A. General Considerations in Faculty Appointments

Appointments to the faculty are based upon an assessment of at least the following:

  1. The faculty member’s demonstrated professional competence;
  2. Potential for future contribution to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and
  3. Institutional needs and resources. (Section 3.1 of the Tenure Document.)

Professional and Scholarly Preparation

Professional and scholarly preparation required for appointment varies by rank, discipline, and position.

To be qualified for professional rank (assistant professor, associate professor, and professor), a person is expected to hold the appropriate terminal degree from a regionally accredited institution, or present evidence of comparable professional distinction in the field. (Section 3.2 of the Tenure Document.) To be qualified for the rank of instructor, a person is expected to be a candidate for the appropriate terminal degree or present evidence of comparable professional distinction in the field. It is expected that an instructor will complete the work necessary to be qualified for the rank of assistant professor and become eligible to be considered for promotion to that rank after one year and in no case shall appointment at this rank exceed two years. (Section 3.4.1 of the Tenure Document.)

Other, special faculty, appointments (see Section 3.4 of the Tenure Document) must meet or exceed the following minimum criteria described in Section 4.8 of the Criteria for Accreditation of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS):

4.8.2.2 Baccalaureate

Each full-time and part-time faculty member teaching credit courses leading toward the baccalaureate degree, other than physical education activities courses, must have completed at least 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline and hold at least a master’s degree, or hold the minimum of a master’s degree with a major in the teaching discipline. In exceptional cases, outstanding professional experience and demonstrated contributions to the teaching discipline may be presented in lieu of formal academic preparation. Such exceptions must be justified by the institution on an individual basis.

4.8.2.3 Graduate

Each faculty member teaching courses at the master’s and specialist degree level must hold the terminal degree, usually the earned doctorate, in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. In some instances, the master’s degree in the discipline may be considered the terminal degree, such as the M.F.A., the M.S.W., and the M.L.S.; in others, a master’s degree in the discipline coupled with a doctoral degree in a related discipline is considered appropriate. It is the responsibility, however, of the institution to justify the master’s degree, or master’s in the discipline coupled with a related doctorate, as the terminal degree for faculty members teaching in those disciplines. All faculty members teaching courses at the doctor’s degree level must hold the earned doctorate in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

The Commission recognizes also that in unusual cases institutions may appropriately include as graduate faculty members those who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly or creative activity, or professional experience, but who may not possess the required academic credentials. There also may be an occasion when a new graduate discipline is in its formative stage in higher education and there are no faculty members available with academic credentials in the discipline. In either case, when an institution presents indicators of competence or academic credentials other than the doctorate in the discipline for its graduate faculty, it must justify the employment of such faculty.

Criminal Background Check Disclosure Statement

The University requires that criminal background checks be conducted on all new EPA non-faculty appointments. When a candidate is brought to campus for an interview, he/she completes the Criminal Background Check Disclosure Form. Once a finalist is selected, the unit head/division designee forwards his/her disclosure form to Academic Affairs and a criminal background check is conducted. When the check is completed, Academic Affairs will notify the contact person listed on the disclosure form. The hiring unit may then proceed with the offer of employment. In exceptional cases an offer of employment may be made prior to the completion of the Criminal Background Check, but the appointment is contingent on the completion of the criminal background check. The Criminal Background Reporting Procedures are available on the Office of Legal Affairs' website.