Faculty Credentials & Qualifications Manual
The UNCSA Faculty Credentials and Qualifications Manual is designed to guide the credentials evaluator through the process of assessing the academic credentials and qualifications of the University’s full-time faculty and visiting faculty who teach college-level courses. All UNCSA faculty are required to meet the guidelines established by the Commission on College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). UNCSA is responsible for determining acceptable qualifications and documenting and justifying the qualifications of its faculty to teach assigned courses.
UNCSA conducts a two-part credential review process. The initial evaluation is done
at the campus level by the dean, the specific content expert. Upon dean recommendation,
final approval rests with the Provost/Vice Provost.
Faculty qualifications and credentials are verified using the Certification of Credentials & Qualification to Teach for Faculty Appointment form. It is important to note that this form must be submitted, including the required attachments (official transcript(s), professional portfolio and foreign credential verification, as applicable) prior to the first day of class.
SACS Credentialing Guidelines, Policy and Procedures
UNCSA subscribes to the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools guidelines for faculty credentialing and utilizes the following sources as its guidelines, policy and procedures when determining acceptable qualifications for faculty. The text below is quoted from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ "Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement":
Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty.
Furthermore, an excerpt from the "Faculty Credentials Guidelines" that was approved by the College Delegate Assembly of SACS in December 2006 states:
When an institution defines faculty qualifications using faculty credentials, institutions should use the following as credential guidelines:
- Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline). Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
- Faculty teaching associate degree courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree: bachelor’s degree in the teaching discipline, or associate’s degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.
- Faculty teaching baccalaureate courses: doctorate or master’s degree in the teaching discipline or master’s degree with a concentration in the teaching discipline (minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline).
- Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work: earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
- Graduate teaching assistants: master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations.
Revised March 22, 2017