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Accounting - Adjunct Faculty (Volunteer Position)

University of the People
Job Location:
Pasadena, California

University of the People (UoPeople), a non-profit dedicated to opening access to higher education is currently seeking Volunteer Instructors to teach its Basic Accounting course.

Your service as a Volunteer Instructor will support UoPeople’s global mission to offer affordable, quality, online, degree-granting educational programs to any qualified student. Instructors should plan for a weekly commitment of around 15 hours of volunteering for the duration of the nine-week UoPeople term. The University will issue modest honorariums to Volunteer Instructors in undergraduate programs that range from $350 – 500 USD per course in appreciation for their generous contributions toward our mission.

Position Description:

UoPeople Volunteer Instructors must make a weekly commitment of about 15 hours to course-related activities, which consist of responding to student emails and messages, posting discussion questions, engaging with students, grading learning journals, and reviewing peer assessments. Each UoPeople course is nine weeks long and is taught fully online in the learning management system. Instructors must be able to teach in an online world and understand the needs of a very diverse student population.

Please review our undergraduate business administration curriculum here:

University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Devote approximately 15 hours per course per week.
  • Maintain an instructor presence in the course with frequent check-ins and responsiveness to students.
  • Communicate effectively with diverse student populations and an international administration.
  • Teach course subject matter to ensure every student can master learning outcomes.
  • Regularly check in with Faculty Affairs administrators regarding any course issues.
  • Monitor course grades and finalize grades by deadlines.
  • Model sensitivity to a diverse student population, representing the full spectrum of cultural, political, socio-economic, and religious backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Online teaching experience using a learning management system is preferred.
  • The minimum degree requirement is a master's degree with a Ph.D. preferred in the discipline.
  • Instructors may also teach undergraduate general education courses with a master's degree in the assigned area or have a master's degree and 18 semester hours in the discipline.
  • Expertise is required in the subject area of the course.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit an application via our instructor application portal at the following address:

The Institution:

University of the People (UoPeople) is the Education Revolution. We are the first non-profit, tuition-free, American, accredited, online university. Dedicated to opening access to higher education globally, UoPeople is designed to help qualified high school graduates overcome financial, geographic, political, and personal constraints keeping them from collegiate studies. UNESCO estimates that by the year 2025, there will be nearly 100 million young people seeking seats in universities that don’t exist. UoPeople believes that access to higher education is a basic right which promotes world peace and global economic development.

The University offers associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Health Science as well as master’s degree programs in Business Administration and Education. UoPeople was founded in 2009 and accredited in February 2014. University of the People in Arabic was launched in 2020, offering an Associate Degree in Business Administration, while at the same providing Arabic-speaking students intensive English-language courses. Today, there are more than 100,000 students from more than 200 countries and territories. Over 6,000 of these students are refugees.

UoPeople is staffed by thousands of volunteers, including its Founder and President, Shai Reshef, the distinguished members of its international boards of trustees and advisors, and its faculty. The President’s Council is chaired by John Sexton, NYU’s President Emeritus, and consists of two dozen other leaders from the world’s foremost institutions. More than 26,000 professionals have volunteered for leadership roles, serving as provost, as deans, as administrators, or as faculty.

UoPeople has collaborations with the University of Edinburgh, Effat University, Long Island University, McGill University and NYU. Each of these schools has used UoPeople to identify talented students to whom they have provided admission and generous financial aid. UoPeople not only provides its students with a quality degree but also provides them a way to demonstrate their talent and readiness for spots in the student bodies of the world’s leading universities. In addition, UoPeople has partnered with Harvard Business School Online to allow UoPeople students to participate in Harvard’s online courses. Upon graduation, 92% of those who receive degrees of any kind at UoPeople are employed, including at companies such as Amazon, Apple, Dell, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, and JP Morgan, and organizations such as the UN and the World Bank.

UoPeople is supported by the generosity of individuals and foundations, including the Gates, Hewlett, and Ford Foundations, Fondation Hoffmann, and others. The University has been covered by the New York TimesBBCNPRTimes Higher EducationUS News and World Report, and more. President Reshef’s TED Talk and Nas Daily interview about the University have 30 million views combined.

UoPeople is an equal opportunity employer and seeks applicants who share its values of quality, opportunity and access and who are representative of its diverse student body. More information about the institution can be found at
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