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3.7.5 Faculty Role in Governance

 

The institution publishes policies on the responsibility and authority of faculty in academic and governance matters.

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) maintains policies regarding the role of faculty in governance matters. These policies are published and disseminated.

 

Governance Policies

 

The faculty is directly involved in all decisions relating to academic affairs through the academic committees, faculty committees, and faculty meetings. All curricular changes are presented to the faculty for final approval. The Academic VP directs the academic affairs of the seminary under the final authority of the President and the Board of Trustees. He is assisted by two academic directors, three academic deans and their respective academic committees.

The Director of the Northeast campus directs the academic affairs of the Northeast campus under the final authority of the President, Chief Academic Officer, and the Board of Trustees. He is assisted by the faculty of the Northeast campus, which acts as a committee in academic affairs. Recommendations and reports are made directly to the President and the Academic VP. The faculty of the Northeast campus acts upon matters related to the academic affairs of the Northeast campus as long as established seminary policy is followed. Any actions requiring changes or modification of seminary policies are referred by the Northeast campus faculty to the Academic VP for further appropriate action [1].

 

The faculty populate all academic committees which produce policies relevant to academic matters. These committees provide governance to academic programs (doctoral, master, undergraduate) and are represented on the academic council.

 

Doctoral Committees. There are two doctoral committees: the Doctor of Ministry committee [2] and the Doctor of Philosophy committee [3].

 

            Doctor of Ministry Committee. The Doctor of Ministry committee formulates plans for courses and seminars to be offered and sets standards for examination and ministry projects. It serves as the Admissions Committee to the Doctor of Ministry Programs, oversees the operation of the program, and evaluates the instruction, the performance of the students, the ministry projects, and the oral examination.

 

The Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Programs is Chairman of the Doctor of Ministry Committee. Recommendations for major policy changes in the Doctor of Ministry Programs are made to the faculty for consideration and approval.

 

            The 2014-2015 Doctor of Ministry Committee members are:

           

            Dr. Matt Akers, Chairman

            Dr. Jere Phillips

            Dr. Timothy Seal (ex-officio)

            Dr. John Mark Terry

            Dr. Bradley Thompson

            Dr. Steve Wilkes
 

        Doctor of Philosophy Committee. The Doctor of Philosophy committee is composed of faculty members offering Doctor of Philosophy seminars, the President, the Executive Vice President, the Academic Vice President, and the Chairman of the Ph.D. Program. The Committee formulates the plans for Doctor of Philosophy seminars and sets standards for dissertations and examinations. It is responsible for the organization of the Doctor of Philosophy program and fields of specialization and guides the seminars and dissertation writing within these fields. The Committee makes the final decision of Doctor of Philosophy examinations and dissertations; however, the full faculty is invited to attend examinations. The Committee serves as the Admissions committee to the Doctor of Philosophy Program. The Chairman of the Committee brings to the faculty recommendations from the Doctor of Philosophy committee and reports on the program.

 

            The 2014-2015 Doctor of Philosophy Committee is composed of the following members:

           

            Dr. Steve Miller, Chairman

            Dr. Kirk Kilpatrick

            Dr. Jimmy Millikin

            Dr. Timothy Seal

            Dr. David Shackelford

            Dr. Michael Spradlin

            Dr. John Mark Terry

            Dr. Bradley Thompson

 

Masters/Undergraduate Committee. The Masters and Undergraduate committee is chaired by the Dean of the Masters and Undergraduate Program [4]. The Committee, composed of the Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs and the Chairman of each Department of the seminary, advises on all matters concerning the academic programs of the seminary. The Committee serves as the curriculum committee for the Master and Undergraduate programs, making a continuous study of the academic offerings as listed in the Catalog and reviewing recommendations for the quality of instruction. The Committee also recommends policies for student class loads, conferring of degrees, residence requirements, and other matters relating to the Master and Undergraduate instructional programs. The Committee serves as the Admissions committee to the Master and Undergraduate Programs.

