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Faculty Credentials Policy

Approved By and Date:Board of Trustees02-20-2014
 Executive Leadership Team12-02-2013
 ICORE11-26-2013

Stanly Community College (SCC) is dedicated to employing competent faculty members who are qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. In accordance with Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 of the Principles of Accreditation as outlined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, SCC defines faculty qualifications using faculty credentials and gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline in which the faculty member will be teaching. The College also considers competence and effectiveness, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experience in the teaching field, professional licensure and certifications, and honors and awards.


Faculty Credentials Procedures

Approved By and Date:Executive Leadership Team12-02-2013
 ICORE01-07-2015
  1. All faculty members are responsible for maintaining an original transcript(s) and/or other necessary documentation in the office of Human Resources to verify credentials appropriate to assigned course load. Necessary documents include:

  2. Official transcript(s) from a college or university accredited by a US Department of Education accepted accrediting agency such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), that demonstrate applicable course work, graduate hours, and/or degree completion.

  3. Official documentation of a supplemental credential portfolio, to include but not be limited to professional work experience, technical competency, publications, certifications, and other qualifications as deemed necessary.

  4. Human Resources will only release an application to the hiring manager if unofficial transcripts have been received.Official transcripts are required within 60 days from hire date.

     

  5. At time of hire, the Program/Department Head will review faculty credentials and complete the Faculty Credential Approval Form.This form will be submitted for signatures up through the SACSCOC Liaison and Associate Vice President, and be presented to the Executive Vice President for Educational Services prior to advancing the candidate for the second level of interviews. In the event the candidate is hired, and final approval of credentials granted, the Executive Vice President of Educational Services will submit the signed form to Human Resources.

     

  6. At time of hire for new adjunct faculty, the Program/Department Head will review faculty credentials and complete the Faculty Credential Approval Form.This form will be submitted for signatures up through the SACSCOC Liaison and Associate Vice President, and be presented to the Executive Vice President for Educational Services for final approval. A contract will not be issued until the Associate Vice President has final approval of credentials from the Executive Vice President.

     

  7. Requests for existing faculty to teach outside of their approved category(s)/subject will be submitted on the Faculty Credential Approval Form. The form will be submitted by the requesting Program/Department Head to the Associate Vice President and then to the SACSCOC Liaison. The request will include a review of the faculty member’s transcripts on file, the existing Faculty Roster form in Compliance Assist, and any updated transcripts or other documents to determine if the faculty member qualifies for additional categories/subject areas.In the event the faculty member does qualify, the Executive Vice President of Educational Services will approve and submit the signed form to Human Resources.

     

     

    The following guidelines will be used to determine appropriate credentials:

     

Category 1: Faculty Teaching University Transfer Courses at the Undergraduate Level (Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree)

Faculty teaching in these courses are required to have a Master's degree in the teaching discipline or a Master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline preferred or a concentration of hours in the teaching discipline with significant work-related experience and/or credentials).

Category 2: Faculty Teaching Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree Courses Designed for Transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree

Faculty teaching in these courses are required to have a Master's degree in the teaching discipline or a Master's degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline preferred or a concentration of hours in the teaching discipline with significant work-related experience and/or credentials).

Category 3: Faculty Teaching Associate Degree Courses Not Designed for Transfer to the Baccalaureate Degree

Faculty teaching in these courses are required to have a Bachelor's degree in the teaching discipline or an Associate's degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.

Category 4: Faculty Teaching in Diploma/Certificate Occupational Courses

There are no current SACSCOC-published guidelines related to this category. Faculty teaching in these courses typically have some college or specialized training, with an emphasis on competence gained through work experience. This category includes all of the College’s career and technical programs taught at either the diploma or the certificate level (examples include but are not limited to Electrical/Electronics Technology and Heavy Equipment Operations).

Category 5: Faculty Teaching in Developmental Studies and Academic Support Courses

There are no current SACSCOC-published guidelines related to this category. Faculty members who teach academic support courses (ACA) or at the developmental level must hold a minimum Baccalaureate Degree in a discipline related to their teaching assignment or have either teaching experience/credentials in a discipline related to their assignment or graduate training in developmental education. Developmental courses are numbered at the 010-099 level.

Category 6: Faculty Teaching in College and Career Readiness Courses

There are no current SACSCOC-published guidelines related to this category. In order to comply with requirements of the North Carolina Community College System, faculty members in this area will hold a current teaching credential in secondary education or complete the NCCCS CORE certificate related to adult education.