Adjunct Faculty, MBA Program

General Summary: Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Administration (MBA) Program is recruiting for adjunct instructors for our blended delivery program (monthly face-to-face class meetings on-campus in Santa Barbara, with asynchronous online work in between monthly class sessions). We are interested in faculty with a commitment to social change. Our socially responsible MBA program has a focus on social business, non-profit management, and strategic leadership. Interested faculty should have advanced degrees, business experience, and familiarity with hybrid teaching models. Being able to attend four consecutive monthly classes in-person, in Santa Barbara, is required.

The on-campus residency dates for the fall are:
9/11/15 – 9/12/15
10/2/15 – 10/3/15
11/6/15 – 11/7/15
12/4/15 – 12/5/15

Antioch University Santa Barbara is currently recruiting for MBA adjunct faculty for the following positions:

Fall semester (Sept. 2015 – Dec. 2015):

Bus 503- Finance I: Intro to Management Accounting & Finance: This course will provide the basics required for an understanding of financial and accounting issues for both social ventures and nonprofits.  Topics will include cash flow analysis, financial reporting, and various measurement systems for the evaluation of financial and non-financial metrics of performance.

Bus 505- Integrative Strategic Management: The essence of strategic planning is to define the business we are in, how to build sustainable organizations in that arena and how to manage and lead that business.  This course will provide the basic framework for the completion of the strategic plan outlined in BUS 600D.  Topics will include defining the business, determining the stakeholders, detailing goals, and evaluating action plans to reach those goals.  Students will analyze strategic decision-making in a variety of environments and will build an outline for a strategic plan for an organization of their choice or creation.

Bus 521- Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Issues: A solid grounding in the rules and regulations governing various types of organizational structures and the societal expectations of their governance is a requirement for complying with the standards of the 21st century. This course provides a framework for understanding the connection between ethics, law, and regulation in business environments.

Bus 522- International Trade & Economics: This course will investigate present models of international economics and their relationship to social ventures, NGO’s, and nonprofit organizations around the world.  Students will be exposed to various models of political economy, ecological and behavioral economics, and the role of world trade and international financial organizations.

Fall semester 2015 through December 2016:

Bus 600 A thru D – Integrative Strategy Project: This is a 16-month long course offered in four parts over all four semesters of our MBA Program. This may be co-taught by two adjunct faculty, working together sharing teaching responsibilities.

Bus 600A: The general objective of the first term of this 4-semester sequence is an introduction to the market using interviews with social entrepreneurs and/or nonprofit leaders to begin to draw baseline comparisons.  Through the interview process, students will explore various types of organizations, evaluate alternatives for ideas or concepts relative to their organizational form and begin to hone their concepts for the feasibility study they will do in BUS 600B. The semester project is an interview report (using both structured and non-structured questions) to uncover the strategic goals of the organization, its origins, and path to present operations.

Bus 600B: In the second semester of a 4-semester sequence, students will explore techniques used to create and evaluate new concepts and new business opportunities for both nonprofit and social ventures from the initiation of the concept to analysis of feasibility and criteria for decisions. The specific objectives for this section are the generation of concepts, evaluation of concepts for feasibility, generation of strategic alternatives, and determination of final choice. The semester deliverable is a feasibility plan.

Bus 600C: The third semester of a 4-semester sequence will include the preparation of a specific strategic and action plan based on the feasibility study from BUS 600B, interviews from BUS 600A and curriculum skills from previous course activity.

Bus 600D: This fourth semester course is the culmination of the entire course of study, employing the skills and tools provided in the prior coursework and resulting in a specific plan for action.  The “final” will be a strategic plan presentation to an external group of senior advisors who are knowledgeable in the field and familiar with the process of starting or managing social or nonprofit ventures. The deliverable for this section is a presentation of the strategic plan prepared in the last section, discussion and analysis of the plan and revisions to accommodate instructor, peer, and external reviewer comments. The goal is a course project that has real world, real time applicability.

Necessary Qualifications: Minimum of a Master’s Degree in discipline, preferably MBA or PhD; or other advanced degree preferred from a regionally accredited institution.

Desirable Qualifications:
a.    Experience teaching graduate level adult learners, preferably in a MBA program.
b.    Knowledge of Antioch University’s educational philosophy.
c.    Understanding of experiential learning in a classroom setting.
d.    Familiarity and experience with hybrid and online teaching models.
e.    Involvement in the Santa Barbara business and/ or non-profit community.
f.    Work and/ or volunteer experience in a social business and/ or non-profit company.

Hours of Employment:  This is a part time position. On-campus class meeting times are scheduled in advance, and (except for Track 2 of the project class) meet monthly on either a Friday afternoon or on a Saturday, once a month during the four months of a given semester. On-line classes take place during the remaining eleven weeks of the fifteen week long academic calendar of each semester; these on-line classes are asynchronous. Attendance at periodic faculty meetings on campus, and at our monthly Friday night MBA Workshops on campus, is strongly encouraged. Our monthly Friday night MBA Workshops are held during the weekend when our students are on campus, throughout the year, and have created an active community network for our MBA students, faculty and MBA Program Advisory Group members.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary is $4500 per 3 unit semester-long course. (Please note that the 600 series classes are a total of 6 units taught over 16 months.) This position is non-benefitted.

Language Skills: Ability to communicate effectively, both in person and online, in a positive manner to adult students is required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

For information about the MBA Program and for complete course listings and descriptions, please see our web page at

Antioch University provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, sage, disability, veteran status, or any other protected classification.

Please indicate the course or courses you are interested in teaching in your cover letter. Please note that at this time we are only accepting applications from people who are qualified to teach the specific classes set out above, and can be present, in person, on campus for monthly classes and periodic adjunct faculty meetings.

How to Apply:

Please submit your CV and cover letter to: lcrissman[at] and include in the subject line, the title of the position and the course you are interested in teaching.

Antioch is an Equal Opportunity Employer.