There are three categories of Graduate Faculty: (1) Regular, (2) Associate, and (3) Term.
Faculty members holding the PhD or other terminal degree in a discipline are, upon appointment to a tenure-track position at the University of South Carolina, Columbia campus, eligible to become members of the Graduate Faculty. Specifically, The Faculty Manual defines those eligible to be regular members of the graduate faculty on the Columbia campus as the president; provost; dean of the Graduate School; associate deans of The Graduate School; and chairs of academic departments offering degrees conferred by The Graduate School.
Nominations of eligible faculty for such appointments are made by the appropriate academic unit (college, school, or department) to the dean of the Graduate School. Please find more information on the Graduate Faculty Criteria Template, which provides a description of this process.
Non-tenure-track USC faculty members and scholars who hold the PhD or other terminal degree may be appointed to associate membership in the Graduate Faculty. Associate Membership appointments to the Graduate faculty are granted upon nomination by an academic unit to the dean of the Graduate School for a period not to exceed 6 years. Associate membership is appropriate for full-time USC clinical faculty, research faculty and other USC scholars holding an appropriate terminal degree. Associate members may teach graduate courses, direct theses and dissertations and participate in graduate student committees, serve on Graduate Council or its committees, and vote on matters coming before the Graduate Faculty.
Faculty members and scholars not otherwise eligible for regular membership on the Graduate faculty may be appointed to term appointments. Term appointments to the Graduate School faculty are granted upon nomination by an academic unit to the dean of the Graduate School for a period not to exceed 3 years. Term appointments to the Graduate School faculty confer the rights only to teach graduate courses and serve on graduate students' committees. Persons with term appointments are eligible for reappointment.
The Graduate Faculty Database is searchable by last name. The type and term of appointment is available for past, current and future appointments with notes on restrictions and appointment expiration date.