The Distance Education Accrediting Commission's 2017 Fall Workshop

“It was a great experience learning about the compliance of higher education standards, which is well-regarded at the DEAC.” — Richelle Kim, Director of Aston American University.

Dr Leah Matthews DEAC Executive directorDr. Kim Lien Ngo and Richelle KimIn pursuit of accreditation in the United States, Aston American University attended the Distance Education Accrediting Commission's 2017 Fall Workshop from October 15-17, 2017 in North Carolina.

Photo (left): Director of Aston American University, Richelle Kim and Dr. Leah Matthews, Executive Director of the DEAC.

Photo (right): Director of Aston American University, Richelle Kim and Dr. Kim Lien Ngo, mentor for the DEAC conference.


IELTS Lead Instructor (Limassol, Cyprus)

Job Opportunity Aston American Univeristy


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This position is based in our Limassol, Cyprus office. The lead instructor advisor will advise students on how to increase their proficiency in the ESL and IELTS testing areas of: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. This person will assist students with their ESL assessment for their English proficiency and coordinate student courses. As the instructor, this position requires that s/he will guide students through their online learning platform and hold one-to-one sessions via online to tutor students. This position requires heavy use of phone calls to arrange classes and the coordination of course placement. This person must be organized and efficient.

  1. All applicants must have excellent (native or near-native) proficiency in English.
  2. All applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or higher in linguistics/applied linguistics, EFL/ESL/TEFL/TESL, and/or language education. (TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate.)
  3. Two (2) years of experience teaching test preparation to adult learners for one of the following tests is required: IELTS preferred, TOEFL or PTE Academic.
  4. Must be organized and efficient in CRM database, uploading files, documents and assessments.

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Aston American University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education. Creating opportunities with education, improving lives, and strengthening our communities are the foundations of Aston American University. We have helped students from all over the world focus on their passion, impact their future, and change their world. As we continue to embrace our diverse students with caring and personalized support, we look forward to providing the world with a quality education that works for them.

web red arrowEssential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Student advisory: assessments, class placement, and schedule coordination.
• Heavy phone calls to students.
• Syllabus preparation, lesson planning, and maintenance of student records.
• Assist students with coursework in a variety of formats, including individualized instruction, computer assisted instruction, and self-study courses.
• Contribute to ongoing program development, curriculum development, and assessment.
• Tutor students one-to-one online.
• Teach English language skills needed for the IELTS test sections.
• Provide contextualized, interactive instruction that includes cooperative learning tasks.
• Track attendance and submit monthly reports.
• Respond in a timely matter to staff and students.

Please submit your resume and hourly rate to: - our academic committee will review your qualifications and will contact you if there is a match. Thank you for your interest in Aston American University.


Sales Supervisor/Team Leader: Admissions Department (Limassol, Cyprus)

Job Opportunity Aston American Univeristy


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The full-time sales supervisor/team leader for the admissions position is responsible for student recruitment and admissions to our online university programs. This position includes heavy phone calls on a daily basis in a fast-paced and busy work environment. Previous experience in a call center or supervisory experience in a call center preferred. Main responsibilities consist of telephone sales to recruit prospective students for enrollment into our programs, and to recruit business-to-business partnerships. This position requires excellent customer service through written and verbal communication, and follow up with student inquiries and needs. This position reports to the managing director.

web red arrowAbout Us:

Aston American University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education. Creating opportunities with education, improving lives, and strengthening our communities are the foundations of Aston American University. We have helped students from all over the world focus on their passion, impact their future, and change their world. As we continue to embrace our diverse students with caring and personalized support, we look forward to providing the world with a quality education that works for them.

web red arrowKey Job Elements:

• Explain educational programs, the expected outcomes, student services, and benefits of the university and its programs.
• Promptly manage prospective inquiries and contacts to meet weekly performance goals.
• Manage leads and contacts for both individual candidates and business-to-business prospects within 24 hours of initial request.
• Recruitment: Make prompt and effective contact with inquiries.
• Ask for referrals via phone and/or in person.
• Participate in recruitment and enrollment activities that include: attending college and career conferences, conducting seminars and/or presentations, training sessions, participating in career days, and attending meetings.
• Enroll students into programs.
• Lead and supervise the recruitment team in the call center.
• Work closely with the admissions department and student advisors once students have been enrolled to the university and ensure student satisfaction.
• Participate in student advising. 

