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Graduate Faculty Nomination Process

The engagement of Wright State's graduate faculty is the key to the success of our students and our university. Their involvement in teaching, research, and program administration sets the stage for an academic experience that is second to none. 

If you are unable to find the information you want, please feel free to contact The Graduate School via the email address or telephone numbers listed below.

To review the definitions and privileges of the four graduate faculty membership categories, please refer to Policy 2160.2 and Policy 2160.4.

CRITERIA,TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP, (PER POLICY 2160.3) AND NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS (PER POLICY 2160.5)

Regular Graduate Faculty Membership

Associate Graduate Faculty Membership

Provisional Graduate Faculty Membership

Temporary Graduate Faculty Membership

Regular graduate faculty membership

This status may be granted to nominees who meet all of criteria a through d below:

  1. an appropriate terminal degree for graduate instruction in the field;
  2. a demonstrated involvement in graduate instruction through teaching and, where applicable, graduate student supervision;
  3. a current (within the past seven years) and relevant record of scholarly or creative accomplishment through metrics such as research, publications, professional activities, and/or creative work (as appropriate to the field);
  4. rank of assistant professor or above in a degree-granting academic unit at Wright State University.

Nomination requirement: Nomination form and Curriculum Vitae

Regular Graduate Faculty membership is normally granted for a period of seven years.

 

Associate graduate faculty membership 

This status may be granted to nominees who:

  1. satisfy criteria (a), (b), and (c) above

      Nomination requirement: Nomination form and Curriculum Vitae        

OR

  1. satisfy alternative criteria specific to the relevant discipline or course(s) as previously approved by the Graduate Faculty Membership Committee. Faculty-approved, discipline-specific, criteria will be used in all cases where they exist.

      Nomination requirement: Nomination form, Curriculum Vitae, and Alternative Criteria

OR

  1. If alternative criteria have not yet been approved, a statement from the nominator outlining the appropriate alternative criteria currently under review may serve as a basis for the Graduate Faculty Membership Committee to recommend temporary graduate faculty membership (see temporary membership category below).

      Nomination requirements: Nomination form, Curriculum Vitae, and statement from nominator

Associate Graduate Faculty status is normally granted for a period of seven years.

 

Provisional graduate faculty membership

This status may be granted to nominees who:

are newly hired assistant, associate, or full professors, if it is expected that the candidate will fully satisfy the requirements of Regular Graduate Faculty Status after the expiration of an amount of time sufficient to satisfy any provisional conditions of hire (e.g., final defense of an already completed dissertation or any other provisions that may have been negotiated) OR if graduate status is required before completion of the full vetting process. 

Nomination requirement: Nomination form and Curriculum Vitae

Provisional Graduate Faculty Status may be granted for up to three academic semesters.

 

Temporary graduate faculty membership

This status may be granted to nominees when:

a program has an immediate and unexpected need for graduate instruction and when the nominator provides a letter that addresses the following three items:

  1. the privileges to be extended (e.g. course or courses at or above the 5xxx level the candidate will teach, participation in a thesis or dissertation committee, etc.)  
  2. justification that the person would be reasonably expected to satisfy the requirements of Associate Graduate Faculty status as defined by these policies and by any relevant program-specific criteria documents approved by the Graduate Faculty Membership Committee.  
  3. a mentorship plan to support the newly appointed temporary graduate faculty member in those cases where the candidate has no prior experience instructing at the graduate level.

Nomination Requirements: Nomination form, Curriculum Vitae, Faculty Nominator Letter of Support.

Temporary Graduate Faculty status is granted for a period of up to three semesters (non-renewable).

 

PROCESS (PER POLICY 2160.5

In order to nominate a candidate for Graduate Faculty Membership, please complete the steps below. Please note that nominations requiring consideration by the Graduate Faculty Membership Committee (GFMC) must reach the Graduate School at least fourteen (14) days before the next GFMC meeting in order to be eligible for such consideration. The GFMC's schedule is published on the Faculty's Senate's GFMC page.

  1. The nomination’s originator should fill out the Graduate Faculty Membership nomination form and attach it to the appropriate documentation as indicated above.
  2. The nominator should forward the resulting packet to the appropriate regular graduate faculty subject matter experts (as defined by the appropriate faculty governance body of the department or academic unit hosting the graduate program), who should carefully review and, as appropriate, verify the relevant information.
  3. The nomination packet should then be forwarded to the Department Chair, Director, or Unit Head for signature.
  4. Finally, the packet should be forwarded to the Graduate School, where the dean will review the packet and follow the procedure described in Policy 2160.5.

LINKS:

UNIVERSITY POLICY 2160: GRADUATE FACULTY MEMBERSHIP

RECOMMENDED CURRICULUM VITAE FORMAT: Appendix B, pp. 156-58 of the WSU/AAUP-WSU Collective Bargaining Agreement).

GRADUATE FACULTY MEMBERSHIP NOMINATION FORM

GRADUATE FACULTY ALTERNATIVE CRITERIA APPROVAL FORM

LIST OF CURRENT WSU GRADUATE FACULTY

LIST OF CURRENT APPROVED ALTERNATIVE CRITERIA

MEETING SCHEDULE OF GRADUATE FACULTY MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE