61-110 BOT 08-24-17 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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