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 elect to remove a faculty member in cases where performance is not meeting the expectations of the Graduate School. The Graduate Faculty appointment form found here, along with a letter of nomination from the Department Chair or Division Director, and a current CV, should be sent via email (as a single PDF attachment) to naramor3@uab.edu (see complete submission instructions at http://www.uab.edu/graduate/gradfaclist).

Graduate Faculty Level I (analogous to previous Ad Hoc status) 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, or an equivalent appointment at Southern Research or Hudson Alpha with an adjunct appointment at UAB. A letter of support from the Department Chair or Division Director describing the expected role of this faculty member in graduate education is required together with the appointment form and current CV of the faculty member in UAB format. Appointments will be reviewed every 5 years.

 Graduate Faculty Level II (analogous to previous Full Graduate Faculty status) is reserved for individuals who will 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. To qualify, an individual must hold a terminal degree in his or her field, have expertise to support the training of graduate students, and have demonstrated excellence and scholarship within their field. All individuals must hold a UAB faculty appointment, or an equivalent appointment at Southern Research or Hudson Alpha with an adjunct appointment at UAB. All faculty with a Level II appointment must have evidence of mentoring experience and/or obtain mentor training through the Graduate School. Faculty without prior mentoring experience will be required to have a senior faculty member serve as a co-mentor for the first mentee. Level II membership also requires participation in GRD 717 Responsible Conduct in Research as a facilitator at least once every 5 years, in compliance with federal funding agencies which expect  A letter of support from the Department Chair or Division Director describing the expected role of this faculty member in graduate education is required, along with the completed appointment form and current CV of the faculty member in UAB format. Appointments will be reviewed every 5 years.

Ad Hoc Graduate School Membership is a status granted to individuals who are only peripherally or occasionally involved in graduate student training. These individuals typically do not have a UAB faculty appointment, although some UAB faculty may request Ad Hoc appointment if their involvement in graduate education is expected to be temporary. UAB researchers with Scientist 1-4 appointment may be granted Ad Hoc membership. Ad Hoc members serve on graduate student committees, or teach an occasional lecture in a graduate level course. They cannot serve as primary mentor of graduate students or serve as chair of a student thesis or dissertation committee. A letter of support from the Program Director describing the individual’s role in graduate education and relevant experience should be included with the appointment form and the individual’s current CV. Ad Hoc appointments are made on a case by case basis. Once approved, these appointments will be reviewed every 5 years.