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Graduate Faculty Membership

Graduate Faculty, Graduate Instructors, and External Members of Supervising Committees: Definitions, Roles, and Appointment Procedures

The Graduate Faculty consists of Full Members, Special Members, and Special Associate Members.


Full Member

Full Members must be full-time tenured, tenure track, or clinical faculty members. Department chairs notify the Office of Graduate Studies of new, full-time, tenured and tenure track hires who will to serve as full members of the graduate faculty (if the individual is ABD he or she may be nominated as a Special Member). Full Members can teach graduate level courses, serve on graduate committees, chair both Master’s and Doctoral supervising committees, and vote on matters pertaining to graduate education as members of the Graduate Faculty. Use the Faculty Nomination Form with a curriculum vitae attached to appoint a person as a Full Member. Email the form and vitae to the Office of Graduate Studies.


Special Members

A qualified person who is visiting or employed at UT Arlington on a part-time basis may be appointed a Special Member of the Graduate Faculty for the duration of the appointment. Newly hired tenure track faculty who do not hold the appropriate terminal degree but are ABD and qualified persons serving in non-faculty positions also may be appointed a Special Member of the Graduate Faculty. Nominees for Special Membership are recommended by the department’s chair, Graduate Studies Committee, or by any five full members of the Graduate Faculty and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.  In emergency situations the Dean of Graduate Studies may make temporary appointments subject to confirmation by the appropriate Graduate Studies Committee. Special members may teach graduate level courses, serve on both Master’s and Doctoral supervising committees, and chair Master’s committees (a Special Member may not chair a dissertation committee without approval by the Graduate Studies Committee and the Office of Graduate Studies). Special Members are non-voting members of the Graduate Faculty.

The appropriate Graduate Studies Committee may nominate a person for special membership by submitting the Faculty Nomination Form along with a curriculum vitae to the Office of Graduate Studies.


Special Associate Members

Special associate membership in the Graduate Faculty recognizes outstanding sustained service to the University's graduate programs and is intended to encourage the continuation of that service. This form or appointment is rarely used at present. See the HOP, Section 4-204 for details.


Graduate Instructors

Upon recommendation by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval by the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, experts who are not members of the Graduate Faculty may be approved to teach specific graduate courses for specified periods. Graduate Instructors are not eligible to serve on graduate supervising committees and do not have Graduate Faculty voting privileges.

To request permission to teach a graduate level course, submit a Certification of Credentials Form, along with a curriculum vitae to the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

For further information see the Faculty Credential Manual

Click here for a Department Chair Justification Checklist for Faculty Credentials. 


External Members

External members are qualified experts in a field of study who are not employed at UT Arlington. In virtually all cases, external members hold a terminal degree in their discipline. An external member may serve as a voting member on a thesis or dissertation supervising committee but may not chair a supervising committee. Only one external member may serve on a student’s committee as a voting member.

The appropriate Graduate Studies Committee may nominate a person for external membership in order to serve on a specific supervising committee by submitting the Faculty Nomination Form along with a curriculum vitae to the Office of Graduate Studies. The appointment ends when the committee’s work is complete. A new nomination form must be submitted in order for the individual to subsequently serve on a new committee.

Additional details can be found in the Handbook of Operating Procedures located at www.uta.edu/policy/hop/ Ch. 4-200


Please send all Faculty Nomination Forms to:

By mail:
Office of Graduate Studies
Box 19185
348 Davis Hall

By email:
Jennifer Knight
jennie@uta.edu

If you have questions please contact Dr. Raymond Jackson at jackson@uta.edu