3.5.4 Terminal Degrees of Faculty

Comprehensive Standard 3.5.4: Terminal Degrees of Faculty

At least 25 percent of the discipline course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level are taught by faculty members holding the terminal degree – usually the earned doctorate – in the discipline, or the equivalent of the terminal degree.

Compliance Partial Compliance Non-compliance

NARRATIVE:

On average, terminally qualified faculty teach 69.6% of the student credit hours in undergraduate degree programs at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USF Sarasota-Manatee).

Percentage of Credit Hours Taught by Faculty with Terminal Degrees

The table below summarizes for Fall Semester 2014 the percentage of student credit hours (SCH) taught by terminally qualified faculty for each degree program at each location. Courses included in the calculations for each major are those the students take in fulfillment of that major and do not include general education. General education calculations, however, are included separately in the table. Terminally qualified faculty teach 50.9% of the lower-level, USF Sarasota-Manatee General Education SCH and 64.9% of the upper-level Pillars courses in the USF Sarasota-Manatee Core Curriculum. The only fully online degree is the BS in Communications Sciences & Disorders with 67.2% of the faculty holding an earned doctorate.

Percentage of Student Credit Hours Taught by Terminally Qualified Faculty
Teaching in USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Degree Programs

Location Major or Concentration Number of Student Credit Hours (and percentage) in the Major or Concentration Taught by those with an appropriate Terminal Degree in the Discipline Total Number of  Student Credit Hours required for the Major or Concentration 
    # %

 

Sarasota, FL Applied Science, BSAS

1,143

42.8%

2,669

Sarasota, FL Biology, BS

496

100.0%

496

Sarasota, FL Communication Sciences & Disorders, BS

468

67.2%

696

Sarasota, FL Criminology, BA

390

59.9%

651

Sarasota, FL English, BA

273

100%

273

Sarasota, FL History, BA

369

78.3%

471

Sarasota, FL Information Technology, BSIT

264

18.2%

1,451

Sarasota, FL Interdisciplinary Social Science, BA

210

100%

210

Sarasota, FL Psychology, BA

1.565

100%

1,565

Sarasota, FL Accounting, BS/BA

339

51.8%

654

Sarasota, FL Finance, BS/BA

489

100.0%

489

Sarasota, FL General Business, BS/BA

777

73.8%

1,053

Sarasota, FL Marketing, BS/BA

684

100.0%

684

Sarasota, FL Management, BS/BA

237

26.8%

885

Sarasota, FL Professional & Technical Communication, BA

384

44.6%

861

Sarasota, FL Elementary Education, BS/BA

1,443

84.5%

1,707

North Port, FL Elementary Education, BS/BA

324

75.5%

429

Sarasota, FL Hospitality Management, BS

876

95.4%

918

Sarasota, FL TOTAL OF ALL PROGRAMS-SARASOTA*

8,727

68.5%

12,746

North Port, FL TOTAL OF NORTH PORT

324

75.5%

429

 
COMBINED TOTAL OF ALL PROGRAMS AT ALL SITES*

9,051

69.6%

12,992

Sarasota, FL General Education Course work

1,655

50.9%

3,249

All Sites USF Sarasota-Manatee Core Curriculum

804

64.9%

1,239

*Some courses are duplicated across programs. The “Total Of All Programs” line shows the unduplicated totals.

USF Sarasota-Manatee faculty members holding the terminal degree teach over 25% of the discipline course hours in each major at the baccalaureate level, with one (1) exception: Information Technology (IT) at 18.2%.

The IT program had two issues. First, the program had eight (8) concentrations in 2013-14. The faculty recognized that having this many concentrations for a small program was not sustainable with the number of students in the IT major and the number of faculty needed to teach them. Therefore, in 2014-15 the program reduced the number of concentrations to three (3), but the degree program still had students enrolled who had started the courses in the other five (5) concentrations and needed to be taught out by faculty credentialed in those areas, who typically held master’s degrees instead of doctorates. Secondly, the searches for two new doctorate-holding IT faculty members to begin teaching at USF Sarasota-Manatee in academic year 2014-15 failed in summer 2014, making it impossible to find replacements at the last minute. One faculty member with a doctorate started in January 2015 and three (3) additional began in Fall Semester 2015. One of the new IT faculty entered as a tenured Associate Professor and will oversee the growth and development of the IT program in the future to ensure that this situation does not recur. It has already turned around in Fall Semester 2015. With the addition of the new faculty members, terminally qualified IT faculty members are teaching 56% of the IT student credit hours this fall (2015).

Faculty with Terminal Degrees

As of academic year 2014-15, the faculty in the table below hold the appropriate terminal degree in the undergraduate majors at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Additional information on each faculty member below is contained in the Faculty Rosters in Comprehensive Standard 3.7.1 (Faculty Competence).

