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                      FACULTY QUALIFICATIONS (POLICY)

1.  Definitions 

    Faculty is defined to include full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty. 
    *   Fulltime faculty refers to individuals who are employed with OLC on a 20 pay 
        period contract. 
    *   Part time faculty refer to individuals who are employed with OLC less than 20 
        pay periods
    *   Adjunct faculty refers to individuals who are hired on a semester by semester 
        basis to teach specific courses they are qualified to teach. 
    *   Teaching Assistant refers to faculty or adjunct faculty who meet minimal 
        qualifications, placed on a professional development plan and/or who enter 
        without teaching experience. 

2.  Determination by Credentials

    Full time and Adjunct minimal faculty qualifications are as follows:

    General Policy: Oglala Lakota College (OLC) faculty shall have completed a 
    program of study in the discipline or subfield (as applicable) in which they teach, 
    and/or for which they develop curricula, in the program of study at least one level 
    above that of the courses being taught or developed. 

     a.	  Foundational Studies Faculty shall hold a minimum of a bachelorís degree, 
          or training or tested experience, or a combination thereof. 

     b.	  Career and technical education college-level certificate and occupational 
          associateís degrees: Faculty shall hold a bachelorís degree in the field 
          and/or a combination of education, training and tested experience. 

     c.	  Undergraduate: Faculty shall hold masterís degrees or higher in the area or 
          discipline of study in which they are teaching. If a faculty member holds a 
          masterís degree or higher in the area or discipline other than that in which 
          he or she is teaching, that faculty member shall have completed a 
          minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the area or discipline to which the 
          faculty will be responsible. Undergraduate includes transferable General 
          Education courses. 

     d.	  Graduate: Faculty shall hold a terminal degree determined by the 
          discipline and have a record of research, scholarship or achievement 
          appropriate for the graduate program. All Oglala Lakota College full-time 
          Faculty and administrators with an earned doctorate are eligible to become 
          members of the graduate faculty.  Individuals who are actively seeking a 
          Ph.D. and/or who are in a current ABD status may be allowed to teach 
          graduate courses aligned to the area or discipline. 


3.  Limited Exception:

    Tested Experience: tested experience may substitute for an earned credential or 
    portions thereof, and the faculty member may be deemed qualified if OLC 
    determines the tested experience is the equivalent to the degree it would otherwise 
    require for the faculty position being sought. 

    Tested experience may be used to determine minimal faculty qualifications 
    dependent upon the relevance of the individual faculty memberís experience both 
    to the degree level and to the specific course content the faculty member is 
    responsible. Tested experience is not solely based on years of teaching but rather 
    a combination of years of experience and other experiential factors relevant to the 
    discipline (i.e., membership in professional organizations and learned societies, 
    professional development, professional research and publications, professional 
    presentations, among others). 

     a.	  Each department shall develop a threshold of tested experienceó
          standards, procedures and documentation requirementsófor each 
          discipline within the scope of the department.  

     b.	  Each departmentís hiring qualifications related to tested experience shall 
          be peer reviewed through the prescribed OLC peer review process and 
          approved through OLCís prescribed processes. 

     c.	  The qualification of a faculty memberís tested experience shall be based 
          on an objective measure that ensures the individualís knowledge and 
          expertise are sufficient for determining what students must learn and have 
          learned.

     d.	  Each academic department must follow the criteria.  Departments using 
          tested experience as a basis for determining minimally qualified faculty 
          must provide evidence. 
              i.   Highest earned degree appropriate to the assigned program and 
                   content of the course(s). 
             ii.   Degrees in progress or additional credits.
            iii.   Types of certification, licensure or other credentials required or 
                   preferred (if available for the discipline). 
             iv.   Minimum threshold of Teaching experience (i.e., minimum years 
                   of experience). 
              v.   Professional work or experience in or closely aligned to program 
                   and content of the course (s). 
             vi.   Knowledge base and Skill set related to course content
            vii.   Minimum threshold of experience as determined by the department 
                    (i.e., minimum years of experience

     e.	  The department hiring qualifications based on tested experience shall be 
          used in evaluating a potential candidateís application. Each department 
          must complete a Faculty Qualifications Scoring Rubric, Qualified Faculty 
          Documentation Form, and Faculty Approval form for each current and 
          prospective faculty member. 

   4.   Compliance

        a.   Faculty qualifications standards, as prescribed herein, shall be adhered to with 
             respect to all existing faculty and prospective faculty applying for a faculty 
             position with Oglala Lakota College. 

        b.   Any existing part-time and full-time faculty found out of compliance with the 
             faculty credential requirements, or credential and tested experience standards, 
             for those faculty falling below the required doctorate/masterís degree in 
             discipline or eighteen (18) or more doctorate/graduate hours in discipline, 
             shall be placed on a professional development plan with a timeline for 
             completion to maintain employment with Oglala Lakota College. 
             Nonadherence to the professional development plan and its timelines will 
             result in a contract non-renewal. 

             A required stipulation in the professional development plan shall be the 
             participation in OLCís Mentorship Program whereby the Faculty Mentor or 
             Faculty Emeritus will be the instructor of record with the responsibility of 
             guiding, sharing best teaching practices, maintaining active course 
             involvement and conducting evaluations for the part/full-time faculty. The 
             part/full-time faculty shall be listed as the Teaching Assistant for the course 
             and shall deliver course instruction in accordance with the course learning 
             outcomes through the active mentorship of the Faculty Mentor or Faculty 
             Emeritus.

        c.   Existing Adjunct Faculty who do not meet the credential requirements, or 
             credential and tested experience standards, for those faculty falling below the 
             required doctorate/masterís degree in discipline or eighteen (18) or more 
             doctorate/graduate hours in discipline, for the course(s) requested, will not be 
             able to teach unless they agree to a professional development contract with 
             attainable goals and prescribed timelines. The lowest Minimum threshold for 
             acceptance into faculty mentor program is Bachelors plus 18 in the area or 
             discipline of which they will teach. Individual must be willing to commit to a 
             graduate level courses or program as determined by the academic department 
             needs. Individual must have Department and Vice Presidents concurrence. 

             A required stipulation in the professional development contract shall be the 
             participation in OLCís Mentorship Program whereby the Faculty Mentor or 
             Faculty Emeritus will be the instructor of record with the responsibility of 
             guiding, sharing best teaching practices, maintaining active course 
             involvement and conducting evaluations for the Adjunct Faculty. The Adjunct 
             Faculty shall be listed as the Teaching Assistant for the course and shall 
             deliver course instruction in accordance with the course learning outcomes 
             through the active mentorship of the Faculty Mentor or Faculty Emeritus.

        d.   It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure compliance with faculty 
             qualifications requirement of this policy.



 



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