The University of Memphis maintains five levels of graduate faculty: full, associate,
affiliate, adjunct, and teaching adjunct. Only full graduate faculty members may chair
doctoral committees. Full or associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees.
Full members of the Graduate Faculty may direct dissertations and associate members
may direct theses in an academic unit other than their own at the discretion of the
graduate coordinator and/or the chair of that department. Affiliate or adjunct graduate
faculty may be members of doctoral and master's committees in their areas of expertise,
but may not chair them.
In extraordinary circumstances, a qualified scholar from another institution may apply
for Graduate Faculty status as an Adjunct Research Co-Mentor in order to co-chair
a student’s committee. No more than one adjunct or affiliate graduate faculty member
may serve as a voting member of a student’s committee. Teaching adjuncts may not serve
on graduate committees. Membership in the Graduate faculty is required in order to
teach 6000 level graduate courses or above.
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools requires that faculty teaching graduate
and post-baccalaureate course work have an earned a doctoral or terminal degree in
the teaching discipline or a related discipline. All departmental graduate coordinators
should be members of the Graduate Faculty.
Additional information pertaining to application for graduate faculty status, including
the Guidelines and Procedures for Graduate Faculty Status, is available on-line or can be obtained from the Graduate School.