Graduate Faculty and Courses
- Categories of Graduate Faculty
- Director, Mentor and Advisory Committee Responsibilities
- Graduate Courses/Curriculum Action Forms
Requesting Graduate Faculty Membership
Nomination for membership to the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Graduate Faculty must be initiated by the head of the appropriate academic department/center or graduate program.
The following need to be submitted to the Office of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies:
- A TAMU Graduate Faculty Personnel Record form completed by the nominating department head
- The nominee's complete curriculum vitae and
- A nomination letter from the department head giving a brief description of the proposed role of the nominee in the graduate program.
Appointment to the Graduate Faculty is made by the Associate Dean upon recommendation from the Graduate Education Council (GEC).
Appointees to the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry Graduate Faculty participate in the graduate programs by
- supervising student research,
- serving on student advisory committees, and
- teaching graduate courses.
Individuals who have not been appointed to the Graduate Faculty may not teach didactic (i.e., non-clinical) graduate courses nor serve on student advisory committees without the specific approval of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies.
Any faculty member of the TAMUS or other authorized institution who is a member of the Principal Faculty and has an academic appointment of Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, or equivalent, who wishes to be an active participant in graduate programs of the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and who presents appropriate evidence of academic/professional accomplishment is eligible to become a Member of the Graduate Faculty. Exceptions may be made for faculty members from other institutions and for non-faculty members if the candidate has an unusual or unique contribution to make to the graduate program of the Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry and approval is granted by the GEC and the Associate Dean.
Principal faculty who are not actively involved in education and research training of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry students on a regular basis, Research Scientists, Instructors and Lecturers, professional staff employed by the member components of the TAMHSC and other components of the TAMUS, and employees of federal and state agencies who hold the highest earned degree common to their discipline may be granted Associate Member status on the Graduate Faculty, provided the individual's appointment will be beneficial to the graduate program. It is expected that a nominee for Associate Members status has exhibited appropriate evidence of academic/professional accomplishment. Recognized scholars and authorities whose merits are clearly established need not be measured by standard academic criteria.
Recognized scholars who do not hold a permanent appointment in the TAMHSC or affiliated institutions but who otherwise meet the basic requirements for the status of Member or Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty may be eligible for appointment to Adjunct Member status. Such nominations should be made when there is an apparent need and the head of an academic department/center or graduate program of Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry can present justification. It is expected that a nominee for Adjunct Member status has exhibited appropriate evidence of academic achievement or, in the case of a professional discipline, has exhibited appropriate evidence of professional accomplishment. Recognized scholars and authorities whose merits are clearly established need not be measured by standard academic criteria.
Special Appointments to the Graduate Faculty may be made when the head of an academic department/center or graduate program director wishes to have qualified individuals serve on a student's Advisory Committee without being permanently appointed to the Graduate Faculty as a Member, Associate Member, or Adjunct Member. Special Appointment shall be made by the Associate Dean upon recommendation of the GEC for the period of expected participation and is subject to annual review. In the letter of request, the department head/program director should indicate if the Special Appointment status is to be limited to one specified committee, to one specified teaching assignment, or to a fixed length of time (i.e., for one or two years).
The progress of each student through their graduate training is under the direction of a supervising professor, most often the Program Director. Students pursuing master's or Ph.D. degree will be supervised by a Mentor and Advisory Committee. Program Directors, Mentors and Advisory Committees are responsible for students' progress, and approve the program courses and the area of research a student will pursue.
Master's and Ph.D. students must submit a completed an Advisory Committee Approval form to the Office of Graduate Studies, to be forwarded for file with the Registrar's Office. One of the member of the Advisory Committee shall serve as the Mentor and Chair of the committee. The Mentor is responsible for guiding the student through the research training process, insuring that all requirements are completed and documenting forms are submitted to the Graduate Office in the appropriate sequence/time frame. The document Thesis 101 was developed to aid departments, Program Directors, Mentors, and students in navigating the degree process.
A Curriculum Action Form (CAF) is required by the Registrar's Office for the creation of a new course, for revision of existing courses, and for deletion of courses. Any curriculum action for graduate courses must be reviewed and approved by the Associate Dean upon recommendation by the GEC before submission to the Registrar's Office. A syllabus must be attached to the CAF.
Following approval by the GEC, the CAF will be forwarded to the registrar to begin routing through the TAMU process. Forms (in both PDF and MS Word formats) and instructions may be found on the TAMU Curricular Services web page.