The following table indicates which types of professors, instructors, and adjunct faculty are eligible to serve as Supervisors, Co-Supervisors, and Committee members for M.A. and Ph.D. student theses.

Note to Ph.D. Students: Professors can act as sole supervisors of Ph.D. theses only if they have tenure. Professors without tenure can co-supervise with a tenured faculty member, or serve as committee members.

Please consult the Graduate Administrator, Darlene Moss if you have questions about supervisory status.

(see the policy in full here)

Graduate Supervision Status

Carleton Faculty
-Supervision status is granted automatically based on rank
 Master’s Level  Ph.D. Level
Assistant Professor without a PhD (term appointment) Yes Advisory Committee only
Assistant Professor without a PhD (preliminary appointment) Yes Advisory Committee only
Assistant Professor with a PhD (term appointment) Yes May co-supervise
Assistant Professor with a PhD (preliminary appointment) Yes May co-supervise
Tenured Assistant Professors without a PhD Yes Advisory Committee only
Tenured Assistant Professors with a PhD Yes Yes
Associate Professor without a PhD Yes Advisory Committee only
Associate Professor with a PhD Yes Yes
Full Professor Yes Yes
Lecturer Yes Advisory Committee only
Instructor I, II, or III No† No
Except with express permission from line Dean
Master’s Level Ph.D. Level
Faculty and Honourary Ranks at other universities who
are involved with Joint Institutes
(The University of Ottawa or Trent University)
May co-supervise if
she/he has supervisory
privileges at home institution
May co-supervise if she/he has
supervisory privileges at home
institution
Honourary Ranks
– Must apply for graduate supervision status through FGPA
Master’s Level  Ph.D. Level
Adjunct Professor May* co-supervise Advisory Committee only
Adjunct Research Professor May* co-supervise May* co-supervise
Professor Emeritus May* co-supervise May* co-supervise
Distinguished Research Professor May* supervise May* supervise
* with the permission of FGPA

For all categories, members may only (co)supervise graduate students
in the academic program(s) for which they have been formally granted supervisory privileges.