The AACSB Bridge Program helps professionals from the corporate world transition to a business school teaching career by covering topics essential for those new to teaching.
Senior-level executives actively participating in field with 5-7 years of extensive professional management experience, as well as at least seven years of in-depth industry experience (related to the area you'd like to teach in). Master's degree or equivalent professional certification required. Preferred candidates should have less than two years full-time teaching experience. Candidates with extensive classroom experience may attend the program if they wish to strengthen their teaching and platform skills. Most program graduates pursue instructional practitioner faculty positions at business schools.
According to AACSB Business Accreditation Standards: Instructional Practitioners (IP) sustain currency and relevance through continued professional experience and engagement related to their professional backgrounds and experience.
Normally, IP status is granted to newly hired faculty members who join the faculty with significant and substantive professional experience as outlined below. IP status is sustained as outlined below. Normally, at the time that a school hires an IP faculty member, that faculty member’s professional experience is current, substantial in terms of duration and level of responsibility, and clearly linked to the field in which the person is expected to teach.
Normally, IP faculty members also have master’s degrees in disciplines related to their fields of teaching. In limited cases, IP status may be appropriate for individuals without master’s degrees if the depth, duration, sophistication, and complexity of their professional experience at the time of hiring outweighs their lack of master’s degree qualifications.
For sustained IP status, a non-exhaustive list of professional engagement activities and interactions may include the following: