New Faculty Appointments
High schools seeking to have a faculty member approved for dual credit instruction will submit a letter of nomination from the principal naming the recommended faculty member and specifying the course to be taught. This nomination will be supported by the concurrent submission of the nominee's resume and college transcripts. Nominees must possess minimally the master’s degree in the discipline [i.e. the MA in History] or a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 credit hours in the discipline exclusive of method and survey courses [i.e. MA in Teaching with 18 hours in the discipline]. EXCEPTION: The sponsoring academic department may require additional information from faculty applicants provided these requirements are congruent with the requirements placed on applicants for part-time faculty positions on campus.
Nominations will be submitted to the Office of Dual Credit, and that office will screen all applicants for compliance with CBHE and university criteria for dual credit and off-campus faculty. Qualified nominations will then be submitted to the subject academic department for review. The process of review and appointment for each department will be the same as for the appointment of any part-time faculty member.
The department chair or designee will advise the Office of Dual Credit in writing of departmental action, and where a dual credit instructor is approved, written notification should be in the form of a letter of appointment that will become part of the dual credit faculty member's permanent personnel file. The Office of Dual Credit will advise the high school of the final disposition on faculty nominations.
An on-campus orientation will be scheduled at the beginning of each school year by the Office of Dual Credit for all departmental faculty, dual credit faculty, and program administrators. This orientation will serve the two-fold purposes of updating faculty and staff on new and amended dual credit policies and procedures and will additionally serve as an interactive session for dual credit faculty and their faculty counterparts from the academic department. Attendance by university faculty, high school teachers, and an administrator from each participating high school is required.
Each coordinating university faculty member is required to visit his/her assigned dual credit instructor at least once during the active delivery of the dual credit course and is encouraged to visit on-site for up to one visit per semester hour of credit being awarded. On-site visits should include but are not restricted to: observation of teaching delivery, review of course syllabus, and review of in-class and external support materials.
Sponsoring university academic departments are responsible for conducting student evaluations of dual credit faculty in the same manner as is conducted for any part-time or regular faculty member. In accordance with university policy, faculty evaluations will be administered in a secure manner without direct handling by the teacher under evaluation, and it is recommended that evaluations be proctored by the high school administration with results mailed or otherwise delivered back to the academic department. Each academic department is responsible for maintaining records of annual dual credit faculty evaluations and for verifying compliance to the Provost via those records. The Office of Dual Credit will be apprized of any faculty evaluations that suggest a performance that might be deemed detrimental to the Dual Credit program.
Faculty Professional Development:
Sponsoring university academic departments may recommend or require additional professional development activities for dual credit faculty provided these are consistent with activities expected of all adjunct and part-time faculty.