Graduate School
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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.


REZA BANAI, Professor, PhD (1983), The University of Pennsylvania [2015]

KENNETH M. REARDON, Professor, PhD (1983), Cornell University [2015]

LAURA SAIJA, Visiting Research Faculty, PhD (2006), [2017]

CHARLES A. SANTO, Associate Professor, PhD (2005), Portland State University [2017]


EARL PEARSON, Professor, MURP (1971), University of Mississippi [2016]

SUSAN ROAKES, Associate Professor, PhD (1991), University of Wisconsin-Madison [2018]

DAVID G WESTENDORFF, Associate Professor, PhD (2009), Cornell University [2016]


THOMAS FOX, PhD (1997), Vanderbilt University [2015]

KYLE WAGENSCHULTZ, MA (2010), University of Memphis [2017]

JOSH WHITEHEAD, MURP (2000), The University of Cincinnati [2015] 


ANTONIO RACITI, PhD (2011), University of Catania [2020]

TONY POTEET, MCRP (1995), The University of Memphis [2015]

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

Graduate School
Administration Bldg. 215
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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