Summary of 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 chair master's and doctoral  committees. 

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

May serve on mater's and doctoral committees

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).

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 chair master's committees.

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

May serve on master's and 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 serve on master's 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 serve on master's 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 master's or doctoral committee

May serve on mater's and doctoral committees

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

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 Dean of 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.