306 Faculty Status and Academic Rank

In compliance with the Board of Regents' policy, Georgia State University has adopted the following specific definitions for various categories of faculty.

306.01 Full-Time University Faculty

Full-time faculty are faculty who have a contract for employment on a 100% workload basis for two out of every three consecutive academic terms. The full-time faculty consist of the following categories:

A. Full-Time Faculty with Board-Approved Academic Rank (Academic Professional, Lecturer, Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) Faculty who are tenured, who are on tenure track including instructors, and who are not on tenure track by contract, are included in this category. All faculty who hold one of the five Board-approved academic ranks are in this category, regardless of additional titles they may hold.

Full-Time Instructional Faculty: Full-time instructional faculty consist of the following: teaching faculty (faculty whose primary assignment is instruction); temporary faculty and visiting faculty when employed at .75 EFT or more; research faculty; and departmental chairmen. Academic rank resides in the department.

Librarians: Librarians who hold academic rank in the University Library.

Administrators: Administrators who hold academic rank and have full-time administrative assignments or have been placed on released-time administrative assignments. Administrative appointments serve at the pleasure of the president and can be rescinded at any time.

306.02 Part-Time Faculty

Part-time faculty are those faculty who are employed for the academic year for less than .75 EFT. They do not earn probationary credit toward tenure and are non-tenure track. They may hold a contract for any portion of the 12-month fiscal year. Temporary faculty and visiting faculty are included when employed at less than .75 EFT.

306.03 Part-Time Instructors (PTI's)

Part-time instructors are employed to teach on a per-course/per-semester basis. They have Board approval to teach within a designated academic department(s). All individuals in this category are in non-tenure track positions. PTI's are reappointed each year.

306.04 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA's)

Graduate teaching assistants are employed to teach on a per-course/per-semester basis. They are enrolled at the graduate level and have Board approval and/or the Chancellor's administrative approval to teach within a designated academic department. All individuals in this category are in non-tenure track positions. GTA's are reappointed each year.

306.05 Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty hold one of the Board approved adjunct faculty ranks and are authorized to teach within a designated academic department. Adjunct faculty are not paid for instructional duties although they may be employed by the University. All individuals in this category are in non-tenure track positions.

306.06 Emeritus Faculty

A president may, at his/her discretion, confer the title of emeritus/a on any retired faculty member or administrative officer, who at the time of retirement, had ten (10) or more years of honorable and distinguished USG service, provided, however, that the title of President Emeritus/a may be conferred only by the Board of Regents on the recommendation of the Chancellor (BoR Minutes, January 2009.)

306.07 Graduate Faculty Membership [Added 24 April 1997]


The Georgia State University Strategic Plan provides the framework for the development of the Graduate Faculty membership criteria: Academic EXCELLENCE is central to Georgia State University's development. This will be accomplished by encouraging, developing and sustaining nationally competitive research, scholarship, and creative activity that generate and advance knowledge and artistic expression, and by maintaining and developing nationally competitive instructional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Georgia State University requires that all of its tenured and tenure-track faculty be teacher-scholars. Being a scholar means engaging in original research. The work of the scholar also means stepping back from one's investigation, looking for connections, building bridges between theory and practice, and communicating one's knowledge effectively to students and the professional community. After careful analysis of available models of faculty performance, University standards, clarified by unit guidelines, will be established for promotion and tenure, graduate faculty status, and faculty workload (emphasis added).

The following Graduate Faculty membership criteria provide the University standards to be used in the Colleges' development of specific guidelines.


Since Georgia State University is one of four research universities in the University System of Georgia, faculty members are expected to generate and disseminate knowledge. The Graduate Faculty will do scholarly research and creative work, teach graduate students, and direct the research of graduate students. Graduate Faculty members are expected to demonstrate current knowledge of and involvement with their fields.

These guidelines describe the general criteria and procedures for the appointment of Graduate Faculty. (The SACS re-accreditation handbook specifies that "Eligibility requirements for faculty members teaching graduate courses must be clearly defined and publicized.") (Section


A faculty member must hold Graduate Faculty membership in order to fulfill the following duties:


In accordance with the Strategic Plan, university standards, clarified by unit guidelines, will be used in evaluating candidates for the Graduate Faculty. A member of the Graduate Faculty must hold the appropriate terminal degree, and be actively engaged in scholarly or creative activities.

The primary qualitative guideline is current scholarly competence. The Graduate Faculty member is now an active and productive scholar and, recognizing the complementarity of research and teaching, is an effective teacher at the graduate level. Evidence of recent active and productive scholarship includes scholarly books, refereed articles in scholarly journals, chapters in scholarly books, abstracts in scholarly conference proceedings, successful external research grant applications, juried shows, editorships, or the equivalent as determined by the individual academic unit. Evidence of graduate teaching effectiveness includes teaching awards, successful instructional innovation grants, student evaluations, student accomplishments, guidance of graduate students' research projects, peer reviews, innovations in course design or delivery, publications in area of pedagogy, or other quantitative and qualitative evidence as determined by the individual academic unit.

Specific Guidelines. In accordance with the general criterion of current scholarly competence, each College (School) on campus will develop additional qualitative guidelines and quantitative expectations appropriate to its discipline(s) for the College as a whole and/or for its constituent units. Each College's (School's) guidelines must be approved by the College (School) faculty before submission to the Graduate Council (a subcommittee of CAP) for review. In reviewing those guidelines, the Graduate Council will insure that overall standards of scholarship and professional activities are met. The College (School) guidelines will not necessarily be a codification of extant practice, but may instead represent the unit's plan for achieving excellence in graduate education. The Graduate Council will make recommendations to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for his/her approval of the guidelines. This process also will be followed for any substantive revisions following approval of initial guidelines. The Graduate Council will monitor the implementation of Graduate Faculty Membership guidelines during Academic Program Review.

Review Process

Review for Graduate Faculty membership is initiated at the request of the faculty member. Appointments to the Graduate Faculty shall be for renewable terms of five years. Recommendations for appointment to the Graduate Faculty will be made by a designated committee from the department. (In small departments, the committee may include members from other departments.) The department's recommendation will be forwarded to a College/School designated committee for approval. College/School recommendations will be forwarded to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost for final approval on appointments and reappointments to the Graduate Faculty. In most cases, the timing of the review for regular Graduate Faculty membership should coincide with pre-tenure, tenure, and post-tenure reviews.

Provisional Graduate Faculty Status. A faculty member who has completed his/her terminal degree within the last five years may request non-renewable provisional graduate faculty membership for a period not exceeding five years. Provisional members may perform all the duties of Graduate Faculty except chairing doctoral dissertation committees. At any point during the provisional period, the faculty member may request review for regular Graduate Faculty status.

All nominations for Graduate Faculty membership must be accompanied by a current vita.

(Source: Approved by the University Senate 24 April 1997)