Ashford University Lead Faculty - Associate Professor in United States
A Lead Faculty - Associate Professor is a discipline expert (with a terminal degree in the field – either PhD or EdD) who provides expertise and coordination and support to a specific course(s) and the program as a whole as determined by the Program Chair and College Leadership. This particular Lead Faculty role requires an expertise in at least one of the following fields: Criminal Justice; Health and Wellness Psychology; Industrial Organizational Psychology; /or Mediation and Conflict Resolution.
In the performance of these duties, the Lead Faculty - Associate Professor performs duties as they relate to curriculum, serves as a course review liaison, assists with subject area and discipline updates, mentors and trains associate faculty, supports students, and recommends staffing assignments for the course(s) under his/her discipline. The Lead Faculty - Associate Professor also helps design the course assessments and provides other assistance in bolstering student retention and success. Lead Faculty - Associate Professor is an advocate of the discipline and demonstrates effective educational leadership in the discipline.
Expectations of all Faculty
All faculty have some responsibility for Teaching, Service, and Scholarship as defined in Boyer’s model. The percent of time devoted to each area varies with unit needs, stages of career, and individual skills and capacities. The descriptors below may be used for general guidance as the Associate Professor works collaboratively with his/her supervisor to develop a yearly “work plan” that identifies measurable and individualized goals that support the job requirements.
General Expectation of Associate Professor
The Lead Faculty - Associate Professor, like all fulltime faculty, holds the responsibility for teaching, service, and scholarship, with faculty development and course design being of primary concern. Subject-matter expertise, discipline advocacy, and community building among all faculty members teaching the same course(s) remain the primary focus of a Lead Faculty- Associate Professor role followed by service directly aimed at assisting associate faculty through coaching and mentoring.
A Lead Faculty - Associate Professor should demonstrate exemplary teaching in their discipline with expectations and responsibilities identical to other full time faculty. Teaching includes content delivery, student mentoring and assessment of student learning. Additionally, Lead Faculty - Associate Professors are responsible for:
Demonstrating awareness of and responding to the diverse needs of all students
Displaying a thorough knowledge of both the curriculum and the subject matter
Facilitating instructional materials and providing guidance and feedback to all students
Setting high expectations for student achievement and behavior
Evaluating student performance via established rubrics and policies
Responding to student emails and inquiries in a timely manner
Addressing plagiarism concerns according to university policy
Collaborating with student-facing institutional personnel to enhance the student experience
Carrying a teaching load of 8 to 10 courses per year
Lead and participate in course developments
Create new elements for courses (universal guidance, modeled examples, interactive tutorials, visual aids, introductory videos, lecture videos, screen capture and other resources as needed)
Lead and support new program development activities, course development, and assessment
Lead Faculty - Associate Professor communities around courses and oversee faculty online community spaces
Lead and support professional development activities for Associate Faculty
Support the Program Chair in monitoring the faculty teaching a specific course and intervening as needed
Implement student success initiatives
Promote collaborative and creative approaches to teaching, learning and student success
Non-teaching Job Responsibilities: Service and Scholarship
Non-teaching job responsibilities include both a service and scholarship component. Scholarship and Service responsibilities are expected of all full-time faculty. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook to review what is defined under scholarship and service responsibilities.
Examples of General Internal Service & Scholarship
Participation in faculty governance (Senator, Committee Chair, etc.)
Leader of contributor of a university-wide or college committee
Collaboration with college or university teams to develop and implement new initiatives
Contributing to student welfare through regular interaction with student enrollment and academic advisors
Providing support for accreditation and licensure efforts to ensure course meets career and discipline goals
Collaboration with other university departments to ensure a positive experience for all university students
Aids in the development and implementation of student success and retention efforts
Assistance with program review (gathering data, writing reports, creating action plans for enhancement)
College and university wide committee membership (e.g. discussion board task force, retention and graduation committee, General Education Assessment, etc.)
Presentation of course and policy developments to Admissions, Enrollment Services, Faculty Support and Development Teams, Schedulers, and other Ashford and Zovio groups
Examples of Internal Service & Scholarship in Program and Course Design
Researches and recommends materials, resources, and textbook needs within the subject area
Provides leadership and support to a specific course (or courses) through program review, course revisions, assessment, and other curriculum development opportunities
Coordinates subject area efforts in the implementation of program learning outcomes , goals and objectives, as well as policies and procedures regarding instructional and academic support programs
Collaborates with both full-time and associate faculty in making curricular changes/additions as needed
Collaborates with the Institutional Assessment Office to ensure course learning and institutional outcome assessment
Monitors course performance and continually improves course design and delivery
Engages in scholarly activities which may include discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching which are related to the course in question
Examples of Internal Service & Scholarship in Faculty Development
A Lead Faculty - Associate Professor should not only search for opportunities to stay current in their discipline and instructional practices, but should encourage other faculty who teach the course they work with to also seek professional development. In the best scenario, the Associate Professor is sought after by associate faculty because of their content and instructional expertise.
Creates, and leads course-related learning communities
Develops resources for faculty teaching specific courses
Functions as a resource and coaches designated associate faculty
Supports new associate faculty through directed second course support
Evaluates faculty through the annual Instructional Quality Review
Develops/supports faculty forums and other professional development activities within the program
Examples of External Service
Creates and/or maintains specific and directed community outreach efforts to enhance brand-awareness of the institution, college, or program
Engages in community development activities involving disciplinary expertise
Gives presentations or performances for the public
Participates in collaborative endeavors with other organizations in the community and/or discipline
Participate in ad hoc university wide committees
Participates in meetings (on site and virtual) as directed
Maintains regular work hours coordinated with supervisor
Performs other duties as agreed upon in collaboration with College Leadership
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