UA FACULTY HANDBOOK APPENDIX
APPENDIX P: Qualifications for the Graduate Faculty of The University of Alabama
The purpose of the Graduate Faculty at The University of Alabama is to set standards for graduate work and provide graduate instruction. It is the responsibility of the Graduate Faculty in each division to elect its representative(s) to the Graduate Council, which acts for the faculty in matters relating to graduate work. There are three categories of members: full, associate, and temporary. Only members of the Graduate Faculty may teach courses numbered 500 or above, and only members of the Graduate Faculty may chair thesis and examining committees. Only full members may chair dissertation committees.
A. Criteria for Full and Associate Members
The dean of each academic division has the responsibility of nominating members to serve on the Graduate Faculty who meet the following criteria:
B. Terms of Appointment
Full and associate members are appointed for six-year renewable terms.
C. Temporary Membership
Temporary membership may be extended to well-qualified individuals, who do not satisfy the above criteria, to perform specific functions for specific time periods, not to exceed one calendar year. They should be recommended by the departmental graduate faculty, department chairperson, and dean of the academic division. These nominations will then be acted upon by the chairperson of the Graduate Council, the dean of the Graduate School.