Criteria for Graduate Faculty Membership | Department of Biological Sciences Handbook | Kent State University

Criteria for Graduate Faculty Membership

  1. Associate Membership

    1. Membership Criteria and Privileges

      Associate membership on the Graduate Faculty will be granted to those permanent faculty members who possess a terminal degree in the discipline.  In most cases this would be the Ph.D.  In some instances other qualifications may serve in lieu of the terminal degree.  Exceptions must be recommended by a majority vote of the Graduate Faculty and approved by the Chairperson of the Department and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

      Associate Graduate Faculty membership also requires scholarly research of sufficient quality to merit publication in refereed journals.  Ancillary criteria may also be considered in support of application for Associate Graduate Faculty Membership, such as:

    • Activity in developing innovative teaching programs
    • Member of a review board for research grants
    • Member of the editorial board of a scholarly journal
    • Officer of a scientific society
    • Presentation of research papers at regional, national, and international meetings.

      Associate Graduate Faculty Membership is granted with the approval of those eligible to direct dissertations (Graduate Faculty Committee), the Chairperson of the Department and the Dean.

    1. Membership Duties and Privileges
       
      1. Eligibility to teach graduate level courses in the Department and serve on masters committees requires a history of research of sufficient quality to merit publication in refereed journals (A-1).
      2. Eligibility to direct master's theses requires evidence of publication of at least two articles in peer-reviewed journals during the review period*.  Efforts to obtain appropriate extramural funding of research activities during the review period are expected (A-2).
  2. Full Membership

    1. Membership Criteria

      Eligibility to direct dissertations shall be limited to those Graduate Faculty Members who have demonstrated a strong record of current scholarly research activity.  Full Graduate Faculty Membership is granted with the approval of the Graduate Faculty Committee to direct dissertation, the Chairperson of the Department and the Dean.
       

    2. Membership Duties and Privileges
      1. Faculty members who meet the criteria described above and who meet most but not all of the criteria for the direction of dissertations may be approved to direct master's theses, serve on doctoral committees, co-direct doctoral dissertations, and serve on College and University graduate faculty committees.  An F3 advisor of a doctoral student must have an F4 co-advisor. The F4 co-advisor should participate fully in the professional development and progress of the doctoral student (F-3).
      2. Eligibility to direct dissertations is limited to those Graduate Faculty members who have a record of strong scholarship.  At least five publications in peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed books and funding of an extramural grant proposal (or submission of at least three extramural grant proposals) of sufficient magnitude to support doctoral student research are typically expected in the review period*.  Significant participation in the graduate program, as evidenced by activities such as teaching at the graduate level, direction of graduate students, co-authoring peer-reviewed articles with graduate students, or service on academic committees, is also required (F-4).
  3. Graduate Faculty Membership for Adjunct Faculty

    Associate or Full Graduate Faculty Membership for adjunct members is for those whose primary professional appointments are elsewhere, but who desire to participate fully in one of the sub-discipline programs of the department. Adjunct faculty are limited to F3 status so they need a fully involved co-advisor from the appropriate BSCI program.  Membership criteria are as stated above, but voting privileges are limited to the departmental program in which they participate. Membership is granted with the approval of the Graduate Faculty Committee, the Chairperson of the Department and the Dean.

  4. Temporary Associate Graduate Faculty Membership

    Temporary membership is designed for persons who serve temporarily as instructors of graduate level courses or as members of a graduate advisory committee, or in rare instances, as a co-adviser of a student.  Membership requires academic and professional credentials at least equal to those of Associate Graduate Faculty Membership (A-1, A-2). Permission is granted ad hoc and is limited to the specific task requested.  This category may include faculty at Kent State University as well as other professional persons outside the University who are recognized as having unique capabilities of benefit to the graduate program.  Approval for Temporary Associate Graduate Faculty Membership is granted with the approval of the Chairperson of the Department and the Dean.

  5. Ex Officio Membership

    In accordance with university policy, administrators who are members of BSCI are ex officio full members of the graduate faculty.

    *The University Policy Register specifies that the graduate faculty review should take place every 5 years, individual faculty members can request to be considered for a change in graduate faculty level at anytime.