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Bill 12-A-12 - Revising "Graduate Faculty Status" to establish a Procedures Section (Approved)

FACULTY SENATE SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

FACULTY SENATE BILL 12-A-12

Approved by the Faculty Senate March 21, 2012

BRIEF SUMMARY: This bill specifies the procedures portion of the existing Faculty Handbook section on Graduate Faculty Status (Chapter 2, Section D6). Changes include clarification of the regular, associate, and adjunct levels of graduate faculty and permitting the Dean of the Graduate School to approve graduate faculty status rather than requiring action by Graduate Council.

REVISING "GRADUATE FACULTY STATUS" TO ESTABLISH A PROCEDURES SECTION

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: subject to the passage and approval of both this bill and its companion bill establishing a corresponding "policy" section, Chapter 2, Section D6 of the Faculty Handbook be amended by replacing the existing content with the following "procedures" section (to follow the companion "policy" in the Handbook):

Graduate Faculty Status Procedures

Variable Load Assignment

A plan for the variable load assignment should be developed by the faculty member in consultation with the chairperson, and then be approved by the dean. Included in the plan must be a list of anticipated outcomes that will result from the variable teaching assignment (for example, completed theses or creative projects under the guidance of the faculty member, publications, preparation of grant applications).

The primary responsibility for making a variation in the teaching assignments for graduate faculty members with significant graduate responsibilities rests with the dean of the college. These arrangements should be recommended by the appropriate department chairperson to the dean and approved by the Provost.

Graduate Faculty Responsibilities, Expectations, and Appointment

It is the responsibility of the faculty member and his/her department chairperson to provide adequate evidence of the individual's eligibility for appointment as a graduate faculty member. Department chairpersons in their appraisal of the application must verify that data presented in the request meet the criteria established as qualifications for membership in the graduate faculty. Professional qualifications should include the appropriate doctoral degree, or the terminal degree appropriate to the discipline, or evidence that clearly demonstrates the necessary professional competencies. In no case will an appointment be made where an individual's academic and professional qualifications do not exceed those of the students.

Departments are expected to update annually their graduate faculty roster. Additionally, every five years, department chairpersons are asked to verify that each member of the graduate faculty has been actively involved in decisions affecting graduate education at the departmental level and has taught at least one 600- or 700- level course or two 500-level classes with graduate students enrolled or has supervised graduate student research, graduate independent studies, etc., and has maintained a record of active scholarship.

Regular Graduate Faculty

Members of the regular graduate faculty are responsible for:

1. Chairing and serving on master's and specialist's advisory committees.
2. Directing master's theses, graduate papers and projects, and specialist degree papers and internships.
3. Teaching graduate-level courses and directing graduate-level research.
4. Electing and serving on the Graduate Council and its committees.
5. Serving as a departmental or extra-departmental examiner for final graduate oral or written examinations.
6. Assisting in the preparation and evaluation of master's comprehensive examinations.
7. Providing leadership in improving the quality of graduate education.
8. Serving as graduate student advisors.
9. Demonstrating annually graduate research, creative/scholarly effort, or service.
10. Meeting annually as graduate faculty with the Dean of the Graduate School.

Regular graduate faculty members are expected to:

1. Hold an earned doctorate or the appropriate terminal degree for those disciplines in which the doctorate is traditionally not required or available.
2. Be full-time employees of Southeast Missouri State University and members of the instructional unit to which the appointment is proposed.
3. Have competence in the discipline in which the appointment is proposed as demonstrated by prior study, teaching experience, research, scholarly activity, and professional practice.
4. Provide evidence of peer-reviewed scholarship or creativity as appropriate to the discipline.

Appointment to the regular graduate faculty should be by:

1. Recommendation of the department chairperson.
2. Endorsement of the dean of the college.
3. Approval by the Dean of the Graduate School

Associate Graduate Faculty

Members of the associate graduate faculty are responsible for:

1. Teaching graduate-level courses.
2. Serving on master's committees.
3. Directing master's graduate papers and projects.
4. Serving as departmental examiners for final oral examinations.
5. Assisting in the preparation and evaluation of master's comprehensive examinations.

Associate graduate faculty are expected to:

1. Have completed all requirements for the terminal degree except the dissertation where appropriate.
2. Have completed most requirements where the doctorate is not the terminal degree.
3. Be a full-time employee of Southeast Missouri State University and a member of the instructional unit in which the appointment is proposed.
4. Have competence in the discipline in which the appointment is proposed as demonstrated by prior study, by teaching experience, research, scholarly activity, creative projects, and professional practice.

Appointment to the associate graduate faculty should be by:

1. Recommendation of the department chairperson.
2. Endorsement of the dean of the college.
3. Approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

At the time of application, the Graduate Dean should be supplied with full documentation supportive of the recommendations of the department and college.

Adjunct Graduate Faculty

Members of the adjunct graduate faculty are individuals who are authorized to teach graduate/dual-enrollment classes or serve on master's committees.

Adjunct graduate faculty are expected to:

1. Possess academic and professional service qualifications demanded for teaching in a particular area of graduate study, or have a post-graduate degree in the area of emphasis and substantial professional experience in that field.
2. Be employed less than full-time by Southeast Missouri State University.
3. Be reappointed for each course they are employed to teach.

Appointment to the adjunct graduate faculty should be by:

1. Recommendation of the department chairperson.
2. Endorsement of the dean of the college.
3. Approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

At the time of application, the Dean of the Graduate School should be supplied with full documentation supportive of the recommendation of the department and college.

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Action Date
Introduced to Senate 2/29/2012
Second Senate Meeting 3/21/2012
Faculty Senate Vote 3/21/2012
President's Review 5/14/2012
15 Day Review 11/15/2012
Posted to Faculty Handbook

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