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Guidelines for Graduate Faculty Membership

The Graduate Faculty at Texas A&M University consists of the President, the Provost and Vice President, the Associate Provosts, the Deans of all subject-matter colleges, selected Directors, and properly qualified academic groups. 

The Office of the Vice President for Faculty Affairs assumes responsible for verifying the teaching qualifications for faculty. Colleges, schools, and departments oversee hiring of graduate assistants who serve as instructors-of-record for undergraduate courses.

The guidelines for all instructional faculty, including graduate teaching assistants, who are instructors-of-record for graduate and undergraduate courses at Texas A&M University and its two branch campuses – Texas A&M University at Galveston and Texas A&M University at Qatar – are available on the Vice President for Faculty Affairs website.

Some faculty members are automatically inducted into the Graduate Teaching Faculty if they meet certain credentialing requirements.

According to SACS-COC guidelines, faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work should have

  • an earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline;

  • a master's degree or at least 18 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the same or closely related field;

  • professional licensure or certification in a related field or profession; and/or

  • significant professional, research, or teaching experience in the same or closely related field

In addition to meeting the credentialing requirements for teaching graduate courses, faculty teaching research courses such as 691 and other designated courses must also be members of the Graduate Committee Faculty.

The Graduate Commitee Faculty Membership Guidelines presents university policies and practices which Department Heads, Deans, and Intercollegiate faculties should follow in nominating members for participation in graduate student advisory committees. Departments, intercollegiate faculties, and colleges may require additional prerequisites for individualsseeking an appointment to the Graduate Committee Faculty. Additional requirements are subject to review and approval by the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Studies.

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