The following faculty policies help to guide and ensure excellence in our Maranatha Online courses.
Credentials, Qualifications, and Expectations
Maranatha seeks to hire the most academically and experientially qualified person for a course. Ideally, faculty will possess a graduate degree (doctorate required for master-level of instruction), significant experience in the course’s topic, college teaching experience, and experience teaching online.
Maranatha hires only faculty members who have a clear testimony of placing their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and who are exemplary members in good standing of a fundamental Baptistic church. Exemplary members meet pastoral expectations related to involvement in Christian service at their local church.
Online faculty are expected to follow the personal life standards (i.e. dress, music, Bible versions) of the church they attend. While teaching an online course, faculty should use biblical discernment in discussing topics or activities that are restricted for students (see the Student Life Handbook). Students who are 100% online are also under the authority of their local church. Faculty recognize that the classes will have various standards represented.
Online faculty are hired on a class-by-class basis.
- A stipend is paid for course development.
- Because online teaching is much more of a one-on-one teaching experience, the pay scale reflects this variable workload.
The faculty compensation rubric is based upon:
- Highest earned degree
- Years of teaching experience
- Number of courses taught online
- Progress in completing an online teaching certificate (or comparable further education)
Maranatha Online faculty may request funding support toward earning a master online teaching certificate.
Online Training for Faculty Members
All faculty teaching online or hybrid courses must complete the 6-week MBU faculty online course, entitled Introduction to Online Teaching.