Comprehensive Standards 3.7.1
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline in accordance with the guidelines listed below. The institution 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 institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of its faculty. (Faculty)
Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) demonstrates compliance with this standard. The College’s faculty qualification standards meet the criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and the College employs rigorous screening processes used to verify academic and experiential credentials in the hiring of full- and part-time faculty. Completed official Commission rosters are attached for Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. Where clarification was required, some faculty roster entries were linked to the qualifying transcript and/or documentation with no discrepancies.
Cape Fear Community College rigidly adheres to the faculty qualification standards mandated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. All faculty teaching general education courses and other associate degree courses designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree have a master’s degree and a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. All faculty teaching non-transfer courses in Vocational Technical programs have, as a minimum, academic credentials or a degree equivalent to the degree or credentials being granted in the program and/or professional licensure or certification in the occupational field. These qualifications are detailed in all job announcements and position descriptions. Samples may be viewed on the CFCC Website (Employment Information). As specified in the CFCC Faculty and Staff Handbook, when a regular position opens, the senior level administrator of the division in which the vacancy occurs must complete a Position Vacancy Announcement form (Position Vacancy Announcement) and submit it to the Personnel Office. The information on this form is checked for consistency with the position description and qualifications. The President’s signature on this form indicates approval for the position to be filled (Employment Process-Initial Contact). When a vacancy is being filled, all applicants’ academic and experiential qualifications are reviewed initially by the CFCC Personnel Office staff and then by each member of the search committee charged with conducting the search. The chair of the search committee, the supervisor, and the appropriate senior staff official of the college all sign off on the Personnel Recommendation Form certifying that the selected applicants meet the academic and experiential qualifications of the position description (Personnel Recommendation). This form was recently updated to include a statement of certification, even though such verification of proper credentials has always been the expectation. The qualified candidates are then referred to the president for final selection (Employment Process-Selection Process). Part-time faculty are generally hired at the departmental level. The department chair is responsible for verifying qualifications and obtains the appropriate academic dean’s approval for hiring the part-time faculty member by certifying that he or she possesses the necessary academic and/or experiential credentials (Part-time Faculty Recommendation).
The CFCC Personnel Office staff verifies and maintains official college transcripts for full-time instructors. Department chairs verify and maintain official transcripts for adjunct faculty. The completed official Commission rosters are attached for Fall 2005 (College Transfer Fall 2005 Faculty Roster), (Vocational/Technical Fall 2005 Faculty Roster), and Spring 2006 (College Transfer Spring 2006 Faculty Roster) (Vocational/Technical Spring 2006 Faculty Roster).