Faculty Rank Qs


Faculty ranking allows the University to recognize and reward those faculty who have shown diligence, commitment, and growth in professional skill and effectiveness. Faculty ranks involve a modest increase in adjunct pay, preferential or priority scheduling of courses, some level of guaranteed teaching assignments, participation in AGS faculty leadership activities, and recognition of professional accomplishment through digital badging.

There are 3 ranks. Adjunct Faculty, Senior Adjunct Faculty, and Master Adjunct Faculty.

You can view the specific requirements and benefits of each rank on this AGS Faculty Ranking & Promotion info graphic (PDF).
You will retain that status. However, new requirements will apply to your credentials from here on out: credential expiration & renewal (3 years), maintaining credentials through faculty development activities, annual faculty evaluations, etc. Promotion to a higher rank will be done using the new system.

Yes, at first. But we recognize that some adjuncts have a significant amount of experience and skills gained from previous teaching. Once you are established as an OKWU adjunct instructor, communicate with one of the AGS Deans to discuss ways we can recognize that experience.  Generally speaking, we would ask you to provide some form of evidence for certain credentials or development topics for hich we can then award the relevant digital badge. For instance, you may have completed teaching training at another institution, created or taught professional workshops related to some aspect of teaching, and so forth. Provided that those activities have been done within the last 4-5 years, we will be happy to recognize those retroactively.

We will also look at granting exceptions to the time and teaching load requirements if you have taught a comparable number of courses and timeframe at a comparable institution.

You will, but we will help. We are trying to make that process easy on both you and us using our digital badging system. Badges are issued for the key training or development activities. You have the option to collect and manage your badges using Mozilla Backpack, a free service for digital badging. You will also be responsible for providing additional evidence of any outside training events or accomplishments you wish to be considered for your promotion application.
That is certainly up to you. We will not require our faculty to use these tools or take advantage of ongoing professional development opportunities. However, those who do participate in the development and ranking system will be given teaching and scheduling priority over those who do not. Also, adjunct faculty credentials are no longer open-ended. They automatically expire after 3 years unless there is active participation in some kind of training or faculty development.

Simply put, we are looking to invest in those who are looking to invest in us. Which we think describes most of our faculty.

Faculty rank credentials will be good for 3 years. Credentials can be automatically renewed by earning 3 professional faculty development badges within that 3-year time.