Graduate Faculty Support

Rodney Goldsmith
Assistant to the Dean

Phone: 225-578-3885
Email: graddeanoffice@lsu.edu 

Current Members

University Policies

Promotion & Tenure

Graduate Council

Faculty Senate

Graduate Faculty Categories

The Graduate Faculty consists of those members of the teaching and research faculties who have been so designated by the Chancellor, upon recommendation of the Graduate Council acting on appropriate nominations. Such designations provide for classification as Members, Associate Members, or Affiliate Members, according to their qualifications and experience. (The term, “Member,” when capitalized, denotes a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty.)

Faculty members who hold the rank of adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor or adjunct assistant professor in a department offering work for graduate credit are eligible for graduate faculty status as Full Members or Associate Members, depending upon their qualifications.


Privileges & Responsibilities

  • May engage in all graduate education activities.
  • May chair a thesis or dissertation committee.
  • May determine graduate policies and procedures.
  • May nominate faculty for membership on the Graduate Faculty.

Terms & Criteria

  • Associate Professors with tenure or tenure-track in units offering work for graduate credit are normally appointed as Full Members, and subject to annual review.
  • Full Members must possess the highest degree appropriate to the field or unquestionable evidence of comparable achievement in the field.
  • Full Members must demonstrate a current and sustained record of scholarly or creative activities indicated by publications in recognized journals in the field, books, and exhibitions or performances in order to maintain graduate faculty status.

Privileges & Responsibilities

  • May engage in all graduate education activities.
  • May chair a thesis or dissertation committee.

Terms & Criteria

  • Newly appointed tenure-track assistant professors in units offering work for graduate credit are normally appointed to a seven-year term, subject to annual review.   
  • Associate Members must possess the highest degree appropriate to the field or unquestionable evidence of comparable achievement in the field.   
  • Associate Members must demonstrate a current and sustained record of scholarly or creative activities indicated by publications in recognized journals in the field, books, and exhibitions or performances in order to maintain graduate faculty status.
  • Faculty members with at least seven years in rank as Associate Professor or Full Professor who do not maintain Full Membership may be eligible for a renewable, three-year Associate Member term in units offering work for graduate credit.

Privileges & Responsibilities

  • May engage in instructional activities at the master’s level, but not at the doctoral level except by permission of the college dean and dean of the Graduate School.
  • May serve as a member of thesis committees but may not serve as chair of a thesis committee except by permission of the college dean and dean of the Graduate School.

Terms & Criteria

  • Individuals nominated for Professional Affiliate Membership may be appointed to a renewable, three-year term.
  • Professional Affiliate Membership is available to individuals nominated by units offering work for graduate credit.
  • Normally, a person who is eligible for full or associate graduate faculty status and individuals whose professional activities are a function of their LSU employment is ineligible for professional affiliate status.
  • Professional Affiliate Membership is based on evidence of expertise or knowledge that is directly relevant and applicable to the professional program in which the individual will be teaching.
    • Expertise is defined in terms of recent activities recognized by the focal area as indicative of excellence. Appropriate indicators may include but are not limited to terminal degrees in focal or relevant areas; professional certification; licensure, diplomas, or record of professional practice; and demonstrated professional excellence through performances, exhibitions, presentations, professional publications, or national awards.

Privileges & Responsibilities

  • May engage in instructional activities at the master’s and doctoral level.
  • May serve as a member of thesis and dissertation committees but may not chair except by permission of the college dean and dean of the Graduate School.

Terms & Criteria

  • Individuals nominated for Research Affiliate Membership may be appointed to a renewable, three-year term.
  • Research Affiliate Membership is available to individuals whose appointments reside in units not offering work for graduate credit or whose appointments are not tenure-track.
  • Research Affiliate Members must possess the highest degree appropriate to the field or unquestionable evidence of comparable achievement in the field.
  • Research Affiliate Members must demonstrate a current and sustained record of scholarly or creative activities indicated by publications in recognized journals in the field, books, and exhibitions or performances.

Upon approval through the LSU System, per PM-69 and PS-55, faculty members who retire from active duty under a retirement system in which they were enrolled as a function of employment at LSU retain many of the same rights and privileges that are accorded to active University graduate faculty members. Emeritus graduate faculty status allows these individuals to continue to work with graduate students on masters and doctoral committees as chairs and members.

Faculty members who retired as Full Members of the Graduate Faculty but who do not have emeritus status may serve on thesis or dissertation committees with administrative approval submitted by the department, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. Faculty members serving on graduate students’ masters or doctoral committees as chair or co-chair may continue in the role after retiring from LSU.

Ex-Officio members may serve as members of students' thesis, dissertation, and examination committees but may not normally chair one of these committees or determine policies of the graduate faculty.