Graduate Faculty Membership at Appalachian

Appalachian's graduate faculty teach graduate courses, mentor graduate students, serve on thesis and dissertation committees, and do research and creative activities to stay current in and advance their fields. Over 500 faculty are members of the graduate faculty currently.

As set forth in Article V of the Faculty Handbook for Appalachian State University,

"To promote excellence in graduate education, to inform the faculty of current concerns, and to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas, there shall be a Graduate Faculty."

"The purpose of the Graduate Faculty shall be to pursue critical thinking, academic inquiry and integrity, and to expand cultural horizons beyond that available through the undergraduate program."

"The Graduate Faculty shall be comprised of all Appalachian State University faculty designated under the rules of the Graduate Council as graduate faculty. The Graduate Faculty is represented by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, who is the administrative officer, and the Graduate Council."

Current Graduate Faculty

The membership list can be searched by name, department, or college. External affiliate members (i.e., those serving on thesis committees) are not included in this list.

NOTE: Due to disruptions in the ability of departments to hold regular promotion and tenure meetings during COVID-19 related closures in Spring and Summer 2020, a one-year extension was granted to all graduate faculty memberships (e.g., a member whose graduate faculty status was set to expire in Fall 2020 will now expire in Fall 2021). Every effort should be made to align graduate faculty renewal with promotion and tenure and post-tenure review decisions, even if the graduate faculty membership has not yet expired. 

Membership in the Graduate Faculty

There are two types of membership: full graduate faculty and affiliate graduate faculty. The timeline for graduate faculty review should be aligned with the PTR review process. For a full description of changes adopted in 2009, please see the Graduate Council Resolution (PDF, 182 KB).

Requirements for Graduate Faculty Membership

The following qualifications are required for Graduate Faculty Membership:

  • The highest degree (PhD, EdD, MFA) in the discipline
  • Evidence of engagement in graduate education and research, including:
    • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring at the graduate level; new faculty may include evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring
    • Evidence that the faculty member is staying current in the discipline

Academic departments are encouraged to use this list of suggestions for appropriate evidence of engagement as a guideline in conjunction with the requirements laid out in their promotion, tenure, reappointment, and merit pay documents.

Procedure for Requesting Full Membership

New Tenure-Track Hires

All tenure track, terminal degree holding faculty serving in departments housing graduate programs can be approved for one year of affiliate membership upon hiring (resolution passed by Graduate Council, September 2012). This membership is awarded to provide the department an opportunity to get to know the faculty member before voting on graduate faculty membership. For this to happen, the department chair MUST request membership via completion of the process outlined below for continuing faculty or temporary faculty.  However, the hiring department may choose to request a full three year affiliate appointment or full membership for a five year period and bypass affiliate membership altogether if graduate education engagement criteria is met upon hire. 

Continuing Tenure-Track Faculty

A faculty member should request consideration for graduate faculty membership at each formal review for PTR: reappointment, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review. Include the following in the materials submitted for committee review of PTR:

The  Application for Graduate Faculty Membership (found on the Forms Page) and a brief letter summarizing evidence of engagement in graduate education and research during the last five years, including:

  • Evidence of staying current in the discipline
  • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring at the graduate level; junior faculty may include evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring

Those two items along with a copy of the vita will be forwarded to the Graduate Dean by the College/School after the materials are approved by the appropriate committee (DPC, PTC, or PTR) and submitted to the Academic Dean. Upon approval, the Academic Dean will forward the application for consideration by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Upon appointment, the faculty member will hold membership on the graduate faculty until the next review, or 5 years, whichever occurs first.

Note: Faculty who are exempt from post-tenure review due to administrative reassignment must apply to renew membership every five years.

Procedure for Requesting Affiliate Membership

Affiliate membership may be requested by a department in circumstances where the faculty member's credentials do not meet the above requirements (not in a department offering graduate courses on a regular basis, no terminal degree, visiting faculty, etc.), but professional or other academic experience equip the individual to teach a specific graduate class or classes or serve on a thesis or dissertation committee.

The specific responsibility and timeline must be disclosed in the application. Affiliate membership may be requested for up to three years.

The application should include the Application for Graduate Faculty Membership (found on the Forms Page), an up-to-date vita or resume, and a brief letter summarizing evidence of engagement in graduate education and research during the last five years, including:

  • Evidence of staying current in the discipline
  • Evidence of effective teaching and mentoring at the graduate level; new faculty may include evidence of potential for effective teaching and mentoring

The application should be signed by the Chair, and reviewed by the Academic Dean prior to submission to the Dean of the Graduate School for final approval and appointment.

Questions?

Contact Marty Hall: hallml4@appstate.edu