Office of the Provost
Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook
Chapter 4 -- Faculty: Benefits, Responsibilities, and Specific Requirements
Terminal Degree Requirements
FHSU will provide funding for terminal degree compensation, separate from the merit and enhancement funds, for a unit faculty member upon the completion of his/her terminal degree. The amount of the compensation will be determined by the Department Chair upon consultation with the Dean of the College and the University Provost, and will be negotiated at the time of employment with the new faculty member. The additional monies used to fund any increased salary resulting from degree completion will come from the salary line for that particular faculty member and not from merit funds or any other monies appropriated to the department.
For faculty under an existing contract with FHSU at the time of degree completion, but whose contract does not specify a higher salary amount upon completion of a terminal degree, the amount of compensation will be at least $500 unless it is negotiated to a larger amount by the parties.
For purposes of this section, “terminal degree” refers to the degrees specified below as appropriate for the department in which the faculty member serves, and which specifically relates to the faculty member’s teaching responsibilities.
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Design
Studio Art --- M.F.A.
Art History --- Ph.D. or Ed.D.
Art Education --- Ph.D. or Ed.D.
Chemistry --- Ph.D.
Communication Studies --- Doctoral degree
Computer Science and Information Systems Engineering --- A Ph.D. in Computer Science or a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering (or closely related engineering field).
English --- Ph.D. or M.F.A. for specifically designated positions with a focus on writing.
English as a Second Language --- Master's degree or doctorate in a relevant field.
Geosciences --- Ph.D.
History --- Ph.D.
Justice Studies --- Doctoral degree in Justice Studies, a related field, or a related discipline with a justice studies focus; or
Juris doctorate for specifically designated positions with a focus on the law.
Leadership Studies --- A doctorate degree in leadership or related field.
Mathematics and Computer Science --- Ph.D., Ed.D., or D.A. in Mathematics or an M.S. or M.A. in Computer Science
Modern Languages --- Ph.D.
Music and Theatre
Music --- Doctorate, or Master of Music degree with 5 or more years of professional performance experience
Theatre --- Doctoral degree or M.F.A. or master's degree with 5 or more years of professional theatre experience
Philosophy --- Ph.D.
Physics --- A doctorate in physics or closely related field
Political Science --- Ph.D., J.D.
Psychology --- Doctorate, normally Ph.D., but possibly Psy.D., Ed.D., D.S., or M.D.
Sociology and Social Work
Social Work --- M.S.W.
Sociology --- Ph.D.
College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Economics, Finance and Accounting --- A doctorate degree in a business area, related field, or doctorate in an unrelated field and completion of post-doctoral "bridge to business" program approved by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Informatics --- Doctoral degree or master's degree with relevance to Informatics. A doctorate is the terminal degree for faculty teaching BBA or MBA courses.
Management and Marketing --- A doctorate degree in a business area or related field. The Juris Doctorate (J.D.) is accepted as a terminal degree for law and law related coursework.
College of Education and Technology
Advanced Education Programs --- Ph.D. or Ed.D.
Teacher Education --- Ph.D. or Ed.D. with exception of a clinical position in Pre-service Secondary Teacher Education which would have either Ph.D., Ed.D. or Master's and 10 years recent experience in schools.
Institute of Applied Technology --- Ph.D., Ed.D. or Master's degree and a minimum of 10 years successful experience in industry or teaching.
College of Health and Life Sciences
Agriculture --- Ph.D.
Allied Health --- Master's degree
Medical Diagnostic Imaging --- Master's degree
Radiologic Technology --- Master's degree
Biological Sciences --- Earned doctorate
Communication Disorders --- Master's degree for clinical work; Earned doctorate for research; Master's degree in clinical areas (for teaching). Earned doctorate in theoretical areas.
Health and Human Performance --- Earned doctorate
Nursing --- Master's degree in Nursing
Library Science --- M.L.S. plus a second advanced degree approved by the library director
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