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Guidelines for Selecting and Evaluating Graduate Faculty

I. The Graduate Faculty

Fayetteville State University recognizes that a quality graduate program requires a quality faculty, i.e., one with a high degree of competence and commitment to scholarship.  As a result, Fayetteville State University maintains a graduate faculty.

II. Appointment

Appointment to the graduate faculty is made by the Graduate Council upon recommendation by the Department Chairperson, Dean of the School or College in which the applicant will teach, and the Graduate Faculty Review Committee or MBA Director.  This committee will be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies and will include at least two tenured faculty representatives from each school or college.

III. Classes and Function of Membership

The three classes of membership shall be designated full, associate and special.  Full membership and associate membership shall be restricted to individuals who hold tenure track appointments as faculty members.

A. Full membership shall involve a five (5) year appointment and must be renewed after five (5) years. Such members serve without any restriction(s) and may teach any course designated for them by their department, and may chair a dissertation or thesis committee.  For reappointment, faculty will be evaluated on activities occurring during that five (5) year period.

Faculty appointed as full members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold tenure or tenured track appointment as a faculty member.
  2. Have demonstrated competence in research by having published at least one significant publication in a professional journal.
  3. Have a record of active participation in professional organizations related to the academic field of specialization.
  4. Possess graduate level teaching experience.
  5. Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development.

B. Associate membership is intended for faculty who will have responsibilities within the graduate program but who do not meet the criteria for full membership.  Associate membership shall involve a three (3) year appointment, and must be renewed every three (3) years.  Associate members may teach any graduate course.  An associate member may serve on but not chair a dissertation or thesis committee.

Faculty appointed as associate members must meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold tenure or tenured track appointment as a faculty member.
  2. Have a record of active participation in professional organizations related to the academic field of specialization.
  3. Possess graduate level teaching experience.
  4. Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development.

A. Special membership shall be accorded faculty who for some determined, specific expertise or experience is able to contribute to a particular area.  Special membership shall involve a one (1) year appointment, and must be renewed annually.  Such members shall teach specific courses related to their area of expertise, and which are designated by their department.  A special member may serve on but not chair a dissertation or thesis committee.

Faculty appointed as special members must meet the following criteria: 

  1. Hold the terminal degree appropriate for his or her academic field, or possess experience or skills that uniquely qualify him or her to teach specific course. In lieu of the terminal degree, the Director or Department Chairperson shall provide justification for such an exception. The justification shall be used by the Graduate Faculty Review Committee in rendering a recommendation to the Graduate Council.
  2. Have a record of active participation in professional organization related to the academic filed of specialization.
  3. Possess appropriate teaching experience.
  4. Demonstrate evidence of continuing professional development.

IV. Evaluation

All graduate faculty will be evaluated annually.  Continued membership will be based upon positive university evaluation. Faculty members will also be evaluated in the five following areas:

  1. Ability to advise graduate students.
  2. Ability to give direction to the program.
  3. Active participation in professional organizations.
  4. For reappointment to full membership, active participation in scholarly activities, i.e. publishing presentations to local, state, national, and international societies.
  5. Teaching skills. 

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