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Definition and Classification of Educators
The fundamental educational task of Messiah College is to promote successful and meaningful learning and to help students attain the College-Wide Educational Objectives. Educational means devoted to helping students attain these objectives can be categorized into curricular or cocurricular programming, with curricular programs defined as those that lead to academic credit for the students and cocurricular programs being defined as programs that do not lead to academic credit. Recognizing the complementary and mutually enriching nature of these two types of programming, it is nevertheless important, for the purposes of governance, to make a functional distinction between those educators primarily involved with curricular programs and those educators primarily involved with the cocurricular programming.
The Faculty of Messiah College are those educators whose primary role is to directly help students attain the College-Wide Educational Objectives through curricular programming, or who supervise those having this primary role. The Cocurricular Educators of Messiah College are those educators whose primary role is to directly help students attain the College-Wide Educational Objectives through cocurricular programming, or who supervise those having this primary role. In addition, selected personnel will be considered Administrative Educators because their responsibilities are of such magnitude and scope as to be essential for the accomplishment of the College's educational task. Membership in the Community of Educators is granted to full-time employees who hold a master's degree, work directly with students to attain the College-wide educational objectives or supervise those who do, and serve in one of the three categories of educators: Faculty, Cocurricular Educators, and Administrative Educators. In cases where a ranked faculty member assumes an administrative assignment, he/she will vote as a ranked faculty, and be eligible to attend faculty meetings, if 50 percent or less of his/her load is in the administrative area.
Those educators whose primary role is to directly help students attain the College-wide Educational Objectives through curricular programming, or who supervise those having this primary role.
Those with academic rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor) whose compensation is based on the Faculty Salary Schedule; who have an appointment in an academic department; and for whom expectations for advancement are defined by expected levels of performance in teaching, scholarship/professional development and institutional service.
Those individuals who have a full-time professional assignment in one of the approved areas. Typically these educators have a master's degree and are usually hired through a national search supervised by the Provost. Cocurricular educators include the Dean of Students and Dean of College Ministries and professionals in the following areas: Athletics, College Ministries, Counseling, Residence Life, Community Development, and Minority Student Life.