B.11       Graduate Faculty

All graduate faculty categories must have demonstration of commitment to the academic community, institution, discipline, and students.  In addition, they must possess a high level of competence in teaching.

At the doctoral level in particular, the faculty must demonstrate research capability and competence in directing independent investigation.  Qualifications and responsibilities not found in membership categories at lower levels are highlighted with an asterisk (*).

B.11.1  Categories and Requirements for Membership

 A. Doctoral Membership (all of the following)

 1.  Tenured or on a tenure track on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty.  CKWRI scientists and post-doctoral researchers are excluded from this requirement.

 2. Hold the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, Associate Research Scientist, or Research Scientist.

 3. An earned doctorate in the teaching discipline or a related discipline as specified by SACS.

 *4. Tangible evidence of continued productive scholarship, as normally defined within the discipline concerned, including any three of the following (within the previous five years):

a. Presentation at a regional, national, or international meeting. 
b. Publication in peer-reviewed national or international journal or conference proceedings.
c. Submission of externally funded research proposal, or funding of external research grant in disciplines where external funding is required.
d. Publication of book.

5.   Recommendation to the Graduate Council via the Graduate Dean by the departmental chairman or dean.  Chairman or dean may consult with and seek approval of the doctoral members of the graduate faculty within the department.  College deans will make the recommendations where departmental chairmen do not exist.

6.  Appointment to doctoral membership on the graduate faculty is for a term of five years and will be subject to re-evaluation at the end of the term.  This membership must be approved by the Graduate Council.

B.  Full Membership (all of the following)

1.   Tenured or on a tenure track on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty.  CKWRI scientists and post-doctoral researchers are excluded from this requirement.

2.   Hold the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, Associate Research Scientist or Research Scientist.            

*3.   An earned doctorate in the teaching discipline or a related discipline as specified by SACS.

4.  Tangible evidence of continued productive scholarship, as normally defined within the discipline concerned.

5.  Recommendation to the Graduate Council via the Graduate Dean by the departmental chairman or dean.  Chairman or dean may consult with and seek approval of the full members of the graduate faculty within the department.  College deans will make the recommendations where departmental chairmen do not exist.

 6.   Appointment to full membership on the graduate faculty is for a term of five years and will be subject to re-evaluation at the end of the term.  This membership must be approved by the Graduate Council.

7.   Review of the full memberís qualifications for possible advancement to doctoral membership shall be made by the chairman of the department with optional assistance of the doctoral members in the department.  When an advancement appears to be warranted, the department chairman shall recommend in  writing  such advancement to the Graduate Council via the Graduate Dean and shall include a rationale for the recommendation based on the stated criteria for the higher membership classification.

C.  Associate Membership (all of the following)

 *1.  Tenured or on a tenure track on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty.  CKWRI scientists and post-doctoral researchers are excluded from this requirement.

2. The earned doctorate or other terminal degree, or of such a level of distinction in one's field as to make the degree irrelevant.  In case of such exception, a letter of verification by the person making the nomination should be submitted to such effect.  (Note: Associate Membership differs from Full Membership in that Associate Membership allows for terminal degrees such as the M.F.A., mastersí degrees, qualified first-time faculty applicants, and faculty with doctorates who  have less than exceptional  evidence of continued productive scholarship.)

3.   Tangible evidence of continued productive scholarship as normally defined within the discipline concerned.

 4.   Recommendation to the Graduate Council via the Graduate Dean by the department chairman or dean.  Chairman or dean  may consult with and seek approval of the full members of the graduate faculty within the department.  College deans will make the recommendations where departmental chairmen do not exist.

 5.  Review of the associate member's qualifications for possible advancement to full membership shall be made by the chairman of the department with optional assistance of the full members in the department.  When an advancement appears to be warranted, the department chairman shall recommend in writing such advancement to the Graduate Council via the Graduate Dean and shall include a rationale for the recommendation based on the stated criteria for the higher membership classification.

6. Appointment to associate membership on the graduate faculty is for a term of three years and will be subject to re‑evaluation at the end of the term.  This membership must be approved by the Graduate Council.

D.  External Membership (This category is for persons not on the TAMUK faculty; all of the following)

1. A terminal, or master's degree, or equivalent.  Each candidate will be certified by the Graduate Council and Dean either to teach doctoral-level and masters-level courses or to teach only masters-level courses, in accordance with the statement of involvement in the candidateís recommendation letter (see item 3 below).  External members who are to be involved in doctoral programs must hold an earned doctorate in the teaching discipline or a related discipline as specified by SACS.  External members who  are  to be involved in mastersí programs must hold a masterís degree at minimum, and if the doctorate is not held, must have demonstrated such a level of distinction in oneís field as to make the degree irrelevant.  In case of such exception, a letter of verification by the person making the nomination should be submitted to such effect.

*2.  Actual involvement in the departmental graduate program either in teaching 5000- or 6000-level courses or serving on graduate student committees.  Must hold a terminal degree or the equivalent to chair a graduate student committee.

 3.  Recommendation to the Graduate Council via the Graduate Dean by the department chairman or dean.  Chairman or dean may consult with and seek approval of the full and doctoral members of the graduate faculty within the department.  College deans will make this recommendation where departmental chairmen do not exist.  The recommendation from the chair or dean must state how the external member will be involved in the graduate program, especially noting whether the candidate will be teaching doctoral-level courses.

 4.  Appointment to external membership on the graduate faculty is for a term of three years and will be subject to re‑evaluation at the end of the term.  This membership must be approved by the Graduate Council.

E.  Temporary Membership (all of the following)

 1.    This category is for those who teach masters-level courses and are not otherwise involved in the departmental graduate programs.