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  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Three (3) years of experience in the field of admissions recruitment or call center sales.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with international students.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Professionalism.


  • Work effectively as a team member to ensure that departmental goals are met.
  • Ability to speak Native English or bilingual (Arabic, Russian, or Spanish), and communicate by listening to customers.
  • Ability to work in fast paced office environment with an incentive based sales staff.
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and handle multiple priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines.
  • Ability to meet and/or exceed sales quotas.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and references to: - our academic committee will review your qualifications and will contact you if there is a match. Thank you for your interest in Aston American University.

Online Academic Chairperson: Business Dept. for International Students

Job Opportunity Aston American Univeristy


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  • Provide expertise in the content areas and teach 2-3 courses in the bachelor or master’s programs
  • Online mentoring: Be available to instructors/students for questions and online support
  • Respond to instructor/student inquiries about content, course, learning resource, or assessment
  • Conduct annual performance reviews and class audits for each course
  • Communicate professionally with diverse instructor/student populations around the world
  • Must have prior international teaching experience – preferably with online learners
  • Manage online adjunct faculty: Motivate and empower instructors/students to develop competency in subject areas
  • Research: Gather materials, data and resources from own teaching experiences to enrich programs and suggest new programs in different study areas
  • Report monthly to directors on faculty and student statuses
  • Make suggestions on improvements in procedures and policies
  • Doctoral degree required
  • Teaching experience required – online teaching experience is a plus

web red arrowSkills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Superior organization, prioritization, and self-motivation skills
  • Strong computer literacy skills with: Microsoft Office Suite, Skype, Google apps and Docebo LMS platform
  • Must have prior experience working with an international student base and relating to ESL (English as a Second Language) learners 

web red arrowAbilities:

  • Ability to work in a virtual environment in a home office efficiently with no supervision
  • Ability to interact effectively as either a leader or as a member of a team and work collaboratively
  • Ability to adapt to changing assignments and multiple priorities 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and successfully meet deadlines 
  • Ability to speak a second language is helpful

This online position is available to candidates worldwide and applicants are encouraged to apply. Please submit your cover letter and references to: - our academic committee will review your qualifications and will contact you if there is a match. Thank you for your interest in Aston American University.


How to Launch Your LinkedIn Profile

icons erinWritten By: Dr. Erin Hill
Academic Chairperson (Business Department)  |  Aston American University

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Join LinkedIn and create your profile:
1. Go to the LinkedIn sign up page.
2. Click the prompt.
3. Type your first and last name, email address, and a password you'll use.
4. Click Join now.


Professionally Taken Photograph

Your LinkedIn profile is your digital introduction and first impression with your reader. It’s important to look your best, and a professionally taken photograph will ensure you are portrayed in the best light!

Attention Getting Headline

Your LinkedIn headline is very much like a headline in a newspaper. It should grab your reader’s attention and compel them to read more!

Example: *Collaborative*Bilingual*International Project Manager*

Complete Experiences, Keyword-Rich 

A powerful LinkedIn profile includes your past experiences. This area is highly sensitive when it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization). By including keywords that people are using to find someone like you, you are ensuring that your LinkedIn profile performs well in search and that you will have higher chances of being found.

Connections, Websites, Customized URL

In order to truly leverage LinkedIn, it’s important to have a strong LinkedIn network with many first degree connections. Connect to colleagues, coworkers, friends, family, etc. Don't forget to connect with your educational institutions; for example, list Aston American University as a connection. 

Compelling, Interesting Summary

Your LinkedIn Summary needs to POP! This is your chance to demonstrate to the world that you are an expert and someone who deserves to be noticed! This is where you sell yourself and showcase your accomplishments.

Clear Call to Action

It’s important to tell your reader what to do once they’ve finished reading your LinkedIn summary. Tell them how to reach you! How many opportunities are you missing because you didn’t include your contact information?

REMEMBER: Your LinkedIn profile is NOT your resume. Your resume is your career history and often task-based. Your LinkedIn profile is your CAREER FUTURE! It’s who you are, how you help people, and why you deserve to be noticed. A POWERFUL LinkedIn profile sells YOU!

Do You Want to be Published?

