Overview

Be a Life Changer! Grantham University is a nationally accredited online University founded in 1951 by a veteran to serve active duty and retired military service members, along with other non-traditional students. Since our move from Slidell, Louisiana, to the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area in 2005, we have grown steadily and have added jobs to the community. If you are looking for a rewarding position with an organization that allows you to positively change lives every day through the power of education, look no further than Grantham University.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:
Foundations Faculty member is a full-time position at Grantham University with the primary responsibility of online instruction and outreach to approximately 750 students, per calendar year. Foundations Faculty members serve in a residential capacity on campus. This position will report to the Dean, or Chair of the Foundations Program. This is a non-supervisory role.

KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide instruction in accordance with the philosophy of Grantham University and within the scope of departmentally-defined courses, programs of study, and degrees.
  • Prepare for, and personally conduct, all assigned courses. Create proactive and consistent interactions with students within programs through teaching, phone calls, web conferencing, forums, videos, etc.
  • Contribute academically to both the College of Arts & Sciences and Grantham University through activities, such as strategic planning, assessment, building relationships with professional and student associations, curriculum development, program reviews, research, etc.
  • Active participation in service and scholarship to support both professional growth and the Academics department.
  • Responsible for keeping current in teaching discipline(s) and continue to develop professionally in content, methodologies, and distance strategies.
  • Provide weekly “office hours” that include both evening and weekend hours.
  • Communicate (e.g., email, phone, web conferencing, etc.) in a timely manner with students, faculty, and administrators.
  • Follow principles of good educational practice: provide ongoing contact with students, develop cooperation among students, use active learning techniques, give prompt feedback, emphasize time on task, communicate and uphold expectations, and respect diverse talents and ways of learning.
  • Provide students, faculty, and administrators with regular feedback and note progress toward course objectives and learning outcomes. Conduct fair evaluation (resulting in grades) and apply equally to all students.
  • Make referrals to support services when a student’s academic or personal needs require special attention.
  • Work with Chairs, Deans, Chief Academic Officer, Provost, and Student Advising department to passionately drive student success.
  • Cooperate with faculty and administrators regarding educational technology and support services that enhance the instructional process.
  • Keep accurate electronic records for both the learning management system and records system, and submit all records when required.
  • Attend mandatory academic and university events, meetings and trainings.
  • Adhere to policies and best practices described in both the employee and faculty handbooks.
  • Attend annual commencement events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS AND DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Master’s degree required; Doctorate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in philosophy, psychology, sociology, or humanities is required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Internet, and learning management systems.
  • In-depth knowledge of:
    •  Curriculum design preferred.
    •  Distance learning educational models, adult learning styles, and technology-assisted instruction preferred.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
    •  Able to gather, analyze, evaluate, and integrate information electronically.
    •  Able to make decisions and work independently with exceptional problem solving and analytical skills.
    •  Advance professional business writing skills required.
    •  Able to effectively communicate orally (in person and by telephone) and in writing.
  • Able to multi-task, yet maintain close attention to detail and timeliness of work production.
  • Able to work in a positive team-oriented manner with a variety of people (students, faculty, staff, administrators, vendors, and members of the general public)
  • Language Skills: Able to read, analyze, and interpret common journals and legal documents. Able to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Able to effectively present information to executive management, faculty, staff, and/or students.
  • Mathematical Skill: Able to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability: Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to present facts to faculty for departmental response. Able to deal with a variety of information presented in oral or written formats. Able to deal with non-verbal behavior in assisting with problem resolution.
  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    •  Frequently required to use hand to finger, handle, or feel (including the use of computer keyboards) and talk or hear (including the use of a telephone and computer).
    •  Occasionally required to walk, stand, and make presentations
    •  The work space is a cubicle so the ability to work around distractions is imperative.
    •  This position may involve sitting at a desk for extended periods of time
    •  Specific vision abilities include: close vision and distance vision

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Integrity – operates within the highest ethical standards and integrity in all aspects of the position.
  • Motivated/Results Oriented – fantastic record of personal drive and the determination to succeed.
  • Mission Oriented – passionate about helping others; ownership spirit with a competitive disciplined execution for results.
  • Listening Skills – must be an active listener to insure student and client needs are fully understood and met.
  • Influence – skilled at directing and motivating others towards personal, academic and professional success.