Graduate Council Manual

2.00 The Graduate Faculty

2.10 Graduate Faculty Membership

The graduate faculty, the body primarily responsible for graduate study, is comprised of faculty members whose experience and record of scholarship qualify them to offer graduate-level instruction. The graduate faculty's purpose is to encourage and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and/or professional practice through instruction, supervision, and research of the highest quality. Emphasis is placed on the totality of a graduate faculty member's instructional, scholarly, advising, and professional responsibilities.

2.20 Eligibility Criteria

2.21 Fully-affiliated Wright State University faculty may be appointed as members of the graduate faculty on a permanent basis if they have achieved (a) the appropriate terminal degree for graduate instruction in the field OR equivalent professional experience in the field (b) the rank of assistant professor (including clinical or research assistant professor) or above at a graduate degree-granting academic unit at Wright State University, (c) current and relevant accomplishment through research, publications, professional activities, and/or creative work, and (d) demonstrated involvement in graduate instruction through teaching and, where applicable, graduate student supervision, or, for newly appointed faculty, a statement with strong supporting evidence from the dean, department chair, or program director that the candidate is qualified to undertake graduate research supervision and that this activity is central to the intended duties.

2.22 Graduate faculty members teaching in doctoral programs should have a record of recognized scholarship, creative endeavor, or achievement in practice commensurate to doctoral expectations.

2.23 In all cases where experience or professional achievement is a significant component of a faculty member’s application for graduate status, the experience or achievements in question must be documented and accompanied by a statement by the academic unit dean, department chair, or program director.  "Equivalent professional experience" shall normally consist of more than 5 years of professional-level work in the field for which the faculty member is being qualified.

2.24 Individuals who have been appointed as adjunct faculty, lecturers, or instructors within a department or program or other individuals external to the university (regardless of rank or title) who are distinguished within a discipline can be appointed as adjunct members of the graduate faculty for terms up to five years. In all cases, scholarly qualifications and/or accomplishments should parallel those required of fully-affiliated faculty.

2.30 Functions of the Graduate Faculty

2.31 Members of the graduate faculty have the privilege of (a) instructing students at the graduate level, (b) serving as members of a student's master’s thesis or doctoral committee, (c) serving as members of the Graduate Council, and (d) serving as chairs of Graduate Council committees. Adjunct members share the first two of these privileges.

2.32 Full members of the graduate faculty may have the privilege of directing a master's thesis and also may have the privilege of directing a doctoral dissertation or project, as determined by the academic unit which administers the program. Adjunct members of the graduate faculty may have the privilege of co-directing a master's thesis and may have the privilege of co-directing a doctoral dissertation or project. In each case, the other co-director must be a regular member of the graduate faculty.

2.33 The privilege of directing a doctoral dissertation or project will be reserved to members of the graduate faculty who are also members of a doctoral program faculty and are deemed qualified to do so by procedures as outlined below in this paragraph. Adjunct members of the graduate faculty who are members of a doctoral program faculty and are deemed qualified may be eligible to co-direct a doctoral dissertation or project along with a regular doctoral-qualified faculty member. Each doctoral program will establish a set of criteria and procedures by which selected members of the program faculty will be qualified to advise or serve on doctoral dissertations or projects. These criteria must clearly exceed requirements for normal graduate faculty membership. Each doctoral program will maintain a list of doctoral-qualified faculty and will periodically review the criteria and list of faculty and forward these to the Dean, Graduate School. In addition, the Dean may request a copy of the current criteria and list of doctoral-qualified faculty at any time.

2.40 Procedure for Nomination to Graduate Faculty Membership

2.41 Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Graduate Faculty Membership

A. The appropriate department chair, program director, or Department or Program Faculty Committee completes the Graduate Faculty Nomination Form and forwards to college/school dean.

B. The graduate studies committee of the College or School reviews the nomination and forwards the form with the committee's recommendation, and statement by the dean, department chair, or program director if appropriate, to the Graduate School.

C. The Dean, Graduate School, reviews the nomination. If the candidate meets all four of the primary criteria for regular membership (terminal degree, scholarship or creative endeavors, record of teaching at the graduate level, and rank), or the three primary criteria for adjunct membership (terminal degree, scholarship/creative endeavors, and record of teaching), the Dean approves the nomination and records the candidate in the list of Graduate Faculty. Approved candidates are reported to the Graduate Council.

D. Nominations that do not meet the primary criteria are forwarded to the Membership Committee, along with all necessary explanatory and supporting material. The Membership Committee will review these nominations in accordance with the Graduate School policy. Nominations may be approved by the Committee, in which case they are sent to the Dean for concurring signature and recording in the list of graduate faculty, and reported to the Graduate Council. In cases of disagreement between the Dean and the Committee, the Graduate Council will serve as the final arbiter. If a nomination is deferred, a letter of explanation will be sent to the nominator.

E. Written notification of the action taken by the Committee or the Dean is sent to the faculty member concerned. A copy of the notification will also be sent to the department chair and the dean who submitted the request.

F. All documents pertaining to the nomination are kept on file in the Graduate School.

G. At the request of the Dean, Graduate School, a graduate faculty member can be required to submit a current vita or other updated information, subsequent to his/her admission to the graduate faculty.

H. The Dean, Graduate School, may grant temporary faculty status to newly hired faculty for one academic term. This temporary status permits faculty to teach graduate courses, advise graduate students, and perform other duties of graduate faculty members. Temporary status automatically expires at the end of the term for which it is granted. Departments wishing to nominate faculty for regular graduate faculty membership should submit those nominations during the temporary term.

2.50 Review and Removal of Graduate Faculty Status

2.51 Responsibility for Maintaining Quality of Graduate Faculty

A. It shall be the responsibility of each department/program and/or each College/School Graduate Studies Committee to ensure that its graduate faculty remain academically qualified for continued graduate level responsibilities.

B. If the college recommends that an individual faculty member be removed from graduate faculty membership or omits a previously qualified faculty member from the dissertation qualified list, he/she may appeal that decision to the Graduate Council Membership Committee which has the authority to rule on retention. The faculty member may further appeal to the Graduate Council, which can overturn the Membership Committee's decision.

2.52 Removal of Graduate Faculty Status for Misconduct

A faculty member can have graduate faculty status removed as a result of academic or other misconduct. Upon presentation of evidence to the Dean, Graduate School, sufficient to demonstrate probable cause for removal of graduate faculty status, the Dean will recommend that the Graduate Council Membership Committee hold a removal hearing. The graduate faculty member may appeal the decision of the Membership Committee to the Graduate Council.

2.53 Automatic Removal for Separation or Change of Status

Graduate faculty members who leave Wright State University, or whose status changes from fully-affiliated faculty to a different condition (e.g. changing from tenure-track faculty to research faculty in a non-degree-granting unit), are automatically removed from their status as graduate faculty members. Such members may be re-nominated for graduate faculty status appropriate to their new position by a graduate degree-granting unit at any point in the future. Regular graduate faculty who transition to Emeritus faculty status are exempt from this policy, and retain their status as regular graduate faculty.