Since the academic reputation of any graduate program rests upon the quality of its faculty, great care is given to the awarding of graduate faculty membership. The selection of graduate faculty rests with the Graduate Council. Graduate Faculty membership is limited to full-time faculty who have the terminal degree or its equivalent. Types of membership are:
Graduate Faculty members can teach graduate classes, direct master's theses, serve on doctoral committees, and direct doctoral dissertations.
Graduate Faculty membership minimum qualifications include:
The University will recognize the graduate faculty status that the visiting member holds at his/her home institution. Anyone not affiliated with an institution of higher education will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Requests for Graduate Faculty membership and for visiting member status may be initiated by the head of the department in which the faculty member serves. All requests initially go to the departmental Graduate Faculty for a recommendation. The request is then forwarded through the department head, college dean and graduate dean for a recommendation from each. It is then sent to the Graduate Council, who makes the decision as to the type of membership to be awarded.
Temporary status to teach graduate courses and/or serve on theses or dissertation committees by other faculty members who do not hold graduate faculty status can be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Information on such exceptions is submitted to the Graduate Council each semester and does not require Council action except in such cases as it deems necessary. Questions relating to Graduate Faculty membership should be directed to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.
The Texas A&M University System Graduate Faculty membership was developed to facilitate participation in graduate education for A&M System students, to provide graduate students access to faculty member’s expertise throughout the System and to increase inter-institutional faculty collaboration.
System Graduate Faculty membership provides the opportunity to participate in graduate education through serving on graduate committees and advising graduate students at other System institutions. System Graduate Faculty members can serve as members of any graduate student committee.