Graduate Faculty Membership
There are four levels of participation as a faculty member at the graduate level. Find the definition of each type of member and the nomination process for each below:
Any faculty member with the official title of professor, assistant professor, associate professor or clinical professor is automatically approved to serve as a full member of the graduate faculty upon hire. Full members can teach graduate level courses, serve on graduate committees and chair both Master’s and Doctoral committees (i.e.: thesis and dissertation committees.) In almost all cases, full members are tenure, tenure track or clinical faculty members.
Special members to the graduate faculty are faculty members currently employed at UT Arlington who are not tenure, tenure track, or clinical faculty but who are nominated by the Graduate Studies Committee in the academic unit and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies to teach graduate level courses, serve on both Master’s and Doctoral committees (i.e.: thesis or dissertation committees) and chair Master’s committees (a special member may not chair a dissertation committee.)
External members are experts in a field of study who are not employed at UT Arlington. In most cases, external members must hold a terminal degree in their discipline. External members may serve as a voting member on a graduate student’s supervising committee (i.e.: thesis and dissertation committee,) but may not chair a graduate student supervising committee. Only one external member is allowed to serve on a student’s committee.
Upon recommendation by the appropriate Committee on Graduate Studies and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies, faculty members who do not hold appointments to the Graduate Faculty may teach specific graduate courses for specified periods. Graduate Instructors are not eligible to serve on graduate supervising committees.