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Graduate School Faculty

Graduate Faculty Credentialing

Graduate Faculty Membership Policy  

Application for Graduate Faculty   

The Dean of The Graduate School is authorized to make final appointments to the graduate faculty. Appointments may be made in one of several member categories: 

CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP

1. Graduate Research Faculty

All tenure-track or professional practice doctoral (e.g., PharmD) faculty who hold an appointment at the rank of assistant professor or above are eligible to apply to be Graduate Research Faculty. Ordinarily appointments will be for six years and may be renewed. However, appointments may be awarded for shorter periods of time.

a. Criteria for Selection (must meet all criteria)

i. Tenure-track or professional practice ( e.g., PharmD) faculty position at UT Tyler
ii. Terminal degree in the person's principal area of faculty appointment
iii. Hold at least a 50% appointment in an academic program or department
iv. Consistent and continuous level of research/scholarship/creative activities in the discipline that meets the goals and objectives of the unit/department/college

b. Privileges

i. Teach masters and Ph. D. level courses.
ii. Serve on master's thesis and doctoral dissertation committees and on comprehensive and preliminary examination committees in the member's area of expertise.
iii. Chair master's thesis and doctoral dissertation committees:
After serving (at UT Tyler or elsewhere) on at least two thesis committees and co-chairing or chairing at least a third, the member is eligible to Chair thesis committees.

After serving (at UT Tyler or elsewhere) on two doctoral dissertation committees and co-chairing or chairing at least a third, the member is eligible to Chair doctoral dissertation committees.
iv. Eligible to serve on the Graduate Council (full-time faculty only).
v. Represent the Graduate School at doctoral dissertation defenses.
vi. Participate in all other ways in graduate education.

2. Provisional Graduate Research Faculty

Newly appointed tenure-track or professional doctoral faculty members involved in graduate education may apply for Provisional Graduate Research Faculty. Appointments will be for a period of three years and are not renewable. At the end of the three-year appointment, a faculty member with a Provisional Graduate Research Faculty membership may apply for Graduate Research Faculty status or for Graduate Teaching Faculty status (see Section 3 below) or may no longer have graduate faculty status.

a. Criteria for Selection

i. Hold a terminal degree in the person's principal area of faculty appointment.
ii. Hold at least a 50% appointment in an academic program or department.
iii. Provide evidence of building a record of scholarship

b. Privileges

i. Teach masters and Ph. D. level courses.
ii. Serve on master's thesis committees. On occasion a faculty member with Provisional Graduate Research Faculty status may co-chair a thesis with a Graduate Research Faculty member.
iii. Serve on master's comprehensive examination committees in the member's area of expertise

3. Graduate Teaching Faculty

All full-time or professional doctoral faculty who hold terminal degrees are eligible to serve as Graduate Teaching Faculty. Ordinarily appointments will be for six years and may be renewed. However, appointments may be awarded for shorter periods of time.

a. Criteria for Selection (must meet all criteria)

i. Terminal degree in the person's principal area of faculty appointment
ii. Hold at least a 50% appointment in an academic program or department
iii. Consistently strong evaluations of teaching

b. Privileges

i. Teach masters and professional doctoral courses.
ii. Serve on comprehensive examination committees
iii. Eligible to serve on the Graduate Council (full-time faculty only)
iv. Participate in other ways in graduate education.

4. Visiting Graduate Faculty

A Visiting Member would typically be a faculty member at another university or health institution, an individual active in industry or business, or a retired faculty member. Visiting Graduate Faculty may serve on thesis or dissertation committees. Typically they are only appointed when there are no UT Tyler Graduate Research Faculty members in any department who have the needed expertise, and their appointments are limited to the estimated amount of time needed for completion of a thesis or dissertation.

a. Criteria for Selection

i. Terminal degree in the person's principal area of expertise (for appointment to dissertation committees)
ii. Consistent level of research/scholarship/creative activity
or
iii. Achievement of professional accomplishment of an unusually high order
or
iii. Special training in recognized institutions (such as conservatories or research institutes)
or
iv. Attainment of nationally recognized licenses/certificates specific to the need of the graduate program or student
or
v. Service on thesis or dissertation advisory committees at another university

b. Privileges

Depending on the credentials brought by the applicant for Visiting Graduate Faculty status, participation may be restricted to the master's level only. Suitably qualified visiting members may serve as a member of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation advisory committee; and, when appropriate, co-chair a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation. Individuals who do not meet qualifications 1 and 2 above may be recommended for Visiting Graduate Faculty status as non-voting members of master's thesis or doctoral dissertation committees.

 

 

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