Before a formal search to fill a faculty position can begin, authorization must be obtained from the President of the University. The responsibility for initiation of formal search procedures rests with the School Dean. The position to be filled will be appropriately advertised. The School Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs will appoint a Search Committee.
The Search Committee must follow policy with regard to Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. Two basic considerations when searching for highly qualified candidates are the strong academic credentials, experience, evidence of continued scholarships and outstanding teaching ability.
The rudimentary guideline, when assessing appropriate academic credentials for full-time and adjunct faculty in the bachelors degree level, is completion of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching fields and a masters degree. Every effort, however, is made to employ those holding doctorate or recognized terminal degree. Exemplary experience in the given teaching field may also be allowed with appropriate documentation. Faculty teaching graduate courses are expected to hold a terminal degree.
The Human Resources Director will receive applications, send acknowledgments, and provide the Search Committee access to the resumes. When the pool of candidates is narrowed by the Search Committee, a recommendation to invite and interview the qualified finalists will be made. They will interview with the Search Committee, School Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and President. The candidate preferred for the position will be recommended to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the President. The President of the University, after consultation with School Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, will extend an offer of employment to the selected candidate or will request a continued search.