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.


ROBERT BLANTON, III, Professor, PhD (1996), The University of South Carolina [2017]

DOUGLAS IMIG, Professor, PhD (1991), Duke University [2016]

MATTHIAS KAELBERER, Professor, PhD (1997), Princeton University [2016]

J. HARVEY LOMAX, Associate Professor, PhD (1979), The University of Chicago [2010]

SHARON A. STANLEY, Assistant Professor, PhD (2006), University of California, Berkeley [2018]


NICOLE DETRAZ, Assistant Professor, PhD (2009), Colorado State University [2015]

ERIC GROENENDYK, Assistant Professor, PhD (2009), University of Michigan [2015]

HEATHER A. LARSEN-PRICE, Assistant Professor, PhD (2006), University of Washington [2012]

DURSUN PEKSEN, Assistant Professor, PhD (2008), University of Missouri [2018]


SHANNON BLANTON, PhD (1996), The University of South Carolina [2017]

RAY MICHAEL COLLINS, JD (1979), Memphis State University [2013]

EBONY N. DAWKINS, JD (2008), University of Memphis [2017]

LEAH CATHRYN WINDSOR, MA (2012), The University of Mississippi [2015]


MICHAEL ARMOUR, PhD (1990), The University of Mississippi [2017]

GRANT GIBSON, JD, Fordham Law School [2016] 

BRIAN KELSEY, JD (2003), Georgetown University Law Center [2013]

PAUL A. MEGO, PhD (1999), The University of Alabama [2013]

BRICE TIMMONS, JD (2010), The University of Memphis [2017]


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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