Graduate Faculty Membership

1. Graduate faculty membership shall be assigned to those faculty members with appropriate educational backgrounds, who have produced scholarly/creative activity of sufficient quality and consistency to merit professional recognition and who are effective in providing the appropriate training for graduate students (or have the potential for providing such training).

“Appropriate educational background,” as it relates to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, normally shall mean possession of the doctorate or terminal master’s degree. It also may mean possession of a non-terminal master’s degree with significant professional experience. Appropriate degrees vary within mass media-related disciplines and across the country, depending upon the emphases of the program and the academic/professional expertise of the faculty member.

Scholarly/creative activity of sufficient quality to merit professional recognition as it relates to JMC should be interpreted through Tenure and Promotion criteria described in this section.

Graduate Faculty Status for Kent Campus Faculty Members

Graduate Faculty status for Kent Campus faculty members is obtained by preparing documentation (application and supporting data sheet) and submitting it to the Graduate Faculty Committee of the School for evaluation and recommendation to the Director, who in turn recommends to the College Dean and to the Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.

2. The following statuses may be recommended for a graduate faculty member:

a. Associate Member, Level 1 (A1): May teach graduate courses and serve on master’s thesis and project committees.

b. Full Member, Level 1 (F1): May do the above and may direct projects and comprehensive exams at the master’s level. Before serving as a sole director of a project, the member must first co-direct two projects with a graduate faculty member eligible to be the sole director of a project. Before serving as a sole director of an exam, the member must first co-direct two exams with a graduate faculty member eligible to be the sole director of an exam.

c. Full Member, Level 2 (F2): May do the above and may direct theses. Before serving as a sole director of a thesis, the member must first co-direct two theses with a graduate faculty member eligible to be the sole director of a thesis.

d. Full Member, Level 3 (F3): May do the above and may serve on doctoral committees and co-direct doctoral dissertations.

e. Full Member, Level 4 (F4): May do the above and may direct a doctoral dissertation.

 

  1. Criteria for Membership in the Graduate Faculty

    General criteria for membership is set forth in the University Policy Register (6-15.1).

    1. In JMC, a Full Member (Level F1) of the Graduate Faculty:

    a. Must possess a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree and demonstrate the potential for substantial scholarly research or creative activity, or

    b. Must possess a master’s degree and significant professional experience and a record of substantial and sustained professional publication or creative activity, or

    c. Must possess a bachelor’s degree, along with significant and prominent professional experience in his or her field and an outstanding record of professional publication or creative activity.

    2. A Full Member (Level F2) of the Graduate Faculty:

    a. Must hold a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree appropriate to the faculty member’s teaching and research discipline, and must demonstrate a substantial and sustained record of appropriate scholarly research or creative activity, or

    b. Must hold a master’s degree for which a thesis was written, along with significant professional experience in his or her field, and must demonstrate a substantial and sustained record of appropriate scholarly research or creative activity.

    3. A Full Member (Level F3) of the Graduate Faculty:

    a. Must meet all criteria for Level F2, and

    b. Must demonstrate a significant record of graduate teaching, advising, and research direction, including experience in directing or co-directing graduate-student research, and

    c. Must have demonstrated significant scholarly or creative activity in the past five years, and

    d. Must demonstrate a significant record of professional involvement.

    4. A Full Member (Level F4) of the Graduate Faculty:

    a. Must meet all criteria for Level F3, and

    b. Must demonstrate a significant record of research direction, including experience in directing or co-directing graduate student research, and

    c. Must demonstrate a current and continuing record of scholarly or creative activity, and

    d. Must demonstrate a continuous record of significant professional involvement.

    5. An Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty:

    a. Must possess a doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree and demonstrate the potential for substantial scholarly research or creative activity, or

    b. Must possess a master’s degree and significant professional experience, and demonstrate the potential for substantial scholarly or professional research or creative activity, or

    c. Must possess a bachelor’s degree plus significant and prominent professional experience and must demonstrate the potential for outstanding professional publication or creative activity.

    6. Temporary Graduate Faculty Member: This status shall be assigned to a faculty member whose participation in the graduate program is desired by the graduate department 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.