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  • Graduate Faculty 1

    Graduate Faculty Within Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, the following statement concerning faculty appears.

    The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty. (Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1, December 2008)

    With the approval of the Dean of the College, each department with graduate programs will determine procedures for handling recommendations or appeals concerning Graduate Faculty appointments, reappointments, or changes in level of membership status. The department and/or the college criteria and procedures must be consistent with the qualifications and responsibilities outlined below but may be more restrictive.

    Graduate Faculty members are listed in the Catalog of the Graduate School by college/department.

    Graduate Faculty Appointment Levels Level 1 Qualifications An individual appointed to Level 1 Graduate Faculty must

    • have an earned terminal degree (highest degree awarded in the discipline) in or related to the faculty member’s area of graduate responsibility;

    • be a full-time employee of Mississippi State University, holding the rank of assistant professor or assistant research professor or assistant extension professor or assistant clinical professor or higher without any qualifying designations such as “visiting," "emeritus," or “adjunct”;

    • have demonstrated and maintained noteworthy accomplishments in research and/or creative achievement, as defined in the Faculty handbook (6.1.2);

    • and have demonstrated experience directing graduate research and independent study, thesis, or dissertation.

    Level 1 Responsibilities An individual appointed to Level 1 Graduate Faculty may

    • teach graduate-level courses in each field of specialization if the individual meets all requirements outlined in AOP 13.09, Credentials for Teaching;

    • serve as a chair of master’s non-thesis, master’s thesis, specialist non-thesis, or specialist thesis committee within the faculty member’s area of graduate responsibility;

    • serve as a member of doctoral committees and doctoral dissertations within Department of appointment or outside Department;

    • serve as a chair of doctoral committees and/or director of doctoral dissertations within the faculty member’s area of graduate responsibility.

    A Level 1 term of service is ten years. Initial appointments, as well as renewals, require approval of the Department Head, College Dean, and Graduate School Dean.

    Level 2 Qualifications An individual appointed to Level 2 Graduate Faculty must

    • have an earned terminal degree (highest degree awarded in discipline) in or related to the faculty member’s area of graduate responsibility;

    • be a full-time employee of Mississippi State University, holding the rank of assistant professor or assistant research professor or assistant extension professor or assistant clinical professor or higher or have been appointed as Emeritus or Adjunct Faculty;

    • have demonstrated and maintained a record in research and/or creative achievement, as defined in the Faculty Handbook (6.1.2).

    Level 2 Responsibilities An individual appointed to Level 2 Graduate Faculty may

    • teach graduate-level courses in each field of specialization, if the individual meets all requirements outlined in AOP 13.09, Credentials for Teaching;

    • serve as a member of master’s non-thesis, master’s thesis, specialist non-thesis, or specialist thesis committee within Department of appointment or outside Department;

    • serve as a chair of master’s non-thesis, master’s thesis, specialist non-thesis, or specialist thesis committee within the faculty member’s area of graduate responsibility (must be full-time MSU employee);

    • serve as a member of doctoral committees and doctoral dissertations within Department of appointment or outside Department

  • 2 Graduate Faculty

    • serve as a co-chair of doctoral committees and/or director of doctoral dissertations with a co-director, who has Level 1 Graduate Faculty status, within the faculty member’s area of graduate responsibility.

    A Level 2 term of service is ten years. Initial appointments, as well as renewals, require approval of the Department Head, College Dean, and Graduate School Dean.

    A Level 2 Graduate Faculty member may apply to have his/her appointment status changed to a Level 1 Graduate Faculty status when the conditions for Level 1 status have been met. A status change from Level 2 to Level 1 requires the approval of the Department Head, College Dean, and Dean of the Graduate School.

    Non-Graduate Faculty Committee Members For a thesis committee, three members are the minimum required and two of those must be members of the Graduate Faculty. These may be either Level 1 or Level 2 Graduate Faculty. For a doctoral committee, four members are the minimum required and three of those must be members of the Graduate Faculty. At minimum, at least one of the doctoral committee must be Level 1 Graduate Faculty status in order to serve as the major professor and committee chair. In all cases where the advisory committee consists of numbers above the minimum, greater than 50% of the committee members must be members of the Graduate Faculty.

    Non-Graduate Faculty committee members are expected to have a graduate degree or commensurate expertise in the field of study. The decision whether or not a person who does not hold Level 1 or Level 2 status is qualified to serve on a thesis or dissertation committee will be determined by the department/college.

    Non-Graduate Faculty committee members can serve as a co-thesis director of research with a Level 1 or Level 2 member of the Graduate Faculty or can serve as a co-dissertation director of the research along with a Level 1 member of the Graduate Faculty. Non-Graduate Faculty committee members cannot serve as a major professor or committee chair. If a non-Graduate Faculty committee member serves as co-thesis director or co- dissertation director, it is expected that the individual will have education and research expertise commensurate with Level 2 and Level 1 Graduate Faculty, respectively.

    Graduate Teaching The decision whether or not a person is qualified to teach a graduate or post-baccalaureate course will be determined by the department/college based on requirements outlined in AOP 13.09, Credentials for Teaching. Approval must be submitted through the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness.

    Appointment/Reappointment/Change of Level The Graduate Faculty initial appointment form is available at the Office of the Graduate School website (www.grad.msstate.edu). All Level 1 and Level 2 Graduate Faculty initial appointments must be on record with the Graduate School. The Dean of the Graduate School approves the appointments and can require review of an appointment by a committee of the Graduate Faculty of the appointing department.

    Procedures for Initial Appointment 1. The initial appointment of individuals to the Graduate Faculty and the determination of Graduate Faculty membership level (Level 1 or Level 2) must

    be in accordance with the corresponding criteria and approved by the College Dean based upon recommendation from the Department Head and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

    2. Recommendations for initial appointments to Graduate Faculty and determination of membership levels may be made at any time during the academic year. It is the responsibility of the Department Head, Dean, and applicant to provide documentation to support the applicant’s qualifications for appointment.

    3. The applicant may withdraw the request for appointment at any time.

    Procedures for Reappointment or Change in Level of Membership 1. Graduate Faculty appointments are made on an academic year basis (e.g. AY 2016-2017). In the spring of each academic year, the Graduate

    School requests term renewals for members whose term ends June 30 that year.

    2. The requests are sent to each College Dean in a report format, listing the Graduate Faculty members by each department in the college. The Dean will forward the report to each Department Head who will indicate in the appropriate column an action, if any, for a faculty member.

    3. The columns are titled Renew, Cancel, and Change Status and allow the Department Head to indicate all appropriate actions on one report. Graduate Faculty Reappointment forms with attached CV's are not required.

    4. The Department Head will sign and date the completed report and return it to the College Dean. The College Dean also signs and dates the report and returns it to the Graduate School where the appropriate action will be taken.

    5. Deletions from Graduate Faculty can also be made at any time during the academic year by written notification signed and dated by the Depart