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Ashford University Lead Faculty - Master of Information Systems Management 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 Forbes School of Business & Technology. Lead Faculty ensure state of the art world-class teaching and learning through their primary responsibilities of teaching, leadership, and service.

Essential Job Duties:


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

  • Proficient instructional quality review and FSDA scores as set by the college.

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 and provide support to core faculty and associate faculty within college, intervening as needed (may include supervisory responsibilities, coaching, and mentoring)

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

  • May provide supervision and support to the full-time, part-time, and associate faculty assigned to specific areas of discipline


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 career services, student enrollment, and academic advisors

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

  • Collaborate with library, writing center, and other University departments to support student success and to ensure a positive experience for all university students

  • Lead program review (gathering data, writing reports, creating action plans for enhancement) based on timeline set by the college

  • Engage in community and student development activities involving disciplinary expertise, such as student organizations

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 and 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.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in 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:

  • Doctoral degree required in information technology, business or related field and 5 or more years professional, degree related work experience. A master’s degree may be accepted when combined with significant industry and/or professional experience. Master’s degree equivalent or commensurate determined by hiring manager.

  • Proven track record of successful program leadership within the discipline of information technology.

  • 5+ years of demonstrated teaching excellence in a variety of courses at the post-secondary level.

  • 2+ years of leadership or supervisory experience, preferably at a post-secondary institution.

  • Experience in curriculum design, implementation, and oversight preferred.

  • Experience teaching in area of degree

  • Experience teaching in the online classroom

  • Experience teaching in “non-traditional” settings to students.


  • Possess a terminal degree in information technology, business, business analytics, big data analytics/management, information and data science (or similar) with 5 or more years of professional, degree related word experience, OR a master’s in similar degrees, with 8-10 years professional, degree related work experience.

  • Doctorate Degree Required for Doctoral and Dissertation Offerings

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:

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to work in an office environment, where the noise level is usually moderate.

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Our Values:

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.

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