Delta Career Education Corporation

Online Instructor - Sociology

Req #
2017-6333
US-Virtual
Category
Faculty/Instructor - Online
Miller-Motte College Online
Job Status
Part Time

Overview

The Instructor is responsible for providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to gain employment in their training field. Every instructor plays an important dual role as a member of the instructional staff and as an advisor to students. Instructors are responsible for maintaining professional competence, for keeping personal knowledge current, for participating in departmental and campus- wide activities, for developing a positive and active learning environment in the classroom for students, and for delivering and assessing established program competencies and outcomes. To accomplish this goal, all instructors utilize their talents, skills, and abilities in a coordinated and consistent team effort under the guidance and supervision of the Director of Education, Program Director, or his/her designee. Additionally, Online instructors report to the Director of Instructional Design and Delivery and/or the Distance Education Coordinator.

Qualifications

Instructors are expected to have appropriate academic and experiential qualifications.

Courses taught generally require the minimum of a Master’s degree in the field of instruction and a minimum of two years of industry experience in the field of instruction. Courses in some non-degreed areas generally do not require a baccalaureate degree, but the instructor must possess specialized training, industry experience, or a documented special competency. Master’s degrees are required at some locations to teach general education subjects and some specialized subjects. Instructors teaching in the Bachelor degree programs will have additional requirements regarding degrees and may include the terminal degree (PhD) in their specific field. In support of qualifications presented, instructor applicants must provide official transcripts of all postsecondary colleges attended and evidence of certifications earned to the Director of Instructional Design and Delivery. All instructor applicants will demonstrate their teaching skills prior to hiring. Online instructors must complete the Online Instructor Training Class to acquire the skills to navigate the platform.

  • Instructors teaching in programs that have developed industry certifications must possess the certification associated with the program or demonstrate a knowledge equivalent to the certification. In some areas certification is required.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the professional career paths and demands of the field of instruction.
  • Motivation, dedication, professionalism, integrity, and enthusiasm for teaching.
  • Sensitivity to the needs and requirements of adult learners.
  • Attend faculty orientation prior to the first term of employment.
  • Ability and desire to embrace the school’s mission.
  • Ability to inspire students to the highest level of achievement in preparation for meeting employer expectations.
  • Master degree in Sociology

Responsibilities

Promotes and Maintains a Positive Learning Environment

 

  • Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of all school policies, and adhere to and uphold their implementation and enforcement.
  • Meet faithfully all assigned classes. Online instructors must be actively involved in their online class on a continual basis from the start of the quarter until final submission of grades at the end of the term.
  • Assist in maintaining a safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Online instructors are responsible for making sure their students demonstrate proper online etiquette.
  • Safeguard materials, records, and equipment.
  • Participate in campus-wide initiatives in support of recruitment, retention, graduation, and other institutional effectiveness goals on an individual and team basis.
  • Attend school functions including staff meetings, in-service training, faculty meetings, orientation, graduation, and special student activities and school events as required. Serve on standing committees as appointed. Online instructors will provide feedback to the Director of Instructional Design and Delivery or the Distance Education Coordinator when asked and participate in online meetings, conference calls or forums as directed.
  • Ensure a commitment to interdepartmental cooperation.
  • Provide advance notification regarding lateness, absence, and vacation schedules. When voluntary termination occurs, instructors are requested to complete the term in which they are teaching whenever possible or, at minimum, to provide two weeks notice.
  • Accept additional related duties as assigned by the Director of Education, Director of Instructional Design

 

II.            Fulfills Administrative Responsibilities

 

  • Maintain and post times when you will be available for the purpose of student advisement and tutoring.. Online instructors should provide a valid email address for students to contact regarding assignments or concerns.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date records of student progress, performance, and attendance as required by school policy and procedure.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality when working with students, records, and administrative staff.
  • Contact non-participating students on a regular basis. Online instructors may utilize electronic mail and messaging to maintain contact with students who are less active in order to encourage online participation.
  • Submit mid-term academic counseling forms and final student grades per school policy.
  • Maintain flexibility in fulfilling the instructional needs of the school.

