Faculty hired into tenure-leading positions are automatically granted Graduate Faculty status.  Staff or faculty hired in non-tenure leading positions may be nominated for Graduate Faculty Status.

Graduate Faculty may vote on any matter presented to the graduate faculty, including the election of the Graduate Council for their specific campus. They may also hold any elected office in the Graduate College. Graduate Faculty may teach graduate courses, serve on final examining committees, and serve on supervisory committees. Graduate Faculty have the additional responsibility of voting on certain nominations of graduate faculty in their department/school or interdepartmental program.

 Non-tenure line faculty members nominated for Graduate Faculty status must

  • hold the rank of Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor or equivalent or above;
  • hold the terminal degree normally accepted for academic employment in the discipline or its clear equivalent as determined by the Graduate Committee of the nominee’s department/school or interdepartmental area;
  • have demonstrated clear evidence of continuing scholarly activity at the national level and potential beyond teaching; and
  • be actively involved in scholarly/creative activity and/or graduate teaching as part of his or her regular duties.

After obtaining a majority vote of the entire graduate faculty, the nominating department completes the nomination and submits the form to Graduate Studies.  The form includes the following signatures:

  1. Nominee
  2. Nominator
  3. Graduate Committee Chair
  4. Department Chair
  5. Appropriate College Dean

The signed form is submitted by Graduate Studies to UNL’s Central Administration for consideration.

Graduate faculty appointments exist through the length of the faculty member’s appointment with the University.