Graduate Faculty Membership at Appalachian

Appalachian's graduate faculty teach graduate courses, mentor graduate students, serve on thesis and dissertation committees, and do research and creative activities to stay current in and advance their fields. Over 500 faculty are members of the graduate faculty currently.

As set forth in Article V of the Faculty Handbook for Appalachian State University,

"To promote excellence in graduate education, to inform the faculty of current concerns, and to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas, there shall be a Graduate Faculty."

"The purpose of the Graduate Faculty shall be to pursue critical thinking, academic inquiry and integrity, and to expand cultural horizons beyond that available through the undergraduate program."

"The Graduate Faculty shall be comprised of all Appalachian State University faculty designated under the rules of the Graduate Council as graduate faculty. The Graduate Faculty is represented by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, who is the administrative officer, and the Graduate Council."

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Membership in the Graduate Faculty

Article V Section 3 of the Faculty Handbook states, “The Graduate Faculty shall be comprised of all Appalachian State University faculty designated under the rules of the Graduate Council as graduate faculty.” At its April 20,2009 meeting, the Graduate Council approved a new process for graduate faculty membership. There are now only two types of membership: graduate faculty and affiliate graduate faculty, and the timeline has been aligned with the PTR review process. For a full description of the changes, please see the Graduate Council Resolution.

Requirements for Graduate Faculty Membership

The following qualifications are required for Graduate Faculty Membership:

  • The highest degree (PhD, EdD, MFA) in the discipline
  • Evidence of engagement in graduate education and research, including:
    • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring at the graduate level; new faculty may include evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring
    • Evidence that the faculty member is staying current in the discipline

The Graduate Council has created a list of suggestions for appropriate evidence of engagement. Academic departments are encouraged to use these lists as guidelines in conjunction with the requirements laid out in their promotion, tenure, reappointment, and merit pay documents.

Procedure for Requesting Full Membership

New Tenure-Track Hires

All tenure track, terminal degree holding faculty serving in departments housing graduate programs will receive one year of affiliate membership upon hiring (resolution passed by Graduate Council, September 2012). This membership is awarded to provide the department an opportunity to get to know the faculty member before voting on graduate faculty membership.

All other faculty hires must request membership via completion of the process outlined below for continuing faculty or temporary faculty.

Continuing Tenure-Track Faculty

A faculty member should request consideration for graduate faculty membership at each formal review for PTR: reappointment, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review. Include the following in the materials submitted for committee review of PTR:

The form and a letter describing evidence of engagement in graduate education and research during the last five years, including:

      • Evidence of staying current in the discipline
      • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring at the graduate level; junior faculty may include evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring

Those two items along with a copy of the vita will be forwarded to the Graduate Dean by the College/School after the materials are approved by the appropriate committee (DPC, PTC, or PTR) and submitted to the Academic Dean. Upon approval, the Academic Dean will forward the application for consideration by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Upon appointment, the faculty member will hold membership on the graduate faculty until the next review, or 5 years, whichever occurs first.

NOTE: Faculty who are exempt from post-tenure review due to administrative reassignment must apply to renew membership every five years.

Procedure for Requesting Affiliate Membership

Affiliate membership may be requested by a department in circumstances where the faculty member’s credentials do not meet the above requirements (not in a department offering graduate courses on a regular basis, no terminal degree, visiting faculty, etc.), but professional or other academic experience equip the individual to teach a specific graduate class or classes or serve on a thesis or dissertation committee.

The specific responsibility and timeline must be disclosed in the application. Affiliate membership may be requested for up to three years.

The application should include the form, an up-to-date vita or resume, and a letter describing evidence of engagement in graduate education and research during the last five years, including:

      • Evidence of staying current in the discipline
      • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring at the graduate level; new faculty may include evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring

The application should be signed by the Chair, and reviewed by the Academic Dean prior to submission to the Dean of the Graduate School for final approval and appointment.

QUESTIONS? Contact Janice Voss (VossJF).