Purpose of the Position
A Full-time Instructor is a faculty member who provides core content instruction to students based upon the UMA standardized curriculum to promote student development and mastery of foundational academic and professional competencies. This position manages online student information, grades coursework for assigned courses, implements institutional initiatives and follows institutional policies and procedures while delivering quality instruction and ensuring student satisfaction. A Full-time Instructor works in tandem with faculty and program leadership to maximize academic achievement, retention, certification, graduation, and placement outcomes and ensure overall health and integrity of UMA programs.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Teaches material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned schedules and deadlines to assure an appropriate level of student satisfaction.
- Effectively prepares for each week of instruction and demonstrates proficiency with all relevant software, course content and materials.
- Establishes and maintains a positive, student-centered learning environment by exemplifying proper online decorum and integrity and requiring the same of students.
- Instructs students on matters related to academics, attendance, career readiness and professionalism.
- Proactively monitors students’ achievement and actively outreaches to at-risk students to ensure course persistence as well as program retention.
- Creates and implements curricular scaffolding tools and materials to match student learning styles and academic needs, supplementing those provided in the core curriculum.
- Monitors and evaluates the student’s work against stated learning outcomes and works with students so that a full achievement level is attained.
- Grades all assignments and posts final grades in a timely manner.
- Provides students with feedback in a constructive and positive manner highlighting both strengths and areas in need of improvement.
- Demonstrates ability to consistently meet key performance indicators related to student outreach, engagement and documentation.
- Effectively communicates by email, telephone, and virtual and face-to-face meetings with students, instructors, supervisors, and/or other school personnel.
- Remains responsive to student needs and student requests for support.
- Maintains regular and predictable attendance within courserooms and hosts frequent office hours and individual one-to-one sessions.
- Offers staggered synchronous instructional labs for all students enrolled in all sections of a course.
- Conducts additional targeted student outreach as needed.
- Participates in curriculum development and review based upon expertise in subject area, current industry trends and student performance and engagement indicators.
- Attends and participates in required school meetings and assists Department and Program Leadership as needed.
- Maintains an up-to-date faculty file in accordance with UMA policy, state regulations and accrediting commission requirements including required meetings, in-services and continuing education units.
- Performs other duties and responsibilities as requested by Department and Program Leadership and assigned to ensure the smooth functioning and integrity of schools operations.
- Demonstrates knowledge of, and carefully follows all applicable federal and state compliance requirements and regulations including those prescribed by the Department of Education, accrediting agencies, CIE, and internal UMA policies and procedures.
- Effectively communicates compliance requirements to students and other staff as appropriate and quickly escalates any compliance concerns to the Compliance department.
- Master’s degree or higher with a minimum of 18 credits hours in the assigned field of instruction required (major or minor in the assigned field of instruction preferred)
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel (required)
- Experience with Blackboard or another Learning Management System (preferred)
- Experience with CampusVue or another Student Information System (preferred)
- Experience with Blackboard Collaborate or another asynchronous instructional tool (preferred)
- One to three (1-3) years online teaching with adult education including student advising, evaluation skills, and classroom instruction/coaching (preferred)
- Demonstrated success in applying adult learning principals and best practices to ensure mastery of program/course learning objectives (preferred)
Associated Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills
- Motivates, remains positive, engages team members, and leads by example
- Interacts in a cooperative and professional manner with team members
- Delivers quality customer service with high student satisfaction rates
- Utilizes a variety of methods and media to deliver instruction to all levels of students
- Innovative critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Thinks and works independently and as a part of a team to solve complex problems and remove barriers to success for groups and/or individuals
- Analyzes data to identify at-risk students, understand student needs and provide appropriate supports
- Identifies key elements of a situation and exercise critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution skills with/for faculty, staff, and students
- Strong work ethic
- Supports a learner-centered, service approach for adult learners
- Prioritizes and organizes high volumes of work, ensuring attention to detail, and accuracy within the required timeframe
- Maintains a measured response to rapid change and flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.