Detailed Job Description
Synopsis of Role:
The Faculty Director of Arts and Humanities is a key leadership position within the university. The Director promotes and supports a quality learning experience for students by ensuring an engaging classroom environment. This management position contributes to a range of activities related to excellence in teaching and student retention, and works closely with each of the APUS departments as well as relevant offices to manage systems and processes related to teaching effectiveness. The Director coordinates with the relevant Directors of Curriculum in order to remain aware of discipline content intent. The Director acts as a liaison to other departments including the Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Hiring, HR, faculty scheduling, student appeals, and student services.
Responsible for management oversight of between 200-300 faculty (part-time and perhaps full-time) members to include:
- Teaching excellence
- Coach/mentor and evaluate instructor performance in effective teaching practice.
- Regularly analyze and report on data to assess student learning and retention.
- Ensure APUS standards, policies, and priorities are reflected in course delivery.
- Support and promote instructor professional development to enhance teaching skills.
- Ensure instructors are aware of current and emerging classroom procedures and instructional materials.
- Advise instructors on use of materials and equipment.
- Instructional delivery
- Research, evaluate, and prepare recommendations on instructional methods and materials.
- Assess effectiveness and efficiency of instruction according to ease of instructional technology use and student learning, knowledge transfer, and satisfaction.
- Leadership and communities
- Recognize instructors for outstanding performance or accomplishments.
- Schedule and conduct regularly scheduled instructor meetings to promote community among faculty members.
- Attend school meetings as scheduled.
- Attend regular meetings with relevant discipline communities.
- Support and promote faculty participation in discipline professional organizations.
- Conduct annual performance reviews.
- Maintain ‘discipline’ knowledge by participating in discipline-related professional communities.
- Teach courses within program (150 registrations per year).
- Support APUS initiatives and departments.
Critical Skills and Job Complexity:
- Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
- Communication – Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing and speaking so others will understand.
- Critical Thinking – Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Education — Knowledge of principles and methods for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the assessment measures.
- Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Management of Personnel Resources – Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/assessing performance of yourself and instructors to make improvements or take corrective action.
Competencies Critical to this Position:
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Coaching and mentoring – Ability to be objective in evaluations and in making recommendations relevant to improving teaching techniques.
- Cooperation – Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Initiative – Willing and able to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Innovation — Creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Leadership – Willing and able to lead; take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Self-Control – Maintain composure, keep emotions in check, control anger, and avoid aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Stress Tolerance —Ability to accept criticism and deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Terminal degree in History or Military History from a regionally accredited institution is required.
- Five or more years of teaching experience required.
- Record of excellence in teaching is required.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs required.
- Management experience required.
- Leadership experience required.
Preferred Areas of Expertise and Experience: