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Scheduled System Maintenance

The request process for Official Transcripts will be unavailable for scheduled system maintenance from Friday, September 22 at 12:00 pm (noon) until Monday, September 25 at 12:00 pm (noon).  This also affects the SOLAR System request process.

Baker College is pleased to accept applications for teaching positions. You can begin by reviewing the teaching and required Faculty Academic Credential Requirements.  If you meet the degree requirements for teaching, you may fill out the Faculty Interest Form to submit your Education Interest and Work Experience Credentials along with your resume.

Undergraduate Courses 

To teach at Baker College, faculty are required to have earned degrees (i.e., not honorary) from regionally accredited institutions or the equivalent (if the degree is not from the United States). See the list of regional accreditation commissions below.


We strongly prefer a master degree for instructors of all undergraduate courses offered by Baker College. However, for the following courses, a master degree in the content area is a requirement:

  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Communication
  • Writing

If you meet our degree requirements, and are interested in teaching on-campus undergraduate courses, please fill out the Faculty Interest Form to submit your Education Interest and Work Experience Credentials along with your resume.

 

Graduate/Online Teaching Positions

To teach graduate and online courses at Baker College, faculty are required to have earned degrees (i.e., not honorary) from regionally accredited institutions or the equivalent (if the degree is not from the United States). See the list of regional accreditation commissions below.

Doctorate degrees are preferred.

Candidates wishing to teach in the general education area must have at least a master degree in the area or a master degree plus 18 graduate hours in the specific subject area. Candidates wishing to teach at the graduate level must possess an earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Candidates must also meet additional requirements for teaching online courses (see below).

If you meet all the requirements for teaching Baker College graduate or online courses, please fill out the Faculty Interest Form to submit your Education Interest and Work Experience Credentials along with your resume.
Requirements for Teaching Online Courses

Online Faculty Training Seminar
All prospective online course instructors must complete and pass the Baker College Online Faculty Training Seminar, which is free of charge. Seminars are held four times a year and are held online in an asynchronous format.>

The seminar includes:

  • Technical training using Blackboard, our course management system
  • Training on how to facilitate learning in the online environment
  • The Baker College online learning model
  • Policies and procedures for adjunct faculty

The seminar requires:

  • Daily participation, activities, and assignments
  • Attendance in the virtual classroom at least five out of seven days each seminar week, including weekends

Technical Requirements

Adjunct faculty members MUST have the following hardware and software (additional equipment and software may be required for some courses):

PC Requirements

  • Intel Core i3 Processor or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher (Specific operating systems may be required in some courses. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • 4 GB of RAM required
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Higher version may be required in some classes). See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • IE 9 and/or a recent/updated release of Firefox or Chrome
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Java 7
  • Webcam recommended and may be required in some courses (See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)

Mac Requirements

  • IOS X 10.7.3 or later. See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 80 GB hard drive or greater
  • Microsoft Office - Mac 2011 (Higher version may be required in some classes)
  • Safari 6.1.5 and/or a recent/updated release of Firefox or Chrome
  • Virus Protection Software
  • Java 7
  • Webcam recommended and may be required in some courses (See Course Equipment and Software Requirements for details.)

Browser Compatibility

Blackboard™ Learn Release 9.1 SP6 (9.1.60230.0) are tested with a variety of technologies.

  • Certified: fully tested and supported
  • Compatible: partially tested but should function properly
  • Provisional: future technologies considered supported by Blackboard Support
  • Unsupported: either impossible or not tested

 

PC Requirements

PC Operating System Internet Explorer® 9* Internet Explorer® 8* Firefox (Final Release Channel)** Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel)**
Windows XP (32-bit) Unsupported Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Compatible
Windows Vista (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Windows 7 (32-bit) Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified
Windows 7 (64-bit) Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible

 

Mac Requirements

Apple® Mac OS® Operating System Safari® 5.0 Safari 4.40 Firefox (Final Release Channel)** Firefox 3.6 Chrome (Stable Channel)**
Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard" Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible Compatible
Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" Certified Compatible Certified Compatible Certified

 

Notes

Blackboard strives to make all its products as accessible as possible. JAWS for Windows 11 and 12 were used during accessibility testing. Blackboard Learn requires the latest version of Sun JRE 6. The JRE can be downloaded from http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp.

The following technologies are not supported:

  • Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5
  • Safari 2.0, 3.x (or any version on Windows)
  • Mac OSX 10.4 "Tiger"
  • Java 5

* Internet Explorer 8 and Internet Explorer 9. These browsers are tested in Standards Mode. Some known issues can be resolved by using Compatibility Mode (emulates IE7 behavior). A known security issue prevents copy and paste from working in the Discussion Board. The current workaround is to use the quote button when quoting in a reply or to use plain text mode. Another known bug causes a password dialog box to appear when opening certain course documents. The workaround for this is to either cancel the dialog box or to use a different web browser.

** Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have moved to a rapid release cycle. At the time of testing, Chrome 10.0 and Firefox 4.0 were the latest available versions. Since then, new stable versions have been released and widely adopted. Blackboard is supporting all newer stable versions of Chrome and Firefox. 

Faculty Credentials

Regional Accreditation Commissions

In order to teach at Baker College, faculty are required to have earned degrees (i.e., not honorary) from regionally accredited institutions or the equivalent (if the degree is not from the United States).  The following six regional accreditation commissions are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the regional authority on the quality of institutions of higher education in the United States.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Accredits institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, & Virgin Islands

New England Association of Schools & Colleges
Accredits institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, & Vermont

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association
Accredits institutions in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, & Wyoming

The Commission on Colleges and Universities of the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities
Accredits institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, & Washington

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Accredits institutions Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Accredits institutions in California, Guam, & Hawaii

A database of institutions accredited by recognized United States Accrediting Organizations can be found at: http://www.chea.org/zoom/zoom-final-test/search_template.asp.

Evaluation for International Transcripts

Faculty with academic degrees from countries outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an independent third-party NACES member evaluator to establish regional accreditation equivalency. You may view a list of NACES member evaluators at http://www.naces.org/members.html. The following two companies are able to provide an evaluation of international transcripts:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Phone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
E-mail: eval@ece.org
http://www.ece.org

World Education Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: (800) 937-3895
Fax: (212) 966-6395
E-mail: info@wes.org
http://www.wes.org

 

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