Online Faculty Positions

As the field of distance education grows, so too does the number of college-level jobs for online faculty. And many of these jobs--at both online colleges and brick-and-mortar universities--are home based and/or part time. For the purpose of this list, the term "online faculty" encompasses everything from teaching assistants to deans--including online adjunct faculty, dissertation mentors, and course instructors. 

Finding Online Faculty Jobs

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The institutions listed here are schools with a significant presence in distance learning. However, there are many remote opportunities at brick-and-mortar colleges with smaller online divisions. For these jobs, see this list of online education employment resources. Or, see this list of online education jobs at every level.

American Public University System

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online adjunct faculty
Encompassing American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU), this for-profit online higher education institution hires online adjunct faculty members as well as a few administrative positions as work-at-home jobs. Master's degree in ​a subject matter is required. Experience in college-level teaching and/or PhD is preferred.

Argosy University

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online adjunct faculty
Online adjunct faculty at this for-profit college (Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH) with both online and campus settings teach previously developed graduate and undergraduate courses, providing support, and feedback to students. Master’s or doctoral degree required.


Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online teaching assistants
A master's degree or Ph.D. as  required (or working towards one from an accredited university) in a subject to register as an online teaching assistant (TA). A TA earns part of a fee paid by an individual questioner. Later if that answer is downloaded by other students, more is earned. Pay (in Canadian dollars) is monthly when a teaching assistant has earned at least $75. See more work-at-home jobs in Canada.

Capella University

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online faculty chairs, faculty, adjunct faculty, dissertation mentors
Based in Minneapolis, this fully online university offers a large variety of jobs for online faculty that are work-at-home positions. Search for positions with an "offsite" location.

Instructional Connections

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online coach/teaching assistants
Providing online instructional support to colleges, this company hires online coaches or teaching assistants as part-time, independent contractors. They work with both students and faculty as they monitor engagement, grade assignments and facilitate course discussions. Pay is based on a per-student, per-course formula. Master's degree or higher required. A wide range of subjects include nursing, education, mathematics, chemistry and biology.

Herzing University Online

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online adjunct faculty
Most of the “remote” positions listed at the online division of this Wisconsin-based, private college are online adjunct faculty jobs. Other positions do allow telecommuting but may require work in a local office too.


Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: College-level online instructors
This for-profit education company offers remote jobs for college online instructors, instructional designers and SAT tutors. Most of the online faculty positions are part-time and in its Kaplan University and higher education divisions, which offer university prep, undergraduate and graduate degrees, continuing studies and training in both online and brick-and-mortar settings across the globe. Use "virtual" as the keyword in the job search database. Read more about online instructors.

Laureate Education, Inc.

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online faculty, program administration, instructional design
Company develops online education for the fully online college Walden University, as well as for place-based schools like Kendall College, NewSchool of Architecture & Design, Santa Fe University of Art and Design and University of Liverpool. Choose "virtual" as job location.

Southern New Hampshire University

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online adjunct faculty
This private university hires online adjunct faculty members from across the world for its undergrad and graduate courses. Most courses are already designed, and faculty members facilitate learning. However, some courses are instructor-designed. These courses pay $2,200 to $2,500 for 8- and 10-week classes. Online training is provided.

University of California Berkeley Online Extension

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online course instructors in adult education
The continuing education division of this California public university, which offers hundreds of online courses for college credit, invites potential online instructors to submit course proposals. Those whose proposals are accepted are signed to a temporary contract for the course’s duration. Work experience in subject taught and a minimum of a master's degree is required. Experience with online education is preferred.

Western Governors University

Types of Education/Online Teaching Jobs: Distance Learning Mentors Billing itself as a “competency-based, accredited, online university,” this non-profit institution, launched in 1999, hires “mentors” to oversee distance-learning students' progress. These positions are similar to course instructors at other online colleges. Minimum requirement is a bachelor's degree, but master's or doctoral degree and relevant industry experience are preferred. Use “remote” as the keyword to find work-at-home jobs.

University of Phoenix

Type of Remote, Online Faculty Positions: Online faculty
Online faculty at this for-profit school with campuses nationwide need a master's degree or doctorate in a subject taught and work experience in the field. Online faculty positions are usually 20 hours per week.