George Washington University
School of Business
Position Descriptions: Part-Time Course Instructors & Synchronous Session Leaders
The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) prides itself in offering students an outstanding learning experience that couples academic rigor with practical knowledge. In order to offer students the opportunity to learn from professionals in their field of study, GWSB seeks applicants with significant professional experience, who are interested in teaching courses or facilitating sections of courses on course-by-course basis. Courses taught by part-time faculty complement those taught by full-time faculty with the expectation that part-time faculty will bring significant professional experiences into the classroom.
Course Instructors have responsibility for organizing and teaching their course, grading assignments, and awarding final grades. In some courses, instructors will follow a syllabus developed by the program, but in other courses instructors will design their own. The greatest need is for teaching on-campus classes in downtown Washington, D.C.
Minimum Qualifications for Prospective GWSB Instructors:
1. Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
2. An appropriate academic background, exemplified by at least one of the following:
a) A doctorate in business or a related discipline (those teaching courses in business law, taxation, or business and public policy may possess a J.D. in lieu of a doctorate).
b) A bachelor’s or master’s degree with significant professional or technical experience related to the area of teaching.
3. Recent experience that demonstrates currency in the field of teaching, demonstrated by either:
a) Significant professional experiences in the last five years, related to the area of teaching. Examples include full time work in a business or organization, or extensive consulting activities.
b) Significant scholarly publications in the last five years.
Synchronous Session Leaders (SSLs)
Synchronous Session Leaders (SSLs) work in our online programs under the direction of a course’s lead instructor. SSLs facilitate about 10 hours of synchronous online sessions with about 15 students, interact online with these students asynchronously throughout the semester, and follow the lead instructor’s rubric to complete all grading of their section(s). SSLs meet weekly with the lead instructor to receive specific direction for achieving the course’s design goals for the upcoming week. In many cases, the same individual serves as an SSL for multiple sections of the same course. In addition to identifying SSLs for our Online MBA program, we aim to identify individuals with experience in the healthcare sector to serve as SSLs for an MBA customized for healthcare professionals.
Minimum Qualifications for Prospective GWSB Synchronous Session Leaders:
- Strong communication ability in English.
- Experience and skills in steering class discussions.
- The discipline to follow a grading rubric in a consistent manner.
- Sufficient technological capability to manipulate group video discussions and a learning management system.
- Technological availability to students through different media and equipment (e.g., both synchronous and asynchronous discussions) on multiple occasions throughout each week.
To express interest in belonging to a pool of instructors that will be considered when the need arises for part-time instructors and SSLs, please click on the link below according to your teaching interests. Feel free to submit materials to multiple departments. You will be asked to submit:
- Letter of interest, expressing specific areas of teaching expertise.
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness (typically, student feedback scores and comments).
- A current CV/resume.
Areas of Teaching Need
Instructors and SSLs are needed in a range of courses, and are hired and overseen at a departmental level. Departments have immediate needs in some teaching areas, but we will keep all resumes on file in anticipation of future needs in other areas. A brief description of existing courses is available at the link below:Course Descriptions
Department of Accountancy
The Department of Accountancy has been preparing students for careers in accounting and taxation since 1950. The department offers courses related to financial and managerial accounting, tax, financial statement analysis, business law, and other topics in the accounting area.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the Accountancy department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Accountancy department.
Department of Decision Sciences
The department of Decision Sciences offers courses related to the conceptual and analytical foundations and their applications on all areas of their interest. Advanced analytical and empirical methods are employed in solving problems and making decisions covering many functional areas such as accounting, finance, strategic management, information systems, management, marketing, project management, supply chain and operations.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the Decision Sciences department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Decision Sciences department.
Department of Finance
The Finance department offers courses that give students a strong background in the quantitative and qualitative aspects of finance, as well as the ability to understand the complexities of international and domestic financial markets, policies, and strategies.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the Finance department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Finance department.
Department of Information Systems & Technology Management
The Information Systems and Technology Management (ISTM) department provides a high quality technical education directed towards those who develop and manage information systems in the private or public sectors. Students earning the Master of Science in Information Systems Technology can add a managerial component through electives. The department also serves those who manage businesses and public sector organizations that develop technology-based products and services and those who consult to such organizations. Students in the MBA and other graduate degree programs may study innovation management and technology entrepreneurship through specialized ISTM department course offerings.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the Information Systems and Technology Management department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Information Systems and Technology Management department.
Department of International Business
The International Business department prides itself on its commitment to engaging in cutting-edge research on a range of international business topics. The department offers courses related to the global business context broadly, as well as related to International Finance, International Strategy, International Marketing, and related fields.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the International Business department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the International Business department.
Department of Management
To compete in the global economy, leaders, managers and knowledge workers must understand the organization and the dynamic environment in which it functions. Toward that end, the Department of Management teaching relates to understanding the drivers of personal and organizational success. Topics of interest include organizational behavior and development, leadership, management of human resources, management consulting, teams, entrepreneurship, and executive behavior.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the Management department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Management department.
Department of Marketing
Marketing is the process of creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers and other stakeholders. The marketing department offers courses in marketing and competitive strategy, international marketing, strategic brand management, strategic alliances, new product management, services marketing, channels of distribution, integrated marketing communications, digital and social media marketing, marketing for social causes, and marketing and public policy.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in the Marketing department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Marketing department.
Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy
Strategic management and public policy issues have never been more important, both for university stakeholders and the rest of society. Issues of survival, quality of life, democracy, and ethics are increasingly being discussed and acted upon in greater breadth and depth both inside and outside the classroom. The department is seeking to identify synchronous session leaders for online courses related to business ethics, business and public policy, and strategy.
Applications are not currently being taken for Course Instructors in the Strategic Management and Public Policy department.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Synchronous Session Leader in the Strategic Management and Public Policy department.
Global & Experiential Education
(Offerings could be listed in any departmental affiliation.)
Experiential education classes offer direct exposure to today’s business problems and offer students the opportunity to take part in creating solutions by connecting academic theory and practice for a live client.
GWSB experiential education courses are offered throughout the academic year. They are generally structured with preparatory classroom sessions to identify and understand the complexities of a current business problem followed by one to two weeks of faculty-led out-of-classroom learning experience applying innovative management concepts and problem-solving techniques. Students will work closely with faculty and fellow classmates, often collaborating with alumni and GWSB corporate partners, to solve business problems domestically or abroad.
Please follow this link to submit materials to serve as a Course Instructor in Global & Experiential Educational Programs.
Applications are not currently being taken for Synchronous Session Leaders in Global & Experiential Education.
Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.
The George Washington University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.