Applying for Affiliation

Understanding Advising Privileges

Mentoring graduate students is perhaps the most important aspect of GDPE. Faculty are responsible for mentoring graduate students in the interdisciplinary fields comprising ecology, and in their professional and personal development as scholars. This mentoring requires knowledge of ecological subjects, of professional roles of scholars, and the desire and ability to nurture graduate students.

In addition to mentoring graduate students, we encourage faculty to actively contribute to GDPE through service on committees and teaching (such as participation in ECOL courses and seminars, and departmental courses with substantial ecological content). The teaching requirement helps ensure that the teaching load generated by GDPE students is met, and keeps faculty involved with the requirements and culture of CSU and GDPE.

GDPE Faculty comprise regular academic faculty at CSU, as well as non-academic research scientists at CSU and non-CSU scientists (agency, non-governmental, etc.) who hold a faculty affiliate appointment with an academic department at CSU. Becoming a member of the GDPE Faculty does not necessarily carry with it privileges to be a major advisor to GDPE graduate students. That decision is based on rules set out by the home academic department or the academic department with which a non-regular academic has an affiliate appointment. More broadly, these rules follow the Graduate School's Graduate Advisor and Committee Makeup.

Faculty who wish to be affiliated with GDPE must submit an Application for GDPE Faculty Affiliation, including brief statements of your research interests and advising philosophy, and a current CV that includes a statement of your current research projects and funding sources. Applications are submitted to the GDPE Program Coordinator and reviewed by the GDPE Director and the Executive Committee.

GDPE Membership Categories

GDPE Faculty

Have been granted authority by a CSU academic department to act as a primary major advisor (committee chair) for graduate students.

GDPE Faculty Affiliate

Can serve as a voting member on a graduate student committee as long as the affiliate has a degree equivalent to (or higher than) the degree program level of the student. GDPE Faculty Affiliates are typically non-CSU scientists who have a formal affiliate status with an academic department, but they have not been granted explicit authority to act as a primary major advisor for graduate students.

GDPE Associate

MS or PhD scientists who do not have an affiliate appointment with a CSU academic department and therefore are not eligible to serve as voting members of graduate student committees; however, they may serve as non-voting members on graduate student committees.