Employment: Online Faculty Jobs, More Info

WGU offers multiple options for online teaching jobs or online faculty employment. Student Mentors and Course Mentors play a vital role in student success and in the competency-based learning model at WGU. Because learning at WGU is personalized, we do not use typical online classes that are dependent upon fixed schedules or group pacing. Instead, each student is guided and assisted through a personalized learning experience by faculty and staff serving in different capacities. We call our online teaching faculty Student Mentors and Course Mentors.

Student Mentors — Crucial to Student Success

WGU assigns a Student Mentor to every student. Student Mentors provide motivation, guidance, and support from the moment a student is enrolled to the time he or she graduates. This online teaching job involves regularly scheduled academic progress conversations weekly and active involvement in other aspects of the student’s academic career. While not an expert in all subjects, the Student Mentor guides the student through the overall online degree program and offers coaching, direction, and practical advice.

Course Mentors — Online University Faculty

Online faculty members, Course Mentors support Courses of Study specific to their expertise. Course Mentors provide instructional help and interact with students through email, chat, scheduled conference calls, or phone. They are knowledgeable and can address any issue that might arise related to a course, a learning resource, or an assessment. At WGU, online university teaching is brought to life with the Course Mentor and student relationship.

What Our Faculty Members Say...

“When you work for Western Governors University, you’re part of something that’s never been done before, and that is invigorating. It helps me to motivate the students I mentor, and all of them have exceeded my expectations. They’re really just top-notch, and it isn’t uncommon to read incredible reviews from their host teachers and clinical advisors. They’re really inspiring and so are my colleagues. I truly enjoy working with them, and even though we’re not in an office, we’re close. We work as a team, so I’ll go the extra mile so our team succeeds. WGU creates powerful experiences for me, my colleagues, and our students. I really couldn’t ask for more.”

—Sally Peterson, Student Mentor, Teachers College

“WGU is a progressive and impressive organization. It’s progressive because leaders listen to employees. It doesn’t matter where an idea comes from—if it’s a good idea, the university tries it, tests it, and improves it. It’s impressive because of its support, flexibility, team atmosphere, and collaborative working environment. I may work from home, but I know my co-workers are just a phone call away if I need help taking on a challenge. My managers make themselves accessible any time I need them, and help me uncover solutions. I’ve never worked somewhere that makes it so easy to put students first while keeping employees top of mind.”

—Tanya Vivier, Student Mentor, Business College

“There really isn’t another place like WGU. While I’ve only been here for a few months, I thoroughly enjoy my work with our students. I love figuring out how to help them grow and meet their goals. It means every week is different because you stand behind your students when they face setbacks, and you celebrate with them when they get a promotion, have a baby, or successfully complete a course. You learn to run as fast as they want to go because it’s key to their success and that’s what matters. The partnership I share with my students is unique; it’s an experience you don’t get at other universities, and that’s why I love WGU.”

—James Moore, Student Mentor, Business

Diversity Statement

A diverse faculty is pivotal to the success of Western Governors University’s mission to improve the quality and expand access to post-secondary educational opportunities by providing a means for individuals to learn independent of time or place and to earn competency-based degrees and other credentials that are credible to both academic institutions and employers.

We maintain that achieving diversity requires an enduring commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms and behaviors.

Throughout our work, we will support diversity in all of its forms, encompassing age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender, race and religion.

Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policies

Western Governors University “WGU" does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, gender, religion, sex, disability, age, military or veteran status as required by applicable laws and regulations. WGU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. This policy of nondiscrimination applies (without limitation) to student recruitment, admissions, academic programs and services, student discipline, grading, and student access to WGU sponsored forums.

WGU also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have a disability and need accommodations, please notify us at adasupport@wgu.edu as soon as possible so that necessary arrangements can be made.

Any student or applicant who wishes to discuss possible discrimination is welcome to contact:

WGU Student Services

Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has been delegated to:

Anika Webb - Title IX Coordinator
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533
Direct: 801-993-2321
Toll Free: 877-435-7948, ext. 1321

WGU encourages students to use the WGU Grievance and Complaint Procedure to resolve discrimination concerns. However, students also have a right to file discrimination complaints directly with the United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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