|The Operating Paper of the Graduate School empowers the Graduate Council to establish "academic policy governing designation by the Graduate Dean of Graduate Faculty members not so recognized by virtue of rank," as well as "academic policy governing the granting by the Graduate Dean of permission to serve on master's and doctoral committees or to direct master's theses and doctoral dissertations."
The Graduate Faculty shall consist of Graduate I and Graduate II members. All Professors and Associate Professors shall have Graduate I status by virtue of rank. This status may be accorded to other faculty members upon the recommendation of the graduate faculty of their appropriate department or equivalent academic unit to the Graduate Dean, whose decision will be based upon approved criteria. Graduate II membership shall not be granted by virtue of rank, but will require recommendation by the appropriate department or equivalent academic unit to the Graduate Dean, whose decision again will be based upon approved criteria.
- Graduate I Membership. Graduate I faculty may teach graduate courses, serve on graduate committees, direct master's theses, and--with the approval of the graduate faculty of the department--direct doctoral dissertations, but not chair doctoral committees. Admission to this category should be based on the following criteria:
- Possession of the appropriate terminal degree;
- Demonstrated competence in research, teaching, or other activity appropriate to the faculty member's special field.This competence may be demonstrated by active work on research and other projects even though publication has not yet resulted.
- Graduate II Membership. Graduate II faculty may perform Graduate I functions and shall be authorized to direct doctoral dissertations and to chair doctoral committees. Admission to this category should be based on the following criteria:
- Experience in Graduate I functions at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville or other institutions;
- Scholarly accomplishment as evidenced by one or more of these:
- Publications of book(s) recognized by colleagues as evidence of scholarly work;
- Publication of articles in recognized scholarly journals;
- Contributions other than books or articles in fields stressing other evidence of academic achievement.