Requirements for Membership
- Individuals who hold appointments at West Virginia University in tenure-track faculty positions or in full-time non-tenure-track faculty or faculty-equivalent positions and who are engaged in scholarly research or creative activity may be considered for regular membership.
- Regular members must present evidence of continuing scholarly research or creative activity. Criteria usually include one or more of the following: publication in major peer-reviewed journals, publication of books and book chapters, invited and/or competitively selected presentations of scholarly work at national and international meetings, and presentations and performance of artistic work at professionally recognized events.
- Individuals with ongoing involvement in graduate education at WVU may be considered for associate membership. These individuals may include WVU faculty members who do not meet the criteria for regular membership, non-faculty professionals with terminal degrees or equivalent expertise, and faculty members at other institutions.
- Associate members must present evidence of continuing scholarly or creative expertise or involvement in graduate education. Criteria usually include one or more of the following: research activity, scholarly publications, artistic performances or presentations, graduate-level teaching, and service on graduate committees.
- Graduate faculty members who leave WVU may continue to serve on student committees with their same graduate faculty status established prior to their departure.
- Normally, no candidate for a degree at WVU may be a regular or associate member of the graduate faculty.
- Emeritus faculty members may remain on the graduate faculty.
- New faculty members may be appointed as regular or associate graduate faculty members.
- Individual exceptions to membership criteria may be approved by the Associate Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs.
Functions of Graduate Faculty Members
- Regular graduate faculty members may serve on and chair students’ thesis and dissertation committees.
- Associate graduate faculty members may serve on students’ thesis and dissertation committees, but may not chair them.
- Graduate faculty members serve other functions, such as chairing or serving on other types of graduate committees and graduate program committees, and teaching graduate courses, as determined by their college/school.
Appointment and Evaluation of Graduate Faculty Members
- Appointment to the graduate faculty for WVU faculty members must be through the college/school in which they hold their primary faculty appointment. Faculty members may request appointment to the graduate faculty in other colleges/schools, but may not be designated a regular graduate faculty member in any college/school if that status is not held in the primary college/school.
- Colleges/schools establish an appropriate time schedule for evaluating individuals for initial appointment to the graduate faculty and for upgrading or downgrading graduate faculty status. At least once every three years, a decision must be made to continue, discontinue, or change an individual’s current level of membership. An individual whose graduate faculty membership is discontinued or changed from regular to associate status will be permitted to complete current responsibilities, but may only assume additional responsibilities that are consistent with the new status.
- Appeals regarding graduate faculty membership classification shall be handled through grievance procedures identified in section 5.8.2 of the West Virginia University Faculty Handbook.