Email logoWritten By: Staff
Contributor  |  Aston American University

Aston American University is proud to sponsor the Business & Management Sciences International Congress 2017Aston American University is proud to sponsor the Business & Management Sciences International Congress 2017. Featuring Dr. Erin Hill, Dr. Keith Wade and Dr. Kandice Smith on the Science Committee.

All students and graduates are invited to participate. We welcome you to register and present your academic materials online (Skype). Confirmed papers will be published in the E-Book with ISBN. 

Subjects you can write about, not limited to:

  • Banking
  • Labor Economy
  • Education Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Enterprises
  • Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Logistics
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Sales Management
  • International Trade
  • Production
  • Management Information Sciences
  • Management and Organization

* Aug. 23, 2017: Last day for submission
* Aug. 27, 2017: Deadline for submitting full-texts to be edited
* August 30, 2017: Announcement of confirmed proceedings
* September 8, 2017: Announcement of program
* September 11, 2017: Opening

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Boost Your LinkedIn Profile by Connecting to LinkedIn Industry Experts

icons erinWritten By: Dr. Erin Hill
Academic Chairperson (Business Department)  |  Aston American University

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Are you looking for a FREE way to accelerate your career? The social media website LinkedIn is known as the World’s Largest Professional Network and has a free resource of industry experts. Industry experts offer current “real world” advice, article links, events, seminars, blogs, etc.

There are five quick ways to boost your LinkedIn profile by connecting to industry experts:

  1. Search Your Industry: Simply conduct a key word search and see who is at the top of the LinkedIn list. Do you notice the member actively writing articles, enriching group discussions, posting articles, blogging, etc.? If so, you may have found an industry expert to connect with.

  2. Find Active LinkedIn Group Members: Pay attention to who is contributing to your valuable group discussions. The active members tend to be leaders in their field. Seek out group members who are posting the latest tools and techniques and connect to them via the group you have in common.

  3. Check Out Your Home Page: Click on your home page at least once per week to see who is contributing to LinkedIn on your network. If one of your connections is posting beneficial information, you may have found an industry expert.

  4. Follow Members & Companies: Once you have discovered an industry expert, click to follow them and stay connected to their new posts, discussions, articles, etc.

  5. Respond to Discussions & Comment: Start to get noticed by industry leaders by responding to their discussions and providing worthwhile feedback. Positive and valuable feedback is an instantaneous way to make an impact with an expert. By following the steps above, you will be able to promptly search, find, check out, follow and respond to a FREE network of industry experts. Best wishes!

Dr. Erin Hill: New Academic Chairperson - Business Department

erin hill blog2Why did you become a teacher?

Dr. Erin Hill: I wanted to become a teacher to be able to make a positive difference in higher education. For me, it is fulfilling challenge: stimulating the next generation to become lifelong learners. I have always been grateful to the educational system for implanting values in me, and at this juncture, I feel I should contribute what I have learned and experienced over the years. This way I will be paying back, and at the same time, can fulfill my desire of enhancing the education system.


How does your legal experience shape the way you manage people and teach university students?

My legal experience shapes the way I manage people because I understand the legal rules and policies that govern business aspects. I am able to create policies and procedures based upon my legal expertise.


As the new academic chair of the business department, what are your responsibilities?

My responsibilities as the academic chair of the business department are to assist students and faculty with policies/procedures and strategic goals for the future.


How do you plan to improve the goals of the business department?

I plan to create a strategic plan in order to chart out milestones to improve the student experience.


What can students expect in the coming months?

Students can expect interactive teaching and communication with top-level faculty.


In addition to your new role as the department chair, which courses will you be teaching?

Finance, accounting, and legal classes.


What do you enjoy specifically about the courses you teach?

I enjoy teaching business law because I can incorporate my education and experience in a comprehensive manner.


What benefit do people have by incorporating business principles into their personal lives?

Incorporating business principles into one's daily life assists with managing and planning for the future.


How would business principles benefit, for instance, someone who is not in the field of business?

Everything has a business component to it.


How do you inspire students?

I inspire students by caring about their well-being and sharing my experiences of becoming an attorney and executive.


What is your personal message to all students?

I am excited to partner with you as you reach your goal of higher education. I would like to come along side of you and assist with anything that you may need on the academic level. Please feel free to reach out to me.

