Job: Affiliate Faculty - Graduate Education: Special Education

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Job Description

Location:Online Teaching Opportunities
Department:CAGS Curriculum and Instruction Education
Job Type:Affiliate Faculty

Spiritual Requirements

  1. Committed follower of Jesus Christ, who believes there is no salvation apart from faith in his atonement on the cross, by grace alone becoming 'born again' thus beginning a personal relationship with Christ, the Son of God.
  2. Able to effectively communicate personal faith and apply biblical principles and convictions in the workplace. Must have a strong sense of calling to the ministry of Colorado Christian University.
  3. Regularly attend and be engaged in meaningful involvement in a Bible-believing evangelical local church. Knowledgeable about the Word of God and passionate about Christian education.
  4. Must be a traditional evangelical Christian whose lifestyle is in consonance with sound Christian principles, is compatible with CCU's Statement of Faith, and is in agreement with the Strategic Objectives promulgated by the University.

Job Summary

Colorado Christian University is currently looking for qualified instructors to become affiliate faculty to teach in the Special Education Generalist program. The University's adjunct/affiliate faculty is a group of experienced professionals, contracted on a course-by-course basis, as needed. CCU's affiliate faculty members will integrate their evangelical Christian faith in the classroom and help disciple the next generation of Christian leaders.

College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) courses are offered in an accelerated format during evenings, on weekends, or in combination of the two. Courses are offered in a variety of durations, including five, seven, and ten weeks. Classes are taught using in-seat and online formats to a predominantly adult audience.

It is expected that an online faculty member will model a personal commitment to the goals and values of Colorado Christian University, engage in an active commitment to and experience of personal spiritual formation within a biblically-informed Christian worldview, and follow lesson plans developed for the course they are facilitating. Online faculty should view the course being taught as a means to a significant educational end. They should strive to employ a variety of techniques for the development of good learning conditions, view each student as a unique individual, and, insofar as is possible, provide for individual differences, abilities and interests.

  • Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with assigned schedule to ensure student satisfaction
  • Assists students in achieving completion of objectives and learning outcomes
  • Provides regular and timely feedback to students
  • Motivates student to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process
  • Maintains and reports student grades and attendance in accordance with university policies

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have an earned doctorate degree in a special education content area and five to seven years of documented work experience.
  • Appropriate certification and/or licensure may be required to teach some courses (i.e. CPA, Project Management, Nursing, Education).

  • Three to five years of higher education teaching experience preferred.

  • Willing to become proficient in Blackboard, Google Hangouts, and other multimedia or software programs. Must be willing and able to use a webcam and microphone for interactions with students and to grade student multimedia projects.

  • Proficiency in appropriate MS Office software required. Be able to use appropriate software and technology in the learning environment.

  • Knowledge of adult learning theory and integration of faith and learning required for CAGS affiliate faculty.

  • Passionate about higher education and dedicated to student success.

  • A commitment to producing Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge and skills necessary to impact the teachers working with special needs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Must follow all course policies and meet expectations according to established faculty guidelines, including timely grading of assignments, tests, papers, and final grade submission. Communicate with students in a timely manner. This includes: Contacting students using the Blackboard e-mail system before class starts to welcome them.
  2. Using the Blackboard notification system to communicate with students and check it regularly to assist and support students. Participating in the course and in threaded discussions as appropriate. Returning assignments in a timely manner with meaningful and helpful critiques. Using the Blackboard Grade Center for all assignments and returning all graded assignments to maintain a permanent record of student work.
  3. Commitment to the integration of Christian faith and learning.
  4. Class preparation and continual course maintenance required. Course maintenance includes updating assignment due dates in the calendar function in Blackboard and providing a phone number and e-mail address to students.
  5. Faculty have access to their Blackboard course one month before their course is scheduled to begin and are expected to take the time necessary to familiarize themselves with the course objectives, content, text, assignments and delivery format. Technology training is not provided, so faculty must be willing to watch videos provided by the university to learn how to use the learning management system.
  6. Grades must be turned in a maximum of 14 days after the last day of class. (Note: final payment will not be made until grades have been turned in.)
  7. Provide supplemental material that will enhance the class according to the experience and expertise of the faculty. Adhere to the course and course objectives for basic content.
  8. Maintain established office hours (minimum of two hours per week) when contracted for a course and be available for individual student consultations (during evenings and weekends for CAGS students).
  9. Participate in the faculty orientation program, bi-annual faculty meetings and other training & forums as required.
  10. Communicate promptly with the Dean; Regional Center Administrator, Director of Faculty Development, or other designated CAGS staff, if you face any difficulties. Report errors, deficiencies, misrepresentations and make suggestions for improvement in course content to the Dean or Director of Curriculum.

Nature of Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk; stand; sit; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; speak with clarity, have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

System Requirements

A positive course experience depends highly on the quality of your computer. You must meet the minimum system requirements:

  • Processor: 1.3 Ghz minimum for PCs, or Mac equivalent (2.0 Ghz or higher recommended)
  • RAM: 1 GB DDR3 RAM (2 GB or higher recommended)
  • Hard disk space: 50 GB (120 GB or higher recommended)
  • Internet connection: Any standard internet connection is acceptable, but a high speed connection (Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. High-speed internet access will improve your efficiency and make your learning experience much more enjoyable.
  • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or higher
  • Webcam: Either one that is built into your computer or an external one will do.
  • Microphone: For the clearest sound, it is best to have an external microphone.

Software Requirements

You are required to used Microsoft Office products to grade word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You must have Office 2010 or newer to ensure the greatest compatibility for:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

Adjunct/Affiliate faculty are contracted on an as-needed basis and are not benefits eligible.

Important Notes

Application Process
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Colorado Christian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status. CCU does reserve the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices. All employees who work at CCU must demonstrate a spiritual testimony consistent with our evangelical mission and follow our lifestyle expectations.


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