School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs

Graduate Faculty Status

Nomination and Appointment to the Graduate Faculty of the University: Procedure for Faculty in the School of Medicine

This document supplements the qualifications and procedures for nomination for graduate faculty status described in the document titled "Regulations Governing Graduate Study at the University of Pittsburgh" which may be obtained from the Office of the Provost.

Membership in the Graduate Faculty means that an individual has been judged to be competent in graduate instruction, the supervision of graduate student research, and is active in advancing knowledge through an independent research program. Membership may either be Regular or Adjunct. Regular membership is for full time or tenure stream members of the faculty. Adjunct membership is for persons whose primary responsibility is outside the University but who hold a part-time faculty appointment and are approved to direct graduate study and research.

The following conditions shall be fulfilled for nomination for membership in the Graduate Faculty.

  • Support for the nomination shall be documented by the signature of at least six Regular Graduate Faculty members within the School of Medicine whose field of expertise is most relevant to that of the candidate. If there are fewer than six Regular Graduate Faculty members within the School of Medicine with the appropriate expertise, additional signatures may be obtained from Regular Graduate Faculty members of the University working in closely related areas.
  • The nomination shall be evaluated and approved by the Graduate Council and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies of the School of Medicine. Documents submitted to the Graduate Council in support of the nomination shall include the nomination form signed be six Regular Graduate Faculty members and the director of the graduate program in which the candidate proposes to participate, a letter from the candidate describing the reasons for seeking appointment to the Graduate Faculty, and the curriculum vitae of the candidate. The curriculum vitae should include documentation of research experience, funded research projects, teaching of graduate courses, supervision of graduate student research, scholarly publications and any other relevant experience of the candidate. Nomination forms may obtained from the Graduate Studies Office, 524 Scaife Hall.
  • If a faculty member holding a primary appointment in the School of Medicine is nominated for Graduate Faculty membership by a department not in the School of Medicine, the nomination must be reviewed as described above and the concurrence of the Graduate Council, the director of the graduate program in which the candidate proposes to participate, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the School of Medicine obtained.

Appointment to membership in the Graduate Faculty is by the Provost of the University.

May 2000