Creating and updating criteria for doctoral faculty
All departmental/unit Doctoral Faculty Criteria must meet the minimum threshold established in 1974 by the Intercampus Doctoral Council in the General Policies on Doctoral Faculty Membership. It must also conform to the current Graduate Faculty Senate policy, updated in 2003. Below are essential elements and items to consider when creating or changing departmental/unit Doctoral Faculty Criteria.
New or updated criteria must be reviewed by the Graduate Faculty Senate and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies. After the faculty vote of approval, send an electronic copy for consideration to Ruth Erwin (email@example.com).
Essential Elements of the Document
- Spell out the nomination/renewal procedures
- Required to submit a summary of relevant activities
- Recommendations are made by vote of the departmental doctoral faculty
- Vote: simple majority, two-thirds, unanimous, etc.
- Include appeal process in event of negative decision at departmental/unit level
- Include appeal process in the event of a negative decision at the Graduate School level
- Typical wording – “In the event of an appeal of a negative decision, the Graduate Faculty Senate Executive Committee will adjudicate the matter.”
- List the criteria
- Same or different for initial versus renewal appointments
- Review period is the previous five years
- Membership on the Graduate Faculty required
- Earned degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts, or equivalent in degree required
- Note: Petitions for substitution of professional achievement require approval by the Graduate Faculty Senate Executive Committee.
- Applicant shall have published books, articles in refereed journals of national repute, etc. – must give examples of scholarship that are acceptable
- Participation in directing theses and dissertations, in graduate teaching, etc. – must give examples of participation in graduate education that are acceptable
Special Considerations for Adjunct/Affiliated Faculty or Interdisciplinary Programs
Typically, all nominations for Doctoral Faculty are reviewed by the department/unit in which the faculty member has an appointment. However, because of the unique nature of cross-disciplinary work, departments/units have the option of accepting the Doctoral Faculty status that a faculty member has obtained in his/her home department. This alleviates the burden of multiple reviews, on both the reviewing unit and candidate, who has multiple affiliations. Suggested wording is as follows:
- “In accordance with the Graduate Faculty Senate policy, faculty formally associated with the “Department/Unit Name” that are already appointed members of the Doctoral Faculty in their home departments are not required to be re-reviewed. Instead, the Department will notify the Office of Graduate Studies about all newly affiliated doctoral faculty for records purposes.”