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.

Three categories of SGPS membership exist: Core Membership, Non-Core Membership and Emeritus membership.  Compared to Core Membership, Non-Core Membership involves limited educational activities for limited periods of time.  Emeritus membership is reserved for retired professors.

Core Membership

Three types of Core Membership exist:

  1. Non-Thesis Membership
  2. Master's Supervisory Membership
  3. Doctoral Supervisory Membership.

Core Membership requires an Academic Appointment at Western as Assistant Professor or higher, OR a current Western Adjunct Academic Appointment.

Criteria for, and privileges associated with each category are listed below.   


Non-Thesis Membership: Appropriate for limited term appointments, teaching only faculty or adjunct appointments

Criteria

Privileges


Master's Supervisory Membership: Normally Appropriate for new tenure-track faculty members

Criteria

(In addition to the criteria for Non-Thesis Membership)

Privileges

(Includes all privileges listed under Non-Thesis Membership)


Doctoral Supervisory Membership

Criteria

(In addition to the criteria for Master's Supervisory Membership and Non-Thesis Membership)

Privileges

(Includes all privileges for Master's Supervisory Membership and Non-Thesis Membership)


Non-Core Membership: Appropriate for faculty with limited duties or adjunct appointments

Describes individuals providing limited graduate educational activities for limited time periods. 

Limited Membership

Criteria

Privileges


Emeritus Membership

All Professors Emeriti who, at the time of their retirement from the University, held either Doctoral or Master's level membership will be granted Emeritus membership upon request. Emeritus membership allows one to chair Master's or Doctoral thesis examinations. This membership is permanent and does not need to be renewed.

Note:  Professors Emeriti may also request renewal of their membership at Doctoral, Master's or Non-thesis levels. Regular criteria will apply to such renewals.

Criteria

Privileges

Resources