Faculty Attendance at University Functions

  1. All faculty members are expected to attend General Faculty Meetings. A general faculty meeting is held at the beginning of the Fall semester; other faculty meetings are held throughout the academic year as scheduled on the Administrative Calendar.

  2. Commencement Ceremonies are held at the close of each semester. Each department should arrange for at least half of its faculty members to be present at the commencement exercises. It is the faculty member's responsibility to provide his own academic regalia for commencement programs.

[Source: action of the Committee on Academic Ceremonies; confirmed as policy by the President June 3, 1975; modified by University Assembly spring, 1991.]

Appointment and Qualifications of Graduate Faculty

Any member of the faculty is eligible for appointment to membership on the graduate faculty, regardless of the member’s academic discipline, provided the following criteria are satisfied.

A full-time member of the faculty who has the following qualifications is eligible for membership in the graduate faculty as a FULL MEMBER:

    o an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in an appropriate discipline;
    o achieved professorial rank in the discipline relevant to the degree;
    o achieved an appropriate level of scholarship and erudition characterized by honesty, accuracy, critical ability, and thoroughness; and
    o demonstrated (by involvement in institutional activities) his or her commitment to the academic community and the University, as well as to his or her students and academic discipline.

 

Any full-time member of the faculty who is not eligible for full membership may be nominated for appointment as an ASSOCIATE MEMBER on the basis of at least a master’s degree and demonstrated specific competence to carry out the departmental special needs for graduate teaching, advisement, or research. The associate membership appointment is for a three-year period and may be renewed or a review for full membership may be requested at such time.

Part-time faculty who hold the terminal degree or its equivalent and are employed for graduate teaching, advisement, or research, and/or volunteers and/or visiting research professors and/or ful-time employees of TTU who have terminal degrees in their field and who have demonstrated interest in advising graduate students may serve on graduate committees as full members, and serve as research advisors. Only full-time or part-time employees of TTU meeting the above criteria may serve as major professor on a graduate student committee. Recommendations for utilizing non-faculty on graduate committees must be recommended by the department and approved by the Dean of the College and the Vice President for Research. Full-time or part-time employees of TTU may also serve as major professor, but must be recommended by the Department faculty, Department Head, Chairman of the Graduate School Executive Committee, and approved by the Dean of the College and the Vice President for Research. People recommended to serve on graduate committees in any function must be nominated as an ADJUNCT MEMBER of the graduate faculty. The period of appointment is for two years and may be renewed when appropriate. Adjunct members are not listed in the graduate catalog.

RETIRED MEMBERS of the graduate faculty are listed in the graduate catalog immediately following the listing of the current graduate faculty members.

Primary responsibility for determining that a faculty member meets the above requirements rests with the departmental chairperson and those faculty in the department who are members of the graduate faculty; with oversight being provided by the dean of the college, the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Each member of the graduate faculty is required to have on file in his or her academic unit current information as to qualifications for continuing service as a member of the graduate faculty, such as the faculty member’s post secondary level education, relevant employment experience, professional certifications or licenses, publications and presentations, and master’s and doctoral level students advised. All appointments to membership on the graduate faculty are made by the President of the University based upon recommendations submitted by departmental chairpersons with suitable endorsement from the dean of the college, the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appropriate appointment forms may be obtained from the office of the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Faculty

A faculty member appointed to full membership on the graduate faculty serves also as a member of the faculty of an academic department and college. As a member of the graduate faculty, the appointee may be asked to serve as a teacher of a graduate course, as a teacher of a readings or special problems course, as a director of some phase of development of the research facilities of the University, as a member of the Graduate School Executive Committee, or as a member of a graduate student’s advisory committee, including serving as the student’s academic and/or research advisor. (If appropriately qualified, a faculty member may serve as both academic and research advisor.) The graduate faculty member who serves as the student’s academic advisor shall chair or co-chair the advisory committee and must hold faculty rank in the department in which the student is majoring. A student’s research advisor may hold faculty rank in a department other than that in which the student is majoring but must have research capability in a discipline closely related to a discipline associated with the student’s department. For a doctoral student, the academic advisor shall be an experienced faculty member with demonstrated ability to effectively mentor both students and faculty; the research advisor must have demonstrated significant research capability and be experienced in directing independent study. Service as a graduate student’s academic and/or research advisor must be reviewed and approved by the student’s departmental chairperson, the dean of the college, and the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. A faculty member may not direct independent study/research courses taken by a student who is a relative of the faculty member and may not be a member of a relative’s graduate advisory committee. For the purposes of this policy, “relative” means a parent, foster parent, parent-in- law, child, spouse, brother, foster brother, sister, foster sister, grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, brother-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, or other family member who resides in the same household.

At the discretion of the departmental chairperson, responsibilities of an associate member may be any of those normally given to a full member of the graduate faculty, except serving on the Graduate School Executive Committee, or serving as a doctoral-level academic or research advisor. Serving as a master’s-level academic and/or research advisor must be reviewed and approved by the student’s departmental chairperson, the dean of the college, and the Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.

A teacher of any course for which students receive graduate credit must be a member of the graduate faculty. The teacher has the normal responsibilities appropriate to the course. When students are enrolled in undergraduate classes (4000/5000) for graduate credit, the faculty member has the responsibility of making appropriate additional assignments to ensure students receive proper value from the courses. A general description of the extra work required of students taking a 4000/5000 level course for graduate credit must be included in the description of the course approved by the Graduate School Executive Committee. Teachers of undergraduate courses are provided class rolls that show the names of those students seeking graduate credit for work in their classes. Each teacher is also responsible for seeing that the students in graduate classes have sufficient prerequisites to permit the subject matter to be presented and discussed without hindrance.

[Approved by the Graduate School Executive Committee November 29, 1990; approved by the Academic Council January 30, 1991; Revised October 13, 1997.]

Complete information on Graduate Faculty can be found at http://www.tntech.edu/graduatestudies/forms