Contact Dr. Erin

How Americans View Time

Email logoWritten By: Madison Garner
Contributor  |  Aston American University

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Americans place high value on time and often view time as an important currency. In fact, there’s a popular American saying, “Time is money.” The American approach to time can seem foreign to those from other cultures. Here’s what you should know about how Americans view time.

Time is a Limited Resource. Americans think of time like they think of money. You have a specific amount, and it’s gone after you spend it. This mindset makes time valuable. People are careful with how they spend their time, just like they’re careful with how they spend their money. Americans love reading tips on how to be more productive and get the most out of their time.

Time Should Be Spent Well. Since time is limited, it’s important not to waste it. Everyone has a different view on how they should spend their time of course. Some may want to spend time exercising while others want to spend time playing music. But mostly, everyone wants to use their time wisely. That’s why many Americans are very busy. To feel that they use their time well each day, they want to fit in as many activities and accomplishments as possible.

Doing Nothing is Usually Seen as Bad. Americans tend to focus on leisure time and relaxing less than other cultures. Even when Americans relax, it is usually scheduled time in between activities. A lazy Sunday afternoon spent doing nothing at all wouldn’t be viewed as a needed break, it would be seen as a poor use of time. College students often joke about “Netflix binging” (sitting and watching TV for several hours in a day), but it’s a joke because spending that much time watching TV without being productive is counter-cultural.

Scheduling is Common. Many Americans are so busy; they do not have much opportunity for spontaneous social gatherings. It is common to schedule times to socially meet with people as a way to ensure these meetings take place. Instead of saying, “Let’s get coffee sometime.” Say, “Let’s get coffee tomorrow at noon.” The person may really want to spend time with you, but if you are too general and not specific, this person could accidentally forget about you because of their busy schedule. If you want to spend time with someone, it is best to be specific and include a day and time.

Punctuality is Important. There’s a saying about being polite that many Americans agree with: early is on time, and on time is late. If people agree to meet up for a movie at 7:30, it is best to show up a few minutes before 7:30. Americans would view time waiting for everyone to arrive as time wasted, and being late is often seen as a sign of disrespect. Not every American views punctuality this way, but most do.

arror eslChat Club: Are you early, late or on time? Why is it important to be on time?

What I Miss Most About the United States

Tim Johnson profilesWritten By: Tim Johnson
Director of ESL Program + Business Instructor  |  Aston American University

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Playing professional baseball was the reason why I had moved from the United States. Unlike most people, I didn’t miss home too much. But, there were times when I would wonder where my life path would have taken me had I not chosen to play baseball abroad.

pizzaThe first thing I miss most about home in the US: Pizza! I know what you are thinking, but I have travelled to Italy and tried its pizzas. The differences? American pizzas can be huge, loaded with tomato sauce and cheese, as well as whatever toppings you’d want in abundance – olives, mushrooms, peppers, sausage, pepperoni, ham, and more. For me, these are the reasons why American pizza is the best in the world.

arror eslChat Club: Do you like to eat pizza? What kind of pizza and from what country?


Second, I miss the weather. For the past 10 years, I have been living in the Czech Republic where it is very cold and cloudy; winters here can be quite depressing and the summers can also be a little cold, especially at night. I was born in Miami, so I love the sun! Even in North Carolina – a climate with lower temperatures – where I had spent most of my life, we still had quite a bit of sun.

arror eslChat Club: Describe your favorite family vacation.

sportsThe last thing I really miss are the sports. For me, there is nothing like attending an American football or baseball game. No other country in the world has a collegiate sports league like the United States. College sports, in my opinion, are better than watching the professional leagues. Watching local high schools compete can also be quite enjoyable. I loved attending local high school sports games because these young athletes play with so much intensity. I enjoyed watching young and raw talent fight to make it to the university level. Also, the atmosphere of a high school game is quite different than a university game. The amount of television channels dedicated to sports in the US is phenomenal as well. From the east coast to the west coast, and let’s not forget Hawaii in the pacific, you can watch sports nearly all day and/or night – but don’t forget to study!

arror eslChat Club: Have you ever watched American Football? Do you like it better than soccer? Why or why not?

