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Faculty Credentials

The College of Charleston employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, the College gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The College 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 College is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty.

 

Credentials Instructions by Type

» Instructor of Record Credentials 
  Permanent, Adjunct, Contract, and Joint Program Faculty or Teaching Assistants serving as Instructors of Record

» Non-Instructor of Record Faculty Credentials 
  Regular faculty serving as a Non-Instructors of Record

» Teaching Assistant Credentials 
  Graduate Student Teaching Assistants serving as Non-Instructors of Record

» Academic Curricular Program Director Credentials 
  Department Chairs and Program Directors who direct academic programs

» Courtesy Appointed Faculty Credentials 
  Faculty affiliates who may instruct or advise students

» Faculty with Foreign Credentials 
  Supplemental information for faculty with degrees from non-U.S. institutions

Summary of Minimum Qualifications for Faculty

Each academic unit has the responsibility to ensure that instructor of record faculty credentials satisfy the SACSCOC Standards for Faculty Credentials as outlined in the Instructor of Record and Faculty Credentials Policy ("Credentials Policy"). These standards are summarized below, and links to the Credentials Form and additional instructions are provided above.

FACULTY CREDENTIALS FOR UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING*

  • Earned doctorate or other terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a closely related discipline; OR
  • Master’s degree in the teaching discipline; OR
  • Master’s degree or higher with a concentration in the teaching discipline, including a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline; OR 
  • In the absence of a completed master’s degree, a concentration may be established through official documentation confirming that (1) as part of the instructor’s doctoral or terminal degree program, the equivalent of a master’s degree was achieved, and (2) at least 18 graduate hours in the teaching or a related discipline have been successfully completed.

* Exceptions to the standards outline above may be granted if there is documented evidence of strong alternate qualifications. See the Credentials Policy for details about submitting a Statement of Alternative Qualifications (Word Doc) as instructed in Section 6 of the Credentials Form. 

FACULTY CREDENTIALS FOR GRADUATE TEACHING*

  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a closely related discipline

Exceptions to the standards outline above may be granted if there is documented evidence of strong alternate qualifications. See the Credentials Policy for details about submitting a Statement of Alternative Qualifications as instructed in Section 6 of the Credentials Form. 

FACULTY CREDENTIALS FOR NON-INSTRUCTORS-OF-RECORD (NIRs)

  • For faculty serving as a Non-Instructor of Record, a supervising Instructor of Record should be assigned, and credentials documentation for both the Non-Instructor and Instructor of Record are required. Please contact the Office of the Provost about credentialing these exceptional cases. 

Summary of Minimum Qualifications for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Each academic unit has the responsibility to ensure that graduate student teaching assistant credentials satisfy standards outlined in the Credentials Policy. These standards are summarized below, and links to the Teaching Assistant Credentials Forms and additional instructions are provided above.

TEACHING ASSISTANT NON-INSTRUCTOR-OF-RECORD (TA-NIR)

  • Graduate teaching assistants may serve as Non-Instructors of Record (TA-NIRs) on undergraduate courses only. TA-NIRs must be current graduate students in good standing in a related College of Charleston program and should be appropriately supervised by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline who provides training and curricular materials, along with close oversight of the delivery of that curriculum, and who is responsible for the final assignment of grades in the course.

TEACHING ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR-OF-RECORD (TA-IR)

  • Graduate teaching assistants may serve as Instructors of Record (TA-IRs) on 100-level introductory undergraduate courses only. TA-IRs must hold a 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