Faculty - Scientific Merit Review - School of Business & Technology
Capella University - United States

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Capella University seeks out faculty who combine top academic credentials with working or practitioner experience in the fields they teach. Our faculty provide a variety of educational opportunities to our degree and certificate learners. Faculty are responsible for meeting the expectations and requirements of the Capella learner while establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Faculty ensure that learners receive quality educational experiences consistent with stated course outcomes as well as accreditation standards. Capella values the capabilities and talents of its faculty and expects continued learning and development through practice in the discipline or outside scholarly activities.
Primary responsibilities of our faculty include:
- Teaching (online), demonstrating knowledge of adult learning theory and practices, to include learning contracts, collaborative learning, and active learning strategies
- Building an online community conducive to the spirit of learning and continuous improvement in a positive, learner-focused environment
- Assessing learning through feedback, coaching, and interpersonal skills
- Making a positive impact on learner retention and persistence
- Contributing to curriculum and course development.
- Working with advanced doctoral learners (mentor and committee work)

Other faculty activities may include:
- Faculty staff meetings, Colloquia, Year in Residencies
- Specialized responsibilities or coordinating functions within departments

Specific Scientific Merit Review duties require the ability to review and provide feedback to learners and mentors on:
-Review and approve research design
-Alignment of research questions and chosen design
-Alignment of theory and design
-Appropriate data analysis plan
-Reviewers must be well versed in either quantitative or qualitative methodologies.
-Maintain records on all SMR Learners
-Interface with Learners and mentors
-Train mentors in SMR process
-Conduct methodological conference calls to assist stuck Learners
-Participate in weekly SMR meetings
-Participate in monthly trainings for mentors
-Interface with chairs regarding topic approval
-Interface with Research Chair regarding learner issues
-Serve as general resource to Learners and mentors regarding methodology

Key Differences Between Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty:

Part-time faculty engage in a continuous relationship with Capella, and we are committed to providing work assignments on an ongoing quarterly basis. Only part-time faculty members may participate in Mentoring or Committee work assignments or any other work assignment that may span four or more quarters.

Adjunct faculty members are not engaged with Capella in a continuous relationship. They are assigned work as they are available and as Capella has needs.

All faculty candidates will be required to complete an unpaid faculty development course as a pre-requisite for employment. This is an essential part of the selection process for both the faculty member and Capella.


-Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a business or technology related field, from a regionally accredited institution is required. Educational background in a closely related field is preferred.
-Demonstrated expertise in research methodology and design
-Demonstrated contribution to the discipline such as publishing, committee involvement, or professional association involvement.
-Demonstrated experience mentoring learners and serving on master's or dissertation committees.
-History of experiences reviewing Institutional Review Board proposals a plus

Professional experience in a field of business or technology preferred. Two years higher education research teaching experience preferred. Familiarity with and/or interest in online teaching and mentoring. Experiences that provides an understanding of the specific needs of the adult, non-traditional learner. Demonstrated research experience and prior work mentoring doctoral dissertation learners or as the research committee member.

Job Location

This is an off-site position.

*Due to state higher education regulations, Capella University is restricted from hiring course room instructors who are residents of Vermont.

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About Capella University

Capella University is an online university built on graduate degrees, with more than 36,000 students throughout the U.S. and in other countries. Founded in 1993 to provide advanced educational opportunities for working professionals, Capella has become a national leader in online education, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs. The university's success is built upon a culture that promotes human potential, achievement, innovation, integrity, collaboration, and teamwork. Capella Education Company (CPLA), parent company of Capella University, is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. Capella Education Company was named to the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame for being listed as one of the nation's fastest-growing companies for 7 consecutive years. Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413, (312) 263-0456, www.ncahlc.org

Equal Employment Opportunity

Capella is committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We seek greater diversity in our faculty and staff to broaden our academic experience and to reflect the diversity within our learner community. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the university and our corporate offices. Our goal is to create academic and business communities that are rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Capella is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

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