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Roles and Criteria for Graduate Faculty Status

Status/Eligibility

Roles

Minimum
Criteria
(Initial)

Minimum
Criteria
(Renewal)

Term

Full

Available to tenured and tenure-track faculty, faculty in the Post-Retirement Program, and visiting professors.

May teach 7000/8000 courses.

May chair masters and dissertation committees.

May chair committees in other programs at that program's discretion.

May vote on graduate issues.

May serve on UCGS.

Terminal degree

At least 6 peer-reviewed works in nationally recognized outlets in preceding 6 years (or equivalent).

Ability to teach advanced graduate courses.

Evidence of continued pattern of scholarly or creative activity of the quality expected for initial membership. 6 years, or duration of their appointment for visiting professors or faculty in the Post-Retirement Program
Associate

Available to tenured and tenure-track faculty, faculty in the Post-Retirement Program, and visiting professors.

May teach 7000/8000 courses.

May chair masters committees.

May chair masters committees in other programs at that program's discretion.

May serve on doctoral committees.

May vote on graduate issues.

May serve on UCGS.

Potential for scholarship

Terminal degree within previous 2 years, or appointed to tenure-track position within previous 2 years, or at least 3 publications.

Evidence of scholarship through publication in nationally recognized, refereed outlets or equivalents 6 years, or duration of their appointment for visiting professors or faculty in the Post-Retirement Program
Affiliate

Available to U of M non-tenure track faculty, research appointees or employees, and individuals with a formal non-employment affiliation with a U of M academic department or program.

May supervise graduate students in clinical or similar situations.

May teach select 7000-8000 courses with both program and college approvals.

May serve on masters and doctoral committees, but may not chair them.

May NOT serve on UCGS.

Post-graduate or professional credentials

Participation as practitioner in scholarly, service, and/or creative activities

same as initial 3 years
Adjunct

Available to those with terminal degrees who are NOT employed at U of M as full-time faculty.

May teach 7000-8000 course in areas of expertise.

May serve on masters and doctoral committees, but may not chair them.

May NOT serve on UCGS.

Terminal degree

Evidence of professional activity, relevant expertise, or significant achievement in relevant field of study.

same as initial 3 years

Adjunct Research Co-Mentor

Available to those with terminal degrees who are NOT employed at the U of M as full-time faculty.

May co-chair a specific thesis or dissertation committee

May NOT serve on UCGS.

Terminal degree

Publications/presentations/ scholarly activity in nationally recognized outlets (or equivalent) in preceding 6 years.

Same as initial.
Department must resubmit recommendation to co-chair each student committee
Duration of
committee appointment
Adjunct-Teaching

Part or full time, non-tenure track U of M teaching faculty or other U of M employees.

May teach graduate courses as indicated in application.

Masters degree

Evidence of relevant expertise.

same as initial 3 years
NOTES:
  • Persons who do not hold graduate faculty status but who have special expertise relevant to a particular student's topic may serve as an external member of a committee upon recommendation of department and approval of the College Director of Graduate Studies and the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs. Determination of whether such an external member is a voting member is made by the appropriate academic unit with the approval of the College Director of Graduate Studies. Only one external member is allowed on a committee.
  • When instructors who are not members of the graduate faculty teach graduate only course work, except for the Applied Music program, the head of the appropriate academic unit will notify the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and provide documentation of their special qualifications to teach the course.

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