Graduate Teaching Faculty Status (GTFS)

Policy Statement

Academic and professional accrediting agencies mandate that faculty who teach graduate courses (500 and 600 level) meet certain qualifications to offer these courses. Requests for Graduate Teaching Faculty Status must be submitted to the College Graduate Committee no later than the middle of the semester prior to the applicant’s scheduled course. The Chair of the College Graduate Committee has the authority to grant GTFS Category III in the event that faculty are hired after the CGC as a whole can meet to act on a GTFS request. The Chair will report these appointments to the Committee.

Policy Elaboration

Category I GTFS – Permanent

Faculty on continuing appointment or tenure-track lines who hold doctorates or other terminal degrees recognized by their discipline will automatically be granted GTFS-P. Approval of the College Graduate Committee will no longer be necessary for these faculty to teach 500 and 600 level courses.

Category II GTFS – Designated

Faculty on adjunct or lecturer appointment who hold doctorates or other terminal degrees recognized by their discipline must initially be approved for GTFS-D by the College Graduate Committee and can teach only the courses designated in the request.

Applicants must submit a completed and signed Faculty Profile Sheet (available from the Graduate Office) and a letter from the department chair noting:

  1. the approval of the department or program faculty; and,
  2. the specific courses the applicant is designated to teach.*

Category III GTFS – Designated and Limited

Faculty having a continuing, tenure-track, adjunct, or lecturer appointment who do not hold doctorates may offer graduate-level courses only if they have

  1. a relevant Master’s;
  2. a minimum of three years of documented relevant experience and/or additional education to teach the course designated. They will be limited to teaching the designated courses.

Chairs must submit a Faculty Profile Sheet (available from the Graduate Office) completed and signed by the applicant as well as a letter that provides:

  1. evidence of a diligent search for a candidate with a terminal degree;
  2. the specific course(s) the applicant is to be designated to teach;
  3. a description of the applicant’s experiences and/or educational qualifications to offer the designated courses,*

Category IV GTFS – Administrators and Staff

Administrators and staff who hold doctorates or other terminal degrees may be approved under the following guidelines to teach courses consistent with their educational preparation. Applicants must submit:

  1. a completed and signed Faculty Profile Sheet (available from the Graduate Office);
  2. a letter from their program director or supervisor approving the time commitment to offer the graduate course(s), noting the specific course(s) the applicant would be designated to teach;
  3. a letter from the chair of the disciplinary department noting approval of the applicant to offer the designated course(s).

Category V GTFS – Curriculum Components

A graduate teaching faculty member may be one whose expertise facilitates the successful completion of an important learning objective or objectives and who is responsible for teaching specific components within a graduate course or courses rather than a full course. If this instructional contribution is expected to be sustained and integral to the learning outcomes of a graduate program, beyond the normal contributions of a guest lecturer or internship/field supervisor, that individual may be granted graduate teaching faculty status to teach designated curriculum components. This situation arises most often at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, but other programs may also make use of this category of graduate teaching faculty status.

Persons approved by the College Graduate Committee for Category V Graduate Teaching Faculty Status – Curriculum Components (GTFS-CC) must possess appropriate relevant academic credentials: a doctorate, a terminal degree recognized by their discipline, or a relevant masters with a minimum of three years of documented experience and/or additional education. Chairs must submit a Faculty Profile Sheet completed and signed by the applicant, a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae, as well as a letter which outlines:

  1. the specific curriculum component(s) the applicant would teach,
  2. a description of the applicant’s experience and/or educational qualifications to teach the designated curriculum component(s),
  3. a description of how the curriculum component(s) relate(s) to the graduate program’s learning objectives.

Procedures

* Chairs must request a review by the College Graduate Committee in order to add courses or course components to the list of those approved for a Category II, III, IV or V GTFS appointee. They must include justification demonstrating the relevant experience and/or education of the applicant as they relate to the additional courses. It will not be necessary to submit a new Faculty Profile Sheet.

Related Documents / Policies

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Contacts

College Graduate Committee

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