Core Faculty – Cyber and Data Security Technologies

Core Faculty – Cyber and Data Security Technologies

  • Online, Remote
  • Full-time
  • R19-0746

About Us:

Where heritage meets innovation – that’s Ashford University. At Ashford, students discover relevant degree programs, innovative technology, and cherished tradition. Ashford offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s online degree programs.

Our Values:

Equity – We have inclusion and mutual respect. We learn from one another and commit to the advancement of an inclusive culture in which every individual is treated with dignity and fairness.

Empowerment– We are inspiring and enabling. We give individuals the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Quality – We are unsurpassed and have a high caliber. We are consistently striving for the highest quality.

Ingenuity – We are inventive and proactive. We thrive on positive disruption and strive to continuously improve.

Guidance – We are encouraging and supportive. We provide a nurturing environment for faculty, staff and students to learn and grow.

Position Summary:

The Assistant Professor of Cyber & Data Security Technology position is a full-time employment opportunity located in San Diego, California, or as a remote, work from home position. The Assistant Professor will be responsible in aiding the Program Chair in the design, launch, and maintenance of the BS and MS in Cyber & Data Security Technology programs, and other related products. Additional duties include collaboration with all faculty members in providing oversight of adjunct faculty, curriculum, assessment, program review, and student retention initiatives. The Assistant Professor position carries a teaching load as established by the University.

Expectations of all Faculty

All faculty have some responsibility for Teaching, Service, and Scholarship as defined in Boyer’s model. The percent of time devoted to each area varies with unit needs, stages of career, and individual skills and capacities. The descriptors below may be used for general guidance as the Lead Faculty works collaboratively with his/her supervisor to develop a yearly “work plan” that identifies measurable and individualized goals that support the job requirements.

General Expectation of Core Faculty – Online

Core Faculty hold the responsibility for teaching, service, and scholarship, with support to the program chair being of primary concern. Subject-matter expertise, discipline advocacy, and community building among all faculty members within the program remain the primary focus of a core faculty role followed by service directly aimed at support for the program chair and the programmatic curriculum.


  • Demonstrating awareness of and responding to the diverse needs of all students
  • Displaying a thorough knowledge of both the curriculum and the subject matter
  • Facilitating instructional materials and providing guidance and feedback to all students
  • Setting high expectations for student achievement and behavior
  • Evaluating student performance via established rubrics and policies
  • Responding to student emails and inquiries in a timely manner
  • Addressing plagiarism concerns according to university policy
  • Collaborating with student-facing institutional personnel to enhance the student experience
  • Carrying a teaching load of 10 courses per year

Non-teaching Job Responsibilities: Service and Scholarship

Non-teaching job responsibilities include both a service and scholarship component. Scholarship and Service responsibilities are expected of all full-time faculty. Please refer to the Faculty Handbook to review what is defined under scholarship and service responsibilities.

Examples of General Internal Service

  • Participation in faculty governance (Senator, Committee Chair, etc.)
  • Leader of contributor of a university-wide or college committee
  • Collaboration with college or university teams to develop and implement new initiatives
  • Contributing to student welfare through regular interaction with student enrollment and academic advisors
  • Providing support for accreditation and licensure efforts to ensure course meets career and discipline goals
  • Collaboration with other university departments to ensure a positive experience for all university students
  • Aids in the development and implementation of student success and retention efforts

Examples of Internal Service & Scholarship in Program and Course Design

  • Researches and recommends materials, resources, and textbook needs within the subject area
  • Coordinates subject area efforts in the implementation of program learning outcomes, goals and objectives, as well as policies and procedures regarding instructional and academic support programs
  • Collaborates with both full-time and associate faculty in making curricular changes/additions as needed
  • Collaborates with the Institutional Assessment Office to ensure course learning and institutional outcome assessment
  • Engages in scholarly activities which may include discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching which are related to the course in question

Examples of Internal Service & Scholarship in Faculty Development Areas

We expect all core faculty to engage in the development of self as well as the others they coach. Core Faculty should seek opportunities to stay current within their field as well as enhance their instructional practice. It is important to note, that they must assist the program chair and college leadership in the oversight and continuous improvement of associate faculty.

  • Develops resources for full-time and associate faculty
  • Functions as a resource and coaches designated associate faculty
  • Supports new associate faculty through directed second-course support
  • Evaluates faculty through the annual Instructional Quality Review
  • Develops/supports faculty forums and other professional development activities within the program

Examples of External Service

  • Creates and/or maintains specific and directed community outreach efforts to enhance brand-awareness of the institution, college, or program
  • Engages in community development activities involving disciplinary expertise
  • Gives presentations or performances for the public
  • Participates in collaborative endeavors with other organizations in the community and/or discipline

Other Duties

  • Participates in meetings (on-site and virtual) as directed
  • Maintains regular work hours coordinated with supervisor
  • Performs other duties as agreed upon in collaboration with College Leadership

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Teaching and leadership experience
  • Knowledge of accreditation standards and learning assessment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Minimum of 2 years of recent applicable industry experience.
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work schedule that requires travel and occasionally work on evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctoral degree in a field relevant to the content area
  • 4 years of full-time college teaching experience
  • Experience in academic course development
  • Strong interpersonal communication abilities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Online education and adult learning environment experience
  • Career experience relevant to the area of expertise
  • 4 years of recent applicable industry experience
  • Collaborative, results-focused leadership style
  • Industry certifications such as CISSP, CEH, CASP, CSA, CISM, GIAC, or similar professional credentials.


  • Graduate degree in Information Security, Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Information Technology, Computer Science, or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution is required. A doctoral degree is strongly preferred.


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