Whereas, Faculty internship programs provide valuable opportunities for prospective community college faculty to gain experience teaching or providing service to students while simultaneously completing the requirements for meeting the minimum qualifications for faculty;
Whereas, The Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy recognized through its recommendations the importance of faculty internships as a means to expand opportunities for industry professionals to teach in career and technical education programs, specifically recommendation 14(e), which states:
Develop and promote guidelines to implement Title 5 §53502, Faculty Internship Minimum Qualifications, for those disciplines for which a master’s degree is not expected or required; and
Whereas, The current minimum qualifications for faculty interns in disciplines not requiring a master’s degree stated in Title 5 §53502(b) are not fully aligned with the minimum qualifications for credit faculty in disciplines not requiring master’s degrees stated in Title 5 §53410, such as the use of the term “industry experience” instead of “professional experience” and the lack of a provision for interns who are completing or who have completed baccalaureate degrees, and this lack of alignment may present difficulties in developing the guidelines on faculty internship minimum qualifications recommended by the Strong Workforce Task Force;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor’s Office to review, clarify, and develop as needed possible revisions to the minimum qualifications for faculty interns as stated in Title 5 §53502(b) for disciplines not requiring a master’s degree in order to promote the expansion of faculty internship opportunities for industry professionals and report its findings by Fall 2017.