Definition and Classification of Educators
The fundamental educational task of Messiah University is to promote successful and meaningful learning and to help students attain the University-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 University are those educators whose primary role is to directly help students attain the University-Wide Educational Objectives through curricular programming, or who supervise those having this primary role. These include term-tenure track faculty, clinical track faculty, lecturers, and librarians. The Cocurricular Educators of Messiah University are those educators whose primary role is to directly help students attain the University-Wide Educational Objectives through cocurricular programming, or who supervise those having this primary role. In addition, selected personnel will be considered Curricular Administrators because their responsibilities are of such magnitude and scope as to be essential for the accomplishment of the University'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 University-wide educational objectives or supervise those who do, and serve in one of the three categories of educators: faculty, cocurricular educators or curricular administrators.