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Iowa law establishes the process for community colleges to plan for the hiring and professional development of faculty and sets minimum qualifications for arts & sciences and career technical instructors. The following documents provide an overview of state standards for instructor qualifications and professional development.
- The Department of Education's response to questions raised by the Community College Human Resources Directors - released 8/21/08.
Quality Faculty Plans
- Community college institutional quality faculty plans guide the hiring and development of community college credit instructors and certain other employee classifications. Each plan is established by the college's quality faculty plan committee consisting of instructors and administrators and are approved by the institution's board of directors.
The purpose of the quality faculty plan process is for colleges to guide the hiring and professional development of faculty to ensure competence.
- Community college quality faculty plan committees consist of both faculty and administrators and must meet the requirements of Iowa code section 260C.36.
Minimum Faculty Standards
All community college-employed instructors who are under contract for at least half-time or more, and by July 1, 2011, all instructors teaching college credit coursework, are required to meet minimum standards.
Legislation in 2007 and 2008 expanded minimum faculty standards to apply to additional groups of community college instructors.
Faculty Advisory Committee
The Community College Faculty Advisory Committee was established to: 1) keep faculty informed of higher education issues, 2) facilitate communication between faculty and the department on an ongoing basis, and 3) to serve as an advisory committee to the department and community colleges on faculty issues. The committee, as required by Iowa Code 260C.36, consists of arts & sciences, and career & technical education faculty.