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Area Teaching Guidelines

In all areas, faculty must demonstrate the qualifications (including education, scholarship, publications, and other service) appropriate to the courses and level of courses they have been assigned.

Tenure-line faculty teaching area courses are expected to sustain scholarly activity including both research (e.g., conference presentations, publications, etc.) and service to the discipline (e.g. participation in professional organizations, reviewing, etc.) related to one or more of the specialties listed in the area-specific teaching policy.

Lecturers who wish to teach courses at the 2000 level may demonstrate their critical engagement with the field by focusing on how research and scholarship affects course content and pedagogy. Lecturers with MAs or terminal degrees in the field may also teach at the 3000 level and above, as appropriate to their experience and expertise and with the approval of the area.

Retired and part-time faculty should follow the same standards as lecturers for demonstrating critical engagement with the discipline.

More information can be found in the area-specific policies below, which have been developed using input from appropriate professional organizations, area faculty, SACSCOC guidelines, and disciplinary scholarship. Area-specific guidelines will be approved by area faculty.

In general, faculty should meet all qualifications of a given level, but exemption from a qualification may be made in response to departmental needs, curriculum development, or exceptional circumstances. This exemption must receive a majority vote from tenure-line faculty in the relevant area.

Last updated: 10/10/2020