SNHU's adjunct faculty are the driving force behind our career-focused online degree programs. Your real-world experience and passion for your profession, combined with our innovative curriculum, allow you to inspire and motivate students every day.
Southern New Hampshire University, the fastest-growing nonprofit university in the nation, is committed to academic rigor and student success. Online adjunct faculty provide high-quality academic experiences and support students as they work toward their educational goals. Adjunct faculty members work collaboratively in a supportive academic environment, partnering with student advising and the academic team to ensure that each student has the support, tools and resources they need to be successful.
Our adjunct faculty application is always available, and although we may not have an immediate opening, your submission will remain active for 1 year to be considered future needs. To apply, please complete the adjunct faculty application. Upon receipt, you will automatically receive an email confirming your submission.
We appreciate that you may have questions regarding your application, status or hiring process and would like to connect with a member of the recruitment team. We encourage you to review our faculty FAQs below as well as our 7 Considerations for Potential Faculty. If your questions are not addressed here, please email us at email@example.com.
Adjunct faculty positions are offered to qualified applicants who live in and are authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. We accept applications on an ongoing basis to support programmatic and enrollment growth. If you hold the minimum of a master's degree, you are welcome to submit your application for consideration.
* All candidates must consent to a background check. Also, all instructors teaching in the nursing programs will be required to provide evidence of an active, unencumbered, multi-state compact license.
Online Faculty Training and Assessment is a blend of SNHU instructor expectations, best practices for teaching online, pedagogy, creating student-centered learning communities and effectively using SNHU academic technologies.
The 3-week course is delivered asynchronously through our learning management system (Brightspace), in an online cohort format. Online facilitators provide feedback to guide instructors in their acclimation to the SNHU philosophy of fostering student learning, engagement and success.
The time commitment for instructors varies, as new faculty come to the course with varying levels of familiarity using learning management systems (such as D2L’s Brightspace, Blackboard, Canvas or Moodle) and varying levels of classroom experience. Most trainees report that they spend between 7-12 hours per week on the course. This training is required for all new SNHU online adjunct faculty and is paid. New faculty training must be successfully completed before adjunct faculty are eligible to teach online courses with SNHU.
To benefit our learning community, existing instructors are offered ongoing training and professional development opportunities. These opportunities include (but are not limited to) required training for system and learning resource upgrades and additions. Our Faculty Training & Development team regularly offers a variety of both live and recorded web events for faculty to learn more about SNHU initiatives, engage with representatives from other departments, and explore new ways to engage with students.
We are looking for adjunct faculty who are interested and able to teach regularly, however we are unable to guarantee teaching assignments every term. Teaching assignments are typically issued 8 to 10 weeks prior to the start of the term. No more than 2 assignments will be issued at one time.
Our adjunct faculty are instrumental in ensuring that students are successful in the classroom. This adherence to student success translates to instructors working individually with struggling students by providing them 1:1 support, collaborating with student advising and academic teams, as well as giving course feedback. SNHU instructors are required to respond to student inquiries within 24 hours and be active in the online classroom throughout the week, among other engagement efforts that proactively support students in the classroom.
SNHU online courses run on a term schedule. There are 6 undergraduate terms in an academic year, lasting 8 weeks each and 5 graduate terms, lasting 10 weeks each. You will be informed of term start dates in your assignment notification.
The standard compensation for most courses is $2,200 per 8-week undergraduate course, and $2,500 per 10-week graduate course. Nursing has a separate compensation structure.
Undergraduate and graduate adjuncts are paid biweekly and are considered W2 employees.
The average course has 25 students. Some writing intensive courses, such as English and Literature, may have a lower cap per course. In order for the class to run, there needs to be a minimum of 10 students registered for the class.
All courses are asynchronous, as most of our students are located around the globe. Faculty may include OPTIONAL synchronous elements to their courses (office hours, Skype, etc.), but will need to accommodate students in different time zones.
SNHU online courses are pre-designed. Courses are developed in advance with common outcomes/objectives for all students taking a particular course. This also gives our faculty the time to focus their attention on students, working with individuals who need additional assistance and adding their own resources as they see appropriate to enhance student comprehension.
We rely on our faculty to bring our courses to life. Faculty involvement is essential to keeping these courses fresh and relevant. We expect faculty to evaluate and give feedback to students’ discussion posts and other assignments, as well as identify content areas where students are struggling.
Subject matter experts together with the academic and instructional design teams determine the required text(s) for each course. Our required textbooks and resources are offered in a variety of forms: digital VitalSource textbooks, digital courseware, or physical hard copies and are predetermined in the course design.
As faculty, you have the option to incorporate supplementary reading materials in your class such as free online web sources and/or the Shapiro Library. Web based materials and resources can often add richness to your course and are free for the student. This is also a way for you, the adjunct faculty, to personalize your course and incorporate creativity.