Faculty Academic/Professional Credential Requirements Policy

Effective Date: November 15, 2012
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Purpose/Rationale:

 This policy outlines the academic and/or professional credentials required of faculty to teach at The Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (hereafter referred to as “Humber” or “the College”).

Scope:

This applies to all full and contract faculty of the College.

Definitions:

 Academic Credentials: a credential from an accredited postsecondary institution that indicates that the person has successfully completed a particular course of study (e.g. bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate degree).

Breadth Courses: courses outside of the core field of study which are taken as electives.

Professional Credentials: a credential from a certifying or regulatory body warranting that the professional or tradesperson has the essential knowledge and skills of a specified domain necessary for safe and appropriate practice of the profession or trade.

Policy:

1. Academic Credential Requirements

All Programs

1.1. Normally, faculty members teaching within a given program are required to hold an academic credential at least one credential higher than the level of the credential which the student will earn upon graduation from the given program.  This credential must be related to the discipline of the course(s) being taught for degree level programs.

1.2. All faculty members teaching within a given program may also be required to possess the appropriate qualifications and fields of expertise, and where relevant, be practitioners.

Degree Programs

1.3. All faculty members teaching core courses in a degree program:

a) will hold an advanced academic credential, normally the terminal credential, at least one credential higher than a baccalaureate in the field study or in a closely related field/discipline; and
b) no fewer than 50 percent of the faculty members teaching core courses within a given degree program will hold the terminal academic credential in the field of study or in a closely related field/discipline.1

1.4   All faculty members teaching breadth courses:

a) will hold an advanced academic credential, normally the terminal credential but at least one credential higher than a baccalaureate in the field of study or in a closely related field/discipline; and
b) no fewer than 50 percent of the faculty members teaching non-core courses within a given degree program will hold the terminal academic credential in the field of study or in a closely related field/discipline.1

1.5  Any exceptions to 1.3. or 1.4 must:

a) be based on the absence of a related program credential in a university or other extraordinary circumstances; and
b) be justified in writing with specific reference to the credential requirements of this policy and approved by the President, or, on explicit delegation, the College’s senior academic officer.

( 1. The doctorate is normally the terminal academic credential in the fields or discipline with the exception of studio disciplines where a master’s degree in the field/discipline is more typical.)

2. Verification of Academic Credential

Faculty members must provide evidence to the College of their credential(s). Credentials issued from institutions outside of Canada will be evaluated for purposes of teaching in all Humber College programs.  International credentials must be proven to meet the standard of similarly named credentials offered by Canadian institutions. The College will  hold on file verification that the highest academic credential claimed was actually awarded. Academic credentials must be released directly to the College by the awarding institution.

3. Professional Credential Requirements

Normally, faculty teaching in those fields where a professional accreditation, registration or licence is required will be expected to hold that accreditation, professional registration or licence to teach.  For example, faculty teaching nursing subjects are required to be registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario; faculty teaching accounting are required to hold a CGA, CA, CMA, or the equivalent.  In those fields where accreditation is not mandatory, faculty will be expected to hold the related accreditation or commit to pursue it within a five-year period.

4. Work Experience

Faculty teaching courses that are directly workplace related are required to have a minimum of five years appropriate experience in the field.

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