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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
 ICORE08-06-2014
  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 and 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.Program Heads will review faculty credentials during the hiring process and seek approval from the Associate Vice President prior to advancing the candidate for the second level of interviews. The Faculty Roster form must be completed and available to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services prior to advancing the candidate. 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: 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.

3.         Requests for faculty to teach outside of their approved category(s)/subject will be submitted by the requesting Associate Vice President to the SACSCOC Liaison, who will review the faculty member’s transcripts on file, Faculty Roster form, and any updated transcripts to determine if the faculty member qualifies for additional categories/subject areas.  In the event the faculty member does qualify, the SACSCOC Liaison will submit an updated Faculty Roster form for final approval to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services.