Thursday, December 18, 2014

Adjunct Business Faculty Coaches

Academic Coaches are highly qualified, experienced practitioners who most frequently serve as the liaison between the university faculty member and students. The exact qualifications and requirements of an Academic Coach are tailored according to individual university and program needs. Often the Academic Coach is the student's initial point of contact, and acts in much a similar fashion that a traditional teaching assistant does in a university.

Coaches monitor student engagement, facilitate course content, provide online student support, and regularly collaborate with university faculty. Academic Coaches serve as facilitators and graders, while university faculty are the teacher of record. Compensation is based on a per-student-per-course formula. About 75% of the courses are 5 to 9-week course cycles and the programs are year round.

The average is approximately 10-15 minutes per student per week; however that can vary on the course you are assigned to and the number of open ended assignments within the course. The Academic Coaching positions are considered part-time work (as an independent contractor).

Academic Coaches who consistently complete coach assignments with quality will be considered for additional sections or responsibilities. We do not want to over extend a coaches' responsibilities to such a degree that this negatively impacts their ability to serve students. In a first assignment, the practical limit is 50 students, with 30 being more typical. A highly proficient coach with ample time may be assigned up to 120 students but this is the upper limit.

If selected as an applicant, you will be required to complete an Academic Coach Training course (which is a Pre-Employment Screening). Participants can expect to commit 4 to 6 hours to the self-paced screening, accomplished over one week. Training includes detailed expectations of an Academic Coach, introduction to the learning management systems (LMS) and a study of the principles of online education. If a participant does not complete this training in the allotted time, he or she may re-enroll in the course again. The training is offered 2-3 times per month and always start on a Monday.

Upon successful competition of the screening (active participation and working through all modules), you are advanced to the contracting phase. The contract is dependent on the success of the background check and screening. Once your contractor package is complete, your name will added to our pool of screened and qualified Academic Coaches ready for an assignment.

Coaching assignments are made in consultation with Lead Coaches and/or Coordinating Coaches. Either of whom may guide the candidate in a short orientation to the assigned program and course. Actual course assignments are made near to the course start date and are dependent on many factors including: area and level of graduate study, university approval and student enrollments.

 For Business Programs:
A minimum of a doctorate/terminal degree in Business related field or actively pursuing a terminal degree with at least 18+ graduate hours in the specific course content area is required. Business degrees must be from AACSB accredited institutions. Experience in online education is preferred.
  • Accounting (MBA or MS Accounting REQUIRED, CPA desired, PhD preferred)
  • Economics (Master's Degree REQUIRED, PhD or DBA preferred)
  • Finance (Master's Degree REQUIRED, CFP strongly desired, PhD or DBA preferred)
  • Marketing (Master's Degree REQUIRED, PhD or DBA preferred)
  • Risk Management (Master's Degree REQUIRED, DBA or PHD strongly preferred, 5 years experience in the risk management or commercial property-casualty insurance field)

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