3.1.1 Faculty Qualifications

A. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish minimum qualifications for the hiring of faculty.

B. Persons Affected

All employees whose responsibility includes teaching credit courses. 

C. Definitions


D. Policy and Procedures

U.T. Tyler strives to hire the best qualified faculty. U.T. Tyler will give primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. U.T. Tyler will also consider 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. The degree requirements below are the minimum degree requirements that may be used for job postings for faculty positions as specified.  Any exceptions to the degree requirements noted below must be documented. 

E. Degree Requirements 

  1. Faculty teaching developmental level courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree must hold, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in the teaching discipline, or associate’s degree and demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline.
  2. Faculty teaching baccalaureate courses must hold the minimum of the doctoral or master’s degree in the teaching discipline, or a master's degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline.
  3. Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate course work must hold the minimum of an earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline.
  4. Graduate teaching assistants who are the teachers of record must hold the minimum of the master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline; be under the direct supervision of a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline; be engaged in regular in-service training or coursework; and undergo planned and periodic evaluations.

F. Responsibilities

The Office of Human Resources or the college is responsible for the placement and/or approval of advertisements in designated media, and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for the administration of this policy.

G. Review

The Divisional Head for this policy is the Provost.  This policy shall be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary by the Director of the Office of Human Resources and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.


LAST AMENDED:  04/22/2009