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Guidelines

Through program bylaws, faculty specify qualifications and mechanisms for approval of individuals to participate as graduate faculty, to serve as chairs or co-chairs of graduate committees, and to serve as committee members for that program. Guidelines for minimum requirements should include the following:

  • Evidence of continuing scholarly or creative work within the past five years.
  • Evidence of substantial involvement in graduate education within the past five years, e.g., by directing graduate student research and/or graduate teaching. New faculty members without previous involvement in graduate student advising can satisfy this requirement by having a named mentor. The role of the mentor is to help the new faculty member advise and direct graduate students, so each must possess an advanced degree appropriate to the program.
  • The master’€™s committee must have at least three members. Unless specified otherwise in the approved program bylaws, the chair must be a permanent, WSU tenure-track faculty member and a member of the graduate faculty of the student’€™s programs. In all cases, one member of a master’€™s committee must be a permanent, WSU tenure-track faculty member and a member of the graduate faculty of the student’€™s program. All committee members must hold a degree of comparable level to the degree sought by the candidate. Non-tenure WSU faculty (i.e., research, clinical, adjunct, affiliate) who are active participants within a graduate program may serve on, co-chair, or chair a committee if they are approved in the program bylaws and hold a degree of comparable level to the degree sought by the candidate. Adjunct faculty who are not WSU or WSU-affiliated USDA employees may not chair a committee; they may only co-chair or serve as a committee member.
  • The doctoral committee must have at least three members. Unless specified otherwise in the approved program bylaws, the chair must be permanent, WSU tenure-track faculty member who is a member of the graduate faculty of the student’€™s program. In all cases, two members of a doctoral committee must be a permanent, WSU tenure-track faculty who are members of the graduate faculty of the student’€™s program. All committee members must hold a graduate doctoral degree comparable to the degree sought by the candidate. Non-tenure WSU faculty (i.e., research, clinical, adjunct affiliate) who are active participants within a graduate program may serve on, co-chair, or chair a committee if they are approved in the program bylaws and hold a degree of comparable level to the degree sought by the candidate. Adjunct faculty who are not WSU or WSU-affiliated USDA employees may not chair a committee; they may only co-chair or serve as a committee member.
  • Exceptions to these minimum requirements can be made on a case-by-case basis upon request of the program director to the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • See Chapter 7 (Master’€™s Degree Requirements) and Chapter 8 (Doctoral Degree Requirements) for additional information on committee structure and membership.