Faculty PT, Contributing Faculty, PhD Higher Education Leadership (Virtual)

Walden University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not Specified
Aug 29, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Walden University is an accredited institution that has been serving the higher education needs of professionals for more than 45 years. Offered online, Walden's doctoral degree programs are designed to provide a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change.
Walden's School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy seeks part-time (contributing) faculty to serve as doctoral level course instructors/content experts for the PhD Higher Education Leadership Program.


Walden University seeks dynamic, engaged and supportive doctoral faculty research mentors that have strong communication and learning-relationship skills for this part-time position in the PhD Higher Education Leadership program. Key responsibilities of this position are to teach and facilitate doctoral student learning during the coursework phase of their program, to engage and support doctoral students as emerging scholar-practitioners, and to contribute to course development and improvement teams.

What to expect as a Walden contributing faculty member:

Faculty members educate Walden University students by effectively using online technology and resources to provide an engaging and supportive student experience. Faculty members are expected to share their knowledge and give relevant, actionable feedback in carefully formulated timely communication to students. This is accomplished in a student-centric learning environment that is respectful, collaborative and follows Walden University and program specific guidelines.

General Expectations Include:

•Supportive engagement at all times – build positive rapport, openness, trust, mutual inquiry and listening to students to help them learn, discover and apply research skills.
•Effective online communications to maintain teaching and social presence and to stimulate
critical thinking and “learning to learn” skills.

Doctoral Course Teaching & Learning Facilitation:

As indicated above, effective instruction will focus on both the content of the course, and on assisting in the evolving development of each student as a doctoral scholar. Faculty are expected to engage with students to support learning, and are required to be active within the Blackboard LMS course (discussions, announcements, group areas, etc.) a minimum of 4 days per week, and to respond to student questions within 48 hours. Faculty Members are required to verify the academic integrity of student postings and submissions and to provide grades and relevant, actionable, supportive feedback to students through Blackboard.

Candidates should possess:

•An earned doctorate in the field of study or a related field (required).
•A record of scholarship, publication and research in methods and research design that is appropriate to support doctoral students in the field of Higher Education Leadership
•Strong relationship-building skills with students with diverse backgrounds.
•Successful mentoring relationships that support mutual inquiry and student outcomes.
•Advocating for the learning and development needs of students.
•Strong writing, research, and oral communication skills.
•Three years of effective teaching experience at the degree level of program (preferred).
•Online experience at the degree level of program (preferred.).

Ideally, a candidate should be able to demonstrate:

•Success at building effective student learning relationships that support mutual inquiry and doctoral quality student progress and learning outcomes. This includes the ability to provide clear expectations and helping students “know what to do next”.
•Strong servant leadership dispositions. This includes the ability to listen carefully to students, and to be approachable and supportive within Walden’s policies.
•Strong time-management and co-project management skills.

Ideally, a candidate should be strongly committed to:

•Advocating for the learning and development needs of students earning their degrees in a distance learning environment.
•Supporting the development of Walden University students to foster positive social change as scholar-practitioners.
•Best practices in teaching, research, advising and mentoring.
•The ongoing professional development of themselves as faculty.
•The willingness to perform other duties and responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.


All new Faculty Members receive specific training from Walden University with respect to best practices in online learning facilitation, doctoral mentoring, and effective supervision and review of dissertations. They also receive socialization into the Walden University culture of quality, integrity, and student-learning centeredness and an orientation in their specific degree program.


Doctoral level faculty may be asked to participate in Residencies held domestically or internationally, where they may teach colloquia, lead writing-intensive workshops, and facilitate school-wide discussions.

Technology Proficiency/Requirements:

Faculty members are expected to maintain a high level of technical proficiency, and have a strong commitment to learning new technologies. Faculty are required to have computer and software resources that enable effective delivery of academic services to a disbursed community of learners. The Faculty Member must be able to use Microsoft Office products, and must have reliable Internet access as well as alternate access as needed.


Some travel may be requested (maximally once per quarter).

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