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Category Level and Appointments of Graduate Faculty

Section 12.3 of the Graduate School Handbook

Appointment can be directly to either Category P or M. The two categories do not imply a sequence. The appropriate category level (P or M) is determined by the faculty member’s qualifications and the functions the faculty member is expected to perform by the graduate program.

Nominations, Appointment, and Notification. The Graduate Studies Committee appoints Category M Graduate Faculty members and notifies the Graduate School of its actions. The Graduate Studies Committee submits nominations for Category P membership on the graduate faculty to the Graduate School and certifies by appropriate documentation that those nominated meet published Graduate School criteria as detailed in Section 12.4 of this Handbook. Graduate programs may establish additional local criteria.

Multiple Appointments. Faculty may hold graduate faculty appointments in more than one graduate program. For faculty already holding Category P status in one program, a Category P appointment in another program is made by the Graduate School upon written nomination by that program’s Graduate Studies Committee.

Advisor’s Appointment. The advisor of a master’s (thesis or non-thesis) or doctoral (including professional doctorate) student must hold graduate faculty membership at the appropriate level (at least Category M for a master’s student and only Category P for a doctoral student) in the graduate program of the student. Associated faculty may, under extraordinary circumstances, serve as an external co-advisor upon petition by the Graduate Studies Committee and approval by the Graduate School.