Appointment Review & Changes

Appointment Review Process

In conjunction with a school or college's five-year program review, the graduate faculty within that school or college will be reviewed for reappointment.  Faculty must meet the criteria for continuance on the graduate faculty, including criteria set by the Office of Graduate Education and the faculty’s home graduate program. The Graduate Council follows the process listed below in undertaking reviews of graduate faculty:

  1. The Graduate Associate Dean requests the curriculum vitae of all full and associate graduate faculty in a school or college from the appropriate dean or associate dean. Once these are received, the Associate Dean will conduct an initial screening to identify the graduate faculty who meet or exceed the standards set by the Graduate Assembly for full or associate graduate faculty status.
  2. The Admissions-Administrative-Advisory (AAA) committee of the Graduate Council then conducts the formal review of the faculty who do not meet the standards.  The committee will be divided into two to three subcommittees composed of members who are in areas similar to but outside that of the program under review.
  3. The Associate Dean will contact the chair of the graduate program under review for any necessary clarification of the program's criteria for continuation on the graduate faculty at the full and associate levels. (Program criteria are above and beyond the standards set by the Graduate Council).
  4. The subcommittees will review the CVs to ensure that the faculty in question meet the appropriate standards. If a subcommittee has concerns or questions regarding a specific nominee, it will contact the chair of the graduate program for additional information.
  5. The AAA committee will present its recommendations to the full Graduate Council. Possible recommendations are:
    1. reappointment at the current "full" level;
    2. reappointment to a lower level (for those holding full appointments); or
    3. removal from the graduate faculty.  Graduate faculty status may be restored once the faculty member meets the standards.  Faculty who are removed from the graduate faculty are permitted to complete their assignments on  existing committees but may not take on additional assignments. 
  6. The Graduate Council will vote on the committee's recommendations and forward its recommendation to the Graduate Dean.
  7. The Graduate Dean is responsible for reappointing graduate faculty for an additional term, which may last up to five years or until the next program review.
  8. A graduate faculty member who is not recommended by the Graduate Council for continued appointment may appeal this decision to the Graduate Associate Dean. If the faculty member is not satisfied with the outcome of the appeal, he or she may further appeal the case to the Graduate Dean.  The Graduate Dean's decision is final.

Change in Appointment Level

In the case of a full graduate faculty who holds a proven past record of scholarship but who has not been recently productive in his or her field, the faculty’s graduate program or the Graduate Council may recommend that the faculty be reappointed to the associate level, provided that the faculty continues to participate in the various aspects of graduate education.  Full adherence to the standards set by the Graduate Assembly is required for reinstatement as a full graduate faculty.

Other Appointment Changes

Faculty who change graduate programs within the university lose their regular appointment in the former graduate program. If appropriate, they may be reappointed as cooperating faculty in the former graduate program, and/or appointed as regular graduate faculty in the new graduate program. Retired and resigned faculty lose their regular appointment. Resigned faculty may be reappointed as affiliate graduate faculty in the former graduate program.