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Philosophy Department Criteria for Graduate Faculty Membership

Graduate Faculty Status in the Department of Philosophy is a privilege which may be earned by faculty members. An application for Graduate Faculty status will be submitted to the Chair who will present the application to the Graduate Faculty Committee. The Graduate Faculty Committee will consider the application, and make a recommendation to the Chair as to the evaluation of the application for Graduate Faculty Status and rank.

  1. Criteria for Full Membership

    To qualify as a Full member of the Graduate Faculty a faculty member must have fulfilled the following:

    1.   Achieved tenure and promotion in rank to at least an Associate Professor as a Philosophy faculty member at any campus in the Kent State University system.

    2.   Published either:

    a. six (6) articles (refereed or invited), or

    b. one (1) book

    3.   Given four (4) presentations before professional bodies.

    4.   Exhibited good graduate teaching, and performed the duties and responsibilities of a Graduate Faculty member serving on graduate committees (Graduate Studies, Program Advisory, Thesis Advisory and Thesis Defense Committees) and when applicable, as a Thesis advisor.

    A Full Member may:

    1.   At level F-1: Teach graduate course work and serve on master's committees.

    2.   At level F-2: Direct master's theses, as well as Level 1.

    3.   At level F-3: Serve on doctoral committees, and (with departmental approval) co-direct doctoral dissertations, as well as Levels 1 and 2.

    4.   At level F-4: Direct doctoral dissertations, as well as Levels 1, 2, and 3. (Since the Department of Philosophy does not have a doctoral program, full membership at level 4 does not apply unless one has directed or co-directed a doctoral dissertation in another Department.)

    The Graduate Faculty Committee will assess whether the faculty member has fulfilled the expectations stipulated in the list of qualification for Full Membership as a Graduate Faculty and make a recommendation to the Department Chair regarding the application, who will forward the Graduate Faculty recommendation as well as the Chair’s evaluation to the Dean.

  2. Criteria for Associate Membership

    To qualify as an Associate member of the Graduate Faculty, a faculty member must hold a tenure-track position in the Department of Philosophy. The Graduate Faculty Committee will assess the rank of an Associate Member according to the following categories:

    1.  A-1: This status will be recommended for those faculty members with the Ph.D. degree (or its equivalent) who have demonstrated the potential for scholarly research and publication and who have demonstrated the potential for effective graduate teaching.

    2.  A-2: For this status, a faculty member must have, in addition to the above:

    a.   An ongoing research program in areas of expertise, AND

    b.   Published one (1) article in a journal, edited book, or proceedings (refereed or invited), AND

    c.   Made 3 scholarly presentations, refereed or invited.

    3.  A-3: For this status, a faculty member must have, in addition to the above:

              a.   Published either:

        i.    six (6) articles (refereed or invited), or

              ii.   one (1) book.

    b.   At least one program presentation before a professional body.

    c.   Exhibited potential for good graduate teaching and thesis advising as both director and a committee member.

    An Associate Member may:

    1.   At level A-1: Teach graduate course work and serve on master's committees.

    2.   At level A-2: Direct master's theses only under exceptional circumstances (as determined by the Graduate Faculty Committee and the Chair), as well as Level 1.

    3.   At level A-3: Serve on doctoral committees, and (with departmental approval) co-direct doctoral dissertations, as well as Levels 1 and 2.

  3. Temporary Associate Graduate Faculty Membership

    The rank of Temporary Associate Member is granted by the Department for a qualified scholar whose participation in the graduate program is desired by the graduate faculty committee for a limited period and for a limited objective. Normally, this status should be assigned for someone to instruct a graduate course for one semester or academic year or for service on a master’s thesis committee, and may include in exceptional cases service as a thesis advisor. Temporary status is granted only on an Academic Year basis. Therefore the rank of “Temporary Graduate Faculty Member” terminates at the end of each Academic Year, but can be reinstated by action of the Graduate Faculty Committee and the Department Chair.

  4. Criteria for Reappointment to the Graduate Faculty Subsequent to an Initial Appointment as Either Associate or Full Member

    Retention of an appointment after an initial five-year appointment requires the that the Graduate Faculty member do the following:

    1.  Exhibit good teaching at the graduate level within the evaluation period, AND

    2.  Serve on thesis committees and, when applicable, as thesis advisor within the evaluation period, AND

    3.  Demonstrate evidence of continued research and persistent scholarly activity within the evaluation period by any one of the following:

    a.  Presentation (refereed or invited) at conferences and meetings of scholarly bodies.

    b.  Publication in a journal, proceedings or edited book (invited or refereed).

    c.  Applying for extra-mural funding.

     

  5. Consequences for Failure to Meet Reappointment Criteria

    1.  If a Full Member of the graduate faculty fails within the evaluation period to meet these criteria, the faculty member will be reduced to a Full Member at the level of F-2.

    2.  If an Associate Member of the graduate faculty at level A-3, A-2, or A-1 fails within the evaluation period to meet these criteria, the faculty will be reduced to a Temporary Associate Member.

     However, as stipulated in Policy Registry 3342-6-15.1 Administrative policy regarding graduate faculty, (see University Policy Registry 3342-6-15.1, Section B.2.a, “In rare instances, and with great caution, the publication requirement may be waived for senior faculty members who have a distinguished record of thesis direction.”