Title: #IV-13. Faculty Qualifications
To be eligible for a faculty appointment to teach credit classes, either on a full-time, adjunct, or a part-time basis, a person must hold appropriate credentials as outlined below and must take full responsibility for submitting verification of credentials with the Human Resources Office. Documents verifying qualifications include:
The Higher Learning Commission document, Commission Guidance on Determining Quality Faculty, includes the following guidelines that are applicable to WVU Parkersburg faculty:
· Faculty teaching in higher education organizations should have completed a significant program of study in the discipline they will teach and/or for which they will develop curricula, with substantial coursework at least one-level above that of the courses being taught or developed. Those teaching general education courses typically hold a master’s degree or higher and should have completed substantial graduate coursework in the discipline of those courses.
· Qualified faculty are identified in part by credentials, but there are limitations to considering only the degrees earned. In some cases, such as practice-oriented disciplines or programs, tested experiences in the field may be needed as much or more than formal educational preparation at a prescribed level in determining what students should know to practice.
· The value of using tested experience to determine faculty qualifications is largely dependent upon the relevance of the experience both to the degree level and to the specific content of the course(s) for which the faculty member is responsible. Tested experience implies that some objective measure ensures that the individual’s knowledge and expertise are sufficient for determining what students must learn and have learned.
· While not all faculty will possess the credentials that are regarded as “hallmarks” the overall mix of the faculty, within a given program and/or organization, should establish a foundation for maintaining and strengthening educational quality. Generally, the same guidelines and principles should be used for employing part-time, adjunct, temporary, and/or non-tenure track faculty as are used in employing full-time, tenure-track, term, or tenured faculty, whose primary responsibility is teaching.
All academic credit and degrees appropriate to a teaching appointment must have been taken at recognized, regionally accredited colleges or universities. All questions regarding status of degree-granting institutions shall be referred to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
A. Baccalaureate and Transfer (AA and AS) Level Courses. Persons who teach courses that are typically associated with baccalaureate degree programs and are transferable to other institutions as upper division credit, as well as courses associated with Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees and are transferable to other institutions to apply towards the baccalaureate degree, must:
§ Hold, minimally, a master’s degree from a recognized, regionally accredited institution2 with at least 15 semester hours graduate credit in the discipline or other relevant educational and professional experiences as described in D. below.
§ Meet criteria
established by discipline-related accrediting agencies.
B. Certificate, Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, and Bachelor of Applied Technology.
· Persons who teach courses that are associated with the Associate in Applied Science degree or the certificate degrees must hold, minimally, either a bachelor's degree from a recognized, regionally accredited institution with major emphasis in the teaching discipline, or certifying documentation of journeyman rating or equivalent status in a recognized vocational field plus at least five years' successful work experience in that field as described in D.1. below.
· Persons who teach courses that are associated with an Associate in Applied Science degree program that transfers to an applied baccalaureate degree or persons teaching in an applied baccalaureate program must hold, minimally, a master’s degree from a recognized, regionally accredited institution with major emphasis in the teaching discipline or other relevant educational, teaching, or professional experiences. Relevant educational/ teaching/ professional experience may be considered in lieu of the masters degree as described in D.2. below. In all cases, persons teaching in Associate in Applied Science or Certificate programs transferring to baccalaureate programs and applied baccalaureate programs must meet criteria established by discipline-related accrediting agencies.
C. Developmental Courses. Persons who teach courses in developmental areas for foundations credit must hold, minimally, a master’s degree from a recognized, regionally accredited institution with major in the teaching discipline or in a related field. Related experience in developmental teaching is preferred.
D. Degree Equivalencies
Faculty who do not hold at least the required baccalaureate degree minimum for the associate degree programs may be eligible to teach with certifying documentation of journeyman rating or equivalent status in a recognized vocational field plus at least five years’ successful work experience in that field.
Faculty who do not hold at least a master's degree in the discipline may be considered qualified to teach as follows:
· Bachelor's degree plus professional certificates in the related discipline.
· Bachelor's degree plus 15 graduate hours' credit in the discipline being taught.
· Related bachelor's degree plus 5 years of successful employment outside the field of education in the discipline to be taught.
· Distinguished professional record in a special field for persons who may be hired as visiting or temporary faculty.
 Excerpted from The Higher Learning Commission, Commission Guidance on Determining Quality Faculty, 0605, page 1-3.
2 Faculty from international institutions will have their transcripts reviewed by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.