Graduate Faculty

The Graduate Faculty

(Graduate Faculty, adopted April 29, 1982, and approved by the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Chancellor)

The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas authorizes specific programs leading to the graduate degrees awarded by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville graduate faculty. This graduate faculty and the Dean of the Graduate School, both assisted by the Graduate Council, shall have primary responsibility for graduate programs - their development, policies, administration, and quality. Reviews of and requests for revocation of graduate faculty status will be the responsibility of the graduate faculty of the program.

The Graduate Faculty

The graduate faculty shall have the legislative authority for all graduate academic matters (for example: policies and procedures for new programs, new courses, membership in the graduate faculty, and verification that students have met requirements for advanced degrees), with its legislative actions subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees after the actions have been reviewed and recommended by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Faculty Senate, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Chancellor, and the President of the University of Arkansas System. Members of the graduate faculty consist of the President of the University of Arkansas System, the Chancellor, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the Graduate School, and all members of the faculty who are authorized to serve on a graduate thesis or dissertation committee or to teach graduate courses and who are regularly involved in such graduate-level activities. Other members of the graduate faculty may be individuals whom the graduate faculty selects consistent with campus policies.

Graduate faculty meetings, called and chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School, shall be held at least once each semester. The Dean shall also call special meetings upon written petition of at least twenty members of the graduate faculty. Announcements of each meeting, plus the agenda, shall be sent to the graduate faculty at least two weeks before the date selected. The Dean and the Graduate Council shall determine the agenda for each meeting, but any other item may be presented from the floor and, with the approval of a two-thirds majority of those present, shall be added to the agenda. Seventy-five members of the graduate faculty shall constitute a quorum. Where formal action is taken on any item, except amendment of the statement of organization, a majority vote of the graduate faculty members present shall prevail. The Dean shall send minutes of each meeting to the graduate faculty, and actions taken at the meeting shall not be considered the position of the graduate faculty until two weeks after the minutes have been distributed. Approved academic policies shall be kept in a readily available file in the office of the Dean of the Graduate School and shall also be reflected in the Graduate School Catalog.