Graduate Faculty Classifications

The graduate faculty consists of those faculty members in area or departments in which graduate study is offered who have been approved by the Graduate Council in one of the following classifications:

NOTE: Graduate assistants may be granted graduate faculty status under unusual circumstances and may hold that status for only one semester at a time and only for courses in which they are not teaching their peers (defined as students in the same degree program). 

For graduate assistants to have access to Blackboard they must be the entered in UAConnect as either the instructor of record or the teaching assistant.  For courses in which graduate level credit may be earned, if the graduate assistant is the instructor of record or has significant responsibility for independently assigning grades in the course, he/she must obtain graduate faculty status.  This is only possible if the graduate assistant is not teaching or grading his/her peers.

CLASSIFICATION Group I, Group I-T*

Authority

  • Teaching of graduate-level classes or dual-listed 4000 level classes
  • Serve on or chair master's committees
  • Serve on or chair Ed.S. committees
  • Serve on or chair MFA committees
  • Serve on doctoral committees
  • Chair doctoral committees (for those with doctoral degree)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral or MFA degree and evidence of proficiency

CLASSIFICATION Group II, Group II-T

Authority

  • Teaching of graduate-level classes or dual-listed 4000 level classes
  • Serve on or chair master’s committees (may not chair MFA committees)
  • Serve on Ed.S. committees
  • Serve on MFA committees
  • Serve on doctoral committees

Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctoral or MFA degree and evidence of proficiency

CLASSIFICATION Group III, Group III-T

Authority

  • Teaching of graduate-level classes or dual-listed 4000 level classes
  • Serve on or chair master’s committees (excluding MFA committees)

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree and evidence of proficiency

CLASSIFICATION Group IV, Group IV-T

Authority

  • Teaching of graduate-level classes or dual-listed 4000 level classes

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree and evidence of proficiency.

Requests for approval of such classifications are initiated by departments and are subject to the approval of the appropriate deans.

* Graduate faculty with an adjunct position may not direct doctoral or MFA theses without approval from the Graduate Dean, on a student-by-student basis. Applications for temporary faculty status must specify the time period requested.