200.020–FACULTY DESIGNATION

Date Revised: March 2020

POLICY
College Administration
The President is responsible for the operation and administration of MMC, including efficient and effective budget and program administration, leading the College to accomplish its educational mission, monitoring educational and financial performance, and serving as the college’s key spokesperson. The President reports regularly to the Board of Directors on the affairs of the College. The President supervises the senior staff: the Provost, the Director of Finance and Administration, the Registrar, the Chair, MFA Program, Director of Marketing, Development Coordinator and the Information Technology Manager.

The Provost is the chief academic administrator for the college and oversees and evaluates all of its programs. The Provost conducts regular assessments of programs in regard to their compliance with academic standards and the goals and objectives of the College outlined in its literature. The person in this position is responsible for oversight of accreditation processes and maintenance of accreditation standards. Jointly, the Provost and the President establish those committees necessary to conduct the academic business of the College and evaluate their performance. The Provost works with other administrators to maintain appropriate documentation of student and faculty records. The Provost reports directly to the President of the College.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Core Faculty
Core faculty members serve as mentors for all academic projects   undertaken by MFA students and may be selected by individual students or assigned by the MFA Committee to serve as studio/creative project mentors.  All core faculty members swerve on the MFA Committee. Additionally, some core faculty members serve on other committees, specifically the MFA Steering Committee and/or the Academic Standards Committee, as required fulfilling program purposes. All core faculty members are required to fully participate during retreats. All intensives are taught by MFA core faculty. Some core faculty members elect to serve as student advisors. 

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Guest Faculty
Guest faculty members are selected by the MFA Steering Committee and invited to serve as faculty during retreats. At the MFA Committee meetings, guest faculty make presentations and/or lead discussions, participate in discussion about and awarding of credits and also provide outside perspectives on the program and its operation. They do not, however, vote on matters of policy, procedure, student grievances, and academic or curricular issues. The MFA Steering Committee in selecting guest faculty considers a number of factors including academic credentials as well as professional experience in the creative fields and/or in education. The Committee also makes selections of guest faculty it deems specifically appropriate to the interests of graduating students.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Project Mentors
Students may select qualified mentors from outside the core faculty of the MFA program to serve as project mentors for creative/studio projects. To qualify, prospective mentors must submit a CV to the program administrator for approval by students’ advisors and the MFA Steering Committee. The Committee weighs factors including the prospective mentors’ academic credentials, teaching and other professional experience, whereas advisors consider whether the prospective mentors are appropriate to individual students’ project goals. The MFA Committee prefers that mentors hold terminal degrees, however mentors may be approved provided they demonstrate comparable knowledge and experience. Once a mentor has been approved, they may continue to mentor students in the future provided they maintain favorable performance evaluations completed by students. In certain circumstances, if the mentor has specific expertise in an area of concern to individual students, they may be approved to mentor these projects only.

Project mentors selected from outside of the core faculty receive a letter outlining their responsibilities to the school and the students as well as a copy of the evaluation rubric. All project mentors sign mentor agreement forms.    

Workshops Instructors
MFA Students may elect to earn up to nine credits (one credit each) by successfully completing levels three and four workshops at MMC. The MFA Steering Committee approves workshops available for graduate credit. A list of approved workshops is published for students to consider. Workshop descriptions are available in the MMC catalog and its website. Students’ advisors must agree that workshops are appropriate to their advisees’ education goals prior to registration. 

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Advisors
An advisor is a resident member of the MFA Core faculty who provides supervision and guidance to a Student during the Student’s tenure in the MFA program. An advisor also provides assistance in selecting mentors, deciding on projects, evaluating credit distribution, ensuring that all requirements of the degree are met, and preparing the Registration for Credit forms. An advisor is appointed to work with a Candidate by the MFA Committee.

Professional Certificate (PC) Faculty
The PC Faculty consists of all faculty who teach in the PC program, as well the President and Provost of the College. The PC Faculty meet three times each trimester to discuss student progress, special issues and College policies. The Provost, or designee, sets the agenda, convenes and runs the meetings. The composition of the PC Faculty may change each trimester depending upon the make-up of Adjunct Faculty in the program. The PC Faculty have no governance responsibilities but may refer any issues to the Academic Standards Committee. Minutes of these meetings are and copies are filed in the Provost’s office.

Professional Certificate (PC) Curricular Faculty
The PC Curricular Faculty are full-time employees of the school. Because these faculty may have other responsibilities within the organization, they may have varying credit loads. The PC Curricular Faculty review and evaluate curriculum each year based upon student and faculty course evaluations as well as upon changes with the individual disciplines.

Professional Certificate (PC) Program Chairs
Each area of specialization within the PC program has a Chair. The President appoints Chairs. Program Chairs are responsible for overseeing the admission and recruitment process for prospective students. PC program Chairs serve as the primary advisor for students enrolled in their area of specialization.This includes student grievances, academic warnings, in addition to advising students in the successful completion of all program requirements.

Professional Certificate (PC) Adjunct Faculty
The PC Adjunct Faculty are hired to teach individual courses within the PC program.

College Administration
The President is responsible for the operation and administration of MMC, including efficient and effective budget and program administration, leading the College to accomplish its educational mission, monitoring educational and financial performance, and serving as the college’s key spokesperson. The President reports regularly to the Board of Directors on the affairs of the College. The President supervises the senior staff: the Provost, the Director of Finance and Administration, the Registrar, the Chair, MFA Program, Director of Marketing, Development Coordinator and the Information Technology Manager.

The Provost is the chief academic administrator for the college and oversees and evaluates all of its programs. The Provost conducts regular assessments of programs in regard to their compliance with academic standards and the goals and objectives of the College outlined in its literature. The person in this position is responsible for oversight of accreditation processes and maintenance of accreditation standards. Jointly, the Provost and the President establish those committees necessary to conduct the academic business of the College and evaluate their performance. The Provost works with other administrators to maintain appropriate documentation of student and faculty records. The Provost reports directly to the President of the College.