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Ashford University Lead Faculty, Health Informatics & Analytics Program in United States

At Ashford University, the Lead Faculty is a faculty member who has demonstrated competence in the discipline with a combination of vision, leadership, and sound administrative practices to support an academic area of discipline within the College of Arts and Sciences. Lead Faculty ensure state of the art world-class teaching and learning through their primary responsibilities of teaching, leadership, and service.

Teaching

A Lead Faculty should demonstrate exemplary teaching in their discipline. Teaching includes content delivery, student mentoring and assessment of student learning. All Lead Faculty will carry a teaching load requirement, determined annually. Additionally, lead faculty 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

Discipline Leadership

  • Implement retention, persistence, graduation, and student success initiatives

  • Lead and support program and emphasis development activities, course development, and assessment

  • Lead faculty communities of practice and oversee faculty online community spaces

  • Support College leadership in evaluation of teaching efficacy within college and intervening as needed

  • Lead faculty meetings and represent college in University meetings and forums

Service

Service responsibilities are expected of all full-time faculty.

  • Lead or contribute to a university-wide or college committees

  • Collaborate with college or university teams to develop and implement new initiatives

  • Contribute to student success through regular interaction with student enrollment and academic advisors

  • Provide support for accreditation and licensure efforts to ensure courses meets career and discipline goals

  • Collaborate with other university departments to ensure a positive experience for all university students

  • Assist with program review (gathering data, writing reports, creating action plans for enhancement)

  • Engage in community development activities involving disciplinary expertise

Professional Development and Scholarship

  • Engage in faculty scholarship and development activities related to the university’s primary focus as a teaching institution, which may include discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching

  • Develop/support faculty forums and other professional development activities within the college

  • Participate in external discipline-specific conferences and professional communities

  • Enhance teaching effectiveness skills by attending seminars, webinars, workshops, and classes through both internal and external programming

Other Duties

  • Participate in meetings (on-site and virtual) as directed

  • Maintain regular work hours coordinated with supervisor

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a related content area

  • Experience in a distance/online learning environment with adult learners

  • Knowledge of accreditation standards and learning assessment

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Proven organizational skills with attention to detail

  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule that requires travel and occasionally work on evenings and weekends

  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office applications including intermediate level experience with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate in a field relevant to the content area

  • 1 or more years of online college teaching experience

  • Career experience relevant to the discipline

  • Strong interpersonal communication abilities

  • Strong organizational skills

Education:

  • Must possess a Master’s or terminal degree in the subject area or related field from a regionally accredited university.

Education Requirements:

If a degree or education credit minimum is required for the position, all education must be conferred by a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution. All candidates must provide proof of higher education (official transcripts) upon request.

Physical Requirements:

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to use a telephone and computer. The employee may frequently interact with fellow employees and/or clients. The requirements of this job may be completed with or without reasonable accommodation.

Communication Skills:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos. The employee is required to demonstrate effective written and oral communication in one-on-one and group settings.

Mental Demands:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to deal with stress associated with a fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. The employee will be required to comprehend and apply new ideas, follow detailed instructions, make sound decisions, readily adapt to changing work situations, effectively collaborate with colleagues at all levels

Work Environment:

During the remote work arrangement, employee agrees to continue abiding by Company policies and procedures, as outlined in the Bridgepoint Education Employee Handbook including its policies on Discrimination and Harassment, IT Resources and Communication Systems, Workplace Safety Policies, Confidentiality, Email and Internet usage, etc. Failure to follow Company policies may result in discipline, including termination of the employee’s remote working arrangement or employment.

The employee understands that he/she shall not undertake any other activity, including but not limited to household tasks and the care of another individual that could distract the employee from his/her duties while completing remote work.

Recognizing that effective communication is essential for this remote work arrangement to be successful, the employee agrees to the following methods and times of communication with his/her coworkers and/or manager(s):

Talking by phone or video chat with his/her manager at least once a day, at the manager’s discretion. Employee shall be available via phone, Skype and/or email during their regularly scheduled business hours (as noted above). Skype settings shall reflect appropriate presence when logged in to windows (Skype should not be set to “Appear Away”) and updated availability based on calendar information. Employee’s Outlook Calendar should reflect true availability, employee shall not block off calendar. Employee will notify his/her manager if he/she is unable to be available during his/her regular schedule and business hours with reasonable explanation and advance notice.

