Comprehensive Standard 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. 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. (See Commission guidelines “Faculty Credentials.”) (Faculty Competence)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College employs competent full-time and part-time faculty members who are qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the College. In order to accomplish this, the College seeks the most qualified individuals to teach. All qualifications, including work and teaching experience, as well as professional certifications are considered in addition to the individual’s level of education (highest degree earned in the discipline.)

 

As established by College policy and written in the Vernon College Employee Handbook, all faculty must meet the criteria for scholarly and professional preparation established by the Southern Association for College and Schools. The College will only acknowledge degrees earned from regionally accredited institutions or internationally accredited foreign colleges. In addition to this, the College requires official credentials (official transcripts, and/or official certifications) and the completion of the Vernon College Faculty Credential Form.

 

The Vernon College Faculty Roster provides information on full-time and part-time faculty. The Vernon College Faculty Roster and Credentials are in hard copy and provided in a separate electronic format.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Faculty Criteria, Vernon College Employee Handbook

2.    Vernon College Faculty Roster, (provided in hard copy and separate electronic format)


Comprehensive Standard 3.7.2

 

The institution regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with published criteria, regardless of contractual or tenured status. (Faculty Evaluation)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College regularly evaluates the effectiveness of each faculty member in accord with its published criteria outlined in the Evaluation of Faculty (Students & Supervisors) in the Employee Handbook regardless of contractual or tenured status. The purpose of the faculty evaluation procedure is to provide faculty members and Division Chair/Supervisors with an opportunity to work together to improve the quality of instruction and the educational program at Vernon College. The Supervisor's Evaluation of Faculty and the Student Survey of Instruction play a predominant role during the evaluation process for all full-time and part-time instructors. Supporting documentation (professional development activities, program/discipline evaluations, planning and evaluation outcomes, annual loads, and graduation and placement rates) is taken into consideration by the Division Chair/Supervisor during the evaluation process.

All faculty, including adjunct faculty, are evaluated on an annual basis by his/her Division Chair and all evaluations are reviewed by the Dean of Instructional Services.

Student Surveys of Instruction are conducted according to the following schedule:

 

Adjunct faculty are evaluated by each class each semester for one year of satisfactory performance, including summer if applicable, and then they follow the full-time faculty schedule. Adjunct faculty includes instructors teaching at remote sites in support of the dual credit program. New Full-Time faculty are evaluated by each class each semester for one year of satisfactory performance, including summer if applicable, and then they follow the full-time faculty schedule. All full-time faculty are evaluated annually. A random sample of full-time faculty classes (not less than 30%) are evaluated in the fall and spring semesters annually. If a faculty member’s performance is deemed unsatisfactory, then that faculty member will automatically be evaluated the following semester. In addition, students will evaluate all Internet courses offered each semester regardless of the status of the instructor. The procedures followed for on site courses are utilized in the ITV course evaluation process.

 

Division Chair/Supervisors evaluate faculty members based on the annual faculty evaluation schedule developed by the Dean of Instructional Services. The Division Chair/Supervisor schedules a conference with the instructor in order to complete the evaluation. The evaluator reviews the following materials before the evaluation session: Student surveys, instructor's professional development activities, program discipline evaluation, program/discipline planning and evaluation process, enrollments, and graduation and placement rates. If the evaluator believes that a classroom observation is necessary, he/she may conduct it at any time without prior notification to the faculty member. Following completion of the evaluator/instructor conference, the evaluator will provide a copy of the evaluation to the instructor and forward the original to the Dean of Instructional Services for review. Once approved by the dean, the evaluation will be forwarded to the Human Resources Office.

 

Documentation

 

1.    Evaluation of Faculty (Students & Supervisors, Vernon College Employee Handbook

2.    Supervisor's Evaluation of  Faculty, Vernon College Instructor Handbook

3.    Student Survey of Instruction, Vernon College Instructor Handbook