 

III.           Focuses on Curriculum and Instruction

 

  • Participate in the curriculum development and monitoring process.
  • Make recommendations for additions to, or upgrading of, curriculum, course materials, equipment, and textbooks.
  • Recommend library/resource center acquisitions.
  • Share course materials and insights with other faculty members.
  • Participate in Advisory Board meetings when asked.

 

IV.          Professional Development

 

  • Remain current with developments within the area of instructional responsibility through memberships in professional organizations, seminars, workshops, and continuing education courses.
  • Maintain professionalism Online instructors must demonstrate professionalism in written online communication with students and school officials.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality when working with students, records, and administrative staff.
  • Maintain an attitude of enthusiasm, willingness to cooperate, and work well with others.
  • Interact with students and fellow employees in a courteous, professional, and positive manner.
  • Treat students with fairness, impartiality, and objectivity.
  • Regularly participate in professional development activities and provide documentation of these activities.
  • Participate in scheduled quarterly in-service and training activities.
  • Complete a self-evaluation and participate in the performance appraisal process.
  • Abide by all Federal, state, and accreditation/compliance rules and regulations.
  • Adhere to the Employee Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Catalog, and other school policy and procedure and any amendments thereto.

 

V.            Manages the Classroom/Laboratory

 

  • Provide students with a full understanding of course objectives (syllabus, course outlines, and course materials/equipment) on the first day of class.
  • Maintain appropriate classroom control while utilizing a variety of teaching methods and strategies to meet the needs of varying student learning styles.
  • Maintain records of course preparation (lesson plans, etc.) and evaluation tools

(examinations, quizzes, project/portfolio assignments, etc.), and submit as required.

  • Maintain effective use of class time. Online instructors must ensure students are devoting the appropriate amount of time to be successful online learners. Instructors will need to encourage students to utilize the resources available to them, offer support and guidance, and if necessary, corrective action.
  • Ensure that all course materials and objectives are presented to accomplish the objectives on the official curriculum syllabus.
  • Maintain consistent performance when dealing with all students with respect to grading, documentation, policies, and discipline.
  • Be aware of class and individual student attendance status and academic progress on a regular basis. Online class participation is automatically posted to the students record. Campus Directors of Education may contact online instructors regarding student participation.
  • Provide the Director of Instructional Design and Delivery or Distance Education Coordinator or their designee with regular feedback relative to class and student progress and/or problems and concerns.
  • Provide the student with timely information on his or her academic progress relative to quizzes, exams, homework, and projects; review progress with students on a regular basis, well in advance of the end of a term.
  • Ensure that final grades are turned in on time. Submit a mid-term report of students whose grade point averages are below a “C” at the conclusion of the sixth week of classes.
  • Maintain overall student attendance and retention rates in accordance with the fiscal year’s attrition goals.

 

IV.          Delivers Instructional Material

 

  • Utilize active learning techniques to maintain a challenging learning environment for students; ensure a variety of media/audio-visual/technology materials to accentuate your presentations, to achieve course goals and objectives, and to facilitate the variety of student learning styles.
  • Provide students with class/laboratory objectives.
  • Ensure course materials are accurate and contemporary in accordance with established syllabi and course objectives; ensure material presented includes all of the course performance objectives.
  • Draw on personal experiences to relate the material you are presenting to the contemporary workplace.
  • Utilize library resources in classroom activities.
  • Ensure appropriate development of student portfolio pieces.
  • Continually promote the development and effective use of higher cognitive level/critical thinking skills in students.
  • Present “self” as a professional role model.
  • Inspire student confidence in school, faculty, and self.
  • Maintain a minimum overall customer satisfaction rating on the student satisfaction survey instrument in accordance with campus goals.
  • Maintain a minimum rating of “meets requirements” on classroom observation results. 

 

 

VII.         Conducts Laboratory/Clinic/Practicum Activities

 

  • Assign laboratory activities that coincide with the material presented in lecture sessions.

 

Experience Required:

 

  • Instructors are expected to have appropriate academic and experiential qualifications.