 

The Masters and Undergraduate Committee periodically evaluates expected educational results of those programs through the following assessment instruments: course evaluations, alumni evaluations, student body evaluations, and field evaluations. The Masters and Undergraduate Committee receives and reviews department recommendations for budget requests and prepares a final academic budget request for those programs to be channeled to the Budget Planning Team through the Chief Academic Officer.

 

The following faculty members compose the 2014-2015 Masters and Undergraduate Programs Committee:

 

Dr. Kirk Kilpatrick, Chairman

Dr. Steve Miller

Dr. Jimmy Millikin

Dr. Timothy Seal

Dr. David Shackelford

Dr. Michael Spradlin

Dr. John Mark Terry

Dr. Bradley Thompson

 

Academic Council. The Academic Council is composed of the Academic Vice President (chairman), the Executive Vice President, the Dean of the Doctor of Philosophy Program, the Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Dean of the Masters and the Undergraduate Program, and the Director of Institutional Assessment [5]. The Council meets regularly to assist and advise the Academic Vice President in the supervision of the seminary’s academic programming and development. The Council recommends to the President and to the faculty through the Academic Vice President on academic matters and curriculum development.

 

The faculty give leadership to all academic programs, which produce policies relevant to academic matters. These programs provide governance in academic matters and their deans are represented on the academic council.

 

Doctor of Ministry Program. The Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program is appointed by the President with the approval of the Trustees [6].

 

The Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program administers the Doctor of Ministry Pastoral Track, Missiology Track, and the Christian Education track under the direction of the Academic Vice President and serves as Chairman of the Doctor of Ministry Committee.

 

He provides academic counseling, handles staffing with present faculty and/or adjunct faculty approved by the Doctor of Ministry Committee and the Academic Vice President, reviews and adjusts the pastoral ministry, missiology, and Christian education tracks in areas of curricular change in consultation with the Academic Vice President, and approves all project/thesis topics. He oversees any modifications in individual student courses of study.

 

The Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program prepares final budget requests for the programs to be channeled to the Executive Administration through the Academic Vice President. He makes recommendations for additional library holdings to support the Doctor of Ministry Program. The Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program leads the Doctor of Ministry Committee in reviewing and making needed changes in Catalog statements and offerings in the Doctor of Ministry section. The Dean is responsible for recommending promotions and advertising that pertains to the Doctor of Ministry Program to the Director of Communications. The Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program brings to the faculty recommendations from his committee and reports on the program.

 

Doctor of Philosophy Program. The Dean of the Doctor of Philosophy Program is appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Trustees [7].

 

The Dean of the PhD Program oversees the Doctor of Philosophy Program. He oversees all phases of the Program, including the planning and study of the Doctor of Philosophy curriculum and the evaluation of expected results of the program. He also provides academic counseling for students in the Doctor of Philosophy Program.

 

The Dean of the PhD Program prepares final budget requests for the PhD program to be channeled to the Budget Planning Team. He makes recommendations for additional library holdings to support the Doctor of Philosophy Program.

 

The Dean of the PhD Program leads the PhD Committee in reviewing and making needed changes in Catalog statements and offerings in the Doctor of Philosophy section.

 

Master and Undergraduate Program. The Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs is appointed by the President with the approval of the Trustees [8].

 

The Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs administrates the Master and Undergraduate degree programs under the direction of the Academic Vice President. He serves as chairman of the Masters and Undergraduate Committee. This committee is composed of the chairmen of the academic departments. The Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs brings to the faculty recommendations from the Masters and Undergraduate Committee and reports on the programs.

 

The Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs is responsible for providing academic counseling for students in the Master and Undergraduate programs.

 

The Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs leads the Masters and Undergraduate Committee in reviewing and making needed changes in Catalog statements and offerings in the Master and Undergraduate sections.

