Entering Your Faculty Credentials
Before you begin the process, you will need to
- know your login name and your password for your VSU BlazeNet e-mail account. If you have not yet used your VSU e-mail, you will need to contact the VSU IT Helpdesk (229-245-HELP) to set up your password.
- have your current curriculum vitae or resume and your course syllabi converted to PDF documents. For directions on how to convert your documents to PDF format, click here.
When these steps are completed, go to http://www.valdosta.edu/sacs/portal/. Log in using your BlazeNet email username and password.
- Click on ‘View my Faculty Profile’ on the right-hand side of the screen. Check the information in the ‘Name’ and ‘Position’ boxes to make sure it is correct. If it isn’t, please send the correct information to Jane Kinney, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- On the right side of the screen, click on the ‘Add Degree’ link. Enter the information on each of your post-secondary degrees. You will need to add them one at a time.
- You will see two drop boxes—one for ‘Degree Level’ and one for ‘Year Received.’ Select the appropriate responses for the specific degree you are currently entering. (Note: JD, DVM, MD, LLM, etc., are classified as “Professional” degrees.)
- Next, enter the full name for the degree-granting institution—no abbreviations (i.e., enter University of Georgia, not UGA).
- Then, add your major and minor fields of study. Be specific about your major field and minor fields. If you had no minor fields for a degree, leave the minor field box empty.
- When finished, click the ‘Submit’ button. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP—UNLESS YOU CLICK ON “SUBMIT,” THE INFORMATION ENTERED WILL NOT BE SAVED.
- Repeat the process for any other degrees you have earned
- Click on the ‘Edit Profile’ tab at the top of the page. On this page, there are several items that you will need to complete.
- First, under ‘Specific Highest Degree Earned,’ type the official abbreviation for your highest degree earned—i.e., PhD, MEd, EdS, DMA, etc.
- Under ‘Credits in Discipline,’ select either ’18 credit hours or more at grad level’ or ‘Fewer than 18 credit hours, see Qualifications.” The credits counted here must be in your teaching field.
- Under Curriculum Vitae, click on ‘browse’ button
- Select your CV file from your own computer files (saved as a .pdf document)
- Click on ‘open’ button in the Windows box; then click ‘Upload."
- Under ‘Additional Professional Experience,’ list any additional graduate course work relevant to your teaching field (give hours and specific courses taken and where), professional certifications (please give the full name of the certifying or accrediting body, not the initials), professional seminars such as those offered by the NEH or NSF (please provide dates), and so on.
- When completed, click the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP—UNLESS YOU CLICK ON “SUBMIT,” THE INFORMATION ENTERED WILL BE LOST AND YOU WILL NEED TO START OVER.
- Click on the ‘View My Faculty Profile’ link on the right, and now scroll down to ‘Courses.’ Verify that each course listed for you is correct. If the courses listed for you are inaccurate, please send the correct information to Jane Kinney, at email@example.com, explaining the specific error and what should be corrected.
- For each course under your list of courses, you will have to list your qualifications to teach the course and upload the syllabus (as a .pdf doc). Here are the steps to follow:
- Click on the ‘View Syllabus and Details’ link of the course to edit.
- Click on the ‘Edit’ tab at the top.
- List your qualifications for teaching that course (i.e., what your academic qualifications are for that course). In most cases, it will simply be your highest degree—Ph.D. in English literature, for example. If, however, you have a different degree but have 18 hours of graduate coursework in the field, then you would enter exactly that phrase (i.e., 18 hours of graduate coursework in Economics). If you have additional educational qualifications for a particular course—an NEH seminar in that field, a master’s degree in a different area than your doctorate, professional certification, etc.—you may list those as well for those courses to which they apply.
- If you do not have 18 graduate hours or a degree in the field appropriate to the course, or if the course is an interdisciplinary course (AFAM, ISCI, HONS, PERS, VSU, INTL, eg.), attach the syllabus for the course, then contact your department head, who will need to complete a “Justification for Exception” form explaining your qualifications for teaching this course for your file. Our SACS office will enter the approved justification for the exception.
- To upload the syllabus, click on the browse button next to the ‘attach new file’ field.
- In the file explorer menu that pops up, choose the .pdf file of your syllabus for the course. Click on ‘Open” in the Windows box.
- Once the file has been selected, click on the upload button under the ‘attach new file’ field.
- Click on the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page.
- Repeat the steps for all other courses you are teaching this term.
- Click on ‘View my Faculty Profile’ on the right side of the screen to check that all of your information has been received and is correct. If not, repeat the steps above as appropriate to correct. When finished, click ‘Log Out’ on the right side of the page.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jane Kinney, Director of Accreditation Compliance, at 229-333-5845 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.