Graduate Faculty Membership

2160.1 Purpose

The Graduate Faculty, the body primarily responsible for graduate study, is composed of faculty members whose experience and record of scholarship qualify them to offer graduate-level instruction. The Graduate Faculty's purpose is to encourage and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and/or professional practice through instruction, supervision, and research of the highest quality.  Eligibility criteria for Graduate Faculty status emphasize the totality of a Graduate Faculty member's instructional, advising, and professional responsibilities as well as explicit scholarship criteria.

2160.2 Eligibility Criteria

In order to be appointed to the Graduate Faculty on a permanent basis, a faculty member must have (a) the appropriate terminal degree for graduate instruction in the field, (b) demonstrated involvement in graduate instruction through teaching and, where applicable, graduate student supervision, (c) current (within the past five years) and relevant record of scholarly or creative accomplishment through research, publications, professional activities, and/or creative work, and (d) rank of assistant professor or above at Wright State University.

Other faculty members may receive either a) adjunct appointments to the Graduate Faculty for terms of up to five years, or b) temporary appointments to the Graduate Faculty for a term of one semester.

The Dean of the Graduate School and/or the Graduate Membership Committee may, with the approval of Faculty Senate, establish additional criteria for membership of the Graduate Faculty.

2160.3 Functions of the Graduate Faculty

Permanently appointed (Regular) Graduate Faculty members have the privilege of (a) instructing students at the graduate level (i.e., at or above the 5000-level), (b) serving as members of a student's advisory committee, (c) serving as members of Faculty[MB1] Senate Graduate Committees, (d) serving as chairs of Faculty Senate Graduate committees, and (e) supervising a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. However, before a Graduate Faculty member can serve as a thesis/dissertation director, that person must be approved on a case-by-case basis (for each specific thesis or dissertation) by the chair/director of the program and the Dean of the Graduate School. The department chairs/program directors shall be responsible for initiating the recommendation of these individuals. If a department chair/program director refuses to support a Graduate Faculty member's request to direct a particular thesis/dissertation or if the chair/director supports the request and the Dean of the Graduate School does not concur and disapproves the recommendation, the faculty member may appeal that ruling. The Graduate Faculty Membership Committee will act as the final appellate body for this process.

Individuals appointed to the Adjunct Graduate Faculty have the privilege of (a) instructing students at the graduate level, (b) serving as members of a student's advisory committee, and serving as co-directors/co-supervisors of theses or dissertations.

2160.4 Procedure for Nomination to Graduate Faculty Membership

Regular Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Graduate Faculty Membership

  1. The appropriate department chair, program director, or Department or Program Faculty Committee completes the Graduate Faculty Nomination Form and forwards to college/school dean.
  2. The graduate studies committee of the College or School reviews the nomination and forwards the form with the committee's recommendation, and statement by the dean, department chair, or program director, if appropriate, to the Graduate School.
  3. The Dean of the Graduate School reviews the nomination. If the candidate meets all four of the primary criteria for regular membership (terminal degree, scholarship or creative endeavors, record of teaching at the graduate level, and professorial rank at WSU), or the three primary criteria for adjunct membership (terminal degree, scholarship/creative endeavors, and record of teaching), the Dean approves the nomination and records the candidate in the list of Graduate Faculty. Approved candidates are reported to the Faculty Senate.
  4. Nominations that do not meet the primary criteria are forwarded, along with all necessary explanatory and supporting material, to the Membership Committee, which sends approved nominations to the Dean of the Graduate School for concurring signature, recording in the list of Graduate Faculty, and reporting to the Faculty Senate. In cases of disagreement between the Dean and the Committee, the Faculty Senate will serve as the final arbiter. If a nomination is ultimately declined, a letter of explanation will be sent to the nominator.
  5. Written notification of the action taken by the Committee or the Dean is sent to the faculty member concerned. A copy of the notification will also be sent to the department chair and the dean who submitted the request.
  6. All documents pertaining to the nomination are kept on file in the Graduate School.
  7. At the request of the Dean of the Graduate School, a graduate faculty member may be required to submit a current curriculum vita or other updated information, subsequent to his/her admission to the Graduate Faculty.
  8. The Dean of the Graduate School may grant temporary graduate faculty status to newly hired faculty for one academic term. This temporary status permits faculty to teach graduate courses and serve on thesis or dissertation committees. Temporary status automatically expires at the end of the term for which it is granted. Departments wishing to nominate faculty for regular graduate faculty membership should submit those nominations during the term of temporary membership.