Terminally Qualified Faculty Teaching in USF Sarasota-Manatee Degree Programs
Degree Program Name of Terminally Degreed Faculty Full-Time or Part-Time Appointment
Accounting, BA/BS Nicholas Mastracchio Full-Time
Accounting, BA/BS Carol Vance Full-Time
Accounting, BA/BS Carlos Jimenez-Angueira Full-Time
Applied Science, BSAS Gerontology Kathy Black Full-Time
Applied Science, BSAS Gerontology Silvia Blanco Full-Time
Applied Science, BSAS Gerontology Jane Roberts Full-Time
Biology, BS Christelle Bouchard Full-Time
Biology, BS Justin Perrault Full-Time
Biology, BS Aparna Telang Full-Time
Biology, BS Edie Banner Full-Time
Biology, BS Ken Caswell Full-Time
Biology, BS Erinn Muller Part-Time
Biology, BS Nathan Brennan Part-Time
Biology, BS Vincent Lovko Part-Time
Biology, BS Ronald Lucchino Part-Time
Biology, BS Richard Pierce Part-Time
Communication Science & Disorders, BS Susan Fulton Full-Time
Communication Science & Disorders, BS Donna Polelle Full-Time
Communication Science & Disorders, BS Patricia Dawson Part-Time
Criminology, BA Jessica Grosholz Full-Time
Criminology, BA Spyridon Kodellas Full-Time
Criminology, BA Fawn Ngo Full-Time
Criminology, BA Ernest D. Scott Full-Time
Criminology, BA James Unnever Full-Time
Criminology, BA George Ackerman Part-Time
Criminology, BA Jason Chapman Part-Time
Criminology, BA Kenneth Henderson Part-Time
Criminology, BA Cecilia Ferradino Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Rebecca (Mary) Burns Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Marie Byrd Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Patricia Hunsader Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Anne Juola Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Janet King Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Lora Kosten Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Colleen Lord Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Jennifer Mariano Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Jody  McBrien Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Dina Osborn Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Brianne Reck Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS A. Helene Robinson Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Stephen Rushton Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS G. Patricia Wilson Full-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Terry Davis Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Jennifer Groendal Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Melinda Lundy Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Dorian Vizcain Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Jacqueline Williams Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Rubylinda Zickafoose Part-Time
Elementary Education, BA/BS Barbara Zorin Part-Time
English, BA Valerie Lipscomb Full-Time
English, BA Jane Rose Full-Time
English, BA Sukanya Senapati Full-Time
English, BA Timothy Turner Full-Time
English, BA Keith Cavedo Part-Time
English, BA Phillip Sipiora Part-Time
Finance, BA/BS Richard Borghesi Full-Time
Finance, BA/BS Kiyoung Chang Full-Time
Finance, BA/BS Thomas Pencek Full-Time
General Business, BA/BS Michael Snipes Full-Time
General Business, BA/BS Anurag Agarwal Full-Time
General Business, BA/BS Andrew Whitmore Full-Time
General Business, BA/BS Ram Govindu Full-Time
History, BA June Benowitz Full-Time
History, BA Jonathan (Scott) Perry Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Katerina Annaraud Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Keith Barron Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Katerina Berezina Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Cihan Cobanoglu Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Susan Gordon Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Serdar Ongan Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Wan Yang Full-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Bendegul Okumus Part-Time
Hospitality Management, BS/BSAS Robert Waldo Part-Time
Information Technology, BSIT/BSAS Sunita Lodwig Full-Time
Information Technology, BSIT/BSAS Hyo-Jeong Kim Full-Time
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA Eric Hodges Full-Time
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA Melissa M. Sloan Full-Time
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA Donna Trent Part-Time
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA Gary Voelkl Part-Time
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA Gary Chase Part-Time
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, BA Bonnie Silvestri Part-Time
Management, BA/BS Thomas Becker Full-Time
Management, BA/BS Jean Kabongo Full-Time
Marketing, BA/BS James Curran Full-Time
Marketing, BA/BS Ron Lennon Full-Time
Marketing, BA/BS Noel Noel Full-Time
Marketing, BA/BS John Warner Part-Time
Professional & Technical Communication, BA Wilma Davidson Full-Time
Psychology, BA Elaine Augustine Full-Time
Psychology, BA Kimberly Badanich Full-Time
Psychology, BA Mike Gillespie Full-Time
Psychology, BA Richard Reich Full-Time
Psychology, BA Christine Ruva Full-Time
Psychology, BA Margaret Aurilio Part-Time
Psychology, BA Jerome Bruns Part-Time
Psychology, BA Anne Fisher Part-Time
Psychology, BA Amy Fleece Part-Time
Psychology, BA Jennifer Gillespie Part-Time
Psychology, BA Bart Hodgens Part-Time

USF System Policy 10-115, Faculty Credentials for Teaching Undergraduate and Graduate Courses stresses the highest degree earned as the primary standard for determining a faculty member’s qualifications for teaching courses in a given discipline. In addition, USF Sarasota-Manatee follows the Faculty Credential Review Procedure within the colleges when credentialing faculty for any course. At the undergraduate level, USF Sarasota-Manatee places emphasis on the terminal degree. However, instructors with a master’s degree in the field or a master’s and 18 hours of graduate coursework relevant to the course being taught can be credentialed. Although academic credentials are the primary means by which faculty competence is determined, occasionally an instructor’s professional experience and research activity may also be used to justify their teaching assignment. Graduate teaching assistants may teach undergraduate courses, provided they have 18 hours of graduate coursework relevant to the course being taught and are under the supervision of a full-time faculty member.

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