How to Become a Member of Graduate Faculty

How to become a member of Graduate Faculty

Please follow these steps:

  1. Read the MU Board of Governors AA-20 Policy on Graduate Faculty Membership.
    This policy provides complete details on membership criteria, application process, etc.
  2. Read the Procedures For Applying For Or Renewing Graduate Faculty Status
  3. Fill in the Coversheet (required of all applicants).
  4. Fill in the appropriate Checklist form:
  5. Review additional criteria your college may require for Graduate Faculty status:
    1. College of Liberal Arts
  6. Obtain signatures on the Coversheet and Checklist and submit to your Dean.

With the approval of your Dean, your approved status and term will be entered into a temporary section of the Redbook directory of graduate faculty which is not visible. Your name will be displayed  in the Redbook once the Graduate Council and the President give final approval.

Membership Terms (Years)
Doctoral 5
Graduate 5
Associate 3
Instructor 2


School of Medicine (SOM) Graduate Faculty Membership Policy

The SOM Graduate faculty membership policy is slightly different than the general Marshall University policy. Graduate Faculty Membership is required to teach Biomedical Research (BMR) courses and to lead and serve on graduate student committees, per Graduate College policy. There are four levels of membership: Doctoral, Graduate, Associate, and Instructor.

  • The instructor level is for faculty who teach graduate courses.
  • The Associate level is for non-tenure track faculty to serve on BMR master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) student committees.
  • The Graduate level is for tenure-track faculty to serve on BMR master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) student committees.
  • The Doctoral level is for tenure-track faculty to chair BMR master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) student committees.

The term of appointment for the SOM Doctoral level is three years; the terms for the other levels are two years. Membership requires evidence of scholarly activity as determined by peer-reviewed publications, extramural grants submitted and/or funded, and presentations at scientific meetings. Applications may be downloaded from the Marshall University Graduate College website. The BMR Graduate Studies Committee approves all applications for Graduate Faculty membership.