Graduate Faculty

A member of the Graduate Faculty at Georgia Southern University must be an active, productive, creative scholar, or creative performer in his/her discipline. In order to teach graduate students how to be active scholars, practitioners, and/or performers in their own right, Graduate Faculty must be involved in the current knowledge, methods, and techniques of their disciplines. This modeling of sustained scholarship/performance is the cornerstone of quality graduate education.

There are two categories of Graduate Faculty: Member and Affiliate. Members of the Graduate Faculty are professorial faculty on tenured or tenure-track appointments and are appointed to Graduate Faculty status upon appointment. Affiliate Graduate Faculty status includes research appointees, limited-term, adjunct, instructor, lecturer, or part-time faculty who may appropriately teach graduate classes and serve on thesis and dissertation committees. Affiliate status can also be used to recognize outstanding scholars, including those who work in government agencies, private industry, healthcare, and education who are not full-time employees of Georgia Southern University, but who participate on thesis and dissertation committees.  To award Affiliate Graduate Faculty status, a notification form must be completed, forwarded through the appropriate dean's office to the College of Graduate Studies for processing.  All decisions regarding Affiliate Graduate Faculty status are final at the dean's level.

Members are eligible:

  • to teach graduate courses;
  • for memberships on University graduate committees;
  • to serve on program-level examination committees; and
  • to direct and/or chair master's and doctoral committees as approved by the department/school or division.

Affiliates are eligible:

  • to teach graduate courses for which the individual has been credentialed as per university policy;
  • to serve on program-level examination committees; and
  • for membership on and/or co-chair master's and doctoral committees as approved by the department/school or division.

Member and Affiliate Graduate Faculty status is granted permanently. All faculty who are awarded emeriti designation retain their Graduate Faculty status.  

Adjunct Faculty Status

All non-Georgia Southern professionals who are being proposed by a department to carry out graduate course teaching responsibility must be recommended by the department for Adjunct Faculty status.

To be recommended for Adjunct Faculty status, the department must complete and submit the required documents.

  1. A non-Georgia Southern professional appointed to adjunct status may be appointed to "Affiliate Graduate Faculty Status, Course Instruction" if teaching graduate courses. Persons in this classification will be required to submit a transcript and background investigation check.
  2. A non-Georgia Southern professional may be appointed to "Affiliate Graduate Faculty Status" if serving on a thesis or dissertation committee only. Persons in this classification will NOT be required to submit a transcript but will be required to submit a current vitae.

Information on Adjunct (Unpaid Appointments) Faculty

The University System of Georgia defines adjunct faculty as uncompensated appointments that are courtesy or honorary in nature (not part-time appointments).

For candidates new to Georgia Southern University, the following paperwork is required:

  • Personnel Action Form (be sure to include the search number on the form);
  • Faculty Information Data Form (FID);
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Official transcripts of all academic degrees (undergraduate and graduate); and
  • Email from Human Resources indicating that the individual has successfully completed the background investigation check.