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Instructor Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum qualifications I need to apply for an adjunct instructor position for college credit plus at my high school?
college credit plus instructors are expected to have credentials equivalent to those required of full-time instructors at Stark State College. Instructor credentials are reviewed by the appropriate academic division after the online application is completed.

  • For general education courses (i.e. English, math, science), instructors are required to have a master's degree in their content area or a master's degree with 18 graduate hours in the content area. If an instructor does not meet these requirements, they must be enrolled and have a professional development plan to complete the necessary coursework.
  • For technical program courses (i.e. information technology, welding, engineering, etc.), instructors must have a bachelor's degree with work experience and/or industry certifications.

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What steps do I take to apply for a college credit plus faculty position?
The current process for applying for a college credit plus Faculty position is as follows:

  • You need to be given a specific link to the job posting in order to access it. Contact Dennis Trenger at 330-494-6170, ext. 4343, for this link.
  • In the heading of the Posting Details page, click on Apply to this Job.
  • Create an Account
  • It is faster to upload your resume and transcripts before filling out the application. You must have an electronic version of your resume and a scanned copy of your transcripts in PDF form ready to upload. Perhaps the high school can assist you with this step.
  • Fill out the application
  • Make sure to list your current employer in the section where the application asks for previous employers.
  • It is VERY important to click on the radio button - In Progress - under the question - "Do you have a Masters?" if you have a Masters in an area other than the content area. Under no circumstances should you click on "no" if you have a Masters.
  • There will be forms to fill out for each section of the application. If you do not fill out all the forms for the section, you must click on the remove box under each blank form, or you will get a message that your application is not complete. For example, The “Employment” field may have 4 forms for you to record your previous employment. If you only fill out 2 of the forms, you must remove the other two.
  • Whenever you are asked to insert a date in the application, use the calendar if one is provided.
  • Send your original undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the college Human Resources Department within 30 days of applying online
  • Once we learn that the college will grant you adjunct status, we will mail two forms to your school for you to fill out. The college requires these forms to be completed to facilitate a background check.

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Do I need to talk to my high school administrator before I contact Stark State and when should I apply for adjunct approval?
Instructors should work with their school district administrators to decide when the school wants to start offering the college credit plus course before contacting Stark State. Instructors need to be approved before the course can be offered, therefore it is suggested that instructors begin the application process approximately 6-8 months before they want to begin offering the course.

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Will I have an academic mentor or department chair from Stark State that I can contact and question?
Yes. Stark State is pleased to have faculty members who take on the role of college credit plus Mentors. They are vital to the success of our dual enrollment courses. The role of faculty Mentors is to:

  • help insure that college credit plus courses compare in rigor and quality to courses taught on campus
  • keep you updated with trends and new information in the curriculum
  • share effective teaching styles, techniques, and resources

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What are CRNs?
CRNs stand for course registration numbers. Stark State’s Registrar designates a unique number to every course that identifies the time, days, instructor and location of each course. The CRN is put on the enrollment form to make sure that students are enrolled in the correct course and section.

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What do I need to provide to my high school counselor?
It is critical that each college credit plus instructor verify that their college roster is correct in the college's information system (Banner) and that they provide the high school counselor with a list of discrepancies within the first 7 days of class.

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Why do you need me to approve my class roster so quickly?
The rosters become official after 7 days into the term and the school districts will be billed for these students. Students taking college credit plus classes expect to receive college credit. If a student is missing from the class roster, they will not be eligible to earn college credit for the course.

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What is mystarkstate and how do I login?
mystarkstate is your portal to all of your course and student information and much more. Click here for instructions for logging into mystarkstate.

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How can I review my class roster?
Login to mystarkstate and click on the Class List icon in the Faculty Dashboard section.  Click here for instructions on verifying class rosters.

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When do I use a schedule change form and where should they be sent?
A schedule change form should be used to add or drop a student during the first 7 days of the school semester. Additionally, the form can be used to withdraw a student that does not want to complete the course. In these cases, the form must be submitted before the final withdrawal date for that semester. You can email or fax the schedule change forms to Waneta Petty at wpetty@starkstate.edu or (330) 497-6313.

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To whom do I submit my grades and how do I do it?
Final grades should be submitted electronically via the mystarkstate portal. Go to the Faculty/Advisor tab/Grades and early alerts/Enter final grades. Click here for instructions on posting final grades.

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Will I have an opportunity to attend orientation or professional development workshops?
Stark State College is committed to providing quality professional development opportunities for college credit plus instructors. The relationship with Faculty Mentors provides a great opportunity to communicate course content and methodology. Professional development networking events facilitate communication between college credit plus instructors in numerous districts and full-time college faculty. Attendance at Professional Development events is required. If an emergency does not allow attendance, the college credit plus instructor will be asked to attend a class session of their Faculty Mentor and to conference with the mentor and the Director of Academic Outreach to acquire information missed. college credit plus instructors also have the opportunity to attend any Stark State professional development courses, new instructor workshops, etc.

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Will someone from SSC be observing my class?
A site visit takes place in the college credit plus instructor’s school building on a regular secondary school day. The visit is defined as the time spent observing a class and conferring time with the teacher. The Stark State Faculty Mentor is responsible for scheduling the site visit. In an observation site visit, the mentor observes the entire class period. During the conference, the mentor and college credit plus teacher discuss topics related to what was observed in the visit.

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Do I have to use the college syllabus and text?
college credit plus instructors agree to use Stark State's syllabus, learning outcomes and textbooks. This is done to insure course quality standards, consistency and rigor across disciplines. college credit plus instructors will cover these quality standards as part of their orientation and professional development workshops with Faculty Mentors. college credit plus Faculty members must submit a course syllabus/outline to their Faculty Mentor prior to the beginning of each class term. As a model, Faculty Mentors will provide a copy of the master and course syllabus for each course taught. All college credit plus courses must use the approved Stark State College textbook.

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What are early alerts?
The Early Alert process is intended to identify students that are not performing at a satisfactory level through the first 4 weeks of the course. college credit plus instructors will post early alerts using their mystarkstate portal and a letter will be sent from the college to the student encouraging them to seek assistance from their instructor. This does not become part of the student's permanent record. Click here for instructions for posting early alerts.

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What is the student evaluation process?
It is college policy that students will be given the opportunity to evaluate their courses and instructors, and this includes college credit plus courses. Student evaluations and instructions will be sent to the dual enrollment instructors each semester. Typically, these should be administered to the students within the last few weeks of the course. After the evaluation, which is anonymous, is complete, the college credit plus instructor should send the sealed envelope(s) to Donna Griffin at Stark State College. An analysis of the student evaluations will be sent to the college credit plus instructor and the appropriate Academic Dean at the college.

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What type of courses can I take to meet my graduate hour requirements?
It is advisable to discuss all graduate courses with your department head or mentor at Stark State before you sign up for any of them.

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