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3.07 Placement of Newly Hired Faculty

Chapter Three: Instructional Affairs

Procedure Title: Placement of Newly Hired Faculty
Based On: Board Policies 3 and 8
Procedure Number: 3.07
Date Adopted/Revised: September 20, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; July 19, 2010
Placement on the salary schedule for newly hired faculty will generally be determined by educational level and experience. The salary schedule is on file in the office of the Vice President of Learning, and is revised annually in accordance with budget decisions.
I. Educational levels.
A. Less than Minimum Qualifications
B. Minimum Qualifications
C. Master’s plus 12
D. Master’s plus 24
E. Master’s plus 36
F. Master’s plus 48
G. Earned Doctorate
II. Experience.
Minimum Qualifications. If the College expects to employ a person one-half time or more during the nine-month term, he or she will be placed on the salary schedule. If the College expects to employ a faculty member less than one-half time during the nine-month term, except for individuals participating in the College approved phased retirement plans, he or she will be paid at the adjunct faculty rate. Payments for overloads and summer employment will be at the adjunct faculty rate. Minimum Qualifications are:
A. Minimum Qualifications for faculty members who teach in programs designed for transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree Program, who teach in developmental courses other than ABE and GED, or who teach general education courses in Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be a Master’s Degree or its equivalent in the subject field to be taught.
B. Minimum Qualifications for instructors in Associate of Applied Science Degree programs will be a Baccalaureate Degree in the subject field to be taught or a closely related field ( i.e., Vocational or Technical Education), unless a higher degree is required by accreditation standards.
C. Minimum Qualifications for persons teaching in a certificate program will be an Associate Degree and national certification by a recognized licensing certification organization in the subject field to be taught. If an Associate Degree and/or national licensing or certification does not exist, the administration will ascertain that the person has sufficient training and experience to instruct in the area.
D. Minimum Qualifications for ABE instructors in Grade Levels 0-8.8 will be a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education or in Special Education, a current Arkansas Teaching Certificate, and Adult Education certification. “Minimum Qualifications” for GAE Grade Levels 8.9-12.0 will be a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline, an Arkansas Teaching Certificate, and Adult Education certification. An appropriate discipline is defined as the primary subject area being taught, i.e., Math, English or ESL.
E. Newly hired faculty members with no teaching experience or relevant work experience will begin at the lowest experience step based upon their educational level. Faculty members with teaching experience at the post-secondary level will be awarded a step on the salary schedule for each year of teaching experience up to the sixth step. Persons with teaching experience other than at the post-secondary level are granted experience at the rate of one step for each two years of teaching experience up to the sixth step. Teaching experience while a graduate assistant will not be computed for advanced placement on the salary schedule. The maximum step placement using a combination of post-secondary and other than post-secondary teaching experience will be the sixth step.
F. New occupational or health related faculty members who have directly related work experience will be granted a step for each two (2) years of experience up to the sixth step. The maximum step placement using a combination of teaching and work experience will be the sixth step. Work experience in an apprenticeship program will not be computed for advanced placement on the salary schedule.
III. Exceptions.
In the event that a person’s qualifications do not meet the above requirements and the Vice President who supervises the area feels that the person should be paid at a base other than “Less than Minimum Qualifications,” he or she will outline his or her reasons for requesting an exception, and such exception will be approved by the President and placed in the faculty member’s file before a teaching assignment is made.
IV. Critical Need.
In those cases when a faculty member, due to scarcity or market factors, cannot be hired on the faculty salary schedule, the administration may establish a “critical need category” which will allow the administration to exceed the faculty salary schedule guidelines when hiring a faculty member in the critical area. This category will only be used after exhaustive steps have been taken to fill the position.