Any faculty member whose duties include teaching, 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 at Boulder.

Types of Graduate Faculty Appointment Membership

Regular graduate faculty appointments are generally given to full-time faculty members of CU Boulder who hold the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor, as well as a research professor title. A regular appointment may be given for a maximum of 7 years. For untenured faculty, the length of the graduate faculty appointment corresponds to the length of the faculty member’s appointment in the department.

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. Special appointments are given for a maximum of three years. A department may request a special appointment with no restrictions, meaning that the faculty member may teach graduate courses or serve on graduate committees as a member. A special appointment may also be requested with restrictions. In that case, the specific duties may be written on the graduate faculty appointment form, and the individual may then only fulfill these duties as specified by the chair of the department and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School

 For more detailed information about types of graduate faculty appointments, privileges, criteria etc., please see the Graduate School Rules, Article I, Section 4.

Only departments which offer a graduate degree are eligible to initiate a graduate faculty appointment. Persons brought in from outside the university for a committee or to teach a course (this includes institutes and research centers as well as other institutions outside CU Boulder) must be sponsored by an eligible department. Intercampus appointments are treated as any other appointment.


Processing of Graduate Faculty Appointments

Requests for appointment and reappointment should be received in the Graduate School prior to the start of the semester. Appointments are approved by semester, and an academic year appointment begins the first day of class in the fall and runs through the summer (the last day before classes begin for the fall).

Each request should be made on the Graduate Faculty Appointment Form, available from the Graduate School. A current vita should be attached to all requests. If a vita does not clearly speak for itself, attach a letter justifying the request for appointment. For special members with restrictions, list the responsibilities and duties that will be assigned to that person.

In general, the dean reviews appointment requests for the following:

  • A current vita
  • A terminal degree for the academic area, usually a PhD
  • Recent publications, three or more within the last two years
  • Current work in field

All forms must have the signatures of the graduate department chair and dean of the school/college before it reaches the Graduate School. If the appointment is approved by the Dean of the Graduate School, a copy of the signature form and the vita is returned to the department.

To amend a currently active graduate faculty appointment, a letter from the chair explaining the change needs to be submitted, along with a current vita and a copy of the appointment that is being changed. It does not need to be routed for the second (dean’s office) signature, but can be sent directly to the Graduate School.