The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to define and support excellence in graduate education at Nipissing University. To achieve this goal, the primary roles and functions of the School of Graduate Studies are to articulate a vision of excellence for the graduate community, to provide an inter-university perspective on graduate education, to enhance the intellectual and research community of scholars among graduate students and graduate faculty and to serve as an advocate for graduate education and graduate students within the institution. The Graduate Studies Committee is the body that directs and oversees the administration of graduate education, defining what constitutes graduate education at Nipissing University, maintaining equity in program and degree standards across all academic disciplines, providing quality control over all aspects of graduate education and maintaining equity and fairness in the treatment of graduate students.

Approved by Nipissing University Senate April 15, 2011

Graduate Faculty Membership Policy

Office of Accountability Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Research
Office of Administrative Responsibility Associate Vice-President, Academic and Graduate Studies
Approving Body Graduate Studies Council
Approval Date June 2010
Renewal Date May 2016
Last Revised May 2014
Policy Number NU_Grad-02,10


Membership is obtained in two ways:​

  1. Through inclusion in a successful application for program approval through the Nipissing University Institutional Quality Assurance Process (IQAP).
  2. By application for Graduate Faculty Membership

Application Process

  1. ​Complete the Application for Graduate Faculty Membership​​​​ and forward it to the School of Graduate Studies.
  2. The Associate Vice President Academic and Graduate Studies, in consultation with Deans of faculties with graduate programs and Graduate Coordinators/Chairs, will either approve or decline the application.

Criteria for Membership

  • ​An earned doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent or terminal degree in the discipline);
  • Significant publications in the areas approved for offering graduate programs and a sustained and active record of research productivity and scholarly output; these should include refereed publications;
  • Graduate teaching or co-teaching experience and thesis/major paper supervision will also be taken into account when assessing full graduate faculty membership. In particular, for PhD, full graduate faculty members are expected to have supervised a minimum of three successful Master’s MRPs/Theses with others in progress;
  • An on-going research program including training of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) as defined by the Tri-Council; and
  • Although holding an external research grant is not a general requirement, it is highly desirable, as is evidence of application for external funding.

Types of Membership

  • Full Graduate Faculty: members have full privileges to teach graduate courses, to supervise or co-supervise theses/major research papers. Full graduate faculty are eligible members of supervisory and examination committees.
  • Associate Graduate Faculty: members have limited privileges to teach and co-supervise students in one or more graduate programs, and be members of supervisory and examination committees. Granted to faculty who are new to Nipissing or who have limited experience of teaching and supervising graduate students. Associate membership may also be granted to faculty who are outside of an approved graduate program but can contribute to the teaching, supervision, and examination of graduate students in the program.
  • Occasional Graduate Faculty: faculty members at Nipissing may be permitted to teach a graduate course at the request of the appropriate Graduate Advisor or Graduate Chair. This includes graduate and undergraduate courses that are cross-listed as a graduate course or have been approved as part of the formal Program of Studies for a graduate student.
  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty: individuals who are external to Nipissing may be appointed as Adjunct Graduate Faculty in order to contribute to a graduate program as a member of a supervisory or examination committee. Adjunct graduate faculty may also co-supervise graduate students with Full Graduate Faculty members.

Terms of Membership

  • All graduate faculty members are appointed for a five-year term. At the end of the five-year term, the member must renew his or her membership by reapplying.
  • In addition, graduate faculty membership is also reviewed during the regular cycle of program reviews. The status of any graduate faculty member, including faculty members participating in that program, is subject to approval/re-approval during the regular cycle review.
  • If full graduate faculty members retire, resign, or leave the University to join another institution, they may be appointed as adjunct graduate faculty.