the nominee and shall inform all appropriate persons, including the Dean of the Graduate School, of their decision. If the nomination is rejected, justification shall be provided to the nominee and the department chair.
  3. If the nomination is rejected by the College Graduate Committee, the department chair may appeal the decision to the University Graduate Committee which will make the final determination regarding the nomination. The University Graduate Committee shall inform all appropriate persons of their decision.
  4. When, due to extraordinary circumstances, a member of the graduate faculty is unavailable to teach a previously scheduled course and circumstances will not permit appointment under normal procedures, the Dean of the Graduate School may temporarily appoint a faculty member to Associate Membership on the graduate faculty.  Such appointments shall be for one academic year only and shall not be renewed or extended without the approval of the College or University Graduate Committee.  The Dean of the Graduate School will inform all appropriate persons, including the University Graduate Committee, of his/her decision.
  5. At least two months prior to the end of the appointment of an Associate Member, the Dean of the Graduate School will inform that member and all other appropriate persons of that end and the process required to renew the Associate Membership.