Online Full-Time Faculty - Astronautical / Space Engineering - Assistant Professor

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Synopsis of Role:

Full-time faculty members are first and foremost teachers and play a key role within a school as course leads. They are united by the common goal of inspiring academic excellence in students with a broad range of interests and experiences. They are key to creating a rewarding online learning experience for students by engaging them, challenging them, and supporting them. They provide the resources for a quality learning experience for students by ensuring coherence in the discipline, rigor in the content, and relevance and currency to the practice. Full-time faculty members/course leads contribute to a range of activities that support student learning outcomes, program quality, and discipline integrity, all of which focus on student learning and retention. They work with other departments including instructional design, Library and course materials, and marketing.

Academic Responsibilities and Essential Functions:

- Responsible for course curriculum quality to include:

- Teaching excellence

- Evaluate and grade students class work, assignments, and papers within the timeframe set forth by APUS policy providing effective feedback to guide student learning and success.

- Engage in the classroom and reply to emails, etc. at least every other day, including one day during the weekend.

- Remain aware of classroom procedures and use of instructional materials.

- Deliver online lessons to undergraduate and/or graduate students.

- Initiate, facilitate, interact and moderate online classroom forums.

- Be a faculty leader in your classes embracing fully the Community of Inquiry Framework of Teaching Presence, Cognitive Presence, and Social Presence.

- Comply with APUS guidelines and expectations for quality faculty engagement online.

- Participate in professional development to enhance teaching skills.

- Annually complete at least two APUS Faculty Development modules for effective online learning and teaching.

- Work with Director of Programs and collaborates with faculty to ensure discipline, program and course continuity, currency, and relevance.

- Define course objectives, review regularly, and revise as needed.

- Update course content and materials and/or delivery methods, based on information such as emerging practice changes in the discipline, instructional effectiveness data, current or future performance requirements, feasibility, and costs.

- Analyze courses and prepare analysis for program and course reviews, and course and homework contact hours.

- Remain aware of new classroom procedures, APUS requirements, and instructional materials.

- Attend regular meetings with Director of Programs to stay aware of how their courses fit within the overall program progression and other APUS requirements.

- Ensure APUS instructional standards and policies are reflected in course design.

- Ensures model courses are developed and maintained according to applicable APUS, accreditation, certification, or other requirements.

- Contribute to advancing the discipline as a leader

- Keep abreast of developments in ones own field by reading current literature, engaging with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and conferences.

- Participate in professional development activities.

- Administrative responsibilities

- Attend school and discipline meetings (monthly or quarterly) on curriculum, content, development of discipline and practice, and APUS expectations.

- Convene meetings with faculty teaching your courses to ensure they are aware of the curriculum intent.

- Provide guidance to instructors to clarify lessons, assignments, and course design elements.

Required Education and Experience:

- Terminal degree in Astronautical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required.

- College-level teaching experience is required.

- Online teaching experience is preferred.

- Curriculum or course development experience is desired.

- Capability to support non-traditional students (adults/working adults/part-time students, etc.) in achieving the learning outcomes of the relevant courses.

- Ability to instruct and support students from a broad variety of backgrounds and prior experiences.

- Ability to uphold academic rigor and integrity, and simultaneously assist students in achieving academic and practical success.

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs is required.

Preferred Areas of Expertise and Experience:

- College-level teaching experience in one of the following fields is preferred: Engineering, Mathematics or Physics.

- Proficiency in one or more of the following areas is desired: Space Systems Engineering, Space Vehicle Design, Space Habitat Design, Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Design, Autonomy and Robotics, Control Systems.

- Experience teaching classes in one or more of the following areas is desired: Orbital Mechanics, Engineering Design, Space Physiology and Psychology, Space Operations, Ballistic Missile Systems, Astronomy, Remote Sensing, Reconnaissance, Computer Programming or Cybersecurity for Space Applications.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

- Remote/Online

- Sitting, extensive use of keyboard
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