Faculty Status (Definitions)

Participating, Supporting, Academically and Professionally Qualified



Participating Faculty: definition


Participating faculty are engaged in other activities than teaching only. They may be full-time faculty who are active researchers and publishers of refereed journal articles, beyond the school‘s minimum standard of publication, or they may be full time faculty members whose service activities surpasses all standard expectations. Alternatively, they may be part-time faculty (adjuncts) who are engaged in service activities beyond simply teaching the course(s) they have been assigned. Service may take various forms: participation in faculty meetings & department meetings, participation in ad hoc committees for purposes of curriculum or program development, student club mentoring, chaperoning and mentoring student groups for competitions in their respective fields, participation in university-wide meetings, recruitment or advancement activities on behalf of the school, alumni relations activities, etc.


Supporting Faculty: definition


Faculty members who are not “participating” are said to be “supporting.”

Academically Qualified Faculty: definition


To be recognized as “academically qualified”, faculty must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Hold the terminal degree in the discipline of teaching


  • Support its teaching, in particular its graduate teaching, with scholarly pursuits and sustained scholarly output to guarantee currency in field, to support excellent teaching and to validate one‘s scholarship with the recognition from one‘s peers.

Scholarly pursuits may consist of contributions to basic knowledge, to applied knowledge or to pedagogical scholarship in discipline. Contributions must be publically accessible and reviewable by peers. Contributions typically are embodied by quality refereed journal publications, but a few may also consist of very substantial other forms of contributions such as monographs, book chapters, grant reports for competitive grant awards by federal agencies or national foundations, etc.

Currently, at COB, the criteria for scholarly activity by academically qualified faculty is a minimum of three refereed journal articles in discipline, published in reasonably selective journals (forty percent acceptance rate or lower), over the most recent five year period, or equivalent, and a “pipeline” of other activities (grant writing as PI or co-PI, proceedings publications, presentations, etc.) that suggests the minimum publication criterion will realistically be sustained over the subsequent five-year periods.

Note that faculty members are considered academically qualified in discipline for five years after the defense of a doctoral dissertation, and as ABD (all but dissertation) between the time of the acceptance of a dissertation proposal and its defense, for a maximum of two years. Note also, that deviations from these criteria may be acceptable, such as a terminal degree in a field related to the discipline of teaching, or a terminal degree in an unrelated discipline. However, the burden of the academic qualification will rest substantially on a more considerable output of quality refereed journal articles in field.

Graduate faculty is faculty recognized by the Purdue University Graduate School. Such faculty holds a terminal degree and has a record of publications. It is exceptional and only on a term by term basis that other type of faculty may be allowed to teach a graduate class.

Professionally Qualified Faculty: definition


To be recognized as “professionally qualified”, faculty must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Possess a master‘s degree (or a higher level of qualification) in a discipline related to the area of teaching responsibilities,

and either

  • Work full time in a professional capacity related to the discipline of teaching,


  • Come at the time of hiring with significant professional experience in duration and

level of responsibilities, and demonstrate continuous development activities to maintain intellectual capital and currency in teaching, commensurate to the level of teaching.

Qualifying development activities for a full time faculty member to sustain the status of “professionally qualified” faculty may vary from field to field and include: intellectual contributions (academic publications, professional publications, grant awards), maintenance of professional certifications (HRM, CPA, CFA, etc.), acquisition of new and relevant professional certifications, board memberships, active consulting practice, delivery of successful executive programs, publication of textbooks or supporting

materials, production of technical reports in the public domain, maintenance of a significant role in a business enterprise, publication of a regular feature in a trade journal, active pursuit of a doctoral degree, etc.

A faculty member must have a least one substantial, ongoing development activity during the most current five-year period. Because each situation is different, according to the field of teaching, the past professional experience of the faculty member, and the variety of recognized activities, the department head and the faculty member must decide at hiring and subsequently, at evaluation time in spring, exactly what activities and level of involvement will “meet expectations” for retaining the professionally qualified status.


Other: definition


Faculty members who are neither “academically” nor “professionally” qualified are categorized as “other.”