PROCEDURE:     GRADUATE FACULTY

DEFINITIONS OF GRADUATE FACULTY CATEGORIES

Graduate Faculty membership is an extension of an individual’s UAB academic appointments. All individuals appointed to faculty positions in UAB departments are eligible for appointment to the Graduate Faculty. The Dean of the Graduate School can remove a faculty member in the case of bad performance.


“Graduate Faculty Level I” is for faculty who will serve primarily as lecturers, course directors, or members of thesis or dissertation committees. To qualify, an individual must hold a terminal degree in his or her field, and must hold a UAB faculty appointment.

The appointment is by “opt in” and requires a letter of interest from the Faculty or Scientist, his/her CV, and a letter from the Chair confirming that they have Faculty status with a terminal degree.

All Level I Graduate members can serve on graduate student committees, teach graduate level courses and serve on Graduate School committees. To serve as a graduate student mentor and/or chair graduate student committee, Level I Graduate Members must obtain “Level II” Graduate Member status.


“Graduate Faculty Level II” is reserved for individuals who serve as primary graduate student mentors and/or chair graduate student thesis or dissertation committees, in addition to serving as lecturer, course director, or members of thesis or dissertation committees. Such individuals must have expertise to support the training of graduate students and have demonstrated excellence and scholarship within their field. These individuals must have evidence of training and mentorship. New members will be expected to obtain training through the Graduate School.

The appointment is by “opt in” and requires a letter of interest from the Faculty member, his/her CV, and a letter from the Chair confirming that they are a member of the departmental faculty.


Ad Hoc” Graduate membership is a status granted to individuals who are only peripherally or occasionally involved in graduate student training. These individuals do not have a UAB faculty or Scientist-level appointment. Ad Hoc Graduate members serve occasionally on graduate student committees, or teach an occasional graduate level course, etc. They do not serve as graduate student mentors and cannot chair graduate student committees.

The appointment is by “opt in” and requires a letter of interest from the individual, his/her CV and a letter form the Chair confirming that the individual has the appropriate qualifications and /or credentials.