Graduate Faculty Membership Policy | Kent State University

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.