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Certification of Faculty for Graduate Instruction

All faculty (full- and part-time instructional faculty and faculty administrators) assigned to teach graduate courses or supervise graduate student research must be certified according to the provisions of the following policy:

  1. 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. 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. CERTIFICATION PROCESS: After reviewing the candidate's qualifications, the appropriate department/school chair submits Form 18: 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. The college graduate committee submits to the dean of the academic college Form 18 and required documentation of qualifications of those faculty deemed eligible for certification and informs the department of its decision. 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 Form 18 and required documents to the vice provost for graduate studies and research for review. 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. 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 studies and research. 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.

  4. ASSIGNMENT OF GRADUATE FACULTY: The deans of the academic colleges are responsible for insuring that all faculty are certified prior to assuming their graduate assignments.

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


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