Graduate Faculty Membership | School of Information Handbook | Kent State University

Graduate Faculty Membership

  1. Graduate Faculty Membership Policy

    (UR 3342-6-15.1)

    Each school shall form a Graduate Faculty Committee (GFC), selected from and by those members who currently possess Graduate Faculty membership and who have been approved to direct master’s theses and serve on doctoral committees. In graduate units offering the doctoral degree, the members of the committee must also have been approved to direct doctoral dissertations.

     

    Graduate Faculty Committee

    The Graduate Faculty Committee will evaluate School faculty for graduate faculty status and forward recommendations to the Dean of the College of Communication and Information for approval.

     

    The graduate faculty committee in the School of Library and Information Science will be composed of all members of the graduate faculty who have full membership status of F3 or F4. Current Graduate Faculty status listing by College is available on the Graduate Studies website.

     

    Graduate Faculty Membership

    The SLIS Graduate Faculty Committee shall evaluate its faculty for graduate faculty status and forward its recommendations to the Dean of the College of Communication and Information for approval. The awarding of this status shall be assigned to those faculty members with appropriate educational backgrounds who have produced scholarly research or creative activity of sufficient quality to merit professional recognition and who are effective in providing the appropriate training of graduate students. The two membership types are:

     

    • Full Member (F), with specific endorsements to teach graduate coursework, serve on thesis/dissertation committees, direct or co-direct theses or dissertations; and
    • Associate Member (A), with specific endorsements to teach graduate coursework, serve on thesis/dissertation committees, and direct theses, or co-direct dissertations.

     

    Levels of Graduate Faculty Status

    The four graduate status levels are:

    Level 1:            May teach graduate coursework and serve on master’s committees,

    Level 2:            May do above and may direct master theses,

    Level 3:            May do above, serve on doctoral committees, and (with college approval) co-direct doctoral dissertations,

    Level 4:            May do above, and direct doctoral dissertations (full members only)

     

    Associate members of the SLIS Graduate Faculty (FT-NTT) may be recommended for these membership levels: A1, A2, A3.

     

    Full members of the SLIS Graduate Faculty (FT-T/TT) may be recommended for these membership levels: F2, F3, or F4.

     

    Temporary Graduate Faculty Membership

    A person may be assigned as a Temporary Graduate Faculty member when his/her participation in the graduate program is desired by the School for a limited period or for a limited objective. Normally this status should be assigned to lead to the appropriate instruction of a graduate course for a semester or appropriate service on a graduate examination committee, a thesis committee, or a dissertation committee. Upon the completion of the temporary assignment, the status of Temporary Graduate Faculty member is withdrawn.

  2. Criteria for Membership in the Graduate Faculty

    1. Full Membership

    Possession of the terminal degree; evidence of successful graduate teaching; and substantial research publications over the past five years; and full-time membership in the faculty are the principal criteria considered in arriving at a recommendation concerning full membership in the Graduate Faculty.

     

    The doctorate is the terminal degree in education for library and information science. In exceptional circumstances (e.g., national or international recognition in the field), the requirement may be met by an appropriate equivalency recommended by the GFC of the School of Library and Information Science and approved by the Director of the School and the Associate Dean of the College of Communication and Information.

     

    2. Associate Membership

    Possession of the terminal degree (or at least candidacy status) and evidence of potential for successful graduate teaching and Scholarship are the principal criteria for associate membership in the Graduate Faculty. In exceptional circumstances the requirement may be met by an appropriate equivalency recommended by the GFC of the School of Library and Information Science and approved by the Director of the School and the Associate Dean of the College of Communication and Information.

     

    3. Temporary Membership

    Temporary membership may be recommended for individuals who do not possess all of the qualifications for full or associate membership, but whose talents may be needed for a limited period, usually on a part-time basis for one term.

     

    Possession of at a minimum the master’s degree in library or information science or relevant area of study and at least two years of successful professional experience subsequent to the receipt of the master’s degree are the minimum criteria for temporary membership in the Graduate Faculty.

     

    Faculty members may have their graduate faculty status changed to include approvals for additional graduate faculty involvement whenever appropriate recommendation is made.

     

     

    Review of Graduate Faculty Status

    All full and associate members of the graduate faculty shall have their graduate faculty status reviewed according to the foregoing procedures in the Fall semester of every fifth year beginning in the Fall of 1969. Temporary members are reviewed every two years.

     

    Graduate Faculty Status for Emeritus Faculty

    Change in the employment status of graduate faculty often necessitates a change in graduate faculty status. In these cases, the Recommendation for Removal From the Graduate Faculty form is used. Occasionally, it may be in the common interest of the School and Emeritus faculty member that the faculty member’s graduate faculty relationship with the School continues, after the receipt of emeritus status. This relationship must be formalized as per criteria approved by the Graduate Faculty Committee, when such need is established.

     

    At minimum the following criteria will apply. The Emeritus faculty will:

    • make a formal written request of the school director to retain graduate faculty status as emeritus faculty;
    • agree to abide by the standards of accountability that apply to active tenured/tenure-track faculty;
    • continue to maintain the School’s standards and specific requirements for scholarly productivity, for example, continued significant number of publications, creative activities, and/or participation on extramural grants;
    • be available to students for advising and for committee memberships and provide timely critiques of students’ work in the requisite form.