In accordance with the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the OSU MPP Program adopted new policies concerning program faculty in 2011-12.  All MPP faculty must meet one of the following criteria for being Academically Qualified or Professionally Qualified to participate in the program:

Academic Qualification

In order to maintain faculty qualifications to accomplish the mission of the School of Public Policy and NASPAA accreditation, faculty on tenure track appointments must be academically qualified. Academic qualification is defined by the receipt of a doctoral degree in a subject related to the faculty member’s area(s) of teaching. The initial academic qualification lasts five years from the award of the doctoral degree. To maintain academically qualified status, each faculty member has to engage in research related to their area of teaching. The expectation is that faculty will publish in peer-reviewed journals or peer-reviewed research books. To maintain academic qualification, the expectation is a minimum of six quality peer-reviewed publications in each consecutive period of five years, or a peer-reviewed book that is published. Note: publication “quality” will be under the preview of the Economics, Political Science and Sociology Programs. 

Professional Qualification

In order to maintain faculty expertise to accomplish the mission of the School, we expect faculty on non-tenure appointments to be professionally qualified. Professional qualification is established by professional expertise. Professional qualification consists of a master or doctoral degree in a subject field related to the faculty member’s area(s) of teaching. Professionally qualified faculty must engage in development activities linked to their courses taught including research and publication.