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Academics

Graduate Faculty Members: Nominations and Appointments

Criteria for Full Graduate Faculty Membership

Nominal prerequisites for admission to the graduate faculty as a full member include possession of the Ph.D. degree, tenure track appointment in the University, and research activity appropriate for one engaged in graduate training. Academic units (departments and programs) may set additional requirements if they choose or, in special cases, request that the Dean waive one of these prerequisites.  Waiver of any prerequisites is considered in cases where the nominated faculty member has the experience and distinction of tenure track faculty members currently being appointed at Duke and will contribute demonstrably and substantially to the educational, training, and mentoring mission of the nominating department or degree program.  The Dean will report such waivers to the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty in a timely manner.  Only full members of the Graduate Faculty may chair examination committees and direct dissertations.  Full members of the Graduate Faculty generally participate in setting graduate degree requirements and in teaching and mentoring in their programs.  Departments and programs authorized to offer graduate degrees are responsible for nominating members of their faculties to the Graduate Faculty.

a. Decisions on admission to full membership in the Graduate Faculty must be voted on by all full graduate faculty members of the department or program.  Nominations subsequently forwarded to the Associate Dean must include: a) an official request from the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department Chair; b) confirmation that there has been a majority vote cast by members of the graduate faculty in the academic unit; and c) a current curriculum vitae. The Dean reserves the right of effective review of each request and has the obligation to submit to the Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty any nomination deemed to be questionable.

b. With Graduate School oversight, academic units are also responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of their graduate faculty and are expected to recommend removal from the graduate faculty of any of their faculty members who fail to maintain an appropriate level of scholarship or other essential participation in their graduate programs.

The Nomination Form for Full Graduate Faculty membership can be found here.

Criteria for Term Graduate Faculty Membership

Departments and programs authorized to offer graduate degrees, and those offering graduate certificates but not degrees, may request that members of their faculty who are not full members of the graduate faculty, or appropriate expert researchers outside Duke University, be approved by the Associate Dean for temporary and limited service in their graduate programs – teaching graduate courses or serving on student examination committees, for example.  Such individuals are appointed for a limited term of up to five years and are nominated by the Directors of Graduate Studies of departments, degree programs, or certificate programs upon advice of their faculties.  All appointments of term graduate faculty members must then be approved by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

All nominations for membership in the graduate faculty are forwarded to the Senior Associate Dean in Academic Affairs, who has been delegated responsibility for all such appointments. All nominations must include:

a) a completed and signed nomination form from the Director of Graduate Studies and the Department Chair;
b) for full membership, notification of the final decision voted upon by members of the graduate faculty in the academic unit, and
c) a current curriculum vitae.

The Dean of the Graduate School reserves the right of effective review of each request and has the obligation to submit to the Executive Committee any nomination deemed to be questionable.

The Nomination Form for Term Graduate Faculty membership can be found here.

Review of Graduate Faculty Members

Academic units also are responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of their graduate faculty and are expected to recommend removal from the graduate faculty of any of their staff who fail to maintain an appropriate level of scholarship or other essential participation in their graduate programs.