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Section E
Minimum Qualifications to Teach

E-1: Minimum Qualifications to Teach

Adoption Date: 05/18/92  |  Revision Date: 01/21/03  |  Revision Date: 08/31/10  |  Revision Date: 06/30/15 | Revision Date: 12/04/18

The Board of Trustees shall requires all teaching faculty to have necessary qualifications prior to teaching the College's college credit and adult education courses. Consequently, the College President or his designee(s), in consultation with the faculty and subject to Board approval, shall establish minimum qualifications to teach. The minimum qualifications to teach shall not contradict the laws of the state of Illinois or the guidelines established by the state’s governing board(s) of higher education or the Higher Learning Commission.

The "Listing of Minimum Qualifications to Teach" according to field/discipline, shall be maintained in the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The "Listing of Minimum Qualifications to Teach" shall be reviewed by the Faculty Executive Council and the administration in order to determine if any changes are necessary. Proposed changes shall require the approval of the College President.

In addition to the qualifications to teach in the discpline/program, all faculty members teaching online must meet the Minimum Qualifications to Teach Online approved jointly by the Union and the College.

Guidelines for Employment and Assignment

The tenets below are to serve as guidelines for employment and for assignment to teach college credit and adult education courses. However, nothing in the statements shall be interpreted to contradict the Faculty Federation-Board Agreement or the laws of the State of Illinois.

  1. Final approval in the appointment of all full-time faculty is the responsibility of the Board of Trustees.
  2. The right of assignment of all full-time and adjunct faculty who meet the minimum requirement to teach in disciplines for which they qualify is the responsibility of the administration.
  3. The expertise of current faculty shall be recognized as essential in evaluating the credentials of applicants and determining their qualifications to teach.
  4. Faculty and administrators will work together in the screening and recommendation process for faculty appointments. The selection process must be consistent with the College's affirmative action/equal opportunity policy and state regulations.
  5. The minimum qualifications to teach shall apply equally to full-time, temporary and adjunct faculty positions. Applicants will be evaluated on their academic credentials and their oral, written and interpersonal skills. In some disciplines, licensure, certification, or relevant work experience will also be required.
  6. The Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Vice President of Community and Economic Development, with the approval of the President, may require applicants for full-time positions to meet additional criteria.
  7. Full-time faculty members are expected to teach in the discipline in which they were hired, but interested faculty may teach in another discipline, approved by their dean, if they meet the minimum qualifications and if it serves the College’s needs.
  8. Full-time faculty members who are unable to attain a full teaching load in their contract discipline may choose an assignment in another discipline in which they meet the minimum qualifications. In that case, they should make their selection once the full-time faculty members have selected their load but before they have selected their overload.
  9. Full-time faculty members who choose to carry an overload outside their contract discipline may do so if they are qualified, but only after the full-time faculty members in the other discipline have selected their teaching assignments including overload.