Part-Time Professor, Dissertation Chair | School of Technology

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Part-time faculty members guide doctoral candidates through doctoral dissertation requirements (as Chair or committee member), and may teach doctoral courses. Responsibilities include engaging students, offer excellent feedback, and inspire students to achieve course and program outcomes relevant to the core discipline. This position works closely with other faculty teaching in the discipline, Assistant Dean and Dean.


The primary role of professor includes serving as a dissertation chair/committee member. 


  • Doctorate degree with focus in computer science, data science, cyber security, or related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum two (2) years of direct teaching experience at the Doctoral level
  • Three to five (3-5) years of professional and/or research experience in the technology space
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience guiding students through the dissertation process as a dissertation chair or dissertation committee member required. 
  • Research-based, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article publications required
  • Excelling skills in teaching online, a passion for teaching, and a commitment to learning to Teaching Through Feedback
  • Curriculum development experience preferred 
  • Experience guiding students through the dissertation process is required
  • Must have personal computer and ability to facilitate online instruction and communications remotely
  • Experience working in a technology-driven enterprise preferred
  • All skills, abilities and education will be considered for minimum qualifications.

Measuring Performance

Specific performance standards for teaching include, but are not limited to:

  • Professor will email/record and post a welcome letter to their assigned students one week prior to the start of course, when feasible, but always within the first week of the course.
  • Professor will record and post a video introduction which will be placed in each course.
  • Professor will answer all student emails within two calendar days which is likely to require responding over weekends. The exception to this requirement is if the Professor is on PTO or when there is a holiday observed by the University.
  • Communication with students will take place within the University learning management system (LMS), University-designated systems and through University assigned email.
  • Professor will contact Student Services (by use of designated means) in the LMS as soon as a Professor determines a student is not actively participating in the course.
  • Professor will contact a student by email and a phone call to encourage re-engagement in the course as soon as Professor determines a student is not actively participating in the course.
  • Professor will return work in a timely manner. Weekly assignments should be returned to the student with meaningful and appropriate feedback (specific return guidelines are provided within each course syllabus).  Exceptions to this policy may, in rare instances, be approved by the Dean.
  • As technologically supported by the platform, Professor will host no less than two one-hour synchronous office hour sessions per week. Office hours will be posted in each course.
  • Professor will provide quality feedback to students. Quality feedback includes but is not limited to:
    • substantive and reflect a content focus
    • impart knowledge, share resources and dialogue with students
    • include track changes of edits to proper use of mechanics
    • include a summative statement at the beginning or end of document with key observations
    • communicate in a manner and with language reflecting support of the student
  • If Professor fulfills all or a portion of their load serving as a Dissertation Chair or Dissertation Committee Member, Professor will:
    • complete NCU Doctoral Student Experience Training (and other training as required).
    • follow dissertation guidelines
    • adhere to timelines required of chairs and committee members
    • be available to students and fellow committee members for synchronous meetings when needed


Professor is expected to meet the University's requirements for scholarship as articulated in the Faculty Handbook.  Professor is encouraged to apply for the various initiatives the University funds to promote research and scholarship.  Professor will:

  • Maintain a record of scholarly activities befitting a doctoral granting institution
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge of their discipline


Compliance with University Policies

Part-time Professors are expected to know, acknowledge, and comply with University policies as stated in the Team Member Handbook and Faculty Handbook.



  • Skill in verbal and written communication
  • Skill in operating equipment, such as personal computer, fax, copier, phone systems
  • Ability to handle a diversity of details in order to make informed and responsive decisions on matters that impact the Part-time Professors, and students
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governing body regulations
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated writing skills
  • Experience with the online delivery of education and the systems that support it
  • Willingness to participate in trial use of new technologies and integrate new technologies into teaching
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Skill in using or eagerness to learn to use multiple technologies to teach and communicate with students (learning management systems, Skype, etc.)
  • Demonstrated mastery of APA style
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word and other applications in the Microsoft Office suite


This position operates in a remote, home office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and phones.

  • Good working environment with the absence of disagreeable conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.


Who We Are

Northcentral University (NCU) is a private, nonprofit, online University and a proud affiliate of the National University System with its headquarters in California. We are a graduate university, and a global leader in providing access to regionally-accredited higher education.

NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in technology, health sciences and marriage and family therapy. Our collective goal at Northcentral University is to improve the human condition through the provision of high-quality online degree programs.

NCU was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with access to a richly- engaging, professionally-relevant, and academically-rigorous educational programs. Today, we continue to serve that mission. Many students at NCU are first-generation graduate students seeking to contribute to their communities through their pursuit of academic growth, research, and practice.

Though we support faculty and student research, NCU is a teaching university. Our faculty dedicate themselves to serving students through a pedagogical model of Teaching through Engagement (TTE). The goal is for all NCU students, faculty and team members to be actively engaged within the University community. Engagement is more than just grading and giving feedback, it is an active relationship between faculty and student, a give and take of ideas and information.

NCU offers a one-to-one learning model, where one student is paired with one professor in each course, creating a more personalized, individual experience for students. These experiences are enhanced by professors’ real-world, practical experience. All NCU faculty hold doctoral degrees.

At NCU, we are widening access to education and reducing educational divides. We are proud of the educational opportunities that we provide, and we recognize that providing this kind of access to all students takes work and collaborative effort. We value diversity of people, thoughts, and ideas. Our global reach affords us the opportunity to teach and learn the significance of diversity – and the power it brings to our endeavors.

NCU is named a 2021 Ragan’s Top Places to Work. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join a growing team of passionate individuals.

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