Standards for Faculty Qualifications

Southwest Minnesota State University Professional Education

Communities of Practice Investigating Learning and Teaching

Marshall, Minnesota 56258

Standards for Faculty Qualifications Drafted April 24, 2002; Approved February 19, 2003

Full Graduate Faculty

Associate Graduate Faculty

Undergraduate Professional

Clinical Faculty

* Meet SMSU requirements for Full Member of Graduate Faculty, can teach or supervise in area(s) of specialty.

* Meet SMSU requirements for Associate Member of Graduate Faculty, can teach or supervise only in area(s) of specialty.

If no terminal degree, can teach or supervise only in area(s) of specialty, according to the IFO/MnSCU Contract

If no terminal degree, can teach or supervise only at levels of licensure.

Earned terminal degree

Earned Master's degree (and enrolled in a professional development experience)

Doctorate preferred; terminal degree required at the time of tenure application

Earned Master's degree

Earned a teaching license

Earned a teaching license

Earned a teaching license

Earned a teaching license

Minimum of 3 years B-12 teaching experience.

Minimum of 3 years B-12 teaching experience.

Minimum of 3 years B-12 teaching experience.

Minimum of 3 years B-12 teaching experience.

Engaged in scholarship

Engaged in scholarship

Engaged in scholarship

 

Lead Facilitators in Learning Communities must have Full Graduate Faculty Status as defined by the Professional Education Unit.

It is understood that the degree of the person hired is the same as or related to the academic discipline where hired.

Engaged in scholarship: Examples of "Engaged in scholarship" may include, but are not limited to, published and/or presented research, creative and scholarly projects, curriculum development, software development, grant writing, funded grants, etc.

SMSU Requirements:

Full Member of Graduate Faculty: Full members of the graduate faculty shall hold the doctoral degree, or another degree nationally recognized as the terminal degree in that discipline. In addition to academic preparation, full members of the graduate faculty shall demonstrate a record of ongoing scholarly activity. Full members of the graduate faculty may teach any level of graduate course, may be advisors of graduate students, chair student examining committees, and direct theses or alternate plan papers.

Associate Member of Graduate Faculty: Associate Member Graduate Faculty shall have a masters/specialist degree and/or professional expertise in an area of specialization. However a minimum of a Master's Degree is required for all instructors of record. Associate status may be established based on a special expertise. Such special expertise shall be documented and accompanied with a letter of support from the department chair. Associate Member Graduate Faculty may include, but are not limited to, fixed-term or adjunct. They may also have other rights, privileges, and/or limits determined as appropriate by each department. Associate members of the graduate faculty may teach any level graduate course and serve on student examining committees in their area of specialization by virtue of academic and professional training or experience.

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