Graduate Faculty Standing

Graduate study and teaching represent the highest level of education offered at Miami University. Graduate education teaches ways of learning and may culminate in the creation of knowledge under the tutelage of a mentor. Graduate education is largely dedicated to training the next generation of scholars and professionals who are working at the boundaries of disciplines. To sustain its excellence in graduate education, Miami must uphold the highest standards among its graduate faculty. Therefore, individuals who do not hold an appointment to Graduate Level Standing are ineligible to teach graduate courses, serve on graduate committees, serve on Graduate Council, or chair graduate committees.

Appointment to Graduate Level Standing is achieved through a nomination process initiated by the department or program, and approved by the appropriate divisional dean(s) and the Dean of the Graduate School. Forms for applying for graduate faculty standing are available on the Graduate School website under Forms and Publications.

There are three (3) major levels of graduate faculty standing: Level A, Level B, and Level C. Faculty with either Level A or B may teach graduate level courses (500 level and above) and serve as voting members of graduate committees; however, faculty with Level B standing cannot serve as thesis or dissertation directors. Faculty with Level C may teach graduate level courses, but may not serve as voting members of graduate committees.

Level A Graduate Faculty Standing authorizes full-time, tenured or tenure-eligible faculty to perform the following duties: 

  1. serve as thesis or dissertation directors (major adviser or equivalent)
  2. serve on graduate committees
  3. teach graduate courses
  4. serve as a voting member of the Graduate Faculty
  5. serve as the Graduate School representative on doctoral committees
  6. serve on the Graduate Council

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Level B Graduate Faculty Standing authorizes full-time or adjunct faculty and staff to perform the following duties: 

  1. serve on graduate committees
  2. teach graduate courses
  3. serve as a voting member of the Graduate Faculty

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Level C Graduate Faculty Standing authorizes full-time, adjunct, or part-time faculty and staff to perform the following duties: 

  1. teach graduate courses

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Having a respected scholar or professional from another institution serve on a graduate examination committee can be very valuable. Therefore, an off-campus scholar who meets the criteria for Level B and Level C Graduate Faculty Standing, and who is nominated by the department chair may serve as a voting member of a comprehensive or final examination committee for an individual graduate student.

Off-campus scholars serve in addition to the minimum required number of Miami University Level A or Level B members of the Graduate Faculty. Off-campus scholars may not chair a graduate examination committee, direct theses or dissertations, or serve as the representative of the Graduate School.

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Level A Privileges

Level A Graduate Faculty Standing authorizes full-time, tenured or tenure-eligible faculty to perform the following duties: 

  1. serve as thesis or dissertation directors (major adviser or equivalent)
  2. serve on graduate committees
  3. teach graduate courses
  4. serve as a voting member of the Graduate Faculty
  5. serve as the Graduate School representative on doctoral committees
  6. serve on the Graduate Council

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Level B Privileges

Level B Graduate Faculty Standing authorizes full-time or adjunct faculty and staff to perform the following duties: 

  1. serve on graduate committees
  2. teach graduate courses
  3. serve as a voting member of the Graduate Faculty

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Level C Privileges

Level C Graduate Faculty Standing authorizes full-time, adjunct, or part-time faculty and staff to perform the following duties: 

  1. teach graduate courses

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Off-Campus Scholar

Having a respected scholar or professional from another institution serve on a graduate examination committee can be very valuable. Therefore, an off-campus scholar who meets the criteria for Level B and Level C Graduate Faculty Standing, and who is nominated by the department chair may serve as a voting member of a comprehensive or final examination committee for an individual graduate student.

Off-campus scholars serve in addition to the minimum required number of Miami University Level A or Level B members of the Graduate Faculty. Off-campus scholars may not chair a graduate examination committee, direct theses or dissertations, or serve as the representative of the Graduate School.

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Limitations for Graduate Faculty Standing

Due to the nature of their appointment to, or relationship with, Miami University, some Graduate Faculty Standing appointments may be limited or restricted as follows.

When a faculty member leaves active service in the University (through either resignation or retirement), a department chair, with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, may authorize the individual, upon his or her request, to continue as dissertation director or thesis adviser for those students already in progress.  The Department Chair should email the Associate Dean of the Graduate School to request permission for the resigned or retired faculty member to continue working with a specific student.

Retired faculty members may not accept new thesis or dissertation students without the approval of the department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Faculty who have opted for the Early Retirement Plan, but will be available for consultation with students on a regular basis, will be permitted to continue direction of current thesis and dissertation students and to accept new students with the approval of the department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Lecturers and clinical faculty are eligible for appointment for Level B or C. Lecturers and clinical faculty are eligible for appointment for Level A standing to serve as thesis or dissertation directors (major adviser or equivalent) for a specific student on a case by case basis.
Persons appointed as adjunct or visiting faculty may be nominated for Level B or Level C. If appointed to Level B, they may serve as regular voting members of graduate examining committees. Only one adjunct or visiting faculty with Level B Faculty Standing may serve as part of the minimum required number of Miami University Level A or Level B members of the Graduate Faculty. Adjunct or visiting faculty may not chair a graduate examination committee, direct theses or dissertations, or serve as the representative of the Graduate School.
Having a respected scholar or professional from another institution serve on a graduate examination committee can be very valuable. Therefore, an off-campus scholar who meets the criteria for Level B and Level C Graduate Faculty Standing, and who is nominated by the department chair may serve as a voting member of a comprehensive or final examination committee for an individual graduate student. Off-campus scholars serve in addition to the minimum required number of Miami University Level A or Level B members of the Graduate Faculty. Off-campus scholars may not chair a graduate examination committee, direct theses or dissertations, or serve as the representative of the Graduate School.

Resigned / Retired

When a faculty member leaves active service in the University (through either resignation or retirement), a department chair, with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School, may authorize the individual, upon his or her request, to continue as dissertation director or thesis adviser for those students already in progress.  The Department Chair should email the Associate Dean of the Graduate School to request permission for the resigned or retired faculty member to continue working with a specific student.

Retired faculty members may not accept new thesis or dissertation students without the approval of the department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Faculty who have opted for the Early Retirement Plan, but will be available for consultation with students on a regular basis, will be permitted to continue direction of current thesis and dissertation students and to accept new students with the approval of the department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Lecturers / Clinical Faculty

Lecturers and clinical faculty are eligible for appointment for Level B or C. Lecturers and clinical faculty are eligible for appointment for Level A standing to serve as thesis or dissertation directors (major adviser or equivalent) for a specific student on a case by case basis.

Adjunct / Visiting Faculty

Persons appointed as adjunct or visiting faculty may be nominated for Level B or Level C. If appointed to Level B, they may serve as regular voting members of graduate examining committees. Only one adjunct or visiting faculty with Level B Faculty Standing may serve as part of the minimum required number of Miami University Level A or Level B members of the Graduate Faculty. Adjunct or visiting faculty may not chair a graduate examination committee, direct theses or dissertations, or serve as the representative of the Graduate School.

Off-Campus Scholar

Having a respected scholar or professional from another institution serve on a graduate examination committee can be very valuable. Therefore, an off-campus scholar who meets the criteria for Level B and Level C Graduate Faculty Standing, and who is nominated by the department chair may serve as a voting member of a comprehensive or final examination committee for an individual graduate student. Off-campus scholars serve in addition to the minimum required number of Miami University Level A or Level B members of the Graduate Faculty. Off-campus scholars may not chair a graduate examination committee, direct theses or dissertations, or serve as the representative of the Graduate School.