Online Adjunct-business & leadership, social sci, education, humanities, human services, nursing, speech, math, natural sci

Southeastern University invites applications for the position of online adjunct instructor in the following undergraduate majors:  business and leadership, criminal justice, elementary education, human services, nursing, and psychology. Similar opportunities are available in the following general education disciplines:  speech, English composition, psychology, social sciences, history, business, humanities, literature, liberal arts mathematics, natural sciences, and religion. Last, applications will be accepted for the following graduate disciplines: business administration, education, human services, ministerial leadership, and theological studies.

Adjunct faculty members are hired on a semester-to-semester basis to provide instruction in colleges, which are experiencing student enrollment growth. Those interested are in a "pool" for consideration as demand increases for qualified instructors. Not everyone in the adjunct pool will ultimately teach a course offered at Southeastern University. Applications will be retained for eighteen months after submission, at which time candidates will need to reapply, if inactive.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

All online adjunct instructors are expected to adhere to the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Encourage relationships with students that strengthen opportunities for learning and teaching
  • Provide consistent communication with students through various asynchronous tools
  • Actively engage students in the weekly discussion forums
  • Respond to student inquiries within 24 hours
  • Ensure timely feedback on student assessments
  • Maintain an accessible posture with students during the term
  • Guide at-risk students to appropriate support services


  • Preferred: Terminal degree in the teaching discipline
  • Master’s degree with at least 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline
  • Evidence of professional experience in the teaching discipline, where appropriate
  • Experience in online learning with professional training and certifications, or
  • A willingness to complete online training requirements and expectations before any course assignments

Applicants should send a completed employment application along with a cover letter and vita/resume to:

Human Resources
Southeastern University
1000 Longfellow Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 667-5249
Fax: (863) 667-5200

Southeastern University is a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Candidates must be compatible with the institution’s Christian mission and purpose. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the hiring process? Following receipt of the application, a cursory review will be conducted to ensure the appropriateness of the candidates discipline, earned degree, professional experience, and Christian testimony. As an early assessment, a written interview questionnaire will be forwarded to the candidate, who will be expected to respond within 48 hours in an electronic format. Assuming receipt of the completed questionnaire, the Extended Education department will conduct an overall assessment of the packet and articulate a formal recommendation on the candidate. All approved candidates will be forwarded to the respective college or department for a follow-up evaluation, which may include an interview by the dean or chair. A formal communication from the Extended Education department will be sent to the candidate, noting either next steps or the denial decision. Until further communication, the approved candidate is considered a member of the adjunct faculty pool. Additional steps will be required, including the following: submission of official transcripts, acceptance of annual teaching agreement, confirmation of course assignments, and compliance with all human resources paperwork. At all points, the individual will receive communication from the university.

What is the anticipated timeline for the hiring process? The hiring process is generally completed within 30 days; however, the receipt of official transcripts may delay approval.

Will I have to apply each semester? No, approved adjuncts will be maintained in a hiring pool for 18 months. This pool will be purged of inactive applications after an 18 month period of inactivity. Any active applicant will remain in the pool indefinitely.

If I am teaching in different disciplines, should I apply separately? No, please indicate all suggested disciplines in your application.

How will I know when I am assigned a course? All course assignments are issued by the college or department prior to the start of the semester. This is generally communicated via email, phone, or in person. Near the start of the course, an email will be forwarded to the instructor, requesting confirmation and willingness to fulfill the noted teaching assignment(s).

How are online instructors compensated? Online instructors are contracted by course with payment disbursed in lump sum following calculation of the student enrollment, which generally follows 2-3 weeks after the course start.

How many courses can I teach? All online instructors are part-time and typically teach one to two courses per semester. There may be times that instructors are asked to teach additional sections of a course, but these should be considered exceptions.