Section 3: Programs
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplishthe 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 guidlines "Faculty Credentials.")
The Western Texas College mission calls for a commitment to “educational excellence as it challenges students to reach their full potential.” To ensure that the mission, philosophy and goals of Western Texas College are met and only qualified faculty offer courses, all faculty must present educational credentials that indicate expertise to teach in their respective teaching areas or subjects. Of the full-time faculty, 2% hold a doctorate, 61% a master’s degree, and 32% a bachelor’s degree. Personnel files for faculty are located in the office of the Dean of Instruction and are maintained by the Administrative Assistant for the President and Dean of Instruction.
In keeping with Board Policy 4111 (A)(3), “the employment of personnel is administered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, age, veterans status or disability. Board Policy 4111 (A)(5) also requires the college to “seek to employ only those persons who meet the quality standards, in full, of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities, and the Higher Education Coordinating Board.” In carrying out this mandate, the College employs faculty who meet the requirements provided by the Commission of Colleges in the Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.
WTC follows specific procedures for employment of faculty to ensure a fair and thorough process, and to assure that the process is in compliance with EEO and ADA requirements. These procedures are specified in the Institutional Policy Manual. Board Policy 4111 states “employment of personnel is administered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities act and is without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, age, veterans status or disability.” Administrative Policy 4111, stipulates that procedures “to be followed in selecting all personnel are outlined in the college's affirmative action plan.”
Board Policy 4113 requires all faculty members to “meet requirements as outlined by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.” Employment, contract length, dismissal, and salary requirements appear in Board Policy 4120. The Faculty Handbook, p. 46, includes the “Employment Selection Procedure.” Deans and Department Heads are responsible for initiating the hiring process of full and part-time faculty, and all advertising of positions must be conducted by the Human Resources Office, which also receives all applications. The primary consideration in faculty hiring decisions is the candidate’s highest degree earned in the discipline. Competence, effectiveness, capacity, related work experiences, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, and documentation of excellence in teaching are also considered.
A listing of faculty credentials, with the courses taught in fall 2004 through spring 2006 is provided in the faculty roster. (LINK) As appropriate, the faculty roster provides:
Name of faculty member
Full or part-time teaching status
List of courses(s) taught and whether course(s) are transfer or non-transfer
List of academic credentials
Concentrations of course work
Other qualifications or experience
Documentation is provided as supporting evidence for faculty whose qualification justification includes additional explanation using the category “other qualifications or experience.”
Faculty members teaching academic transfer courses must hold a master’s degree in the discipline or a master’s degree with a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline. Faculty members teaching developmental education courses must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with teaching certification in the discipline being taught, or a bachelor’s degree with demonstrated competency in teaching the discipline Instructors who lack sufficient hours in their discipline must obtain them within the specified time.