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Ad Hoc Graduate Faculty Appointments


The faculty of The Graduate School is made up of those who clearly demonstrate ability and continuing interest in research and whose academic duties normally involve instruction and supervision of graduate students.

All faculty members who hold tenure or tenure-line appointments at the University will be automatically, annually, appointed to the graduate faculty.

Persons who are not otherwise included in the school's faculty and are actively involved in graduate education (e.g., advising, serving on thesis, prospectus, and/or dissertation committees), may be nominated by a school dean to be appointed to the faculty of TGS in an ad-hoc capacity. An appointment to the graduate faculty is not necessary for teaching graduate courses.  Appointments of non-tenured or tenure-track faculty are made for a term of four years and may be renewed.  These nominations may occur at any time during the academic year.  

Process for New Appointments and Renewals

To request an ad-hoc appointment complete the Ad-Hoc Graduate Faculty Appointment Request form. You will be required to upload a current CV and a brief letter of support from your department chair. Once submitted, the form will be routed to the Weinberg Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies who must approve the request before TGS’s final review. If approved by TGS, the submitter will then receive a letter of approval for a standard 4-year term appointment and be added to TGS’s lookup tool in SES.

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