Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

10. SGPS Membership

In accordance with The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ Composition and Rules of Procedure, only members of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) may be involved in graduate student education.

The categories of SGPS membership are:

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. 

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

Teaching/Advisory Membership (TAM)

  • Academic Appointment at Western as Postdoctoral Scholar, 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
  • Graduate students are not eligible for SGPS 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 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
  • May be given access to Graduate Application System
  • 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
  • May be given access to Graduate Application System
  • 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)