Adjunct Career Strategies Instructor

Vista College
Published
August 1, 2020
Location
Richardson, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

Vista College is currently hiring for an Adjunct Career Strategies Instructor for our online campus.

 To learn more about Vista College, visit the website at www.vistacollege.edu

Under the supervision of the Program Director an online adjunct faculty member teaches courses for students within their qualifying area of expertise. Adjunct instructors teach courses on an as-needed basis.  

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. Online Classroom
  • Present curriculum as stated in the course syllabus based on state and federal accreditation criteria. 
  • Prepare each online course prior to the first day of class and report any issues to the Instructional Designer and Program Director. This includes:

Review course syllabus for accuracy

Verify e-book access

Review lectures for content accuracy

Test all links to verify they function properly

Validate the answers for any quizzes and exams

Review discussion questions to verify content is appropriate

Verify all due dates 

Post welcome message outlining all course policies and procedures before the first day of the grading period.

  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
  • Respond to students within 24 hours of initial contact.
  • Conduct classroom learning experiences with applicable procedures by:

Serving as moderator/facilitator

Hosting guest speakers

Providing other activities as appropriate.

  • Administer and evaluate graded material based upon course objectives and provide feedback to students within 72 hours of due date.
  • Maintaining student satisfaction and retention by:

Identifying “at-risk” students

Reporting attendance/academic concerns promptly

Providing a caring and supportive learning environment

Relating current learning to students career and employer expectations

Providing tutoring and advising as necessary.

  • Participate on the discussion board with responses to all student’s initial posts within 48 hours with substantive content along with additional posts that will enhance the learning experience. Minimum expectation is a weekly participation rate of 20% or more.
  • Call students who are absent for one week or more and submit notes of pertinent information to the Program Director/Academic Dean/Student Services Coordinator.
  1. Administrative
  • Complete new instructor training and participate in departments meetings, graduation, and other trainings as needed or requested.
  • Attend in-services and complete professional development requirements in accordance with school policy.
  • Maintain professional certification as required by the field.
  • Maintain accurate attendance, evaluation records, and grades, and submit according to campus guidelines and minimum expectations
  • Observe “netiquette” rules and act professionally in accordance with expectations as outlined in the employee handbook.
  • Check for campus communication multiple times per day and respond within 24 hours.
  • Meet deadlines as assigned.
  • Maintain student confidentiality as outlined by FERPA regulations.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. 

 

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:

 

Core Instructors:  Bachelor Degree (Masters preferred) and nine semester credit hours or twelve quarter credit hours in the subject area to be taught, plus three years of related experience. All experience must be attained within the ten years immediately preceding employment by the school.  

    

Faculty teaching in a Bachelor’s program must have a Master’s Degree and a minimum of four years practical experience.  Must possess a related degree for course assignments.

 

General Education Instructors: Minimum of a Master’s Degree with 18 semester hours or 27 quarter credit hours in related subject areas that support the curriculum content.                         

 

In exceptional cases, evidence of outstanding experience and skills in the technical field may be considered in lieu of formal academic requirements. Exceptions must be approved by the Corporate Director of Education prior to hire/term start.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • HR experience specifically in hiring and recruiting employees.
  • Faculty member is required to demonstrate skills in creating resumes and networking to find employees.
  • Ability to evaluate and implement curriculum, testing, and/or teaching methodologies in an online environment.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions on sensitive, confidential issues. 
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations. 
  • Ability to adapt readily to change.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and virtually. 
  • Knowledge of teaching methods, curriculum, and education programs. 
  • Online teaching and facilitation skills.  
  • Knowledge of academic and/or vocational education curricula. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply relevant current education methodologies. 
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports. 

 

WORKING CONDITIONS: 

  • Work is normally performed in a quiet environment that allows for internet access. 
  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds (personal laptop).

 

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