Faculty Policies

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, though, 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 will also be under the authority of their local church. Faculty recognize that the classes will have various standards represented. Faculty members need to monitor students as to the appropriate level of language (Foul and inappropriate language will not be permitted under any circumstance.) Online faculty visiting campus are asked to follow campus dress guidelines.

Online faculty are hired on a class-by-class basis and may work for other colleges; however, Maranatha Online reserves the right to not hire a faculty member who is teaching at an institution whose association may not be positive for the college.

Compensation Policies

  • Faculty converting residential classes or creating a new online course may receive $450- $700 stipend, depending on how many times the instructor taught taught the course residentially before.
  • Faculty are paid after final exams, based on the number of grades submitted to the Registrar’s office.
  • Maranatha Online reserves the right to close any section with fewer than five students, or to create new sections as size demands.
  • Residential faculty may teach an online course within their regular workload at the determination of the department chair.
  • Because online teaching is much more of a one-on-one teaching experience, the pay scale reflects this variable workload. Try our salary calculator.
  • The pay rate is higher for the first 15 students in the course to compensate for course preparation. The percentage of revenue the faculty receives reflects only course management. That is, pay is highest for the first 15 students.

Compensation

Faculty pay is based on a set percentage of each student’s tuition per credit up to 15 students in a course; therefore, you will make more if you teach more credits or have more students enrolled in the course. You may also raise the base percentage amount about a percentage point at a time, depending on your credentials and experience according to the following criteria:

  • Highest earned degree
  • Years of teaching experience (or comparable field experience)
  • Number of credits taught online
  • Progress in completing an online teaching certificate (or comparable further education)

In addition, Maranatha Online faculty can request funding to help you earn a master online teaching certificate or to take online courses if you continue teaching for Maranatha Online.

The Numbers

Because you are paid directly based on the number of credits and the number of students in the course and because your pay is positively affected by your credentials, the pay will vary by class. However, if you teach a three-credit course with about 10 students in it, you will generally make between $2,000 and $2,500, depending on your credentials. If you teach the same course with about 15 students in it, you will generally make between $2,800 and $3,500, depending on your credentials.

Online Training for Faculty Members

All faculty teaching online or hybrid courses must complete the 6-week MBBC faculty online course, entitled Teaching Online Overview, preferably two cycles (sessions) before designing the course.