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The instructor of record at the University of Southern Mississippi is listed as the primary instructor for a course, except in those courses that are team-taught, in which instructors share the responsibilities for the course. Primary instructors
Each instructor of record (IOR) is assigned an appropriate percentage of responsibility in SOAR.
The instructor of record has overall responsibility for the development and implementation of the course syllabus, for the day-to-day delivery of the course, for the course addressing the student learning outcomes implied by the syllabus, and for the issuing of grades. In most circumstances, the instructor of record is the individual who delivers the course.
Notable exceptions to situations where the IOR may have overall responsibility for a course without continuous presence or ongoing instruction in a classroom or through online delivery include
• A description of the division of responsibilities between the 400-level IOR and the 500-level IOR;
• A statement by the graduate IOR that verifies that the graduate IOR had full responsibility for the graduate content portion of the course, is in agreement with the undergraduate content and organization of the course, and has responsibility for the criteria and policies concerning grade assignments for the graduate students and the awarding of grades for the graduate students;
• A description of how and how often the graduate IOR will interact separately with the graduate students in the course (e.g., separate seminar sessions, graduate-student only web chats; etc.);
• A copy of the graduate-level syllabus clearly listing the graduate IOR as the faculty member responsible for the graduate course, in collaboration with the undergraduate IOR. In addition, the syllabus will clearly demonstrate graduate-level content, assignments, and expectations.
The IOR also has responsibility for student complaints and grievances associated with the course and is responsible for course activities delivered by his/her designated representatives.
A graduate teaching assistant may serve as IOR for an undergraduate course provided that the individual and offering department meet SACSCOC guidelines for faculty qualifications:
Graduate teaching assistants: master’s in the teaching discipline or 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline, direct supervision by a faculty member experienced in the teaching discipline, regular in-service training, and planned and periodic evaluations. (http://www.sacscoc.org/pdf/081705/faculty%20credentials.pdf)
Teaching assistants serving as IORs must have earned the master’s or the 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline prior to the beginning of the course being taught. Thesis and dissertation research hours do not count towards the requirement of 18 graduate hours in the teaching field.
Departments utilizing teaching assistants as instructors of record must provide the following on an annual basis to their respective deans:
In no instance can a graduate student serve as an IOR of a graduate course, including any split- level course (e.g., 400/500), except in a different discipline/department where the student has appropriate credentials. A graduate student with a master’s degree or equivalent appropriate credentials can be hired as an adjunct instructor and IOR for an undergraduate course through the normal process of hiring part-time instructors.
A secondary instructor is an individual assisting the IOR in instructional, grading or other appropriate activities and listed with responsibilities in SOAR. Examples of secondary instructors/TAs include the following:
Secondary instructors are not listed on the SACSCOC faculty roster, but should be evaluated on an annual basis as a matter of good practice.
Except as noted above, it is not acceptable for an individual to be listed as the IOR while another individual, even when listed as a secondary instructor or as a teaching assistant, carries out, substantially, the duties of a primary instructor. Any such instance carries negative consequences for the IOR and the academic department.
NB - This policy was distributed to the colleges for feedback in August 2014 and again in August 2015.