2.   Any faculty member holding the master's degree or what is generally considered to be a terminal degree in his or her discipline may be appointed as a temporary member of the graduate faculty upon approval by the Graduate Dean of a request in writing from the chairman of the faculty member's department.  The college dean will present the request where departmental chairmen do not exist.

 3.    Review of the temporary member's qualifications for possible advancement to a higher membership category shall be made by the chairman of the department with the optional assistance of the full and doctoral members in the department.  When an advancement appears to be warranted, the department chairman shall recommend in writing such advancement to the Graduate Dean and shall include a rationale for the recommendation based on the stated criteria for the higher membership classification.  College deans will make this recommendation where departmental chairmen do not exist.

4. Appointment to temporary membership is normally for a one semester period.  This membership need only be approved by the Graduate College  Dean.

 

B.11.2     Responsibilities of the  Graduate Faculty  

A. Doctoral Members

*1.  Eligible to direct doctoral dissertations, mastersí theses, and other graduate research.

 2. Eligible to teach graduate-level courses, including doctoral.

 3. Eligible to serve on graduate student committees, including doctoral.

 4. Eligible to serve as graduate coordinators.

 5. Eligible for membership on the Graduate Council, and in that position to help set policies for the Graduate College.

 6. Eligible for membership on standing and special committees of the Graduate Council.

 7. Eligible to vote in Council elections.

 8.  Eligible to serve as an officer (chairman, etc.) of the Graduate Council.

 9. Eligible to chair standing committees of the Graduate Council.

 B. Full Members

 1. Eligible to direct masters-level research but not doctoral-level research.

 *2.  Eligible to teach graduate-level courses, including doctoral.

 *3. Eligible to serve on graduate student committees, including doctoral.

*4. Eligible to serve as graduate coordinators.

 5. Eligible for membership on the Graduate Council, and in that position to help set policies for the Graduate College.

 6. Eligible for membership on standing and special committees of the Graduate Council.             

 7. Eligible to vote in Council elections.

 *8. Eligible to serve as an officer (chairman, etc.) of the Graduate Council.

 9.   Eligible to chair standing committees of the Graduate Council.

 C. Associate Members

 1.  Eligible to direct masters-level but not doctoral-level research.

 2.  Eligible to teach masters-level but not doctoral-level courses.

3.  Eligible to serve on masters-level but not doctoral-level student committees.

*4. Eligible for membership on the Graduate Council, and in that position to help set policies for the Graduate College.

*5. Eligible for membership on standing and special committees of the Graduate Council.

 *6.  Eligible to vote in Council elections.

 D. External Members

 *1. Eligible to co-chair masters-level or doctoral-level student committees, depending on credentials and certification; ineligible to chair such committees.

 2. Eligible to teach masters-level or doctoral-level courses, depending on credentials and certification.                                                                                                                               
*3. Eligible to serve on masters-level or doctoral-level student committees, depending on credentials and certification.              

E. Temporary Members 

1.  Eligible to teach masters-level courses.

B.11.3     Procedures for Nomination to the Graduate Faculty  

A. Faculty are nominated for inclusion on the graduate faculty by department chairpersons, department committees or by college deans where departmental chairmen do not exist, according to established criteria of the Graduate Council.  The nomination must have evidence of continuing productive scholarship as defined  in  the  pertinent discipline.  For  external members, evidence of recent involvement in the program and a statement of type of involvement anticipated in the program must be provided.

B.  Nominations are received by the Graduate Dean and kept on file.  The Graduate Dean will annually report to the Graduate Council the current membership in each category.

 C.   The membership committee will act to evaluate nominations which have been questioned.  The membership committee will report their recommendations to the Graduate Council.

D.   The executive committee of the Graduate Council will hear complaints from faculty who feel they were not treated fairly in matters of graduate appointment.

 E.   Doctoral and full members of the graduate faculty are nominated for terms of five years.  Associate and external members are to serve terms of three years.  Temporary members are appointed for terms of one semester.  Members may be renominated for the same category, or a higher one, if they qualify.

 F.   Those currently on the graduate faculty with indefinite appointments should be reviewed and renominated over a five year period.  The first year every fifth name on the current membership list, starting with number one, should be reviewed.  The following year start with number two, and take every fifth name and consider that person for renomination.  At the end of five years, everyone currently on the list will have to renew membership every five years during their tenure at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

 G.   The responsibility for keeping those records and notifying department chairpersons or college deans of those faculty members up for periodic review, or renomination, will be that of the Graduate Dean.

 B.11.4       Determination of Tangible Evidence of Continuing Productive Scholarship 

Please submit evidence of activities in the following:

 A. Publications

1.Technical journals
2. Popular articles
3. Newspaper articles
4. Bulletins, reports, summaries
5. Books, manuals, monographs
6. Music

B.  Recitals or professional performances during past three years.       

C. Art Exhibits.

D. Slide shows, movies, tapes.

E. Papers presented at professional meetings during the past three years.

F.  Other presentations such as to civic organizations, etc.

G.  Membership in professional organizations.

H. Membership in honorary organizations.

I. Professional certifications.

J.  Research currently underway.

K. Number of graduate courses taught during the past two years.  Give course number and semester taught.

L.  Number of graduate student committee memberships during each of the past three years.

M.  Number of graduate student committees served (giving graduate studentsí names and the semesters involved) during the past three years.

N. Offices held in professional organizations and year.

O.  Committee membership in professional organizations.

 P. Consultancies.

Q.     Number of theses or dissertations advised to completion in last three years.  Give studentsí names and the years of completion.

R.  Number of graduate research projects advised to completion in last three years giving each studentís name and year.

S.  Other evidence of continuing professional involvement such as editorial boards, directorships, advisory committees, etc.