The University of South Florida recognizes Graduate Faculty and Affiliate Members of Graduate Faculty. Only Graduate Faculty, and Affiliate Members of Graduate Faculty approved for such purposes, may serve as the Instructor of Record for graduate level courses.
Graduate Faculty Definition
Graduate Faculty is defined to consist of all tenure-track or tenured faculty appointed at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor rank, who holds a terminal degree or equivalent in their discipline. Graduate Faculty members are eligible to teach graduate courses and may direct and serve on masters, specialist, and doctoral level committees. To chair a doctoral level committee, a Graduate Faculty member must engage in current and sustained scholarly, creative, or research activities, such as publications, performances, exhibitions, patents, inventions and research grants.
Affiliate Members of Graduate Faculty membership may be granted by the Office of Graduate Studies Dean or designee to individuals who do not meet the University definition of Graduate Faculty, but whose scholarly activity, skills or expertise meet criteria established by the College. Affiliate Members of Graduate Faculty membership is in effect for a specified period of time and specific purposes. Affiliate Members may be eligible to
- serve on masters, specialist, and doctoral level committees,
- co-direct master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral level committees, at the discretion of the College.
Affiliate Membership is effective for up to three (3) years; following which a request for reaffirmation of approval to renew the Affiliate Membership is required.
In exceptional circumstances, applicants for Affiliate Member of Graduate Faculty status who are employed by the University and demonstrate continued scholarly activity may also request approval to serve as Major Professor on master’s, specialist, and doctoral level committees as part of the request. (Also see Committee Approval policy and procedures)
Affiliate Members of Graduate Faculty can only serve as the Instructor of Record when they have a terminal degree in the discipline and are approved to teach graduate courses in that field.
Emeritus Professors and retired or recently resigned professors may also be appointed as an Affiliate Member of Graduate Faculty with the approval of the Department, College, and Office of Graduate Studies Dean or designee.
For approval, a current CV and request for approval, including the reason for the request (e.g., serving on a master’s student supervisory committee), is submitted through the Major, the Department, the College, and the Office of Graduate Studies. For procedures, contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Faculty Approval – Graduate faculty is defined as noted above; Colleges and Departments may have additional requirements. The Office of Graduate Studies will maintain a list of Graduate Faculty along with approval guidelines from the Departments and Colleges.
List of Graduate Faculty
SACSCOC Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1, https://sacscoc.org/app/uploads/2019/07/faculty-credentials.pdf for specific information and requirements in reference to the teaching of graduate courses.
Also, note, per USF Policy 10-115 – Faculty Credentials for Teaching Undergraduate and Graduate Courses - https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy10-115