Guidelines for Substantiating Documentation for Certification of Experiential Qualifications

For those faculty without an appropriate academic degree, experiential qualifications may be used to demonstrate that the individual is qualified to teach.  The dean is responsible for determining the documentation needed to demonstrate competencies specific to the course objectives.  The following examples of documentation are provided only as a guide.

Examples of Documentation

  • Links to reputable websites that verify experiential qualifications
  • Transcripts or letters verifying training or work performed with a professional
  • Contracts or letters of agreement for services or employment rendered
  • CEUs or documentation of workshops and/or seminars
  • Pictures, fliers, announcements of any kind that detail your involvement with productions, performances or exhibitions
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Licensures, certifications, union membership cards (past/present)
  • Recordings, published performance photos, CDs
  • Honors and awards
  • Other documentation that provides evidence of training and employment in field.


  • People unfamiliar with the candidate will be reviewing the professional portfolio. It is important to format and organize the portfolio so that its content is clear and easy to navigate for the unfamiliar reader.
  • Websites should be saved as file type "Web Page, Complete".
  • Documents should be saved in pdf format.
  • Each document should be saved as an individual file and clearly identified.
  • Name should be highlighted/circled/underlined whenever it appears in publications, news releases or professional announcements.
  • Any difference in the name under which professional documentation appears and that of the current name must have verifying paperwork.
  • International documentation that is in another language must be accompanied by an independent translation.

Revised March 10, 2016