Professor Mentor Cliff Jumper

Professor Mentor Cliff Jumper

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Charles “Cliff” Jumper, MBA


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

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. My background in marketing taught me that you can make a living doing what you love if you position yourself properly in the eyes of your target audience. Now, I actually do “make a living teaching online” because I positioned myself as one that can solve the problems my higher ed audience faces. I can help you build your own personal brand so that you will be the solution that your “audience” desperately seeks.

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. Many 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. The cliche "If you build it, they will come" is a lie! If you want to succeed, find out where “they” are going and position yourself in the middle of their path.