Graduate School Faculty
Graduate Faculty Credentialing
The Dean of Graduate Studies is authorized to make final appointments to the graduate faculty. Appointments may be made in one of several member categories: full, associate, limited, special, and emeritus.
Full members may act as the sole or major supervisor of a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis, and as a member of thesis or doctoral committees; serve as chair or voting member of a final doctoral preliminary exam or oral examination committee, teach graduate courses and serve on the graduate council.
Associate members have all the privileges and duties of a full member with the exception of chairing a doctoral committee of any type. An associate member may not supervise a doctoral dissertation. All tenured or tenure-earning faculty who hold the terminal degree are automatically considered to be Associate Members of the Graduate Faculty.
Limited members are non-tenure track Research Professors, clinical faculty, lecturers or adjuncts who hold a terminal degree in the discipline. Limited Members are credentialed for one student or a group of courses for a limited period because of the faculty member's specific expertise. Limited Members may not chair any master's or doctoral committees. Exceptions may be granted for Research Professors.
Special members are faculty at other universities or professionals who hold the terminal degree. Special Members have the same privileges as Associate Members, except that they may not chair master's or doctoral committees.
Emeritus Members are retired faculty who hold the same Graduate Faculty Membership as they did immediately upon retirement. They have all privileges of their former status, except that they may not chair master's or doctoral committees.