1.09-13 Documenting Credentials of Foreign Faculty Teaching UGA Courses in UGA Study Abroad Programs

Objective
  • Assure that all faculty teaching in UGA study abroad programs provide evidence of credentials meeting the standards of both UGA and the Southern Association of College and Schools (SACS);
  • Respect the procedures and policies of higher education in the host country.
Policy

Foreign faculty teaching in a University of Georgia (UGA) Study Abroad Program shall meet the same standards concerning educational background as all UGA instructors of record and shall undergo credential review prior to teaching UGA courses abroad.

  1. Preferred Form of Credentials. UGA prefers that foreign faculty provide documentation of highest degree earned as follows:
    1. If the highest degree is from a foreign institution: Official transcript plus a U.S. equivalency certification.  An equivalency certification is a written statement by a person or entity approved by the UGA Office of Faculty Affairs stating that the degree earned is equivalent to a U.S. degree in a particular academic area; or
    2. If the highest degree is from a U.S. institution: Official transcript.
  2. Alternative Forms of Credentials. Alternately, foreign faculty credentials may be authenticated by either of the following methods:
    1. Agreement Between UGA and Foreign Institution
      1. Institutional agreement[[To be created as addendum to standard ICA]] between UGA and a partner institution in the host country providing instructors for a UGA Study Abroad program which stipulates that the partner institution will review and select instructors for UGA following UGA’s hiring criteria; and
      2. Written attestation by the faculty director of the UGA Study Abroad Program or the head of UGA department offering courses in that program that the foreign faculty member’s credentials are valid and meet UGA’s standards.
    2. Contractual Relationship Between UGA and Foreign Expert
      1. Contractual relationship between the particular UGA Study Abroad Program and a person or entity in the host-country having knowledge and experience relevant to the hiring of faculty members for higher educational instruction; and
      2. Written attestation by the faculty director of the UGA Study Abroad Program or head of the UGA department offering courses in that program that the foreign faculty member’s credentials are valid and meet UGA’s standards.
  3. Responsibility to Maintain Documentation. If one of the two alternate methods listed in paragraph 2 above is utilized, the faculty director of the UGA Study Abroad Program shall have the obligation to provide the original institutional agreement and attestation (alternative 2a) or the original contract and attestation (alternative 2b) to the UGA Office of Faculty Affairs.  In addition, the faculty director shall maintain in the records of the Study Abroad Program a current vitae or other comparable evidence of each foreign faculty member’s credentials.