Qualifying faculty to teach when they do not possess the normally expected education and work credentials is considered an unusual decision and is rarely used. While an individual cannot be expected to fulfill all of the criteria listed below, they should be expected to satisfy as many of the criteria as possible in order to be considered qualified through alternative credentials.
Approval of such exceptions rests with the Executive Vice President, subject to recommendation by the department chair, dean, and appropriate associate vice president.
Appropriate and complete documentation will be maintained in the faculty member’s credentials file located in the Human Resources Records Office.
Criteria for Consideration of Alternative Credentialing
- Non-teaching work experience, including length of service, complexity of work, and how closely the work corresponds with courses the faculty member would be eligible to teach;
- College degree closely related to the teaching field;
- Number of college credits in teaching field or closely related area;
- Reputation, especially at a state or national level. This must be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the College;
- Special certifications or licenses;
- Publications other than vanity presses;
- Proof of how training in the teaching field was achieved;
- Excellence in teaching, especially that which long-standing.
The criteria above are based on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Principles of Accreditation. In addition to the primary consideration of an individual’s highest earned degree, SACS states that “the institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experience in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continued documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes.”