Qualifications: The director is required to have an advanced degree in the humanities, preferably a Ph.D. The director should also teach one of the sections of the course. The director should be warm and approachable, someone the students trust enough to talk with about both the difficulties in their lives and problems that they may be having with the course. S/he must be caring and compassionate, respectful of the students' abilities and potential, and firm in his/her expectations of both faculty and student performance. A basic level of administrative skill is also required to ensure that the course runs smoothly, careful records are kept, and timely reports are provided to Bard College. Usually, the job of course director is a quarter-time position with a yearly compensation of $10,000, plus another $4,000 for teaching one of the course sections.