Becoming a Member of the Graduate Faculty
Graduate faculty are those faculty approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and Graduate Council to teach graduate courses and/or to offer direct assistance to graduate students in their graduate programs. Teaching graduate courses does not automatically confer graduate faculty status.
All full-time tenured or tenure-earning faculty who possess the earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline are eligible to become members of the graduate faculty. Nontenure-earning faculty who otherwise fulfill the eligibility criteria may become members of the graduate faculty when the particular case, as determined by the Dean of the Graduate School, warrants.
The initial appointment of faculty to graduate status, whether for current faculty new to graduate programs or faculty new to UNF, may be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate school at any time. Academic departments with graduate programs will recommend qualified faculty who are, or will be, actively involved with teaching graduate courses and/or offering direct assistance to graduate students for appointment to the graduate faculty. The Dean of the College will review each such nomination and add a recommendation. The nomination will then be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School.
Each college has specific criteria for graduate faculty status which have been approved by the appropriate dean, by the Graduate Council, by the Dean of the Graduate School, and by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Once approved, these criteria form the basis on which each college makes its recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Council for appointment to and retention of graduate faculty status. These criteria capture in ways determined by the faculty in a particular college to be appropriate to that college (1) active involvement with teaching graduate courses and/or offering direct assistance to graduate students, (2) appropriate pursuit of a scholarly agenda, and (3) instructional effectiveness in her/his graduate level courses.
- The candidate sends her/his electronic CV and any supporting documentation to her/his Department Chair. In the event that the CV does not provide clear evidence of (1) active pursuit of a scholarly agenda, (2) pedagogical effectiveness in his/her graduate level courses, and (3) a representative list of the ways in which the candidate has “offered direct assistance to graduate students” (teaching grad courses, serving on thesis/dissertation committees, writing/grading comprehensive exams, offering DISs, and so forth), the candidate should provide either (1) a copy of her/his annual report or (2) a one page evidenced narrative of these three things.
- The Department Chair forwards the candidate’s electronic CV, any supporting documentation, and a brief note of recommendation (or, more precisely, evaluation) to the College Dean.
- The College Dean forwards her/his endorsement of the Department Chair’s recommendation, along with the candidate’s electronic CV and any supporting documentation, to the Graduate Dean.
- In the event that the College Dean does not agree with the Department Chair’s nomination, they will discuss the matter. The College Dean has the right to not forward names she/he does not judge to be appropriate.
Renewal of Graduate Faculty Membership Status
A member of the graduate faculty who is a professor is reviewed every ten years, beginning from the time she/he was promoted to professor. A member of the graduate faculty who is an associate professor or an assistant professor with tenure is reviewed every five years, beginning from the time she/he was promoted to associate professor or was awarded tenure, respectively. Tenure-earning members of the graduate faculty are reviewed at the time of hire. The Graduate School prompts the College to complete the renewal form and submit an updated CV for those Graduate Faculty members who are up for renewal. This process begins taking place in May.
If the case provided by the candidate demonstrates that the College-specific criteria are met, as judged by the College Dean and endorsed by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Graduate Council will consider the graduate faculty member to have achieved renewal.