Academic Qualification / Professional Qualification Policy

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION POLICY

College of Business & Economics, UWRF

(Approved by CBE Faculty Development committee 04/2012)
(Approved by CBE Faculty 09/05/2012; effective immediately)

Academic Qualification (AQ)

Academic qualification refers to a basic level of expertise and currency required of a faculty member teaching at the university level.  Academic qualification requires a combination of original academic preparation (degree completion) augmented by subsequent activities that maintain or establish preparation for current teaching responsibilities. 

Maintenance of currency in the teaching area may involve a variety of professional development activities and the production of intellectual contributions directly related to the teaching area.  CBE administrators are required to maintain their academic qualification.

Intellectual Contributions

Participating faculty (i.e., full-time faculty engaged in college activities beyond teaching responsibilities) are expected to produce intellectual contributions in order to attain and/or maintain academic qualification.  

The three basic categories of intellectual contributions are: 1) contributions to learning and pedagogical research, 2) contributions to practice, and 3) discipline-based scholarship.  Given our mission, which focuses on providing undergraduate programs along with an MBA, the full portfolio among CBE faculty must include significant proportions of contributions to learning and pedagogical research and contributions to practice.  However, discipline-based scholarship is also encouraged.  

Intellectual contributions should: 1) exist in public written form, and 2) have been subject to scrutiny by academic peers or practitioners prior to publication.  The college's portfolio of intellectual contributions must include a significant proportion of peer reviewed journal articles and/or scholarly books, research monographs, or sections/chapters of such publications that are also subject to peer review process.  Peer review is defined as a process of independent review prior to publication of a faculty member's work by an editorial board/committee acknowledged as possessing expertise in the field. 

Initial Academic Qualification

Initial academic qualification requires a doctoral degree in the faculty member's teaching area or a doctoral degree in a field closely related to the faculty member's teaching area. 

Maintenance of Qualification

To remain academically qualified within the CBE, the minimum requirement for intellectual contributions during the previous five years is as follows:

For undergraduate faculty, a faculty member must have produced three intellectual contributions that support their teaching assignment.  At least two of these intellectual contributions must be published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to their current teaching field.

For graduate faculty, a faculty member must have produced four intellectual contributions that support their teaching assignment.  At least two of these intellectual contributions must be published, peer-reviewed journal articles related to their current teaching field.

Examples of intellectual contributions include: journal articles; research monographs; scholarly books, first editions and subsequent revisions; textbooks, first and subsequent editions; chapters in scholarly books; proceedings from scholarly meetings; papers presented at academic or professional conferences; instructor's manuals and study guides for textbooks; papers presented at faculty research seminars; publications in trade journals; book reviews; published cases with instructional materials; technical reports related to funded research projects; instructional software; funded research grants; editorship of scholarly books; and editorship of peer-reviewed journals.

Professional Qualification (PQ)

Professional qualification requires a combination of original academic preparation (degree completion) and relevant professional experience augmented by subsequent activities that maintain or establish preparation for current teaching responsibilities.

Initial Professional Qualification

Initial Professional qualification requires:

(i) a master's degree or higher in a discipline related to the teaching assignment,

(ii) professional experience relevant to the faculty member's teaching assignment, significant in duration and level of responsibility, and current at the time of hiring.

Thus, at time of hiring, the faculty member must have the appropriate minimum qualifications as described below:

Business Law: 

1)  one of the following

  1. J.D. from an accredited law school (more than 5 years ago),
  2. or other professional law degree (such as those necessary to qualify for practice in other countries) and an L.L.M. from an accredited law school,

2) admission to the Bar in any state, and

3) five years of relevant professional experience

Accounting:

1)  Masters degree in accounting or closely related field (e.g., MBA)

2)  professional certification (i.e., CPA, CMA,) and 

3)  five or more years of relevant professional experience. 

Other Fields:

1)  Masters degree in the field or field closely related to teaching area and 

2)  five or more years of relevant professional experience including responsibilities for budgets, supervising other workers, and decision making authority. 


To maintain professional qualification, over a rolling five year period, a faculty member must have at least three qualifying activities.  One qualifying activity must come from the following list:

  • Continuing education/certification
  • Additional university coursework in the discipline
  • Attending discipline-related conferences
  • Presenting papers at academic or professional conferences
  • Designing and publishing instructional materials
  • Other intellectual contributions as defined under the AQ standard

Other qualifying activities that support professional qualification include:

  • Continued related work experience
  • Profession-related consulting
  • Serve on the board of directors of an organization where the faculty's professional experience is relevant
  • Personal involvement in managing a business enterprise (subject to university rules)