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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 in accordance with the guidelines listed below. 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.

Credential Guidelines:

a. Faculty teaching general education courses at the undergraduate level: doctor's 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 teaching discipline).

b. Faculty teaching associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree: doctor's 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).

c. 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.

d. Faculty teaching baccalaureate courses: doctor's 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). At least 25 percent of the discipline course hours in each undergraduate major are taught by faculty members holding the terminal degree – usually the earned doctorate – in the discipline.

e. Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work: earned doctorate/terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

f.  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.

 

 
 


Southeastern is in compliance with Faculty Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1.

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Each and every faculty member is vitally important to Southeastern Louisiana University's capacity to fulfill its mission as part of the Master Plan for Public Postsecondary Education in Louisiana. Southeastern strives to ensure that all faculty members meet the necessary standards for academic and professional preparation, as well as all standards for faculty qualifications established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Determining quality of faculty is an integral part of the employment process.

In concordance with the SACS guidelines, the University gives primary consideration to the “highest degree earned in the discipline” for tenure track faculty. The majority of those faculty not holding a terminal degree are Instructors with one-year appointments who teach lower-level undergraduate courses. These faculty typically hold the master's degree and meet SACS qualifications. According to the University's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, in a review of the University's full-time faculty for Fall 2003, 95.1% of the tenured or tenure-track faculty were terminally qualified in their field, while 62.5% of faculty overall held a terminal degree in their field of instruction . Southeastern's Faculty Credentials Database demonstrates the high-level of faculty qualifications.

Table 1
Full Time Faculty Holding Terminal Degrees
Fall 2003

Total

Total with
Terminal Degrees

Full Time Faculty

499

312 (62.5%)

Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty

288

274 (95.1%)

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

For potential faculty not meeting the SACS credentialing guidelines, the University “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.” Any exceptions to the guidelines are carefully reviewed as outlined in the hiring process described below.

The Faculty Hiring Process
The SACS criteria relating to faculty qualifications must be fully considered by the Search Committee and Department Heads when seeking to fill instructional positions at any level. The criteria are widely distributed, being posted on the Human Resources website and the Provost's web page and referred to in specific documentation that guides the hiring process. This documentation includes specific provisions for the hiring of:

The faculty hiring process is more fully described in Comprehensive Standard 3.2.9.

Graduate Teaching Fellows
In general, Southeastern Louisiana University employs very few graduate assistants for the purpose of teaching. Graduate teaching fellows are those graduate assistants who are instructors of record for a particular course section and who are responsible for the teaching and learning process and for the assessment of students. The standards for their qualifications are also given in the Graduate Assistant Handbook, Part III Section A and Part IV, Section K, as well as in the hiring procedures documents mentioned above. It should be noted that teaching assistants are not primary instructors and are not held to the same hiring standards as teaching fellows. Teaching assistants are under the supervision of a faculty member who serves as the instructor of record and who has responsibility for the course and the assessment of students. Teaching assistants generally take roll, grade papers, and conduct tutoring or discussion sessions. They may also assist in laboratory preparation and monitoring.

As shown in Table 2, the following departments hired graduate teaching fellows in the 2003-2004 Academic Year:

Table 2
Graduate Teaching Fellows
Employed in the 2003-2004 Academic Year

Fall 2003

No.

Spring 2004

No.

Biological Sciences

2

Biological Sciences

1

English

1

Chemistry & Physics

1

Foreign Languages & Literatures

1

English

1

   

Foreign Languages & Literatures

1

    History & Political Science
1

Total

4

5

Office of Human Resources

Departments hiring a graduate teaching fellow must complete a recommendation of employment form. When the Graduate School office receives the form, the Graduate Dean consults with the department head to ensure that the graduate teaching fellow meets all of the criteria. In addition, he/she must meet the English Proficiency requirements. Departments assign a faculty member to serve as mentor/supervisor for the graduate teaching fellow. Graduate teaching fellows teach only freshman/sophomore level courses.

Accountability Checks on Faculty Qualifications
Southeastern has several procedural requirements which serve as internal accountability checks, thereby ensuring adherence to faculty standards for qualifications. These include completing employment forms, requiring all original transcripts to verify coursework and degrees, verifying degrees earned with the issuing universities, and providing a mechanism for requesting, approving, and documenting exceptions to the basic qualifications.

All faculty and graduate teaching fellow recommendation for employment forms have a checkbox in which the hiring department head must indicate that the individual meets SACS qualifications. The forms are submitted to Human Resources with transcripts and reviewed at the Human Resources level to ensure compliance.

In order to verify the credentials of all prospective faculty at the time of hire, Southeastern's policy is that all candidates for faculty positions at the University must present official and original transcripts. Degrees earned are confirmed by having the Search Committee or the Budget Unit Head verify via phone confirmation with the issuing institutions that the transcripts presented are indeed original.

If a department wishes to hire a faculty member who does not meet the basic requirements of the appropriate degree and/or graduate coursework in the discipline, the department head must submit an exceptions request via a memo to the respective dean and to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is also the University's SACS liaison. The memo must explain why the department believes the faculty candidate is qualified, citing exceptional work experience, prior teaching experience, research, awards, or accomplishments. A resume and transcripts must be sent with the memo. The credentials are reviewed and a decision made as to whether the exception is justified. Quite often an exception may be granted with the restriction that teaching be limited to a specific course or course level. The Faculty Credentials Database lists all faculty credentials and also shows exceptions made for 2003 – 2004 with an explanation for each exception.

Southeastern publishes the credentials of its faculty in its General Catalogue. Southeastern Louisiana University accepts full responsibility for justifying and documenting the qualifications of all faculty members. To that end, official transcripts for all faculty members are kept on file with the Human Resource Office.

 

 
 
Document

Location

Faculty Credentials Database

http://www2.selu.edu/sacs/faculty/index.php

Human Resources Office, SACS Criteria for Faculty Qualifications

http://www2.selu.edu/Administration/Depts/
HumanResources/sacscriteria.htm

Human Resources Office, Checklist for Hiring New Faculty (Tenure Track and Instructors)

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/full_time_
faculty_hiring_cklist.pdf

Human Resources Office, Employment Procedures for Hiring Faculty

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/faculty_
employment_procedures.pdf

Human Resources Office, Checklist for Hiring Part-time Faculty (Lecturers – New or Rehire)

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/part_time_
lecturer_hiring_cklist.pdf

Human Resources Office, Employment Procedures for Hiring Lecturers

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/lecturer_
hiring_procedures.pdf

Human Resources Office, Graduate Assistant Hiring Procedures

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/ga_
employment_procedures.pdf

Graduate Assistant Handbook, Part III, Section A. Graduate Assistantships

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/empl
/p3_grad_assistantships.pdf

(see pages 2-3)

Graduate Assistant Handbook, Part IV. Section K. Graduate Teaching Fellows Teaching Loads

http://www2.selu.edu/documents/policies/empl/p4_ga_teaching.pdf

Human Resources Office, Telephone Verification of Transcripts

http://www2.selu.edu/Administration/Depts/HumanResources/
televerifoftrans.doc

General Catalogue 2003-2004 , Faculty of Instruction

http://www2.selu.edu/Administration/recordsandregistration/
2003_04Catalog/ genl_info/Faculty_of_Instruction.pdf


 

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