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Certification of Faculty for Graduate Instruction

  1. ASSIGNMENT OF GRADUATE FACULTY: All faculty assigned to teach graduate courses and/or supervise graduate student research must be certified. Faculty are to be certified for graduate instruction in their field of specialization based on the appropriate college's published criteria of required scholarly and/or professional accomplishments, satisfactory teaching performance at the advanced level in appropriate disciplines, and necessary terminal graduate degrees. The deans of the academic colleges are responsible for ensuring that all faculty are certified prior to assuming their graduate assignments.
    1. Each college must form a graduate committee. The major duties for the committee include review graduate degree curricula to ensure compliance with University policies and procedures, develop college graduate policies and procedures, certify faculty for graduate instruction, and review and approve graduate programs’ handbooks.
      1. The graduate committee will be composed of senior graduate-level faculty from each department/school and independent program in the college with graduate degree programs, including at least three representatives from graduate program directors in the college. The associate dean of the college responsible for graduate studies will serve as an ex officio member of the committee.
        1. The committee will elect the chair at the beginning of each fall semester and set its agenda.

        2. Faculty in the college will be notified of the committee meetings, agenda items, decisions and other aspects affecting graduate programs in a timely manner.

        3. Faculty will be afforded opportunities to attend meetings and to provide input on pending issues and other concerns related to the work of the committee.

    2. Certification
      1. Criteria for initial certification
        1. All faculty, full time and part time, certified for graduate instruction must have a terminal degree in the field of specialization as defined by the discipline.

        2. Faculty must have a record of scholarly activity and research as defined by the discipline. Except in the case of professional programs, such as the DNP, DPT and DEng, etc., faculty certified for instruction at the doctoral level must have evidence of substantial scholarly activity and research at the national level.

      2. Certification process

                   After reviewing the candidate's qualifications, the appropriate department/school submits the college’s form on certification of faculty for graduate instruction, and the necessary documents (C.V., transcripts, licensures/certifications) to its academic college graduate committee, or its equivalent, for evaluation and recommendation for approval.

        1. The college graduate committee submits to the dean of the academic college the completed college form and required documentation of qualifications of those faculty deemed eligible for certification and informs the department of its decision.

        2. The dean either approves or disapproves the recommendation and informs the college committee and the department of the decision. The academic dean forwards a copy of the approved college form and required documents to the Vice Provost for Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Programs.

        3. If questions arise concerning the qualifications of faculty for certification, these should be addressed to the prior level of recommendation or approval. Attempts should be made to resolve them among the recommending and approving authorities. An appeal may be made to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs if these efforts fail to resolve the problem.

    3. Recertification
      1. Faculty must be recertified for graduate instruction every five years. (All faculty may be approved for periods of up to five years. At the end of the approval period, a review is made by the appropriate department/school and college graduate committee for renewal of the certification for graduate instruction.)

      2. Criteria for recertification for master’s-level instruction include satisfactory teaching at the advanced level in the discipline, a continued record of scholarly activity and research as defined by the discipline, and evidence of professional contributions to the discipline. Except in the case of professional programs, such as the DNP, DPT and DEng, etc., faculty teaching on the doctoral level are also expected to have a substantial record of scholarly activity and research at the national level, and where appropriate, to have chaired completed dissertations or their equivalents.

    4. Exceptions and Termination

                 Exceptions to this policy, e.g., duration of certification, qualifications, require approval of the appropriate department chair, the college graduate committee, the dean of the academic college, and the Vice Provost for Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Programs. Exceptions will be granted only in clearly extraordinary circumstances. Failure to maintain the required level of productive, creative scholarly or professional activity and satisfactory teaching performance will result in termination of the faculty's certification for graduate instruction.

 - Approved by the provost and vice president for academic affairs
September 5, 2003
Revised and approved by the president
July 7, 2006
May 21, 2014

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