Graduate Faculty Membership
Graduate Faculty are selected by the Graduate School, from the university faculty, to be the teachers and advisors of graduate students. Members are selected on the basis of academic training, experience, demonstrated potential for creative work and scholarly research, and evidence of the ability and competency essential to directing and supervising graduate students in their pursuit of advanced knowledge.
Specifically, the duties of the Graduate Faculty are:
- Teach Graduate Courses
- Direct non-thesis students
- Serve on graduate student committees
- Direct master's theses
- Direct doctoral theses
Graduate Council Representatives
The Graduate Council is represented on a graduate student's committee by a Graduate Faculty member outside the student's major and minor areas. A Graduate Council Representative (GCR) is required for all doctoral committees, all M.A.I.S. committees, and all master's degrees involving a thesis. Students pursuing a non-thesis masters may choose aGCR for their committee, but one is not required. The GCR is selected by the student from a list provided by the Graduate School. The GCR is a full voting member of the student's committee and must participate in all meetings and examinations.
Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students
Mentoring is the heart of graduate education. The mentor is responsible for ensuring that the student becomes sophisticated in a discipline or field of study, is challenged intellectually, learns how to think critically, and aspires to create new knowledge. In addition, the mentor is responsible for assisting the student in developing the interpersonal skills needed to succeed in the discipline. Mentoring is distinct from advising because it involves a personal relationship... . It recognizes that graduate school includes socialization to the values, norms, practices, and attitudes of a discipline. Mentoring gradually transforms the student into a colleague.
Mentoring The Faculty-Graduate Student Relationship - A Position Paper of the Graduate Council of The University of Arizona. July, 2001.
Graduate Program Assessment
Program review and evaluation starts with the initiation of new graduate degrees and involves several other steps, including identification of graduate learning outcomes and program-specific plans for assessing outcomes.