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Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook Chapter 3 -- Faculty: Employment, Tenure, Promotion, and Merit

 

Language Competency

a) Faculty

All prospective faculty members of state universities, except visiting professors for one year or less,must have their spoken English competency assessed prior to employment through interviews with no fewer than three institutional personnel, one of whom shall be a student. Faculty shall include all full-time or part-time personnel having classroom or laboratory instructional responsibilities and/or direct tutorial or advisement contact, other than for courses or sessions conducted primarily in a foreign language. An oral interview shall be conducted either face-to-face or by mediated means.  To be eligible for an appointment without spoken English language remediation conditions, prospective faculty found to be potentially deficient in speaking ability shall be required to achieve a minimum score of 50 on the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), or equivalent, or a minimum score, set by Board staff in consultation with the Council of Chief Academic Officers and with the approval of the Board Academic Affairs Standing Committee, on the Speaking section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT). A report detailing the process for interviewing prospective faculty, including the composition of the interview team and scores from SPEAK or the Speaking section of the iBT for each candidate, shall be submitted to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board every other year.

b) Graduate Teaching Assistants

All prospective graduate teaching assistants of the state universities shall have their English competency assessed prior to being considered for any employment having classroom or laboratory instructional responsibility and/or direct tutorial responsibilities. The following shall be used to implement this policy:

1. All prospective graduate teaching assistants, whose first language is not English, must be interviewed and have their competency in spoken English assessed by no fewer than three institutional personnel, one of whom shall be a student. An oral interview shall be conducted either face-to-face or by mediated means.

2. To be eligible for an appointment without spoken English language remediation conditions, all prospective graduate teaching assistants, whose first language is not English, shall be required to achieve a minimum score of 50 on the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), or equivalent, or a minimum score, set by Board staff in consultation with the Council of Chief Academic Officers and with the approval of the Board Academic Affairs Standing Committee, on the Speaking section of the Test of English as a Foreign Language internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT).

3. Any prospective graduate teaching assistants who do not meet the above requirements shall not be assigned teaching responsibilities nor other tasks requiring direct instructional contact with students.

4. An exception will be made for courses taught in sign language.

5. A report detailing the process for interviewing graduate teaching assistants, whose first language is not English, including the composition of the interview team and scores from the SPEAK or the Speaking section of the iBT for each candidate, shall be submitted to the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board every other yearChief Executive Officer of the Board every other year.

c) General

State universities shall develop implementing policies and procedures for the administration of this policy and shall report to the Board as to the effectiveness of such policy; and may adopt standards that exceed or are additional to those contained herein.

Kansas Board of Regents: Policies and Procedures Manual (Updated 01/05)(2/06)(11/08)(9/13).

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