 

The Dean of the Master and Undergraduate Programs finalizes budget requests for the Master and Undergraduate programs to be channeled to the Budget Planning Team through the Academic Vice President.

 

The faculty give leadership as program coordinators, which produce policies relevant to academic matters. These program coordinators provide governance assessing academic matters as they relate to student learning outcomes.

 

Program Coordinators. Academic program coordinators provide oversight for assessing the quality of each program and its curriculum for all undergraduate or graduate degree programs at MABTS. Oversight is also given for ensuring that the curriculum, as well as the delivery of the curriculum, is educationally sound [9].

 

Oversight for assessing institutional quality begins with review of program curriculum. Curriculum review implies regularly scheduled analysis of each program in terms of (1) its continuing relevance in ministry; (2) adequacy and currency of resources; (3) numbers and demographics of students using the program; and (4) assessment of outcomes and recommendations for improvement.

 

The 2014-15 academic program coordinators are: BACS - Dr. Shackelford, ADiv - Dr. Phillips, ACE - Dr. Hickman, AAS - Dr. Christian, MMICS - Dr. Terry, MACE - Dr. Bickley, MCE - Dr. Thompson, MDiv - Dr. Kilpatrick, DMin - Dr. Akers, PhD - Dr. Miller.

 

The faculty give leadership as department chairs within programs, which produce policies relevant to academic matters. These department chairs provide governance assessing academic matters as they relate to departmental matters.

 

Department Chairpersons Responsibilities. Department chairmen are responsible for leading in departmental planning [10]. Planning includes departmental curriculum development; course scheduling; periodic evaluations by students, faculty, and alumni; and informing the President of departmental teaching needs through the Master and Undergraduate committee, the Doctor of Philosophy committee, the Doctor of Ministry committee, and the Academic Vice President.

 

Responsibilities of departmental chairmen include the following:

 

• Leading in the preparation of departmental budget requests to be channeled to the Budget Planning Team through the Academic Vice President.

 

• Leading their department in reviewing and making changes in department statements and curriculum offerings in the Catalog.

 

• Having a general knowledge of the academic programs of the seminary.

 

• Demonstrating advisory skills for the master, associate, bachelor, and doctoral students.

 

• Being thoroughly conversant with the seminary’s form and style manual (Turabian 8th

edition and the supplement).

 

• Being responsible for each PhD student in his department. They are to ensure that the

major advisor for a dissertation has given adequate supervision of a student’s dissertation.

Further, they are to ensure that every member of the department has read the student’s

dissertation.

 

• Being knowledgeable of new literature in the field for the benefit of the Department and for recommending new books for the Library.

 

• Demonstrating planning skills for special events (i.e., colloquiums and other special events).

 

• Chairing regular departmental faculty meetings to provide opportunity for all faculty

members to have appropriate input in all areas of departmental planning.

 

The 2014-15 department chairpersons are: Theological and Historical Studies – Dr. Jimmy Millikin, Evangelism – Dr. Michael Spradlin, Old Testament and Hebrew – Dr. Steve Miller, New Testament and Greek – Dr. David Shackelford, Missions – Dr. Mark Terry, Practical Theology – Dr. Tim Seal, Christian Education – Dr. Brad Thompson

 

Evidence Policies Are Published and Disseminated

 

Detailed and comprehensive duties and responsibilities of faculty are published annually in the 2014-15 Employee Handbook, compiled and published by the Office of the Executive VP. Included in this document, which must be signed by all professors every year, is information on: seminary policies, executive administration, organizational structure, support staff, academic organization, responsibilities of directors and chairmen, rank, meetings, faculty committees, professional advancement, recruitment and selection of faculty, general guidelines, academic regulations, and services provided [11].

 

Documentation

 

1. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 39

2. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 42

3. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 43

4. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 43-44

5. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 39

6. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 40

7. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 40-41

8. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 41

9. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 41

10. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 42

11. 2014-15 MABTS Employee Handbook, p. 106

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