2020 -2021 Catalog

English Fluency Requirements for Faculty Employment

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  1. General Information
    1. Purpose
      These procedures were developed to comply with SBTCE policy 8-2-109.1 and the English Fluency in Higher Education Act of 1991. The purpose of these procedures is to define methods to ensure that all permanent and adjunct faculty whose first language is other than English and who teach one or more credit courses possess adequate proficiency in both the written and spoken English language and that an appropriate response be given to the student complaints regarding an instructor’s English fluency.
    2. Exclusions
      This policy does not apply to the following instructional settings: continuing education courses; student participatory and activity courses such as clinics, studios and seminars; special arrangement courses; courses designed to be taught predominantly in a foreign language; and courses taught by visiting instructors.
  2. Procedural Guidelines
    1. Applicants for permanent and adjunct faculty vacancies will proceed through the college’s normal screening process with assessment based on standard job-related criteria to include perceived written and oral communication abilities.
    2. If an applicant becomes a finalist for a faculty position but his/her written or oral English proficiency is judged by the dean to require further evaluation, then the applicant will be referred to an English Fluency Evaluation Committee, hereafter referred to as the Committee. The Committee will ensure that an English fluency evaluation is made on the basis of the following criteria. The applicant will be evaluated by the Committee through the performance of the following minimum proficiency exercises:
      1. Writing an analysis of at least 350 words in English of a scholarly paper written in English and related to the subject area.
      2. Conducting an oral instructional presentation for a time period equivalent to a class period and related to the subject area. At least half of the presentation should use the lecture method.
    3. The Committee will include representatives from the following:
           One representative from the Vice President for Academic Affairs office;
           One representative from Developmental Studies Reading;
           One representative from curriculum English;
           One representative from Employee Relations.
      The Committee will ensure that appropriate procedures are used to provide a favorable environment for the exercises, as well as controls and security to ensure that the exercises completed by the applicants are independent and original work. Candidates must be judged by Committee consensus as proficient in both exercises described in Section II.
    4. Any grievances under this procedure are to be filed with the office of the vice president for Academic Affairs. When a student files a grievance regarding the English fluency of an instructor, the instructor will be referred within 10 working days to the English Fluency Evaluation Committee for a proficiency evaluation using procedures and methods described in Sections I and II.
    5. An instructor who is judged proficient by the Committee will continue teaching assignments without any further action.
    6. A permanent instructor judged deficient by the Committee will be given 120 calendar days to develop sufficient skills to be judged proficient by the Evaluation Committee. If during this time the instructor has not shown evidence of satisfactory progress in overcoming the deficiency, additional action up to and including termination may be taken. The process of notification of need for correction of the deficiency as well as the maximum time allowed for correction are defined specifically in TTC Policy 8-0-0, Faculty Performance Management System.
    7. Any adjunct instructor judged deficient by the Committee may be immediately terminated.
    8. The college’s Human Resources office will annually report to SBTCE a recap of grievances filed by students under the provisions of this policy and any invocation of the fluency proficiency guidelines herein.