Compliance Certification Report

3.7.1
The institution employs competent faculty members qualified to accomplish the mission and goals of the institution. When determining acceptable qualifications of its faculty, an institution gives primary consideration to the highest earned degree in the discipline. The institution also considers competence, effectiveness, and capacity, including, as appropriate, undergraduate and graduate degrees, related work experiences in the field, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, continuous documented excellence in teaching, or other demonstrated competencies and achievements that contribute to effective teaching and student learning outcomes. For all cases, the institution is responsible for justifying and documenting the qualifications of all its faculty. (See Commission guidelines "Faculty Credentials.") (Faculty Competence)
√ Compliant
Partially Compliant
Non-Compliant
Narrative:
(Commission guidelines (a), (b), and (c) under Commission guidelines “Faculty Credentials” do not apply to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) since we offer only upper division baccalaureate and graduate programs. UTMB is in compliance with (d) and (e) for faculty teaching baccalaureate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate courses, and with (f) regarding graduate teaching assistants.)

Evidence of compliance with the requirements that UTMB employ competent faculty members can be found in the UTMB Faculty Roster for instructional staff, which lists all full-time and part-time faculty teaching credit courses during the academic term the compliance certification is submitted and for two terms proceeding that term (1a) (1b) (1c) (1d). Documents that form the basis of the information in the Faculty Roster are included in files maintained in the offices of the dean of each of the four schools.

The mission of UTMB, "to provide scholarly teaching, innovative scientific investigation, and state-of-the-art patient care in a learning environment to better the health of society," serves as the foundation for all of its teaching, research, and service activities which are carried out primarily by its faculty. The university has established policies and procedures that are designed to recruit and retain a high quality faculty with the competence, effectiveness, and capacity to offer excellence in teaching, research, and service. Specifically, the institution has policies and practices governing recruitment, selection, appointment, and evaluation of all faculty members, appointment to the graduate faculty, and reappointment, promotion, and tenure of its faculty. An important purpose of these policies and practices is to both ensure that the faculty has the characteristics and competencies to effectively implement the university's mission and that the faculty qualifications meet national accreditation standards for UTMB’s health profession programs. Distance education courses are taught by the same faculty that teach at the UTMB campus. The primary documents articulating these policies and practices are the UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures (IHOP) and faculty handbooks for the School of Medicine (SOM) (2) , School of Nursing (SON) (3a) (3b), School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) (4), and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) Bylaws and Academic Policies (5).

The Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures identifies three general categories of faculty employed at UTMB: 1) tenure track faculty, 2) non-tenure track faculty, and 3) other academic faculty titles. There are several types of non-tenure track faculty appointments, including instructor, lecturer, assistant instructor or teaching associate, teaching assistant, and persons appointed to full-time positions for the primary purpose of research, patient care, or other activities. Other academic faculty titles include Regental Professors, Ashbel Smith Professors, Professor, Chair, or Associate Professor Emeritus, visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, and clinical faculty. Duties, full or part time status, and length of appointment vary among all but the Regental, Ashbel Smith, and Emeritus professors and are delineated in the IHOP (6).

Each college dean is responsible for monitoring faculty and graduate teaching assistant credentials (7). Official transcripts showing the highest degree earned in the teaching discipline or related disciplines are maintained in the offices of the deans and primary consideration is given to the highest earned degree in the discipline. Degree credentials of international faculty members are monitored in three interrelated processes. Deans require a transcript or equivalent from each faculty candidate during the interview process. A degree evaluation for individuals with non-immigrant visa applications if the degree was awarded outside the US. The services of Scanlon International are used for translations and equivalencies if needed. The Department of Human Resources also verifies degree credentials as a condition of employment. If necessary, that office will also check the status of the international educational institution and they may request that the applicant submit a diploma for verification. The Human Resource process described here applies to all credentials awarded by non-US institutions (8).

For the 2005-2006 academic year, all full-time faculty members met credential standards either through earned degrees or through an assessment of the composite of their educational background and professional and academic accomplishments. As Table 3.7.1A shows, 77% of full-time instructional faculty in Fall Semester 2005 held doctoral degrees, 23% had master's degrees, and 1% had a baccalaureate degree with other qualifications.

Table 3.7.1A. Faculty Numbers, Percents, and Highest Degree Earned

 

 

Highest Degree Earned

School

Primary Faculty Appointment

Number & Percent with Doctoral Degree

Number & Percent with Masters Degree

Number & Percent with Baccalaureate and Other Qualifications (i.e., licensure, experience, graduate hours, etc.)

Nursing

41

28 (68%)

12 (29%)

1 (2%)

Allied Health Sciences

54

33 (61%)

21 (39%)

0 (0%)

Medicine

51

51 (100%)

0 (0%)

0 (0%)

Total

146

112 (77%)

33 (23%)

1 (1%)


Faculty teaching graduate and post-baccalaureate courses: All doctoral level classes are taught by doctoral prepared faculty. Almost 90% of all master’s level courses are taught by doctoral prepared faculty, while 10% are taught by faculty with a master’s degree in the subject or in a related field. In the SAHS, there is one faculty with a baccalaureate degree teaching in a master’s program.

Faculty teaching School of Medicine courses: A summary of faculty credentials for faculty for the instructor of record only is shown in Table 3.7.1A. All courses in the School of Medicine are taught by faculty with earned medical doctorates or a Ph.D. or equivalent in the teaching discipline or a related discipline. In addition, faculty in the School of Medicine may have other qualifications, including other educational background, extensive work experience, and/or other professional accomplishments. All faculty teaching courses in the School of Medicine have been judged to have credentials that qualify them to teach designated courses. Prior to assigning a faculty member to a course, the department, division or program director/chair reviews credentials. The Dean has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that faculty members meet credentials requirements and that proper documentation is maintained. In addition, faculty appointments are reviewed by an appropriate faculty committee within each of the departments and the appointments and promotion committee for the School of Medicine for approval.
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Source
1a
UTMB Faculty Roster, School of Medicine
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
1b
UTMB Faculty Roster, School of Nursing
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
1c
UTMB Faculty Roster, School of Allied Health Sciences
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
1d
UTMB Faculty Roster, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Hard copy located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
2
UTMB School of Medicine Reference Guide for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure
http://www.som.utmb.edu/APT_Files/APTrefbook.pdf
3a
UTMB School of Nursing General Principles and Guidelines for AAPT Tenure Track Criteria
http://sonweb.utmb.edu/sonnet/
3b
UTMB School of Nursing General Principles and Guidelines for AAPT Non-Tenure Track Criteria
http://sonweb.utmb.edu/sonnet/
4
UTMB School of Allied Health Sciences Faculty Handbook: Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure
http://www.sahs.utmb.edu/faculty_handbook/
5
UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Bylaws and Academic Policies
http://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/bylaws.pdf
6
UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 5, Faculty Policies, Policy 5.3.2, General Policies for Academic Titles
http://intranet.utmb.edu/Policies_And_Procedures/Faculty_Related/PNP_004929
7
UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 5, Faculty Policies, Policy 5.3.6, Procedures for appointment, Promotion, or Membership in all Schools
http://intranet.utmb.edu/Policies_And_Procedures/Faculty_Related/PNP_004933
8
UTMB Institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures, Section 5, Faculty Policies, Policy 5.5.6
http://intranet.utmb.edu/Policies_And_Procedures/TOCNew/index.htm