Graduate Faculty Status

The Graduate School's mission is in keeping with the University's mission to provide support for graduate education and associated scholarly activities for both faculty and students. Quality of graduate instruction is an important concern with graduate coursework being taught by faculty members serving on the Graduate Faculty. Hence the criteria for membership on the Graduate Faculty are directly related to VSU and the Graduate School's mission statements. The criteria also address the latest version of the VSU Statutes which necessitates a process for appointing faculty members to the Graduate Faculty. Additionally, VSU's regional accrediting association (SACSCOC) suggests that Graduate Faculty be differentiated from the General Faculty in some fashion. Therefore, any faculty, including adjunct faculty, teaching graduate level classes and/or serving on dissertation or thesis committees are required to have either full or temporary membership on the Graduate Faculty (process and forms).

Last updated March 24, 2022.

Process and Recommendation for Emeritus/a Status

According to the Board of Regents’ Policy Manual 2.11, the President of an institution may at his or her discretion, confer the title of emeritus or emerita on any retired faculty member or administrative officer who, at the time of retirement, had ten or more years of honorable and distinguished USG service.” The VSU process and paperwork are available at

Last updated March 24, 2022.

Faculty Recognition

Valdosta State University has a tradition of honoring faculty excellence with five awards recognizing the diverse talents and contributions of our innovative and active faculty. Awards categories include excellence in teaching, research, service, online teaching, and scholarship of teaching and learning. See for information on eligibility, criteria, and application deadlines.

VSU also recognizes employees various career service milestones such as the 5-year, 10-year, 15-year, 20-year, 25-year, 30-year, and retirement.

Last updated March 24, 2022.