To request approval by exception for a Rank 3 tenure-track faculty member to chair a dissertation committee, the program graduate chair shall send a petition to the Associate Graduate Dean and attach a copy of the faculty member’s curriculum vitae. An exception will be made only on an ad hoc basis, but once a probationary faculty member is approved for an exception, any subsequent petitions need only refer to the previous approval until the faculty member gains tenure.
The petition must specify the following:
- The faculty member is willing to undertake the advising of PhD candidates.
- S/He has engaged in sufficient scholarship to be capable of advising a doctoral student and/or has had sufficient experience to prepare him or her to mentor a doctoral student, either by having done so in a previous position or having served on other doctoral committees.
- The faculty member meets a program need due to a shortage of faculty in an area of specialization or of tenured faculty overall.
- This service is not likely to negatively impact the faculty member’s preparations for tenure and promotion.