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The Teaching Professional (TP): From Career Professional to Professor

Are you looking for ways to transfer your outstanding professional experience to into teaching opportunities at a College or University? These are some of the most challenging times in Higher Education in the US. Colleges and Universities are shuttering their doors at an alarming rate. Most institutions are cutting salaries or holding down costs by hiring Part-time Faculty members. A recent search on, reveals more than 31, 000 part-time or Adjunct faculty positions. Colleges and Universities are not producing enough instructors to fill these roles.

The Teaching Professional (TP) provides an intensive learning program on developing effective teaching and instructional methods, including creating your philosophy of education and teaching, teaching methods and best practices, instructional planning, creating an classroom environment for learning and development, designing and developing learning plans for differentiated learning, and strategies for recognizing, accepting and celebrating students’ needs through your teaching.

The need is great. The rewards may be even greater. Most PT faculty work approximately 2 hours for every hour in class (these may be shorter or longer based on your experience and number of students). A typical class meets 3 or 4 hours, in a week, for either 5-. 8- or 15-weeks. AN example with pay ranges from approximately $33 to $75 per hour, at 135 hours, would result in approximately $4500 - $10,000 per class. It’s difficult for most folks to survive on these numbers. And yet, it is an excellent way to supplement your professional income. And, if you are so inclined, it makes a perfect second career.
The Teaching Professional provides all the training you need to transition into Higher Education and to enhance the student and classroom learning experience with your outstanding experience from the field.

The following is a brief list of the learning activities and goals for the TTP:

1. Developing and Sustaining a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
2. Assessing the Learning Environment
3. Instructor and Student as Learning Partners
4. Today’s Student and their Readiness for Learning
5. Best Practices in Teaching & Learning
6. Aligning Your Classroom Experiences with your Institution’s Learning Goals
7. Assessing, monitoring, and Evaluating Student Learning Outcomes
8. Evidence-based Teaching
9. Designing & Measuring Excellent Learning Activities: Integrating and connecting professional experience, theory, and industry best practices
10. Managing Difficult Students and Classroom experiences
11. Sustaining your income: investing in the campus community
12. Using your Librarian and other Learning Resources
13. The importance of connecting with Colleagues – On- and Off-Campus
14. Leveraging your Professional Network

The learning leader for TTP is Dr. Dwayne B. “Doc” Thomas, Ph.D. Doc has more than 32 years as a member of the Academy and 20 years in the supervision and leadership of Academic and Student Services on campuses around the country. He is an award-wining Practitioner-Scholar-Leader, and regularly receives highest acclaim for his unique teaching style, Mentoring of Teachers and Trainers, and evaluation, assessment, and monitoring educational programs and services. He developed TTP to reduce the shortages of women and people of color in the Academy and to support the Academy with highly qualified instructional leaders.

TTP is available on Udemy and face-to-face on select College or University campuses in cities across the US. Each section of the program cost $49 or a one-time payment of $637 (Savng $49).

To successfully complete the program registrants must have the following:

1. Master’s degree or other advanced degree (Those with professional credentials, i.e, CPA or BA/BS plus 15-20, might also find success), or Non-teaching Doctorate; 

2. A computer with Internet and video-streaming; and

3. Valid personal (non-work related) email account (program materials and links will be sent to your email. All learning resources can be downloaded from our LMS or will be sent to your registered email address.