Where is my US family in this list? Of course I do miss my family back home, but now, I have a family of my own to take care of here in the Czech Republic. However, sometimes I wish my family here could also experience the same things that I had experienced in the US. Only time will tell if my wife will ever want to take that step with our children. But if you, ever have the chance to travel to the US, simply go out and enjoy the weather, have some pizza, and don’t forget to find out if any sports teams are playing in the area where you have chosen to travel. It’s truly an extraordinary, American experience.

Practice English by increasing your vocabulary. Look up the 8 bolded words in this article to learn their meaning. Find a synonym for each of the words. Be the first person to email with the list of synonyms.

arror eslChat Club: What makes you miss home the most? And Why?

2017-09-26 06:32:51

Up to now, this was the most enjoyable course. It enriched me and opened my eyes to social responsibility. I am from a country (RSA) where we still need to do more to comply to corporate social responsibility, therefore, this to me was excellent. I believe the instructor was fair.

Christiaan Petrus Johannes
Corporate Social Responsibility / Aston American University
2017-09-26 06:14:01

Aston American University is an excellent university to study English, during the course of my course, I felt supported and guided in the best way, always ready for any questions. My experience has been quite good, I have acquired new knowledge, and I feel more prepared to speak and write the language. I want more people to join this course because it really is worth it and would be a unique opportunity.

Juan Pablo Nessi
English as a Second Language (ESL) / Aston American University
2017-09-26 23:09:16

I liked that my instructor was understanding, flexible, supportive, and knowledgeable. With the positive and constructive feedback I received from my instructor, I can say that my way of thinking as well as handling questions have evolved. Now, I know how to take the IELTS test. I have become more aware of what to expect in the test and how to perform better and score high.

Mohammed Ghaleb Al Hunami
IELTS Test Prep / Aston American University
2017-09-28 20:17:14

I like the the way the instructor commented on the assignments and cared about me as a student. This was a course that gave me a lot of thinking. You think you know a lot about finance, but it is so much more than you think.

Peter Mooe
Corporate Finance / Aston American University
2017-09-28 21:16:32

- Good feedback from the instructor.
- Very kind. 
- Fast responses and helped me to finish the course in a very good time.

Mohammed Ibrahim
Accounting / Aston American University
2017-09-26 06:06:26

As I am exposed to corporate finance and studied it before, it is quite extensive. This course gives you enough to think about and is a good guide where to go and what to look for. It challenged me again on some investment rules, NPV and capital budgeting. The criticism from my instructor was positive and stern where applicable, and the instructors where approachable. It has been awhile since studying; thus, I was very excited to start the course. My hectic work environment sometimes curbed my enthusiasm. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

Christiaan Petrus Johannes
Corporate Finance / Aston American University
2017-09-26 23:39:55

It was difficult to start studying again after working 16 years in my professional career. It was difficult to manage my work, family life, and study; but now I believe there are no boundaries to what you can do and think. I think this course was designed perfectly, and as a banker, it helped me a lot. My instructor, Dr. Kandice Smith was very helpful. Whatever was relative to this course, I asked, and she responded in a way that really deserves my appreciation.

Kamran Ahmad Khan
Corporate Finance / Aston American University
2017-09-27 00:23:26

Consistent follow-up from the university’s team (dean, instructors, advisory office, registrar office) were beyond expectations. The advisory office support was great. The curriculum has changed my conceptual ideas about managing real life. Looking forward to complete my master’s degree with Aston American University. Thanks you all.

Mohamed El Hamdy
Integrated Studies in Management / Aston American University
2017-09-28 20:13:52

The course was interactive, which is very good.

Jules Banaken
Principles of E-commerce / Aston American University
2017-09-27 00:52:05

It has been an excellent experience to study this level of English for 8 weeks. I feel my English has improved in conversation and writing with my tutor, Tim Johnson. He was always on time and very talkative in the weekly live sessions. And thanks also to the whole team of Aston American University. Always present on the course. This is the best online English course I have ever taken. Regards.

Trina Rojas
English as a Second Language (ESL) / Aston American University
2017-09-28 20:09:40

The course was comprehensive. From my first assignment, the instructor did help orienting me through the important and missing components of my marketing strategy. This made me progress and develop a comprehensive product marketing strategy throughout the remaining assignment. This course was one of the courses I enjoyed very much, it helped me master the different aspects of product marketing. If one did seriously try to market his product and had no success, or sales did not meet the ultimate potential of the products, he needs to attend this course.

Hossam El Zanaty
Marketing / Aston American University