Nov 24, 2020  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-21 Graduate Catalog

The Graduate Council and Graduate Faculty


Graduate Council Mission Statement

The Graduate Council plays a crucial role in the oversight and planning of all MTSU graduate courses and graduate degree programs, in establishing criteria for the appointment and reappointment of graduate faculty, in assessing graduate student issues and concerns, and in recommending to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies University-wide policies and procedures for implementation. The Graduate Council advises in the modification of existing programs and in the approval and implementation of any new programs. All student activities leading to advanced degrees proceed under policies and regulations established and reviewed by academic programs, the Graduate Council, and the College of Graduate Studies.

The Graduate Council provides leadership in the pursuit of excellence in scholarly activity and serves as an advocate in obtaining resources for graduate programs. Only full-time MTSU faculty holding membership on the graduate faculty may serve on the Graduate Council. Council members are appointed by the president to serve three-year terms with three representatives per college. Two graduate student representatives who meet all graduate academic standards are also appointed. To ensure continuity and institutional memory in the creation and implementation of policies and procedures, one third of the council members rotate off each year and are replaced by six new faculty members representing each college. Graduate students are appointed to the council each academic year, and the graduate college dean and the six academic deans serve as ex officio members. The vice chair, who conducts meetings in the absence of the chair and who serves as chair-elect, is elected annually. The chair, in consultation with the dean of the College of Graduate Studies, is responsible for setting the council’s agenda.

Graduate Faculty Membership 

Only graduate faculty members are eligible to teach 5000/6000/7000-level courses and serve on thesis or dissertation committees. Full members are eligible to serve as thesis and dissertation committee chairs.

Full Membership

This category applies to tenure/tenure-track faculty. The period of appointment is five years and may be renewed in accordance with Graduate Council criteria. Full members may serve as chairs of thesis and dissertation committees. To be the chair of a dissertation committee, a faculty member must also have a doctorate degree in the discipline and must be teaching in a doctoral degree-granting department or be a part of an interdisciplinary doctoral program. Full membership indicates that the individual

  • holds the terminal degree in the field(s);
  • has experience teaching graduate courses;
  • demonstrates a minimum level of research/creative work activities;
  • has been recommended by the department chair, the college dean, and Graduate Council; and
  • has been approved by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Teaching Membership

This category applies to tenure/tenure-track faculty. The period of appointment is five years and may be renewed in accordance with Graduate Council criteria. Teaching members may not direct a doctoral dissertation or a master’s thesis but may serve as a committee member/reader. Teaching membership indicates that the individual

  • holds the terminal degree in the field(s) or provides an approved Academic Preparation Certification (APC) indicating qualifications to teach at the graduate level;
  • has relevant experience/activities in the field;
  • has been recommended by the department chair, the college dean, and Graduate Council; and
  • has been approved by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Those with Teaching membership may apply for Full membership when they meet the criteria.

Adjunct Membership

This category applies to tenure-track faulty who do not yet qualify for Full or Teaching membership, full-time faculty not on the tenure track, part-time adjunct faculty, and individuals who are not MTSU faculty members but have specific expertise pertinent to graduate programs. The period of appointment is three years and may be renewed in accordance with Graduate Council criteria. Adjunct members may not direct a doctoral dissertation or a master’s thesis but may serve as a committee member/reader. Adjunct membership indicates that the individual

  • holds the terminal degree in the field(s) or provides an approved Academic Preparation Certification (AP) indicating qualifications to teach at the graduate level;
  • has provided evidence of qualifications to execute assignments successfully;
  • has been recommended by the department chair, the college dean, and Graduate Council; and
  • has been approved by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Graduate Faculty Listing

A complete listing of current graduate faculty members can be found at mtsu.edu/graduate/faculty/index.php.