Any faculty member whose duties include teaching graduate level courses, thesis/dissertation supervision, graduate examining committee service, or research supervision of students on this campus must be appointed to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder.

  • Regular graduate faculty appointments may be given to full-time tenure/tenure track faculty members of CU Boulder for a maximum of seven years.  

  • Special graduate faculty appointments are given to those individuals who are not full time members of CU Boulder faculty or do not meet the criteria outlined for regular membership, for a maximum of three years.


  • On the landing page below, please select “appointment” (newly requested GFA) or “reappointment” (a previous GFA was approved), your program name, whether “regular” or “special” appointment is being requested, and then the corresponding faculty title from the drop down boxes. Select terms for the appointment to begin and end based upon the limits above.  

  • On the next page, the Graduate Program Assistant or staff member should include their name and e-mail, the name and e-mail of the department chair, and the name of the individual for whom a Graduate Faculty Appointment is being requested. 

  • Once directed to the form, you will see specific information depending upon whether the request is for a regular or special appointment.  A special member may fulfill only designated roles and duties as specified by the department chair/program director and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School, so all duties requested for the individual should be included in the box. Duties do not need to be requested for a regular member.

  • For either type of appointment, please attach a current updated vita by clicking the attachments box. Due to HLC guidelines, if the individual does not hold the terminal degree in the field, you must attach a second document.  This should include relevant general information about the program and should explain the ways in which equivalent experience has been established for this individual.  This must be included even if the individual has previously held a graduate faculty appointment.

  • Clicking “finish” will initiate the workflow process and the form will be sent to the department chair and then the Graduate School for review and approval.  After the appointment is approved, you will receive a notification, along with a signed pdf version of the appointment.  It is recommended that you download and electronically and securely save completed appointments for your records.

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