New UW-Madison policy on minimum qualifications for instructors

This spring, the University Academic Planning Council approved a new Policy on Minimum Qualifications for Instructional Staff that will become effective Fall 2016. The policy contains two significant elements: instructors are expected to hold a degree one level higher than the one their students are pursuing, and instructors must have instructional appointments while they are teaching credit-bearing courses. More information is available in this recent memo from Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

To view the full policy, including definitions and exceptions, please see

Questions about particular situations may be addressed to Associate Dean Carol Hillmer or Associate Dean Sarah Pfatteicher.