Higher Education Faculty Register Policy

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Purpose

This policy outlines the procedures regarding the Alphacrucis College (AC) Higher Education (HE) Faculty Register and defines the qualifications and/or professional experience required to be a HE faculty member at AC campuses and Higher Education Third Parties (HETPs).

Scope

All campuses and HETPs
All HE courses of study

Policy

AC maintains an AC Higher Education Faculty Register to identify approved lecturers and their approved subject areas. The Register is maintained by the Academic Quality and Administration Department.

AC and HETP faculty with primary instructional responsibility for a subject are to be qualified, in a relevant field, to at least one Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) qualification level higher than the subject being taught (AQF+1) or are to demonstrate equivalent professional experience. Occasional guest or associate lecturers under supervision, professional experience mentors, and subject tutors and markers under supervision, are exempt from this requirement. Subject Coordinators should always be AQF+1 to the subject they coordinate.

Lecturers may be appointed, even though they do not hold qualifications at least one AQF level higher than the course of study being taught, providing they can demonstrate a satisfactory combination of academic knowledge and professional experience in order to provide the most benefit to students.

Professional Equivalence Criteria

The following are the minimum criteria for professional experience equivalence:

  1. Professional experience must be current and relevant to the subject being taught;
  2. Deans of Faculty are responsible for employment of HE academic staff and therefore must be satisfied that the professional experience will provide relevant staff with the appropriate level of skills, knowledge and application of skills and knowledge. This responsibility may be delegated to an Associate Dean or Head of Discipline;
  3. The assessment of the professional experience of an individual should be based on demonstrable expertise. Examples of demonstrable expertise include:
  • Previous teaching experience in the field of expertise at a recognition Australian tertiary higher education provider or international higher education provider of equivalent standard;
  • leadership in the development of professional standards or participation in relevant boards, advisory board and professional networks;
  • relevant industry experience in a role that requires higher order judgement and the provision of expert advice, or a role at a senior level;
  • managing significant projects in the field of expertise;
  • testimonials, awards or other recognition that acknowledges leadership or expertise in the field of study;
  • contributions in the field of study through participation in advisory boards and professional networks;
  • peer reviewed publications in the field of study; other reputable publications such as books and reports;
  • leadership or management of research in relevant field/s acknowledged by peers.
  1. The Subject Coordinator for each subject is available for provision of advice during the delivery of the subject.

General guidelines for assessing professional equivalence:

AQF level to be taught

Equivalence

Level 5 – Diploma

Level 7 or above is generally expected without relying on professional experience.

Level 7  - Bachelor

Level 7 qualification and current registration (if applicable) to practice within the relevant profession;

Plus either:

Three years relevant professional experience in the last five years;

OR

Study in a relevant Level 8 course or above plus some relevant professional experience, together totalling three years.

Level 8  - Honours, Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas

Level 8 qualification and current registration (if applicable) to practice within the relevant profession;

Plus either:

Three years relevant professional experience in the last five years;

OR

Study in a relevant Level 9 course or above, plus some relevant professional experience, together totalling three years.

Level 9 - Masters by research or coursework

Level 9 qualification and current registration (if applicable) to practice within the relevant profession;

Plus either:

Five years relevant professional experience in the last ten years;

OR

Study in a relevant doctoral program plus some relevant professional experience, together totalling five years.

Level 10 - Doctorate by research or coursework

This does not allow primary supervision of a doctoral student

Level 9 qualification and current registration (if applicable) to practice within the relevant profession;

Plus either:

A minimum of ten years FTE relevant professional experience with at least five of those years at a senior level;

OR

Confirmed candidature in a relevant doctoral program plus some relevant professional experience together totalling ten years.

 

 

 

Responsible for implementation

Chair, Learning and Teaching Committee

Key stakeholders

Whole college

Related documents

AC Academic Staff Abbreviated CV


Procedures

HE Faculty Register Procedure

Faculty or potential lecturers may apply to be admitted to the AC HE Faculty Register and thereby deliver as required approved subjects. To be admitted to the Faculty Register, the following steps must be followed:

1. Apply to the appropriate Dean of Faculty or delegated representative

Faculty or potential lecturers are required to submit a copy of their CV and supporting documents (e.g. testamurs) to the appropriate Dean of Faculty. This requires a summary of their qualifications, relevant publishing and research activity, teaching experience and relevant industry and professional experience.

The Dean of Faculty or delegated representative reviews the application and either approves, declines or refers the application. The applicant will be informed within seven (7) days of application. In situations of uncertainty, the Dean of Faculty can consult relevant colleagues and peers.

If the application is declined or if the applicant is dis-satisfied with the outcome, the applicant may discuss the decision with the Dean of Faculty. Following the discussion, the Dean of Faculty may invite the applicant to re-apply.

2. Update the HE Faculty Register

The Dean of Faculty or delegated representative forwards the CV of the approved applicant to the Academic Quality Administration Department who will create a Faculty Profile page. If a lecturer or other faculty member is being appointed on the basis of professional equivalence, this appointment must be approved in writing by the appropriate Dean of Faculty before an employment contract is issued.

3. Maintaining currency of the HE Faculty Register

It is the responsibility of the faculty member to keep his/her Faculty Profile current. Twice each year a reminder will be sent to all faculty members to update their profiles.