When NFHTA began in 2004 its faculty was drawn from the ranks of subject matter experts in civil rights and fair housing specifically. NFHTA has expanded its course offerings to meet the demand of the Fair Housing community. NFHTA plans to offer 17 new courses, which represent a 41 percent increase. The increase in courses offered has outdistanced the number of faculty required to efficiently and effectively deliver the advanced and new courses. To meet this demand NFHTA will have to recruit new faculty.
To prepare for the recruitment and retention of new faculty NFHTA must establish and implement recruitment and hiring policy for adjunct faculty.
The policy must consider two major elements:
1. Criteria for selecting faculty
2. An application process
This document provides the selection criteria, and the application process for becoming a NFHTA adjunct faculty. The selection criteria presented below is intended to guide the selection process, and it is not a condition that every applicant must meet.
NFHTA will screen for adjunct faculty who meet the following criteria:
1. EXPERIENCE - Instructors should have a minimum of one year but not more than seven years of teaching experience. Instructors who have taught less than one year are not likely to possess sufficient classroom experience to adequately judge the appropriateness of test content and test questions for beginning instructors. Similarly, instructors who have taught more than seven years are not likely to be abreast with current training program content and the knowledge, skills and abilities of beginning instructors exiting from the programs. Relaxation of the seven-year requirement is considered appropriate when the teacher has recent training experiences or has participated in the NFHTA Faculty Development program.
2. TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTINUING TO LEARN. Candidates must demonstrate that they have taken courses on their own to improve their subject matter expertise or knowledge of training and teaching.
3. ARE CREATIVE AND FLEXIBLE IN THEIR APPROACH AND METHODS OF TEACHING ADULTS. Candidates must demonstrate that they are willing to be creative and flexible in the classroom, they should be able to present some examples of how they have been flexible and creative.
4. DEMONSTRATES APTITUDES TO EXPLAIN AND FACILITATE LEARNING WELL. Candidates should be able to give at least three references regarding their skill as an instructor.
5. DEMONSTRATES THE POLITICAL ACUMEN TO WORK WITHIN AN ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE. Candidates are expected to have political savvy and ability to work in complex and changing organizational environment.
6. WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN CONTINUOUS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT. Part of being a member of the NFHTA faculty is a commitment to continuous learning. We are looking for faculty who will commit to attending development retreats, curriculum development seminars, participate on committees, and be an active member in the NFHTA learning organizational activities.
7. DEMONSTRATE SENSITIVITY TO LEARNERS’ NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS. Candidates are expected to work across generations with participants whom have varying degrees of learning capabilities and strengths.
8. REGIONAL REPRESENTATION - Instructors should be selected to be representative of all HUD regions. Geographic representation is necessary to account for differences such as, local fair housing issues, participant composition and the application of the law.
9. ETHNICITY, RACE, and GENDER - Extreme care must be taken to include instructors in NFHTA who represent the ethnic, gender and racial makeup of the United States of America. While NFHTA offers no firm guidelines for the number or type of minorities that should be represented as instructors, we seek to include members of all ethnic, gender, and racial groups to be part of the NFHTA faculty.
10. SELECTION OF SUITABLE MATERIALS -Instructors also need to be able to select suitable materials. Ideally these should be relevant to the participant’s own world: simple real world examples in film, games, cases, simulations, or training exercises in which the learner can build on their existing awareness of the objects to expand their knowledge of the subject matter. Materials should be new and updated frequently, adults— often crave new material and ideas—and they will become bored with relearning old material they have been exposed to before.
NFHTA Application Process
Applying to the program involves 4 simple steps:
1. Complete NFHTA Adjunct Faculty Application
2. Submit Application to Director of Curriculum and Instruction
3. Interview for the position.
4. Teach a module in one of the classes. (Interested parties may observe classes on a prearranged basis)