HSR PhD Faculty Criteria, Roles, and Responsibilities

The UNC Charlotte PhD program in Health Services Research program has two levels of faculty status. Interested faculty may be nominated for status as either Program Faculty or Participating Faculty. Appointments to faculty status at either level are made by the HSR PhD Program Committee.

Program Faculty: Criteria for Appointment and Responsibilities

Criteria for appointment to Program Faculty include ALL of the following:

  1. Regular member of the Graduate Faculty1 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
  2. Full-time, joint, or adjunct appointment in the College of Health and Human Services.2
  3. Rank of Associate Professor or Professor, with Tenure.
  4. Experience directing at least 1 dissertation, or as a member of at least 1 successfully completed dissertation committee, in Health Services Research or a related field.3
  5. Expertise that is relevant to health services research.
  6. An active, ongoing research program4 with evidence of generating:
  • Past and current, regular and consistent scholarly contributions that are widely disseminated in peer reviewed contexts in professionally recognized venues.
  • Presentations at national and/or international professional conferences.

• Substantive sponsored research support.

Responsibilities of Program Faculty

Program Faculty will assume leadership roles, which may include: chairing dissertation committees; chairing comprehensive/ qualifying exam committees; advising and mentoring students; being a member of the doctoral program committee; developing and teaching courses; mentoring dissertation committee members in successful dissertation committee membership; etc.

Participating Faculty: Criteria for Appointment and Responsibilities

Criteria for Appointment to Participating Faculty include any of the following:

  1. Knowledge, skills and abilities that augment the Health Services Research program curriculum and objectives.
  2. Regular Member or Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.5
  3. An active, ongoing research program4 that augments the Health Services Research Program curriculum and objectives.

Responsibilities for Participating Faculty may include: serving as dissertation committee member; serving as comprehensive/ qualifying exam committee member; developing and teaching courses in the HSR PhD program. Participating Faculty with research expertise unavailable among the Program Faculty may be approved to Co-Chair dissertations, providing:

  1. The other Co-Chair is a member of the Program Faculty
  2. The Participating Faculty member holds the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  3. The Co-Chair arrangement is approved by the HSR PhD Program Director and the HSR PhD Program Committee

1 Regular members of the Graduate Faculty: “All full-time faculty members holding academic rank of Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor, who meet the qualifications established by their departmental faculty and approved by the UNC Charlotte Graduate Council, shall be eligible for membership in the Graduate Faculty”. Thus, part-time faculty and those with emeritus appointments cannot serve on the Program Faculty.

2 Program Faculty with a joint or adjunct appointment in the College of Health and Human Services must fulfill criteria #1 for Program Faculty, being a “regular member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte,” and thus have a full-time faculty appointment at UNC‑Charlotte holding academic rank of Professor or Associate Professor, with tenure. Definitions and procedures regarding adjunct faculty are available here.

3 Experience as the Graduate School representative on a dissertation committee does not fulfill this criterion.

4The criteria identifying “an active ongoing research program” will be those established by the College of Health and Human Services for adequate progress for reappointment, tenure, and promotion.

5 Regarding Associate Graduate Faculty Membership, see this page. The Associate Graduate Faculty combines several previously existing categories of non-regular Graduate Faculty including adjunct, ad hoc, and Professional Affiliate.