Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS) is committed to quality education for adult learners and employs motivated professionals working in their field of expertise to serve as Affiliate Faculty, providing instruction for both undergraduate and graduate-level courses. The college’s affiliate faculty are experienced, practicing professionals who are able to integrate content knowledge and practical experience for the benefit of its adult learners. Southwestern College Professional Studies offers courses in a progressive format primarily in an online modality.
SCPS is not currently hiring for specific degree programs. However, we are always seeking professionals with academic and professional credentials who qualify to teach in our degree programs. If you are interested in joining SCPS’ team of exceptional and dedicated affiliate faculty members, please email a cover letter explaining your interest and why you are qualified to teach for Professional Studies and your resume or curriculum vitae to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Affiliate Faculty” in the subject line.
For undergraduate classes, SCPS requires all faculty have a minimum of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. For graduate classes, a doctoral degree is required. All selected affiliate faculty members are required to submit an official copy of their college transcripts, relevant employment paperwork, and agree to a new hire criminal background check. Subsequent to a successful background check, satisfactory completion of new faculty orientation/training is required. Southwestern College is an EEO/AA employer.
2023 Faculty Orientation Schedule
2023 Schedule Pending
Classroom Management and Technologies
This course is self-guided, engaging the participant in learning about the faculty applications of Southwestern College’s Blackboard Learn and Zoom PRO for Professional Studies. Participants will complete several activities that emulate instructor activities in the Southwestern College online classroom environment. Participants will interact with a course facilitator primarily through feedback on activities. For faculty candidates, this course is a required part of the interview process. Success in this course requires that all assessments are completed satisfactorily with a maximum of three attempts.
Teaching Adults Online at Southwestern College
This course is designed to prepare faculty for teaching in a variety of Southwestern College Professional Studies courses and modalities. Participants use the college’s faculty resources to assist them in meeting and exceeding expectations for excellence in instructing and educating our adult learners. Participants will interact in an asynchronous online environment and have an opportunity to experience synchronous live virtual environments via Zoom. For faculty candidates, this course is a part of the interview process. Success in this course requires that all assessments are completed satisfactorily with a maximum of two attempts except for discussion and pre-recorded activities.
Engagement, Collaborating and Instructing Online: Our Mission
This course engages its participants in a journey of exploration, acquiring or refreshing expert knowledge and skills regarding engagement, collaboration, and instruction in the online educational environment at Southwestern College. In doing so, each participant examines the dynamic relationship between engagement, collaboration, and instruction of learners, their academic and professional success, and the fulfillment of Southwestern College’s mission. During the course of the journey, participants demonstrate their adeptness in engagement, collaboration, and instructional best practices through announcements, discussion, feedback, and direct instruction using multiple techniques and forms of media. For faculty candidates, this course is a required part of the interview process. Success in this course requires that all activities exceed minimum expectations on the first attempt.