The Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has jurisdiction over all programs leading to graduate degrees.
As defined in the University Statutes, Article V, Section 1c, "The faculty of the Graduate College consists of the President, the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or equivalent officer, the Dean, and all those who on the recommendation of the department or of other teaching or research divisions have been approved by the Executive Committee and the Dean of the Graduate College to assume appropriate academic responsibilities in programs leading to graduate degrees. Other administrative staff are members of the faculty of the Graduate College only if they also hold faculty appointments and have been recommended and approved as provided above."
These responsibilities include (1) establishing and maintaining high quality graduate education and research programs within the academic units of the University, (2) developing and teaching of graduate level courses and curricula, (3) advising graduate students, (4) serving on doctoral examination committees as a member, director of research, or chair, (5) electing members of the Graduate College Executive Committee, (6) serving on Graduate College committees, and (7) providing advice to the Dean and the Executive Committee. The Graduate College recognizes that the standards of academic excellence must remain at the highest level consistent with individual unit standards. Standards shall be maintained without discriminating against a faculty member on unlawful grounds and without limiting the University of Illinois' guarantee of academic freedom and equal opportunity.
- General Criteria for Membership in the Graduate College Faculty
To carry out the statutory charge to the Graduate College "to develop and safeguard standards of graduate work and to promote and assist in the advancement of research in all fields" (University Statutes, Article V, Section 1a), the Dean, with the advice of the Executive Committee, establishes standards for membership in the Graduate College, monitors their implementation, and retains responsibility for appointments to the Graduate Faculty. These standards assume that (1) faculty members appointed to units offering programs leading to graduate degrees meet the highest standards of the discipline for graduate teaching and research or for creative activity; (2) those faculty members are given freedom, opportunity, and guidance to become involved in graduate education, and to participate to the fullest extent of their interests and capabilities in the affairs of the Graduate College; and (3) the executive officer of the unit is committed to consistent high quality achievements of the faculty, accomplished through their active participation in the unit's graduate programs.
- Appointment Criteria and Procedures
- Each faculty member of a graduate degree granting college or school shall be recommended automatically for membership in the Faculty of the Graduate College and shall be appointed by the Dean at the time of appointment or promotion to a tenure-track or tenured position.
- Others may be nominated by the unit executive officer for term membership on the Graduate Faculty if the qualifications of the nominee as judged by the Executive Committee and the Dean are comparable to those required for appointment to a tenure-track position in a graduate degree granting unit. The initial term may be at most five years.
- Members of the Graduate Faculty who have retired or resigned may be retained on the Graduate Faculty for up to five years, upon request by the unit executive officer or other authorized individual. The Graduate College recommends but does not require that these faculty members have adjunct or emeriti/ae appointments.
- Members of the Graduate Faculty whose terms have ended may be renewed for up to five years, upon request by the unit executive officer or other authorized individual.
- Members of the Graduate Faculty who retired or resigned with tenure may retain Graduate Faculty membership and tenure status only for the purpose of serving on doctoral committees, for a period of up to five years following their resignation or retirement, at the request of the unit executive officer or other authorized individual. That period may be extended at the request of the unit executive officer, so long as the faculty member remains actively involved in the graduate program.
- Termination Policies
- A Graduate Faculty member may resign from the Graduate Faculty voluntarily by submitting a letter of resignation to the Dean of the Graduate College.
- A faculty member who resigns or retires from the University is automatically terminated from membership in the Graduate Faculty unless the unit asks that the faculty member continue for a specified period of time.
- A unit may request the Graduate College to have a member removed from the Graduate Faculty if the member has been grossly neglectful of or grossly inefficient in the performance of responsibilities as a Graduate Faculty member (as listed in the introduction to this policy). The written request for removal must be made by the unit executive officer to the Dean of the Graduate College and must state reasons for the requested termination. The faculty member under consideration for removal may provide a written statement requesting continued membership.
The unit's request and the faculty statement, if submitted, will be considered by the Graduate College Executive Committee, which shall make a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate College. The Dean shall make the decision on removal, which may be appealed to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Adopted October 24, 1999; Revised February 12, 2009