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Academic Program Directors

For the director of each major, minor, and certification program, the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation require that the institution assign responsibility for program coordination, as well as for curriculum development and review, to persons academically qualified in the field, according to the guidelines below.  At the College of Charleston, these responsibilities are held by a department chair or academic program director who is appointed and serves in accordance with the Divisional Policy on Academic Curricular Program Directors.  In the case of an interdisciplinary program or a department housing two or more degree programs that are not strongly related, a program director might not be academically qualified in each teaching discipline.  In that case, additional faculty who play a lead role in the advising of students and the development and review of curriculum should be identified on the program director credentials form. See Section 5.2 and 5.3 in the Instructor of Record and Faculty Credentials Policy for details about the requirements. Also, please see the Academic Curricular Program Directors Policy (.PDF) for details about the appointment and duties of academic curricular program directors. For each academic program director, please ensure that a credentials packet is on file using the guidelines provided below. 

Step 1: Before Sending the Documents

» For new faculty being newly appointed as an academic program director, please request that an official transcript be sent directly from the granting institution to the dean. Also, please request a current copy of the CV and any other supporting documentation needed to complete the certification of credentials. Submit both the Instructor of Record credential packet requirements and the Program Director credentials requirements outlined below. 

» For existing faculty who will appointed as an academic program director, please request a copy of the faculty member's credentials file from Academic Affairs and complete a the Program Director certification form. Also, please ask the faculty member for a current copy of the CV and any other supporting documentation needed to complete the certification of credentials.

Step 2: Documents to Send

Please obtain signatures from the academic program director and dean before submitting the credentials packet to the Office of the Provost. If required, the Office of the Provost will obtain an approval signature from the SACSCOC liaison. 

REQUIRED DOCUMENT

For all faculty instructors of record:

Certification Form(s)

To be submitted by the academic program director (Chair or Program Director). Complete all fields as instructed on the form(s). Use the transcript(s) to complete the degree information verbatim. Certification forms for teaching in the discipline should already be on file for existing faculty members, however if is not the case, please submit an Instructor of Record credentials packet as well. 

 Academic Program Directors Certification of Credentials

Transcript(s)

Official transcript(s) of the highest degree earned should already be on file for existing faculty members, however if the transcript pertinent for the credentialing of the program director in the discipline is not already on file, please submit it upon appointment. 

Curriculum Vitae

A current CV must be submitted.

OPTIONAL DOCUMENT

Only for faculty who require these optional documents per the certification form:

List of 18+ graduate hours in the discipline

A list of the courses, credit hours, and institution granting 18 or more graduate semester credit hours in the CofC teaching discipline (or equivalent discipline) or a photocopy of the transcript with each course highlighted. If course titles are not given on the transcript, please include those on the list.

Alternative Qualifications

Complete a Statement of Alternative Faculty Qualification (.PDF) and submit all necessary supporting documentation including copies of licenses, certifications, etc.

List of Lead Faculty

In the case of an interdisciplinary program or a department housing two or more degree programs that are not strongly related, a program director might not be academically qualified in each teaching discipline.  In that case, additional faculty who play a lead role in the advising of students and the development and review of curriculum should be identified on the program director credentials form. See Section 5.2 and 5.3 for guidelines on faculty credentials for program directors.