Determining Levels of Graduate Faculty Standing

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(Graduate Handbook 5.2)

This section contains guidelines for determining levels of graduate faculty standing, including interpretations of the criteria.

Level A Graduate Standing (Graduate Handbook 5.2.A)

Level A faculty must:

  1. Hold a full-time, tenure-eligible or tenured position at Miami University,
  2. Remain active scholars who regularly contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their disciplines, and
  3. Be consistently recognized by their disciplinary colleagues for those contributions.

Charged with interpreting those standards for the University, the Graduate School expects all applicants for Level A faculty standing to provide evidence of disciplinary contributions that represent the highest achievements in scholarship at our University. By nominating a faculty member for Level A standing, a Chair and Dean assert that the candidate has initially attained or subsequently maintained that level of scholarly activity. The criteria for Level A standing are determined at a local level by home departments but must remain consistent with the above stated criteria.  The appointment and reappointment to Level A standing is described below.

Initial Level A Appointment (Graduate Handbook 5.2.A.1),

All probationary, tenure-track faculty members may be appointed to Level A standing at the time of hiring at the recommendation of the Chair/Program Director and Divisional Dean.  Chairs and Deans will review each new hire according to the criteria listed above, with final review and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Level A Standing at Time of Promotion and Tenure  (Graduate Handbook 5.2.A.2),

Upon granting of promotion and tenure, a candidate whose research/scholarship criterion is one of the first two criteria in order of importance will retain Level A standing for a period of six (6) years, pending final approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Upon granting of promotion and tenure, a candidate whose research/scholarship criterion is NOT one of the first two criteria in order of importance may submit a Level A application to the department for consideration by the Chair/Program Director and a committee of the department’s/program’s choosing; it is anticipated that many departments/programs will use the Promotion and Tenure Committee or a similar body for the adjudication. The committee’s and Chair’s/Program Director’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Divisional Dean and finally to the Dean of the Graduate School for review and approval. If Level A standing is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School, the faculty member will retain that standing for a period of six (6) years.

Level A Standing for Associate Professors After Six Years (Graduate Handbook 5.2.A.3)

If the candidate does not request promotion to the rank of Professor within six (6) years of his/her initial promotion, he/she must apply for continuing Level A standing to retain that status. The candidate should submit a Level A application to the department/program for consideration by the Chair/Program Director and a committee of the department’s choosing. The committee’s and Chair’s/Program Director’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Divisional Dean and finally to the Dean of the Graduate School for review and approval. If Level A standing is granted by that body, the faculty member will retain that standing for a period of six (6) years.

Level A Standing at Time of Promotion to Professor (Graduate Handbook 5.2.A.4)

For candidates for promotion to the rank of Professor for whom research/scholarship is one of the first two criteria in order of importance, successful promotion will renew Level A standing for a period of six (6) years, pending final approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Upon granting of promotion to the rank of Professor, a candidate whose research/scholarship criterion is NOT one of the first two criteria in order of importance may submit a Level A application to the department for consideration by the Chair/Program Director and a committee of the department’s/program’s choosing; it is anticipated that many departments/programs will use the Graduate Studies Committee, the Promotion and Tenure Committee, or a similar body for the adjudication. The committee’s and Chair’s/Program Director’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Divisional Dean and finally to the Dean of the Graduate School for review and approval. If Level A standing is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School, the faculty member will retain that standing for a period of six (6) years.

Level A Standing for Professors After Six Years (Graduate Handbook 5.2.A.5)

Upon earning the rank of Professor, the candidate will serve for the subsequent six (6) years as a Level A faculty member. To retain that standing after six (6) years, the candidate should submit a Level A application to the department for consideration by the Chair/Program Director and a committee of the department’s/program’s choosing. The committee’s and Chair’s/Program Director’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Divisional Dean and finally to the Dean of the Graduate School for review and approval. If Level A standing is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Professor will retain the standing during the remainder of his/her full-time teaching and research career at Miami University.

Level B and Level C Graduate Faculty Standing(Graduate Handbook 5.2.B)

Except as noted in Section 5.3, faculty or staff must hold a full-time or adjunct appointment at Miami University to be appointed to Level B. Faculty or staff must at least have a part-time instructional appointment at Miami University to be appointed to Level C. For either Level B or Level C appointments, the nominee must have qualifications that meet at least one (1) of the following criteria:

  1. Criterion I: An approved terminal degree in the discipline.
  2. Criterion II: A master’s degree plus five (5) years of significant and relevant professional experience that meets the applicant’s departmental guidelines for tested experience. A department wishing to grant graduate faculty standing under Criterion II must submit and have approved by Graduate Council, criteria for evaluating “significant and relevant professional experience” that is equivalent to the terminal degree for the graduate programs offered by the department. The definition of tested experience must be approved prior to nominating an instructor for graduate faculty standing under criterion II.

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Revised 2017; Revised 2015

 

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