Non-Regular Faculty on Committees

PROCEDURE TO HAVE NON-REGULAR MSU FACULTY, ACADEMIC SPECIALISTS, AND NON-MSU INDIVIDUALS SERVE ON GRADUATE STUDENT COMMITTEES

Policies for the composition of a guidance committee can be found in Academic Programs, Planning a Doctoral Program and Appointment of a Guidance Committee: http://www.reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms/Text.asp?Section=111#s394

and committee policies for master's students under Examinations: https://reg.msu.edu/AcademicPrograms/Text.aspx?Section=111#s381

In general, no more than 1 non-regular faculty member may serve on a master’s committee or doctoral committee. The number of non-regular faculty may not exceed the number of regular MSU faculty on the committee.

The following materials must be submitted as a complete packet:

  1. Letter of request from Department Chair/School or Program Director, with supporting signature from the Dean or Graduate Associate Dean of the college, to the Dean of the Graduate School, requesting that the individual serve on any student committee in that department or for a specific student and why the person is appropriate (e.g. special expertise). Only in very special circumstances will a person be approved to serve as a chair for an individual student (not blanket approval). Please provide extra justification for service as a guidance committee chair.

  2. Letter from the individual stating his/her willingness and commitment to serve as a member of a graduate student committee.

  3. Copy of the individual’s CV and individual’s email address.

Department/Colleges may only request additional approval for their own graduate programs. There are no blanket approvals to serve across campus. Additional departments that request individuals already approved do NOT need to send the entire packet of information; they do need to send item 1 as described above.

PLEASE SUBMIT COMPLETE PACKET TO YOUR COLLEGE; COLLEGES SHOULD SUBMIT APPROVED PACKETS TO:

Thomas D. Jeitschko, Dean of The Graduate School approvals@grd.msu.edu