Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

SGPS Membership

In accordance with Senate regulations, only members of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies may be involved in graduate student education. For each student writing a thesis the program must provide a Thesis Supervisory Committee, consisting of a Supervisor, who must have membership in the graduate program of the student and at least one additional SGPS member who may or may not be in the student's program. For students in professional or course based research programs, supervisors must have SGPS membership in the student's graduate program. In each case the Graduate Chair for each program nominates individuals for Membership in SGPS. The categories of SGPS membership are Teaching/Advisory, Co-Supervisory Master’s and Doctoral, Master’s and Doctoral.

Master’s and Doctoral memberships are permanent in the home department and require a tenured or tenure stream appointment at Western.

Teaching/Advisory and Co-Supervisory Memberships involve limited educational activities which may be temporary or permanent, as per the letter of appointment. Criteria for, and privileges associated with each category are listed below.

  • Teaching/Advisory Membership
  • Co-Supervisory Master's Membership
  • Co-Supervisory Doctoral Membership
  • Master's Membership
  • Doctoral Membership
  1. Complete Nomination Form
  2. Access GradNet
  3. Visit Membership Approval Request System (MARS)
  4. Submit details and form
  • Procedures for Adjunct Academic Appointments of Faculty at Western (PDF File)

Complete criteria for, and privileges associated with each category are listed below:

Teaching/Advisory Membership (TAM)

  • Academic Appointment at Western as Limited duties or higher or current Western Adjunct Academic Appointment
  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree
  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification appropriate to the discipline
  • Appropriate scholarly and/or professional record commensurate with program activities and responsibilities
  • Teach graduate courses
  • Serve as member of thesis supervisory committee
  • Participate as thesis examiner
  • Chair master's thesis examinations
  • May be involved in graduate student education (i.e., student advisor, teaching, non-thesis research paper second reader) except sole thesis supervision.  

Co-Supervisory Master's Membership

  • Academic Appointment at Western as Limited duties or higher or current Western Adjunct Academic Appointment
  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree
  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification appropriate to the discipline
  • Appropriate scholarly and/or professional record commensurate with program activities and responsibilities
  • Co-supervision of Master's thesis. (Other supervisor must have Master's or Doctoral membership.)
  • Teach graduate courses
  • Serve as member of thesis supervisory committee
  • Participate as thesis examiner
  • Chair master's thesis examinations
  • May be involved in graduate student education (i.e., student advisor, teaching, non-thesis research paper second reader) except sole thesis supervision. 

Co-Supervisory Doctoral Membership

  • Academic Appointment at Western as Limited duties or higher or current Western Adjunct Academic Appointment
  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree
  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification appropriate to the discipline
  • Appropriate scholarly and/or professional record commensurate with program activities and responsibilities
  • Co-supervision of Doctoral thesis. (Other supervisor must have Doctoral membership)
  • Teach graduate courses
  • Serve as member of thesis supervisory committee
  • Participate as thesis examiner
  • Chair master's thesis examinations
  • May be involved in graduate student education (i.e., student advisor, teaching, non-thesis research paper second reader) except sole thesis supervision

Master's Membership

  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree with a Master's thesis
  • An established program of research or performance and, where appropriate, research funds from an external source
    • A record of successful participation in graduate education
  • Academic Appointment at Western as Assistant Professor or higher, OR a current Western Adjunct Academic Appointment.
  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree
  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification appropriate to the discipline
  • Appropriate scholarly and/or professional record commensurate with program activities and responsibilities
  • Supervise Master's theses
  • Co-supervise Doctoral Theses
  • Chair Doctoral/Master's Thesis Examinations
  • Teach graduate courses
  • Serve as member of thesis supervisory committee
  • Participate as thesis examiner
  • Other facets of graduate student education (i.e., student advisor, non-thesis research paper second reader)

Doctoral Membership

  • Academic Appointment at Western as Assistant Professor or higher, OR a current Western Adjunct Academic Appointment.
  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree
  • Ph.D. degree or equivalent qualification appropriate to the discipline
  • Appropriate scholarly and/or professional record commensurate with program activities and responsibilities
  • Nomination by a Western graduate program offering a Quality Assurance Council approved graduate degree with a Doctoral thesis
  • Satisfactory supervision of at least one Master's candidate.
  • Supervise Doctoral/Master's theses
  • Chair Doctoral/Master's Thesis Examinations
  • Teach graduate courses
  • Serve as member of thesis supervisory committee
  • Participate as thesis examiner
  • Other facets of graduate student education (i.e., student advisor, non-thesis research paper second reader)