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
Visiting Faculty Appointment (3)case by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by case
Senior Research Scholar (4)Ycase by casecase by casecase by casecase by casecase by case
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
Senior Lecturer (7)N, but see footnoteNNNNN
Lecturer (7)N, but see footnoteNNNNN
Postdoctoral Fellow/AssociateNNNNNN

1 Includes Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors.

2 Emeritus/a faculty 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 advising or committee roles unless they are also emeritus/a faculty and qualify under that exception, as noted above.  Senior Scholars may be approved to serve as dissertation readers or examiners 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.

7 Senior Lecturers and Lecturers in the Department of Computer Science may be approved on a case-by-case basis to supervise the work of master’s degree students.


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 Princeton University 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.

Former Princeton Faculty as 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 who are in the dissertation phase, provided the former faculty members hold comparable research appointments at their new institutions and receive from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty a visting appointment to allow them to finish advising their student(s). 

In cases where an adviser of a pre-generals Ph.D. student has left the University, a faculty member 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-adviser (alongside a current faculty member), provided the former faculty member holds a comparable appointment at the new institution and receives from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty a visiting appointment that allows for co-advising at Princeton.