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.
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.
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 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.
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-adviser (alongside a current faculty member), provided the former faculty member holds a comparable appointment at the new institution.