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Metrics for Tested Experiences

When a department offers highly applied or skilled courses, it may need to hire instructional staff who do not meet traditional qualifications (i.e., one degree level related to and above the level of course that they are teaching).  In this situation, the department may either elect to use the University Metric for Tested Experience (described below) or create an approved Departmental Metric for Tested Experience.

Please note: For tenured and tenure-track faculty, traditional qualifications should be employed.  By traditional qualifications, we have in mind an academic degree relevant to what they are teaching and at least one level above the level at which they teach, except in programs for terminal degrees or when equivalent experience is established. In terminal degree programs, faculty members possess the same level of degree.

Tested Experience can only be used for non-tenure-track faculty teaching highly applied or highly skilled undergraduate courses.  Tested experience includes a bachelor’s degree in the field related to the courses to be taught plus at least five years of significant professional experience directly related to the courses being taught as well as demonstration of teaching excellence.

University Metric for Tested Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree in the field of the course being taught;

  2. Evidence of teaching excellence via one of more of the following assessments: prior course evaluations, review of syllabi, or demonstration of teaching during interview;

  3. Relevant and significant professional experience, demonstrated by one or more of the following:

    • At least five years of managerial or executive-level professional experience or highly applied technical experience in the field of the course being taught

    • Licensure and at least five years of clinical/professional experience in the field of the course being taught

    • At least 18 credit hours of graduate-level academic coursework in the field of the course being taught plus at least four years of significant professional and/or teaching experience in the field of the course being taught;

    • Professional certificate (that involves at least 18 credits) in the field of the course being taught plus at least four years of significant professional and/or teaching experience in the field of the course being taught;

    • Demonstrated fluency (using the proficiency standards of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) in the foreign language being taught.

Departmental Metric for Tested Experience - Instructional Staff for Undergraduate Courses

To create a departmental metric for tested experience, you should create a document that includes the information below, Departments should create a department metric if it anticipates hiring non-tenured or non-tenure-track instructional staff using the tested experience qualifications and the university metric for tested experience is not appropriate for your context.

Submit the proposed departmental metric to the Dean and the Academic Personnel Office for approval. Once approved, keep the metric in a departmental file to ensure that you are applying the tested experience qualifications consistently.

Please note: A departmental metric must be submitted and approved by the Dean as well as Assistant Provost, Academic Personnel, prior to hiring any instructor using tested experience.

Date:

Name of Academic Department:

Name of Academic Program:

List of highly applied or highly skilled courses in the program where you may hire instructional staff using the tested experience qualifications:

List of relevant bachelor’s degrees for teaching each type of highly applied or skilled course:

Description of relevant and significant professional experience for instructors of each type of highly applied/skilled course:

Demonstration of Teaching Excellence:

(Note: Examples include review of syllabi, former course evaluation data, demonstration of teaching during hiring interview.)