Graduate Faculty are recommended for appointment and continuation by the Graduate Council to the Graduate Dean. Approval of Graduate Faculty status is based on evidence of scholarly attainment, active participation in research, scholarly activities which are recognized or commended by professional organizations in the candidates field, and willingness to direct the study of graduate students.
Graduate Faculty may be elected to serve as a faculty representative on Graduate Council, as well as advise graduate students, teach graduate level courses, and serve on thesis or dissertation committees.
Membership types include:
- Regular - tenured faculty with terminal degree in field; associate professor or higher rank; minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience at senior college or graduate level.
- Associate - untenured faculty with terminal degree in field; hold faculty appointment; minimum of one year of full time teaching experience at senior college level or evidence of field experience.
- Temporary - faculty member with appropriate degree and experience in teaching field.
- Adjunct - not a WKU faculty member who meets Associate status otherwise or presents equal qualifications based on education and experience specific to the assignment.
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