AACSB Faculty Classification Criteria

Approved by Faculty Vote - May 2014

Overview of the 2013 Standards

The new AACSB 2013 Standards require that faculty demonstrate significant academic achievement and/or professional engagement that supports our mission. In an effort to embrace the themes of innovation, impact and engagement, these new standards provide an opportunity for member institutions to consider a broader range of activities in this regard.

Specifically, in addition to the traditional “scholarly” road to qualification (formerly known as AQ), the new standards include a second option for tenured, tenure/track faculty qualification that acknowledges the value of professional engagement in support of the mission. Conversely, a second qualification category has also been added for temporary faculty (lecturers) beyond the old PQ, to acknowledge the value of academic research as an alternative route to qualification, though this is more common in PhD granting institutions where doctoral students teach.

As in the past, we will be required to provide proof of faculty sufficiency across the various categories at certain prescribed levels as part of our reaccreditation report.

Initially constructed and revised by the PDRC, based on careful consideration of the 2013 Standards, and in consultation with the College Council (the Chairs), other CSU Deans, and our AACSB consultant, the below definitions for faculty qualifications were approved by Faculty vote (May 2014).

Four boxes showing the framework of the four different AACSB Faculty Classifications

SA+PA+SP+IP > 90%

SA+PA+SP>60%

SA> 40%

Scholarly Academics (SA) (formerly AQ)

In keeping with the college’s mission to provide high quality business education to a diverse learning community through innovative teaching, research and service, Scholarly Academics sustain currency and relevance through scholarship and related activities. SA status is normally granted to newly hired faculty members who earned either their research doctorates or other appropriate terminal degree in the area of expertise (e.g. LLM in Tax or relevant JD) within the last five years prior to the review dates. Subsequent to hiring, tenured and tenure track faculty are granted SA status based on sustained activities over a five year rolling period as outlined below.

The minimum activity necessary to be granted SA status is:

  • Publication of 2 Peer Reviewed Journal articles or other substantial scholarly contributions such as scholarly books, chapters in edited volumes and invited book chapters, published by reputable publishers, within the five-year rolling period.
  • In addition, faculty members may undertake a variety of academic engagement activities linked to the theory of business and management to support maintenance of SA status.

Practice Academics (PA)

Practice Academics sustain currency and relevance through a significant level of professional engagement, interaction, and relevant activities, such as the activities listed below, or some combination of academic (as included in the definition of SA) and professional engagement. PA status applies to faculty members who augment their initial preparation as academic scholars with activities that demonstrate an on-going engagement with the business and/or non-profit community, including social entrepreneurial organizations, and other community related agencies. PA status is sustained as outlined below.

Faculty may undertake a variety of scholarly and/or professional engagement activities to interact with business and management practice and thereby maintain their PA status. Additionally, significant administrative service to the college or university (e.g. department chair, dean, associate dean, center director) may be considered as evidence of professional qualification, per the AACSB 2013 Standards (p.40).

A non-exhaustive list of professional engagement activities may include the following:

  • Publication of textbooks
  • Publication of trade books
  • Publication of textbook or trade book chapters
  • Publication of practitioner journal articles
  • Publication of papers in a conference proceeding
  • Editorship of academic or practitioner journals
  • Regularly published other media content (e.g. newspaper column, blog, tv segment)
  • Consulting activities that are material in terms of time and substance
  • Keynote speaking engagements
  • Expert witness activities in their fields of expertise
  • Faculty internships
  • Development and presentation of executive education programs
  • Sustained professional work supporting qualified status
  • Significant leadership roles in academic or business professional associations (e.g. President, Board Member, other leadership roles)
  • Relevant, active service on boards of directors
  • Documented continuing professional education experiences
  • Participation in professional events that focus on the practice of business, management, and related issues
  • Participation in other activities that place faculty in direct contact with business or other organizational leaders
  • Continuous evidence of intellectual contribution
  • Significant administrative academic service
  • Practice-oriented intellectual contributions detailed in Standard 2

Per the AACSB 2013 Standards, Department Chairs who are not longer SA may be designated PA throughout their tenure as Chair, and will be designated PA for an additional two years after stepping down from this role in order that they have sufficient time to reinvigorate their research programs. MPPs who are retreating to their home departments will likewise be designated PA for the five years after they resume their positions as faculty, or until they regain SA status, assuming a minimum of one year in the administrative role.

Instructional Practitioners (IP) (formerly PQ)

Instructional Practitioners sustain currency and relevance through continued professional experience and engagement related to their professional backgrounds and experience. Normally, IP status is granted to newly hired faculty members who join the faculty with significant and substantive professional experience as outlined below. To meet the mission of our college, IP status is sustained as outlined below.

For sustained IP status, a non-exhaustive list of professional engagement activities and interactions may include the following:

  • Full time employment professionals in their respective fields
  • Participation in professional events that focus on the practice of business, management, and related issues
  • Expert witness activities in their fields of expertise
  • Consulting activities that are material in terms of time and substance
  • Faculty internships
  • Development and presentation of executive education programs
  • Sustained professional work supporting IP status
  • Significant participation in business professional associations and societies
  • Relevant, active service on boards of directors
  • Documented continuing professional education experiences
  • Documented professional certifications in the area of teaching
  • Participation in other activities that place faculty in direct contact with business and other organizational leaders

Scholarly Practitioners (SP)

Scholarly Practitioners sustain currency and relevance through continued professional experience, engagement, or interaction and scholarship related to their professional background and experience. Normally, SP status applies to practitioner faculty members who augment their experience with development and engagement activities involving substantive scholarly activities in their fields of teaching. To meet the college mission, SP status is sustained as outlined below.

For sustained SP status, a non-exhaustive list of academic and professional engagement activities may include the following:

  • Relevant scholarship outcomes as documented in Standard 2
  • Relevant, active editorships with academic, professional, or other business/management publications
  • Service on editorial boards or committees
  • Validation of SP status through leadership positions in recognized academic societies, research awards, academic fellow status, invited presentations, etc.
  • Development and presentation of continuing professional education activities or executive education programs
  • Substantive roles and participation in academic associations