Faculty Credentials

2035.1 General Policy

To be a member of the faculty or teach courses for college credit at Wright State University, one must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Possess an academic degree one level above the level at which they teach, except in programs for terminal degrees or when equivalent experience is established. In terminal degree programs, faculty members possess the same level of degree.
  2. Be a graduate student supervised by Wright State faculty.
  3. Have licensures or other credentials that document educational attainment one level beyond the level of teaching.

Exceptions

  1. Have completed all requirements for the terminal degree with the exception of the dissertation (ABD). This exception applies for a maximum of two years, after which time the faculty member must have completed the terminal degree.
  2. Have experience and expertise that uniquely qualifies the individual in their discipline. In this case, the qualifications must be documented and approved by the appropriate chair and dean. This will generally be satisfied by 3 years experience or evidence of outstanding performance in the discipline.

The above policy follows the faculty credential requirements specified by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Department of Higher Education:

2035.2 Required Documentation

Newly Hired Faculty

Beginning March 1, 2016, any offer of employment to a prospective faculty member shall be made contingent on verification of necessary academic credentials. The candidate is responsible for submitting credentials to verify that he or she holds an appropriate degree and any other academic or professional credential (e.g., license or certification) required for the position. Any of the following three methods is acceptable:

  • The candidate can arrange for an official transcript(s), documenting all courses, grades and the awarding of the degree be sent from the institution(s) attended directly to the Associate Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs.
  • The hiring College/School can require submission of official transcripts as part of its hiring process.
  • The College/School can obtain official transcripts from the candidate and provide them to the Associate Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs office with a draft offer letter.

Additionally, the candidate may also be required to verify a required license or certification by providing copies or complying with the instructions from the hiring department or college. The official transcript must be provided to the Associate Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs before the offer letter will be released to the selected candidate,

Continuing Faculty

Faculty who complete an additional degree that may qualify them to teach in a new discipline or level, must provide an official transcript to verify the awarding of the additional degree.

 

2035.3 Verification and Distribution of Credentials

The Associate Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs office is responsible for providing the Department of Human Resources official copies of all transcripts and other required credentials. Upon receiving credentials, Human Resources will notify the faculty member’s primary department, and make them available to the department and college for review. Individual colleges and departments are responsible for verifying that received credentials are appropriate to the faculty member’s position and teaching assignments.

The Provost or designee will resolve questions or disputes regarding a faculty member’s academic credentials. In the highly unusual circumstance that a faculty member is hired without traditional academic preparation, the Provost’s written approval of the candidate’s alternative qualifications is required.

The above policy follows the faculty credential requirements specified by the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents:

2035.4 Higher Learning Commission Requirements

.Faculty Roles and Qualifications a.

  1. Qualified faculty members are identified primarily by credentials, but other factors, including but not limited to equivalent experience, may be considered by the institution in determining whether a faculty member is qualified. Instructors (excluding for this requirement teaching assistants enrolled in a graduate program and supervised by faculty) possess an academic degree relevant to what they are teaching and at least one level above the level at which they teach, except in programs for terminal degrees or when equivalent experience is established. In terminal degree programs, faculty members possess the same level of degree. When faculty members are employed based on equivalent experience, the institution defines a minimum threshold of experience and an evaluation process that is used in the appointment process. Faculty teaching general education courses, or other non-occupational courses, hold a master’s degree or higher in the discipline or subfield. If a faculty member holds a master’s degree or higher in a discipline or subfield other than that in which he or she is teaching, that faculty member should have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield in which they teach.
  2. Instructors teaching in graduate programs should hold the terminal degree determined by the discipline and have a record of research, scholarship or achievement appropriate for the graduate program.

HLC Faculty Guidelines

2035.5 Ohio Board of Regents Requirements

The following expectations apply to all full‐time and part‐time instructors, including graduate teaching assistants and high school teachers who serve as adjunct faculty members for dual enrollment courses.

1) For general education courses:

  • Faculty members teaching general education courses must hold a master’s degree in the discipline or a master’s degree and a cohesive set of at least 18 semester credit hours of graduate coursework relevant to the discipline.
  • Individuals who are making substantial progress toward meeting the faculty credentialing requirements and who are mentored by a faculty member who does meet the minimum credentialing requirements may serve as instructors during their educational programs. Examples of such individuals include graduate teaching assistants (GTAs), adjunct faculty members and dual enrollment faculty members.

2. For courses other than general education courses:

  • Faculty members must hold a terminal degree or a degree at least one level above the degree level in which they are teaching:
    • At least a bachelor’s degree if teaching in an associate degree program
    • At least a master’s degree if teaching in a bachelor’s degree program
    • A terminal degree if teaching in a graduate program.
  • Individuals who are making substantial progress toward meeting the faculty credentialing requirements and who are mentored by a faculty member who does meet the minimum credentialing requirements may serve as instructors during their educational programs. Examples of such individuals include graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) or adjunct faculty members who are working toward meeting the faculty credentialing requirements.
  • Faculty members teaching technically- or practice-oriented courses must have practical experience in the field and hold current licenses and/or certifications, as applicable.
  • For programs involving clinical faculty (e.g., student teaching supervisors, clinical practicum supervisors), the credentials and involvement of clinical faculty are described and meet applicable professional standards for the delivery of the educational experiences.

Ohio Board of Regents Guidelines