Graduate Faculty Status | Geology Faculty Handbook | Kent State University

Graduate Faculty Status

As a doctoral degree granting department, the Department normally requires that all faculty hired for tenure-track positions be eligible for appointment to the graduate faculty as associate or full members. The Administrative policy regarding graduate faculty is included in the University Policy Register.  (See, University Policy Register 3342-6-15.1) The Department recognizes that members of the Faculty who advise and mentor graduate students have a special responsibility to maintain their expertise and knowledge in the areas of research in which they advise students. Faculty may demonstrate the currency of their expertise and knowledge by peer-reviewed publications that meet basic editorial criteria. To ensure that all faculty have equal access to a list of journals fulfilling these criteria, the Department accepts journals listed in the Thomson-ISI master journal list (http://www.thomsonscientific.com) at the time status is determined. Other manuscripts will also be considered at the discretion of the Chairperson following consultation with the FAC. Additionally, the Department accepts maps with accompanying text published by National, State, or Provincial Geological surveys as the equivalent of publication in a peer-reviewed publication as defined above. The Department explicitly excludes publications which appear in proceedings volumes of meetings because they do not provide sufficient documentation of currency of their expertise and knowledge in the field. The Department recognizes the following graduate faculty categories and qualifications for inclusion therein:

Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty:  This status shall be assigned to faculty who have the Ph.D. but whose record of publications does not meet the standards provided below for full member. There are two categories of Associate Membership; numbering of categories corresponds to that of Recommendation for Appointment to the Graduate Faculty form.

Associate Member 1: An Associate Member who may teach graduate courses and serve on master's committees:  This category is assigned to a faculty member who is well qualified to teach specific courses, and who has published one manuscript as defined above within the last five years.

Associate Member 2: An Associate Member who may teach graduate courses, serve on master's committees, and direct master's theses: This category is assigned to a faculty member whose qualifications match those stated above for AM1 status and who is an active scholar who has published at least two publications as defined above within the last five years.

Full Member of the Graduate Faculty:  This status shall be assigned to those faculty members who have attained the Ph.D. degree, who have produced scholarly research of sufficient quality to merit professional recognition, and who are effective in providing appropriate training of graduate students. All Full Members also qualify for membership levels 1) and 2) as listed on the Recommendation for Appointment to the Graduate Faculty form. The Department recognizes two levels of Full Membership, corresponding to those listed on the Recommendation for Appointment to the Graduate Faculty form as follows:

Full Member 3: A Full Member of the Graduate Faculty who may direct Master's theses, serve on doctoral committees, and co-direct with departmental approval doctoral dissertations with a Graduate Faculty member who qualifies for full member 4 status (below). This category shall be assigned to those who, in addition to the basic requirements necessary to be qualified as a Graduate Faculty Member, are active scholars who have published at least three publications as defined above within the last five years.

Full Member 4: A Full Member of the Graduate Faculty who may direct doctoral dissertations. This category shall be assigned to those who, in addition to the basic requirements necessary to be qualified as Full Members of the Graduate Faculty, are active scholars who have published at least four publications as defined above, within the last five years and who have actively pursued external funding to support graduate students and research expenses.  When proposals are not funded, the Graduate Faculty Committee may consider all proposal reviews as part of the documentation for Full Member 4 status. In the case that a newly-hired faculty member, has at least one publication as defined above, that person shall serve as a Full Member 4 and that person’s credentials will be reevaluated after three years and then on the customary departmental schedule thereafter. F4 faculty who have successfully advised a Ph.D. student to degree completion will be designated F4D.

Temporary Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty: This status shall be assigned to a faculty member or an individual from another university, from a governmental agency, or from industry, whose participation in the graduate program is desired by the department for a limited time and for a limited objective.  This status is assigned to allow the appropriate instruction of a graduate course for a semester or service on a Master’s thesis or Doctoral dissertation committee.  Upon completion of the temporary assignment, the status of Temporary Associate Member is withdrawn.

The assignment of Graduate Faculty members to teach graduate courses, serve on master's or doctoral committees, direct master's theses, direct doctoral dissertations, and to otherwise conduct the affairs of the graduate program of the department, remains the responsibility of the departmental Chairperson following customary procedure and consultation. Faculty members may request a review of their graduate faculty status at any time. If the review results in a positive recommendation, the graduate faculty status will be changed to include approvals for additional graduate faculty involvement according to the processes contained in the Graduate Faculty Membership Procedures of the College. The graduate faculty status of the faculty will be reviewed every five years by the Graduate Faculty Committee. Announcement of a periodic review will be made by the department at least one year in advance of the review and in consultation with the Graduate Dean.  Recommendations resulting from a review of graduate faculty status will be forwarded according to the Graduate Faculty Membership Procedures of the College. When a faculty member disagrees with the departmental Graduate Faculty Committee's recommendation, the faculty member may appeal to the Dean of the College who will institute a review of the graduate faculty status of the faculty member.