Dean of the Faculty Ranks and Graduate School Committee Requirements

Individual appointment may deviate from these standards.  In such cases the appointment letter issued by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty is final.

RankMaster's Thesis Adviser or Examination Committee Ph.D. General Examination CommitteePh.D. Dissertation AdviserPh.D. Dissertation CommitteePh.D. Dissertation ReaderPh.D. F.P.O. Dissertation Defense Examiner
Princeton Faculty Member (1)YYYYYY
Emeritus/a Faculty Member (2)N, but see footnoteNN, but see footnoteN, but see footnoteN, but see footnoteN, but see footnote
Lecturer with Rank of ProfessorYYYYYY
Lecturer PPL and AOSN/AYYYYY
Lecturer ARCYYNYNY
Visiting Faculty Appointment (3)case by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by case
Senior Research Scholar (4)YYYYYY
Research Scholarcase by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by case
Associate Research ScholarNNNNNN
Senior Scholar (5)NNNNcase by casecase by case
Senior Professional Specialist Ncase by caseNcase by casecase by casecase by case
Professional/Assoc. Professional Specialist (6)NNNNNN
InstructorNNNNNN
LecturerNNNNNN
Senior LecturerNNNNNN
Postdoctoral Fellow/AssociateNNNNNN

1 Includes Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors.

2 Emeritus/a faculty appointed as Senior Scholars may serve in Ph.D. advising, thesis reading, and examining roles only if they were the student’s adviser or committee member prior to becoming an emeritus/a faculty member.

3 Decision is made case by case based on visitors’ credentials from their home institution as well as their PU appointment.

4 Also includes the rank of Principal Research Physicist, PPL only.

5  Senior Scholars are not eligible to serve in official advising roles with the exception of emeritus/a faculty, noted above.  Senior Scholars may be approved to serve in official committee roles on a case-by-case basis.

6 Professional specialists and associate professional specialists may not serve in official advising or committee roles with the exception of Art Museum curators, who are considered on a case-by-case basis.


Visiting Appointments

Visiting appointments are ordinarily made on a year-to-year basis by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.  Approval of a visitor for an adviser or committee role is made case by case based on the individual’s credentials from the home institution as well as the PU appointment and is only valid for one year.

External Readers and Examiners

External readers and examiners must be at another university or hold a research position in the nonacademic research community, must hold a position that is ranked comparably with our own ranks that are approved to serve as readers and examiners, and must be approved by the Graduate School prior to submission of the advanced degree application. CVs of approved external readers or examiners, including visiting fellows, must accompany the advanced degree application materials.

External Advisers

Princeton faculty members who are approved to serve as Ph.D. advisers and who leave Princeton may with the department or program’s approval continue to serve as the adviser of record for their post-generals students, provided the former faculty members hold comparable appointments at their new institutions.

In cases where an adviser of a pre-generals Ph.D. student has left the University, a faculty members with a current and active appointment at Princeton should be appointed as the new adviser of record for the affected student.  The former faculty member may with the agreement of the department or program serve as a co-advisers (alongside a current faculty member), provided the former faculty member holds a comparable appointment at the new institution.