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Charles “Cliff” Jumper, MBA

Charles “Cliff” Jumper, MBA

Professor Mentor

Education

  • BA in History, University of North Carolina
  • MBA (International Business & Marketing), Baker College
  • Graduate certificate in Economics, Harvard University (2018)

Professor Jumper’s areas of mentoring:

  • Getting your first Community College / State College faculty job
  • Tenure track positions
  • Adjunct to full-time
  • Teaching online full-time
  • Navigating the faculty selection committee
  • What does the hiring manager want?
  • Teaching abroad
  • Online & Hybrid course development
  • Outcome-based assessment
  • Critical thinking in the online classroom
  • Web 2.0 tools for engagement

Been Teaching Since:

2007

Top 3 Strengths as a Mentor:

  1. I’ve been where many new to higher education want to go. I would love to share my own experience to help you achieve your goal.
  2. As a veteran, husband, parent, lifelong learner . . ., I’ve faced many of the challenges you might encounter on your journey to a tenured faculty position. I can help you achieve the right balance to make it there in one piece yourself.
  3. I’m an empathetic, but realistic voice that won’t waste your time.

In His Own Words:

I absolutely love helping to transform the lives of others. That may be the most important quality that took me from a career in business to a full-time, tenured, 100% online, faculty position in record time. I actually do “make a living teaching online” with what some may consider quite average academic credentials.

In 2005, I went to grad school with the intention of getting an online teaching job. In June of 2007, I completed my MBA. Three months later I had two teaching contracts. One was an online adjunct course, and the other was a one-semester contract to teach for a U.S.-based program in China. I sold my business and haven’t looked back since. Along the way to my present role, my journey involved online adjuncting for several other schools, developing online courses, writing open-courseware, and a glorious 3-year expatriate adventure teaching in the United Arab Emirates and again in China.

In 2012, my wife and I decided it was time to come back to the U.S. to boss around our recent college-grad kids. After we decided on South Florida as our new home, I went about finding a full-time teaching job. Nobody told me they were hard to find, so I didn’t know any better. Countless applications and a few interviews later, had an offer for a full-time tenure-track position in the Florida College System. In June of 2012 we came to our new home, and in August of 2012 I started my new full-time teaching job. By 2015, I was awarded tenure, and the adventure continues from there. I’m still growing and very grateful for my success. My employer often calls on me to mentor adjunct and new full-time faculty across the curriculum with an emphasis on online and blended course delivery. I have served on several full-time faculty selection committees and evaluated adjunct teaching demonstrations. Too often, candidates simply “do not know what they do not know” about the very basic qualities that the selection committee and/or hiring manager wants.

It is truly an honor to do what we do. Higher education may be one of the most powerful forces for positive social change in our society. Let me help you be a part of that.