Six new full-time instructors will join the roster of instructional faculty members at the Northern Marianas College this new semester, according to Barbara Merfalen, dean of Academic Programs and Services, yesterday.
She also assured that NMC is nearing completion of its hiring process for needed instructors as majority of vacant positions have now been filled.
Prior to the start of the fall 2013 classes, the college reportedly lost nine instructors who were said to be unqualified to teach the subjects they were handling, based on a newly adopted minimum requirement policy set by the Board of Regents. These nine were either transferred to other positions where their skills can be used or they left the college.
The six newly hired instructors will be teaching business, education, health, and physical education courses. According to the college, it is also nearly done with the hiring process for additional instructors in the Language and Humanities Department.
NMC will have two new instructors for business who will teach Computer Apps and Programming; one for Health/PE; one for Early Childhood Education; and two for Language and Humanities positions.
The college expects to complete its hiring process for all instructors in the next few days. As of yesterday, NMC said that “majority of vacancies [for faculty members] have been filled.”
“We have been working really hard to complete the recruitment for our new instructors. Our new faculty members all have extensive professional backgrounds and strong educational credentials and will make excellent additions to an already dynamic team of instructors at NMC,” said Merfalen.
Some of these new faculty members are already teaching courses for the fall semester, while others will begin teaching next month, Merfalen said.
The college has also hired a number of adjunct faculty members who are currently teaching across various disciplines, she added.
According to Merfalen, about 20 percent of fall 2013 courses have a start date of Sept. 16, 2013. The postponement was due to the college needing more time to complete the hiring process for new instructors who meet the minimum qualifications policy; that it will provide the college an opportunity to offer additional courses and sections that will help students meet degree requirements; and students who have not registered for classes will be given more time to enroll since registration for fall 2013 will also be extended.
Although some courses have been postponed, Merfalen emphasized that the minimum required contact hours will not be affected. Contact hours refer to the amount of time that a student spends interacting directly with a faculty in the classroom.