4.04 Employment Requirements

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I. Regulations

Minimum requirements for employment in any position shall be those specified for the position in the specifications contained in the official job description on file in the Human Resources Department, in the Standards of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and other applicable accrediting bodies and in the following guidelines.

II. General Guidelines

All employees should possess attributes reflecting maturity, integrity, morality, and responsibility. They should be skilled in the performance of their assigned duties, committed to the concept of individual worth, and possess a dedicated concern for the problems and needs of students. They should demonstrate a cooperative willingness to support the values, mission, and goals of the College; they should share responsibility in evaluating policies and programs; and they should participate constructively in departmental, committee, and other College activities.

III. Employee Credentials

A. The highest earned degree which is presented as a credential to teach must be from a regionally accredited institution. With appropriate documentation of academic preparation, a credential to teach may be accepted from an institution outside of the United States or from a nationally accredited institution approved by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

B. All employees must have the training and experience specified in the official job description on file in the Human Resources Department for their assignments.

C. In exceptional cases unique experience and/or special competence may substitute for the specified level of academic preparation. All experience, certification, and other qualifications must be documented in the employee’s file.

D. Qualifications for Instructors

1. Each instructor who teaches courses designed to transfer to a university or who teaches any course in humanities and fine arts, behavioral and social sciences, natural science, or mathematics for which credit toward a degree is awarded must hold a master’s degree in the discipline, or the equivalent, or hold a master’s degree and have completed eighteen graduate semester hours in the discipline. Eighteen graduate semester hours in the discipline means in a broad subject area such as Business Administration rather than a specialty area. Any equivalence must be thoroughly justified by special competence in the field of knowledge.

2. Each instructor who teaches technical specialty courses in which transfer to a four-year college or university is a specified goal must hold a master’s degree in the discipline, or the equivalent, or hold a master’s degree and have completed eighteen graduate semester hours in the discipline. Eighteen graduate semester hours in the discipline means in a broad subject area such as Business Administration rather than a specialty area. Any equivalence must be thoroughly justified by special competence in the field of knowledge.

3. Each instructor who teaches Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree technical specialty courses or a diploma course that can be used in an A.A.S. degree program must hold an associate degree in the discipline. Any equivalence must be thoroughly justified by special competence in the field of knowledge.

4. Each instructor who teaches a course in a self-contained diploma or certificate program must hold either appropriate academic credentials or a combination of academic preparation and evidence of special competence in the field of knowledge. Evidence of special expertise must be vetted by a faculty committee.

5. Each instructor who teaches basic computation and communication skills in non-degree occupational programs must hold a bachelor’s degree and have a demonstrated competency in the teaching field and satisfy any special requirements of the specific program. Any equivalence must be thoroughly justified by special competence in the field of knowledge.

6. Each instructor who teaches adult basic education at the high school level or below or who teaches LEP classes must hold a bachelor’s degree. Any equivalence must be thoroughly justified by special competence in the field of knowledge.

7. Each instructor who teaches developmental courses or non-transfer EFL courses must hold a bachelor’s degree in the discipline related to the assignment. Any equivalence must be thoroughly justified by special competence in the field of knowledge.

8. Each instructor teaching continuing education courses must have documented special competence such as appropriate accreditation or licensure and/or experience in the subject matter or skill area to be taught.

9. In certain fields instructors must meet program-specific accreditation criteria that may affect minimum standards established by the College.

E. Qualifications for Library Personnel

Professional librarians must hold ALA accredited professional degrees at the master’s level in library science or in related fields such as learning resources or information technology. Professionals with a specialized, non-library degree may be employed, when appropriate, to supervise these areas. Library support staff must have documentation of competence to carry out the responsibilities stated for their positions.

Cabinet approved changes on March 1993; July 1996; June 2002; April 19, 2005; July 16, 2012
Updated February 6, 2014