Senate Policy 711.1
The Graduate Faculty consists of members of the academic faculty holding the rank
of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, or PROFESSOR who have been
appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. Tenured and tenure‐track faculty who are awarded EMERITUS status upon retirement remain members of the Graduate Faculty.
The Dean of the Graduate School may also grant Graduate Faculty Status to other academic faculty with an on‐going professional relationship with Michigan Tech including RESEARCH faculty, LECTURERS, INSTRUCTORS, PROFESSORS OF PRACTICE, and ADJUNCT faculty.
Under special circumstances, the Graduate Dean may appoint qualified individuals with special technical expertise to Graduate Faculty Status for a specific term and purpose, such as serving as a member of a student's advisory committee.
B. Types of Appointments
There are two types of appointments to Graduate Faculty Status:
Full Appointment: Members with full appointment to Graduate Faculty Status are eligible to teach graduate courses (5000 level and above), serve as members on Master's and PhD committees, and supervise Master's and PhD students as sole or co‐advisor.
Associate Appointment: Persons with special technical expertise may be appointed to associate Graduate Faculty Status to serve as member of a student's advisory committee and/or to serve as a co‐advisor for a graduate student and/or to teach 5000 and 6000 level courses.
Those with an associate appointment to Graduate Faculty Status are ineligible to serve as a graduate student’s sole advisor. Associate appointments are for a specific term and purpose. Eligibility and roles for the two types of Graduate Faculty Status appointments are summarized in Tables 1 and 2.
Table 1. Graduate Faculty Status eligibility based on University appointment.
|Full Appointment to Graduate Faculty Status 
|Associate Appointment to Graduate Faculty
|T/TT faculty or academic administrators – with terminal degree
|T/TT faculty or academic administrators–
without terminal degree
|Non‐TT faculty – with terminal degree
|Non‐TT faculty – without terminal degree
|No Michigan Tech employment
1. Requires emeriti faculty appointment or 50% or greater regular faculty appointment
(regular = long‐term commitment at a minimum of 50% effort; not temporary).
a. The tested experience of the candidate is relevant to assigned teaching and scholarly
Table 2. Delineation of roles based on Graduate Faculty Status.
|Teach graduate courses
|Teach course(s) specified at the time of appointment
|Co‐advisor to graduate
|Co‐advise student(s) specified at the time of
|Serve on graduate advisory committees
|Serve on student(s) committee(s) specified at the time of the appointment
|Term length of Grad Faculty Status
|• Permission to teach: Should match faculty appointment, or every 8 years, whichever
• Permission to serve on research advisory committee: Until student(s) complete degree(s)
|Review by academic unit every eight years
|At reappointment or every eight years, whichever is shorter.
C. Qualifications of those with Graduate Faculty Status.
It is expected that all appointed to Graduate Faculty Status possess:
• a record of research, scholarship, or achievement appropriate for the graduate program
that nominates them;
• the necessary background for, and a continued interest in, teaching graduate courses; and
• a commitment to advising and mentoring graduate students to success, including timely degree completion.
Evidence that a candidate meets the qualification requirements may include, but is not limited to, that:
• They regularly publish articles in recognized journals having national distribution,
author books/chapters related to their field of study, or are otherwise recognized
for their research and scholarship.
• They have earned the terminal degree in their field.
• They have a record of advising and mentoring graduate students to success, including timely degree completion.
Proposed to the Graduate Faculty Council on September 11, 2018.
Approved by the Graduate Faculty Council on September 25, 2018.
Dean’s Council on October 10, 2018
Introduced in Senate : February 20, 2019
Adopted by Senate: March 6, 2019
Approved by Administration: March 15, 2019