Ohio Admin. Code 3364-72-11 - University evaluation of faculty qualifications, including faculty holding less than a master's degree

Current through all regulations passed and filed through March 11, 2022

(A) Policy statement

To teach at the university, the instructor of record (excluding graduate assistants) will hold an earned degree recognized by their discipline, as defined in the current "CBA" or in the current rules and regulations of faculty not represented by the "CBA," that is either one level above the level of courses the instructor is teaching or is a terminal degree. The instructor of record may be employed fulltime or part-time by the university. An instructor of record who does not meet the degree requirements will be reviewed for approval through a process outlined in this policy.

The instructor of record who holds less than an earned master's degree will possess at a minimum five years of equivalent experience as documented through an evaluative review process. All academic deans and academic colleges will use the minimum of five years of equivalent experience as the criteria to evaluate course instructors whose highest earned degree is less than a master's degree. The evaluation process for the relevant equivalent experience will include reviews at the department, college and provost levels prior to the assignment of teaching responsibilities at the university. After the initial evaluation, the instructor of record will be evaluated for his/her qualifications only if he/she presents evidence of new credentials, additional course work or degrees, teaches in a new subject area or has not been employed by the university for six consecutive terms.

(B) Purpose of policy

This policy defines the expected qualifications of each instructor of record and the minimum experience expected for any instructor of record whose highest earned degree is less than a master's degree. Additionally, the policy establishes a review process for academic colleges. This policy aligns with requirements adopted by the state of Ohio and by the higher learning commission, the regional accrediting body.

(C) Scope

This policy applies to all academic colleges, schools, departments and programs at the university.

(D) Policy coverage

This policy covers the expected qualifications of each instructor of record and the minimum experience expected for any instructor of record whose highest earned degree is less than a master's degree. Additionally, the policy establishes a review process for academic colleges.

(E) Procedure

The evaluative procedure for the instructor of record whose highest earned degree is less than a master's degree begins with the department chair before proceeding to a review by the college dean and finally the provost's office. The review at each level shall result in a written recommendation to be submitted to all subsequent levels of review. The provost as chief academic officer, has final decision-making authority to determine whether the teaching qualification of an instructor of record whose highest degree is less than a master's degree is sufficient. This review process utilizes workflows and deadlines established by provost.

It is the responsibility of each course instructor to provide current curriculum vitae annually to their college. The current curriculum vitae, along with all relevant documents will be kept in each academic college dean's office and in the academic business office in the provost's office in accordance with the records retention for public colleges and universities in Ohio.

(F) Minimal qualifications:

The instructor of record, excluding graduate assistants, teaching in undergraduate programs will hold either a degree at least one level above the instruction level they are teaching or a terminal degree, unless approved following the procedure set forth in paragraph (E) of this rule.

(1) The instructor of record teaching general education courses, or other non-occupational courses (i.e., courses not designed to prepare people directly for a career), will hold a master's degree or higher in the discipline or field, unless approved following the procedure set forth in paragraph (E) of this rule or in conformity with this paragraph. If the instructor of record instructor holds a master's degree or higher in a discipline or subfield other than that in which he or she is teaching, the instructor of record should have completed a minimum of eighteen graduate credit hours in the discipline or field in which they teach.
(2) The instructor of record teaching in career and technical education college-level certificate and associate's degree programs will hold a bachelor's degree in the field, unless approved following the procedure set forth in paragraph (E) of this rule.
(3) The instructor of record assigned to teach a graduate level course must apply for and be awarded graduate faculty status if the graduate program is approved through the college of graduate studies. For graduate programs not approved through the college of graduate studies, such as the college of law, the college dean is responsible to insure the instructor of record holds a terminal degree in the discipline or has a record of scholarship and preparation to teach as recognized by the discipline, e.g. doctor of juris prudence.
(G) Equivalent experience

The university defines the minimum threshold as five years of experience or demonstrated skills in the same area in which the potential instructor of record will be teaching for faculty holding less than a master's degree. Credentials will be the primary determinant of minimal instructional qualifications but equivalent experience (having a breadth and depth of experience in outside the classroom, in real-world relevant situations to what the faculty is teaching) and/or industry credentials are other possible determinants.

The evaluation should be conducted initially at the department level, followed by a review by the college dean. The dean will submit a letter and a copy of the instructor's current curriculum vitae to the provost, documenting the equivalent experience and requesting permission to teach. After review, the provost will inform the dean of his/her decision in writing and to the academic business manager, who will maintain a copy of both letters as documentation in the individual's personnel file. After the initial evaluation, the instructor of record will be evaluated for his/her qualifications only if he/she presents evidence of new credentials, additional course work or degrees, teaches in a new subject area or has not been employed by the university for six consecutive terms.

Notes

Ohio Admin. Code 3364-72-11
Effective: 4/25/2016
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3364
Rule Amplifies: 3364

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