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Graduate Faculty Eligibility

Section 15.1 of the Graduate School Handbook

15.1.1
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Faculty. Tenure-track faculty and research track faculty are eligible for appointment as Category M and P Graduate Faculty. Clinical faculty are eligible for appointment as Category M Graduate Faculty. Graduate Faculty accept the responsibilities of that role as detailed in Section 15 of the Graduate School Handbook.

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Emeritus Faculty. The designation “emeritus” may be conferred at retirement upon recommendation by the regular faculty member’s chair, dean, and the executive vice president and provost. See University Faculty Rule 3335-5-19.

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Emeritus Faculty who remain active in research and scholarship must request the Graduate School to retain their Graduate Faculty status. The request must be based on the same criteria used by the Graduate Studies Committee to appoint regular Graduate Faculty and must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee, the department chair, and the dean of the college. The request must specify a fixed term, not to exceed five years, after which it may be extended by another request following the same process.

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Emeritus faculty who retain Graduate Faculty status accept all responsibilities of that role as detailed in Section 15.2 of the Graduate School Handbook.

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Emeritus faculty who do not request to retain Graduate Faculty status are subject to the rules pertaining to faculty who retire or leave the university.

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Other faculty who retire or leave the university. Graduate programs must approve a request to continue graduate committee service prior to a Graduate Faculty member’s retirement or resignation. A Committee and Examination Petition form is initiated by the student on GRADFORMS to begin this approval process. With the approval of the graduate program and the Graduate School, such faculty (including emeritus faculty who do not wish to retain Graduate Faculty status):

  • May continue to serve as the advisor for their students who are in candidacy or who are master’s students at the time of the faculty member’s retirement or resignation. A current Ohio State Graduate Faculty committee member with contractual obligation to the university must be named to serve as the student’s co-advisor
  • May remain as a regular member of a dissertation committee of a student in candidacy at the time of the faculty member’s retirement or resignation for a period up to the expiration of the student’s initial five-year candidacy status. Only one such member of any dissertation committee can be identified as counting toward the required number of valid committee members
  • May serve as an extra member on new dissertation committees for students who are pre-candidacy or for students not in progress at the time of resignation or retirement
  • May not serve as the advisor for a new student
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Associated Faculty. Associated faculty are “persons with adjunct titles, clinical practice titles, visiting titles, and lecturer titles; also professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors who serve on appointments totaling less than 50 percent to the university” (University Rule 3335-5-19). Associated faculty are not eligible for appointment to the Graduate Faculty. Associated faculty may serve on master’s and doctoral examination committees upon petition by the Graduate Studies Committee of the student’s program and approval by the Graduate School. Associated faculty may, under extraordinary circumstances, serve as advisors upon petition by the Graduate Studies Committee and approval by the Graduate School.

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Ex Officio Members. Ex officio members of the Graduate Faculty are the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Vice President for Research, the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School, the deans of the colleges, and the Director of Libraries.