Graduate Faculty Status

Bill 12-A-11 - Revising "Graduate Faculty Status" to establish a Policy Section (Approved)



Approved by the Faculty Senate March 21, 2012

BRIEF SUMMARY: This bill specifies the policy portion of the existing Faculty Handbook section on Graduate Faculty Status (Chapter 2, Section D6).


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

Graduate Faculty Status Policy

The graduate programs at Southeast Missouri State University build upon undergraduate programs with a reputation for academic and professional excellence. Graduate faculty members possess demonstrable strengths in the relevant areas and as a group present a solid complement of theorists and specialists appropriately qualified to sustain the graduate programs offered at the University.

The graduate faculty at the University play an important role in fulfilling instructional responsibilities and providing leadership in the graduate programs. They are expected to demonstrate high standards in respect to scholarly effort, research, and the practices associated with graduate study. In most cases, graduate and undergraduate faculty members are one and the same, with graduate faculty members assuming duties and responsibilities in both programs. In essence, graduate faculty teach both graduate and undergraduate classes, advise on both levels, etc. The major assignment of most graduate faculty members deals with undergraduate activities.

Graduate Faculty Assignments

The University recognizes that the added responsibilities assumed by some graduate faculty members entail a significant increase in their faculty assignments. Correspondingly, graduate faculty members with Provost approval may be given a variable load assignment of less than the usual twelve hours of classroom instruction, plus the added responsibilities unique to graduate instruction. These individual arrangements provide an opportunity for graduate faculty members to extend their scholarly pursuits, research, and the normal practices associated with advanced study. Faculty members are thus provided with the necessary time to work on a one-to-one basis with students and to extend the quality and quantity of student scholarship as expected and essential to quality graduate programs. Normally, a request for a variation in a teaching assignment generates from one of three sources. First, during a regular academic term, a graduate faculty member with a significant level of involvement in scholarly, creative, or research efforts and the practices associated with graduate study may receive a variable teaching assignment. Such arrangements, as approved by the dean, are made within regular allocations in the college and approved in advance by the Provost. Second, in those cases where a graduate faculty member has demonstrated on a sustained basis a high standard with respect to scholarly, creative, research or professional service, a department chairperson and dean may recommend a variation in the teaching assignment for the following year. Arrangements of this type require the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School and may be supported by resources available in the college or the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. Third, when a graduate faculty member has demonstrated over a sustained period of time significant leadership in the practices associated with graduate study, the Dean of the Graduate School may approve a recommendation for a variable teaching assignment. In this latter category the procedures immediately below will be followed with consideration being given to such activities as supervising graduate papers and creative projects, chairing specialist and thesis committees, supervising graduate independent studies, planning and monitoring graduate student degree programs, and other special efforts designed to enhance graduate instruction.


Action Date
Introduced to Senate 2/29/2012
Second Senate Meeting 3/21/2012
Faculty Senate Vote 3/21/2012
President's Review


Board of Regents' Review


Posted to Faculty Handbook