FAQs—Become a Faculty Member
At University of Phoenix you can expand your own depth of knowledge, network with other esteemed faculty and working students, and teach without giving up your full-time career. The environment at University of Phoenix allows its faculty to reach new heights in their careers as well as enabling students to do the same. As a part of our faculty, whether you teach on-campus or online, you’ll be able to directly interact with your students and help them use theories that they will use in the real world.
Our faculty is made up of successful professionals coming from a variety of backgrounds. Our faculty members have their master’s degree or higher, and some of them even earned their graduate degrees right here at University of Phoenix. Our faculty is made up of true professionals that bring their life experience to ensure that students are ready for the challenges that they might experience the next day at the office.
Because University of Phoenix provides access to education for so many people, our students come from a variety of backgrounds and areas in the United States, and throughout the world. We have students who are new to higher education and we have students who are working toward adding a master’s or doctoral degree to their list of credentials. Many of our students are established professionals who want to expand their knowledge of their current field, or develop skills and competencies in a new discipline. Simply put, the only thing you’ll find typical in the students at University of Phoenix is a deep desire to earn an education.
Whether you’ll be teaching on-campus or online depends on your preference, experience, and what courses we need instructors for when you apply. If there isn't a current need for the online or on-campus course you would like to teach, we encourage you to continue checking back as our needs change frequently.
During your first class, it’s typical to spend 15–18 hours per week on preparation, student assistance and other administrative tasks due to the process of learning how to teach a University of Phoenix class. After the first class, you’ll typically spend 10–12 hours on instruction per week.
No. To maintain its accreditation, University of Phoenix requires that all instructors have an advanced degree.
Since you have your master’s degree or higher, we ask that you have relevant work experience in the course that you want to teach. We’re looking for professionals who have work experience that proves you have an understanding of your field. If you think your résumé communicates that, get in touch with us today.
To be able to access all of the resources that you’ll use at University of Phoenix, we recommend that you have a computer with a processor at 1.6 GHz or faster with 256MB RAM or greater to support most Microsoft® Office programs and any other software relevant to teaching your course. Your hard drive should have at least 20 GB, and you’ll want to have a high-speed Internet connection. You’ll also find it helpful if you have a sound card, speakers, video card, and a monitor that’s set to 1024 X 768 pixels per inch or greater.
If you’re looking to teach computer technology to students at University of Phoenix, then you should be an expert when it comes to technology. For all other courses, teaching for University of Phoenix does require some computer literacy. For most courses, you just need to be able to use Microsoft® Office programs, send emails with attachments, participate in and moderate online forums, and access information online that you’ll need to facilitate your course. You might also need to use CD ROMs or software more specific to the subjects you’re asked to teach. And as a faculty member, you’re expected to install and use an anti-virus application to prevent receiving or spreading viruses.
Absolutely. Just make sure you have a master’s degree or higher from an accredited university and are working in your field of expertise. Let us know about your passion for helping others to learn, and how you’ve demonstrated that in the past. If your qualifications are a good fit, you’ll go through a certification program that will help you to effectively use your real-world experience to instruct students.
After you fill out the interest form, you’ll complete a screening and interview process. Upon passing that successfully, you’ll be invited to attend a four-week faculty certification program. The program will give you an idea of the educational experience your students will go through at University of Phoenix. You’ll also discover some of our proven teaching techniques, along with our policies and procedures. After certification, you’ll be placed with a mentor who’s already a University of Phoenix instructor. The mentorship includes two weeks of prep time and then continues for the duration of the particular course for which you're being recruited.
All told, it can take up to six months to become an instructor — from submitting your interest form to completing the paperwork, interview, certification and mentorship phases, to then being hired.
Yes. You must live in the United States and if you’re not a U.S. citizen, you must have an unrestricted work visa. Also, make sure to present your valid Social Security card for payroll purposes before you can teach your first class.
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