KCC will use the following process to determine whether a faculty member meets minimum qualifications in a discipline:
For general education courses, must hold a master’s degree or higher in the discipline or subfield; or a master’s degree in any field plus at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline or subfield.
For health careers courses, minimum qualifications are set on a program-by-program basis as mandated by state and federal legislation and the program’s accrediting body.
For all other career and technical education courses, must demonstrate at least one of the following
- Minimum six years of experience in the field to be taught, with appropriate occupational credential(s) or proficiency exam scores for the course(s); or
- An associate degree in the field to be taught, plus a minimum of three years of experience in the field and appropriate occupational credentialing or passing proficiency exam scores for the course/s; or
- A bachelor’s degree in the field to be taught.
All candidates to teach at KCC must submit materials to the associate dean, who will ensure the eligibility requirements are met. After review, the associate dean will recommend assignment to the Vice president for academic affairs.
When there are questions about a faculty member’s qualifications, the associate dean will consult with other faculty in the discipline. As appropriate, the associate dean may write the rationale for accepting the credentials to have included in the faculty members’ personnel file. Continued retention of employment may be contingent upon completing additional coursework.
Faculty teaching Articulated Credit do not need advanced degree qualifications.
Expectations for dual credit faculty
At the beginning of the semester, an email will be sent that details expectations and due dates for deliverables. Please also note the following:
- Calendar: An email is sent out prior to course start for due dates of midterm reports and final grades, withdrawal date, and the Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI).
- Class hours: All faculty are expected to conduct at least the minimum number of lecture and lab contact hours as approved by the Illinois Community College Board.
- Course syllabus: A copy of the syllabus must be submitted to KCC with initial paperwork.
- Course materials: Student course materials, including tests, quizzes, essays, and other graded assignments should be saved for one year, unless they are returned to students. After one year, these materials should be destroyed. Storage for course materials is available at KCC. Records of grades should be kept for a minimum of three years.
- Email: All KCC employees have an Outlook email account which may be accessed on the internet or at KCC. Outlook mail can be forwarded to another designated email. KCC’s Helpdesk (815-802-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org) can help set it up. Faculty are strongly encouraged to check their email every 24-48 hours.
- Grades: Midterm reports and final grades must be submitted in KCConnect by the dates provided in the beginning of semester email sent out by the associate dean.
- Midterm attendance: The Midterm Verification report must be completed. This consists of a check box on the page where the Midterm attendance is entered. Faculty can start submitting reports up to five days before the midterm date.
- Final grades: Faculty can start submitting grades up to five days before the official end of the course. When students earn grades of WX or F, faculty also must enter a last date of attendance.
- Grade books and End of Semester Responsibilities: At the end of the semester, an electronic copy of final grades must be submitted to the associate dean. It is a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to post grades using any portion of a student’s Social Security Number or student ID number.
- KCConnect: The faculty area has rosters, grade reporting, search for classes, the faculty member’s schedule and student profiles. KCConnect and Outlook email use the same username and password. There is a link to KCConnect on www.kcc.edu. Contact the Helpdesk at 815-802-8900 or email@example.com for assistance logging into KCConnect or any other KCC application.
- Student Evaluation of Instruction: Course evaluations will be mailed before the course midterm. Please follow the directions for distributing and returning them, which is provided with the packet. The deadline is printed on the packet.
Support for dual credit faculty
- Canvas Training: Refer to the Teaching and Learning Center website.
- Helpdesk: Contact the Helpdesk at 815-802-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any technical assistance.
- Meetings: Adjunct/dual credit faculty members are not required to attend divisional faculty meetings, but are invited and welcome to attend. Contact the division administrative assistant for meeting dates, times, and locations.
- Professional development opportunities: Formal professional development will be offered through the KCC Teaching and Learning Center and the office of the Vice president for academic affairs.
- Teaching and Learning Center/Canvas: The TLC is located in KCC Room L317. Faculty can access instructional and technological resources and assistance with Canvas is available. The TLC website has links to TLC staff, tutorials, special events and workshops, and resources.