NIU Department of Mathematical Sciences
Criteria for Graduate Faculty Membership

A. Criteria for Provisional Membership

  1. Holds a doctorate.
  2. Has initiated a program of research by having a written description of initiated and proposed research approved by the department's Personnel Committee.

B. Criteria for full membership

Criterion A.1 above and
  1. Evidence that the faculty members has achieved professional recognition in the individual's discipline, has maintained an active interest in the discipline, and has shared his/her expertise in the discipline with others on a regular basis. Such evidence should include at least three accomplishments from the list below during the previous six years. At least one of these accomplishments must have been subject to external peer review (Group I). The other two accomplishments may come from Group I or Group II, but all three accomplishments may not come from the same category.

    Group I

    1. Acceptance of a refereed research publication by a recognized journal subsequent to receiving the doctorate.
    2. Presentation of an invited paper at a significant scholarly conference in the individual's discipline.
    3. Completion of a manuscript of an upper-division textbook in the mathematical sciences which has received positive external review and has been accepted for publication by a recognized publishing company.
    4. Acquisition of a significant research grant in the individual's discipline.

    Group II

    1. Teaching a three credit course carrying graduate credit in the individual's discipline.
    2. Active service on a committee charged with supervising a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation in the individual's discipline.

    For those hired for a six-year probationary period, the term would typically begin in the fourth year; however, a faculty member may be proposed for full membership at any time. Those hired for a three-year probationary period, or at the Associate Professor level, would usually be put up for full membership within one year.

C. Criteria for senior membership

Criterion A.1 above and
  1. Evidence that the faculty member has established and maintained significant professional recognition among other leaders in the individual's discipline by having published at least five refereed journal articles or book chapters and through involvement in research activities from among the following: either

    1. having published two refereed journal articles or book chapters in the last six years; or
    2. having done at least two of the following in the last six years:
      1. Acquisition of a significant research grant in the individual's discipline.
      2. Service as a referee for research proposals from significant funding agencies such as National Science Foundation, National Science Academy, or Department of Defense.
      3. Service on a review panel for proposals for significant research or research conferences;
      4. Service as a refereee for a top journal in the individual's discipline;
      5. Service as an editor for a top research journal in the individual's field.

  2. Active involvement in graduate education. This involvement should include:
    1. At least three courses carrying graduate credit taught during the previous six years. and
    2. Service on a master's thesis committee or service on any of the following committees relating to doctoral students: oral candidacy committee, writing committee for a Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, or dissertation defense committee.

    Those hired at the Full Professor level would usually be put up for senior membership within one year; however, a faculty member may be proposed for senior membership at any time.

D. Procedure for evaluation and recommendations

  1. Requests for provisional membership shall be routinely submitted to the Graduate School by the Department Chair, in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies, according to the criteria established above.
  2. The body of senior graduate faculty members who are serving on the Departmental Personnel Committee, with the Director of Graduate Studies sitting ex-officio, shall be responsible for reviewing the credentials of all assistant and associate professors eligible for either full or senior membership on the graduate faculty. This shall apply to renewals as well as to initial appointments. Recommendations will be based on the criteria established above.
  3. The body of senior graduate faculty members who are serving on the Full Professor Subcommittee of the Departmental Personnel Committee, with the Director of Graduate Studies sitting ex-officio, shall be responsible for reviewing the credentials of all full professors eligible for either full or senior membership on the graduate faculty. This shall apply to renewals as well as to initial appointments. Recommendations will be based on the criteria established above.
  4. Requests for reconsideration by assistant and associate professors shall be heard by the committee described in 2 above. Requests for reconsideration by full professors shall be heard by the committee described in 3 above.

Last approved by Graduate Council 5/4/09