Graduate Faculty Memberships at RSI

At U of T, members of teaching staff do not automatically have supervisory privileges in graduate programs. Authority to teach or supervise graduate students is a separate layer of responsibility with specific criteria. Responsibility for directing all elements of graduate teaching and supervision rests with members of the graduate faculty.

GFM Types at RSI:

  1. Full
  2. Associate
  3. Associate with Restricted Duties
  4. Emeritus

Please visit the SGS website for information on the types of GFMs offered at SGS:

Who needs an RSI GFM?

  • Those who wish to serve as a primary supervisor to RSI grad students (co-supervisors do not necessarily have to have an RSI membership, but must have SGS membership)
  • Those serving as a voting member or Chair of the Final Oral Examination

Please check the Supervisory and Comprehensive Exam Committee as well as the Final Oral Examination Committee policies for details on RSI/SGS membership requirements for specific committees. These policies can be found in the RSI Handbook 2020-21.

Criteria for RSI GFM:

The criteria for a GFM at RSI are based on academic criteria defined by SGS. These include:

  1. Commitment to support RSI’s mission
  2. Commitment to participate in mentorship and supervision as well as teaching and service activities of RSI
  3. Evidence of a faculty appointment at U of T (i.e. tenured, tenure-stream, status-only, visiting, adjunct, etc.); this University appointment must be entered on the Human Resources Information System (HRIS)
  4. Academic qualifications to the level of PhD or equivalent
  5. In order to supervise an RSI student as a primary supervisor, candidate must have at least 0.4 FTE dedicated to research
  6. Those who aim to supervise graduate students must show evidence of scholarship through peer-reviewed research, grants and publications. In the case of individuals who have recently received an academic appointment, evidence of strong potential for such scholarship is a must.

Note: Appointees to RSI may not be graduate students registered at the University of Toronto.

Application Procedure for GFM:

Applicants for a graduate faculty membership at RSI should provide the following documentation to

  1. An up-to-date academic curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Application letter addressing all of the RSI GFM criteria listed above, with emphasis on how the applicant intends to support RSI’s mission and what they can contribute to RSI in terms of graduate supervision, with a statement of funding to support students, teaching (e.g. required or elected courses), and administration (e.g. serving on RSI committees).
  3. Letter of support from the chair of the primary academic department in which the applicant has a faculty appointment, or from a director or employer, confirming the RSI GFM criteria and supporting the applicant’s involvement in RSI-related activities (i.e., supervision, teaching and service).

Applications will be reviewed by RSI three times a year (i.e. October, January, April), according to the standards set in the statutes of the School of Graduate Studies. RSI will notify the applicant of the decision in writing. Applications for a membership with restricted duties may be expedited on an “as needed” bases. 

Multiple GFMs:

A professor with a full primary graduate membership (in the home graduate unit) may be offered a secondary graduate membership (cross-appointment) in another graduate unit in the category of full or associate member.

A professor with an associate primary graduate membership is not normally offered a full membership in another unit.

Graduate faculty with an emeritus appointment should be emeritus across all units/memberships.