Courses taught generally require the minimum of a Master’s degree in the field of instruction and a minimum of two years of industry experience in the field of instruction. Courses in some non-degreed areas generally do not require a baccalaureate degree, but the instructor must possess specialized training, industry experience, or a documented special competency. Master’s degrees are required at some locations to teach general education subjects and some specialized subjects. Instructors teaching in the Bachelor degree programs will have additional requirements regarding degrees and may include the terminal degree (PhD) in their specific field. In support of qualifications presented,

 

Instructor applicants must provide official transcripts of all postsecondary colleges attended and evidence of certifications earned to the Director of Instructional Design and Delivery. All instructor applicants will demonstrate their teaching skills prior to hiring. Online instructors must complete the Online Instructor Training Class to acquire the skills to navigate the platform.

  • Instructors teaching in programs that have developed industry certifications must possess

the certification associated with the program or demonstrate a knowledge equivalent to the certification. In some areas certification is required.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the professional career paths and demands of the field of

instruction.

  • Motivation, dedication, professionalism, integrity, and enthusiasm for teaching.
  • Sensitivity to the needs and requirements of adult learners.
  • Attend faculty orientation prior to the first term of employment.
  • Ability and desire to embrace the school’s mission.
  • Ability to inspire students to the highest level of achievement in preparation for meeting employer expectations.

 

 

 

Additional Clarification of Duties


ONLINE ADDENDUM

 

I. Fulfills Administrative Responsibilities

 

  • Term Start up

o  Informative: Online Instructors maintain up to date information in their profile.

o  Structural: Online Instructors inspect each content item and the grade book to verify

accuracy of duping, and will verify the accuracy of the textbook listing from published

list to syllabus, notifying the appropriate person in the event of error within, 24 hours of being enrolled.

o  Communal: Online Instructors assign students to groups as soon as it is practical, ensuring group size is no smaller than four, and no larger than eight students.

  • Ongoing

o  Grade book: The Online Instructors inspect the grade book to ensure all grades have been returned to students, and that all students are assigned to groups

o  Reporting: Online Instructors participate in all reporting processes including attendance and grading reports according to published schedules.

o  Communications: Online Instructors alert appropriate administrative personnel of any potential problem in a timely fashion, and will respond to inquiries from Administrative personnel within 24 hours.

  • Term End

o  Online Instructors prepare students for end of term procedures and policies.

o  Online Instructors complete all remaining grading within 24 hours of term end.

o  Online Instructors submit all required reporting to appropriate place/person at or

before the specified deadline for submission.

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II. Instructional Duties

 

  • Online Instructors respond to any student email within 24 hours of time stamp on email.
    • Participation in course

o  Online Instructors actively engage in all threaded discussions of active Lessons

§    No more than two days should pass without posting to Discussions

§    Postings should be informative, supportive, instructive, and contribute to the robust exchange

o  Posting Announcements: At least one announcement per week should be posted to keep students apprised of course activities, remind students of certain things, or to report other news of interest related to the course.

  • Feedback on course activities: Lessons will be graded within 48 hours of the Lesson end. Helpful comments for grades less than “C” should be included to give the student and opportunity to improve their performance.
    • In the event of an emergency, ensure that someone contacts the appropriate administrator to ensure the courses are not without instructional presence.

III. Mentoring Duties

 

  • Term Start:

o  Online Instructors email students introducing themselves, and asking if there are any issues.

o  Online Instructors make additional effort to help students get oriented to expectations, the course, and the instructor.

o  Online Instructors refer students to their orientation course when it appears that the student is in need of reminding.

  • Ongoing:

o Online Instructors email non-participating students at least once per week to remind them

o  For any grade (excluding assessments) of “C” or lower, a brief, tactful comment should

be entered in the comment box explaining how to improve.

o  For students who have fallen behind, design an appropriate make- up plan in accordance with established protocols.

o  Online Instructors report any student issues, or potential problems to the appropriate administrative personnel

o  Online Instructors support retention and success rate goals as established by administration and campuses.

 

IV. Professional Duties

 

  • Ongoing informative processes:

o  Online Instructors participate in scheduled conference calls and Online asynchronous

Faculty In-service meetings.

o  Online Instructors are responsible for reading and understanding information posted to the Platform or sent via email from administration

  • Ongoing professional Development:

o  Online Instructors participate in regularly scheduled faculty development activities.

o  Online Instructors assist administration in maintaining accurate and timely documentation for personnel files.

 

  • Ongoing feedback and reviews

o  Online Instructors participate with administrative personnel to assess and improve performance of personnel.

o  Online Instructors participate with administrative

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