Types & Levels

Types of Appointment

Regular Graduate Faculty (RGF)

These are University of Hawai`i at Mānoa faculty whose academic appointment is in the same department that houses the graduate program with which their graduate faculty appointment is affiliated. In the case of interdisciplinary graduate programs (e.g., EECB, MB, PhD in Education, and CIS), regular graduate faculty may include faculty from a number of graduate programs as well as research units within their respective college (e.g., CDS, CRDG, HIMB, PBRC). The regular faculty members of each graduate program administer the various aspects of their programs, including student admissions, curriculum structure and academic policies, etc. In addition, they determine the rights (including voting rights) and responsibilities of cooperating, affiliate, and other members of their graduate faculty, as they pertain to the governance of their graduate program. Faculty who change graduate programs within the university lose their regular graduate faculty status in the former graduate program and may be appointed as regular graduate faculty in the second program.

Cooperating Graduate Faculty (CGF)

In addition to serving as regular faculty in graduate programs housed in their home academic departments, faculty members may serve as cooperating graduate faculty in graduate programs housed in other academic departments. However, faculty members must first serve as regular faculty in their home graduate programs, if such exist, before serving as cooperating faculty in other graduate programs.  Graduate faculty from other University of Hawai`i campuses may serve as cooperating graduate faculty for UH Mānoa graduate programs.

Affiliate Graduate Faculty (AGF)

These are individuals who are not faculty members of UH, but who are both qualified and willing to serve as graduate faculty and to help advise graduate students. They may only serve as a Level 1 member. Graduate faculty who have resigned from UH may be reappointed as AGF, if appropriate. Affiliate graduate faculty appointments must be processed as non-compensated appointees using the Payroll Notification Form (PNF) and renewed as appropriate.  Please attach the PNF and a current CV to the Affiliate Graduate Faculty Appointment Form.

Emeritus Graduate Faculty (EGF)

These are retired UHM faculty who have been appointed as Emeritus faculty by the Board of Regents. They may continue to serve as a level 1 member of their home graduate faculty. If students of committees they’re chairing or serving have reached candidacy at the time of their retirement, faculty nominated for Emeritus status may finish their work on those committees. This also includes finishing work on a committee in which they were approved to serve as the University Representative prior to their retirement. A copy of their nomination letter should accompany notification to OGE of their pending appointment at the time of their retirement.


These may be, but are not limited to post-doctoral fellows, junior researchers, non-faculty researchers or other qualified individuals who are temporary employees of UH. Their primary responsibilities tend to be in research, but who may have the expertise to help contribute to a student’s master’s thesis or doctoral research.

Levels of Appointment

Level 3 (formerly Full)

Level 3 members may chair master’s and doctoral committees in their home and/or cooperating graduate program, prepare and/or assist in preparing/grading qualifying, comprehensive and final exams, in administration of their home graduate program, serve as university representative, and on the Graduate Council. They may also serve as committee members on any master’s and doctoral committees. Level 3 members who are regular or cooperating faculty may also be nominated to chair graduate programs. Level 3 cooperating members from other UH campuses may not serve as a University Representative on thesis and doctoral committees.

Level 2 (formerly Associate)

Level 2 members may chair Plan A master’s thesis committees in their home and/or cooperating graduate program as well as serve as a member on any other graduate master’s or doctoral committee. They may prepare and grade qualifying, comprehensive and final exams and also participate in the general administration of their home graduate program. L2 graduate faculty may not chair doctoral committees or serve as the University Representative.

Level 1 (new)

Level 1 members may serve on a thesis or doctoral committee. However, they may not serve as chair or University Representative. The role of a Level 1 member is primarily to contribute expertise with regard to the topics, methods, analyses or other related aspects of students’ research.