Regarding space and equipment purchase, set-up, and maintenance, the following is agreed upon:

The employee will use Company-provided computer equipment to complete their work remotely. Any maintenance to the laptop or computer equipment be required, the employee shall contact BTS Service Desk at 866-475-0317 extension 12345 or by submitting a help desk ticket through Insite for required maintenance. Employee will utilize his/her own internet access. The Company will establish a baseline expense amount for monthly internet access and then, on a bi-weekly basis, reimburse employee a pro rata share of this expense amount consistent with the employee’s actual remote work hours. This reimbursement is not intended to fully cover employee’s actual internet expenses. Employee must ensure that his/her manager has his/her most current telephone number.

The employee agrees to maintain a safe and secure work environment. The employee agrees to allow the Company access to assess the safety and security of the employee’s remote work environment, upon reasonable notice.

The employee agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Company’s information by using electronic passwords and keeping hard copy files in a secured location. Employee agrees to not share his/her passwords to the Company’s systems or devices with anyone outside of the Company. If any unauthorized access or disclosure occurs, the employee agrees to inform the Company immediately. Employee further agrees to maintain anti-virus software on any device(s) used to perform remote work.

The employee agrees to report any work-related injuries to the manager at the earliest opportunity. The employee agrees to hold the Company harmless for injury to others at the remote workplace.

The employee agrees to use Company-owned equipment, records, and materials for purposes of Company business only, and to protect them against unauthorized or accidental access, use, modification, destruction, loss, theft, or disclosure. Incidental personal use shall not interfere with the use of the equipment for Company business. The employee agrees to report to the manager instances of loss, damage, or unauthorized access immediately.

The employee understands and agrees that all equipment, records, and materials provided by the Company shall remain the property of the Company.

Schedule A

Employee is expected to work his/her regular schedule, as noted above, and to be available as needed during business hours, which are generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Employee is expected to use accrued vacation and sick time in accordance with Ashford policy when he/she is not working his/her regular schedule and/or is not available during business hours. No deviations from this schedule are allowed on a week-to-week basis. Permanent change to remote schedules must be addressed and approved by the employee’s immediate manager. Employee’s work schedule is subject to change, based upon the business needs of the Employer.

Duties and Assignments: All duties that are required, as outlined in the employee’s job description, are expected to be completed from the remote location. This includes but is not limited to the following:

Participating in projects as assigned. Meeting established deadlines. Being available during business hours for support. Participate in meetings via remote access. Other duties as assigned.

The employee understands and agrees that her/his personal vehicle will not be used for University business unless specifically authorized by the manager.

The employee understands and agrees that he/she is responsible for tax consequences, if any, of this arrangement, and for conformance to any local ordinances or zoning regulations.

The employee understands and agrees that all obligations, responsibilities, terms and conditions of employment with the University remain unchanged.

The employee understands and agree that being provided this opportunity to work remotely does not guarantee that any such opportunity will be provided by Ashford in the future, beyond the terms provided herein.

Nothing in this arrangement alters the at-will nature of employee’s employment.

It is the policy of Ashford University to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, national origin or citizenship, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, military or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, transfer, leaves of absence, and compensation. In addition, Ashford University will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Notice to Prospective Employees

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), prospective employees are entitled to request and receive a copy of Ashford University Annual Campus Security Report. Find the most recent Campus Security & Fire Safety Report at http://wpc.6fdc.edgecastcdn.net/006FDC/AU/USP/Ashford%20University%20Campus%20Security%20and%20Fire%20Safety%20Report%202016.pdf here. The report includes certain campus safety policies and statistics on reportable crimes and incidents that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, and on public property immediately adjacent to campus or accessible from campus for three previous years. The policies include campus security policies, crime prevention, and alcohol and drug use, and sexual assault, among others. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please contact HumanResources@ashford.edu .

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Equity – We have inclusion and mutual respect. We learn from one another and commit to the advancement of an inclusive culture in which every individual is treated with dignity and fairness.

Empowerment – We are inspiring and enabling. We give individuals the tools they need to achieve their goals.

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