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The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains six levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, (3) Adjunct, (4) Adjunct Research Co-Mentor, (5) Affiliate, and (6) Adjunct Teaching.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Adjunct Research Co-Mentor members may serve as co-chair of a master's or doctoral committee. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one adjunct or affiliate graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.

Teaching adjunct members may not serve on graduate committees.


JINGBIAO CUI, Professor, PhD (1993), University of Science and Technology of China [2020]

DONALD R. FRANCESCHETTI, Professor, Ph.D. (1974), Princeton University [2014]

ELIZABETH GIRE, Assistant Professor, PhD (2007), University of California, San Diego [2017]

JOHN W. HANNEKEN, Associate Professor, Ph.D. (1979), Rice University [2020]

M. SHAH JAHAN, Professor, Ph.D. (1977), The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa [2017]

MOHAMED LARADJI, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (1993), McGill University [2020]

SANJAY R. MISHRA, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (1996), The University of Missouri-Rolla [2015]

PRABHAKAR PRADHAN. Assistant Professor, PhD (2009), Indian Institute of Science [2020]

FIROUZEH SABRI, Assistant Professor, PhD (2002), The University of Cambridge [2019]

JOAN T. SCHMELZ, Associate Professor, Ph.D. (1987), The Pennsylvania State University [2018]

LAM YU, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (2006), Rice University [2015]


ROBERT R. MARCHINI, Professor, Ph.D. (1969), Clemson University [2015]


SAMUEL BRADY, PhD (2010), Duke University [2015]

ROBERT SAYRE, PhD (1973), State University of New York at Buffalo [2015]

HAI H. TRIEU, PhD (1995), Case Western Reserve University [2015]

GERRUTT VERSCHUUR, PhD (1965), Manchester University [2015]


ROBERT MULLINS, MS (1984), University of Alabama [2017]

NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets.

Graduate School
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The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-4212
Fax: (901) 678-0378

Guidelines and Procedures for Graduate Faculty Status

Roles and Criteria for Graduate Faculty Status

Graduate Faculty Application

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