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University of Denver Adjunct Faculty, Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program in Denver, Colorado

Become an adjunct faculty member at a top 100 university and play a pivotal role in shaping the emerging practitioners in your field! The University of Denver has the distinction of being the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, giving it a tradition of 150 years of academic excellence. As one of ten colleges at the University of Denver, University College is the college of continuing and professional studies and has been a leader in adult education since 1938. Our mission as a private institution dedicated to the public good is to deliver enduring professional growth and personal development by providing adult learners access to the University of Denver through alternative educational pathways. We seek adjunct instructors who will commit to and advance our mission and commitment to inclusive excellence. University College offers fully accredited and affordable educational experiences specifically designed for busy adults. Learn more about University College at https://universitycollege.du.edu/about/.

Position Summary

We are currently seeking adjunct faculty with extensive industry and teaching experience in the common learning and major areas of our Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program who can facilitate the learning experience of adult learners in career-focused programs found here https://universitycollege.du.edu/courses/index.cfm?term=202130&program=bacp&delivery=All. Applicants should strive to exemplify our values: honor the individual, champion learning, transform lives, work together, and pursue excellence. The University of Denver deeply values inclusive excellence, recognizing that its success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes the rich diversity of constituents (to learn more about inclusive excellence at the University of Denver, please visit http://www.du.edu/cme/resources/inclusive-excellence.html). Our adjunct faculty actively contribute to inclusive excellence goals through their teaching efforts and professional work. University College builds an educational community that embodies values of inclusivity and diversity. We embrace a commitment to inclusive excellence by fostering a welcoming environment for our diverse students, staff, and faculty to learn and grow. We embed the values of diversity and inclusivity in all our programs: lifelong learning opportunities and varied curricular offerings.

University College fosters a learning culture, where questions are expected; information and wisdom are shared; and community members respectfully challenge each other’s perspectives and engage in personal reflection. We celebrate our successes, measure our progress, and realize our goals through collective action. We strive to be culturally aware of our behaviors; aim to ignite continuous growth within each individual; and seek to enhance our impact on students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

The role of adjunct faculty in the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program is to teach undergraduate post-traditional students in one or more of our majors or common learning courses. Please visit https://universitycollege.du.edu/bachelors/ for a complete list of program concentrations and courses. Our courses are offered in four formats including on campus, online, and hybrid (60% on campus/40% online). University College uses the Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas for all courses, regardless of delivery mode. Instructors will receive a designed course container and will be expected to manage and engage in the course while infusing real-world examples into the curriculum and offering a diversity of perspectives as presented through materials, resources, authors/readings, and speakers if applicable.

Essential Functions

Adjunct faculty at University College are subject matter experts in their field and integrate professionally relevant, diverse examples into their teaching and discussions. They adhere to University College Faculty Teaching Expectations and meet the following expectations:

Prepare Course Container for the Quarter

  • Prepare and post course syllabus using the University College syllabus template by deadlines.
  • Update policies, ensure content is error-free, and become familiar with ed-tech tools embedded into the course._ _

Provide Subject Matter Expertise

  • Make clear to students how content is professionally applicable.
  • Foster and model critical thinking through videos that demonstrate or explain, discussions, and/or live synchronous sessions.

Maintain Regular and Consistent Instructor Presence in Your Course

  • Integrate instructor-generated weekly videos.
  • Employ University College-supported ed-tech tools.
  • Consistently and equitably support and communicate with each student.
  • Employ highly engaged discussion facilitation throughout the course.
  • In online classes and hybrid classes, engage in discussion boards with substantive comments no fewer than three days per week.

Provide Specific, Relevant, and Timely Feedback

  • Provide feedback on student work within seven days of submission.
  • Use grading rubrics for all assignments.
  • Provide specific grading comments that foster growth, improvement, and learning.

Foster an Engaged and Inclusive Learning Environment

  • Foster an environment in which students feel comfortable sharing their ideas, thoughts, and questions.
  • Facilitate active discussions that embrace a diversity of perspectives.
  • Ensure that you and your students engage in professional and appropriate communication.
  • Utilize and engage diverse perspectives in teaching materials and practices.

Model and Uphold Academic Standards

  • Report concerns regarding the DU Honor Code.
  • Use plagiarism-detection tool embedded in Canvas.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge in our major areas of study or common learning course subjects.
  • Ability to select the most relevant instructional multimedia and/or tech tools, and write effective copy, texts, audio and video scripts.
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education in general and adult learners in particular.
  • Proven excellent project management skills
  • Information analysis and management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups.
  • Strong desire to learn.
  • Ability to adapt priorities and focus.
  • Commitment to showcasing a diverse range of perspectives, experts, authors, and resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in the area you would like to teach or related field or a master’s degree and industry experience.
  • Successful teaching/facilitation experience with adults.
  • Work or academic experience congruent with the content of a course or courses offered within our Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program.* *

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or terminal degree in related field
  • Recognition of professional accomplishment in an area of expertise related to course or courses offered within our Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program.
  • Publication in your field.
  • Professional presentations related to the courses within the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program or within the teaching and learning sector.
  • Licensing and/or certification by professional organizations.
  • Completion of an education or training program on adult learning or internship/mentorship that addresses adult learning principles and practices.

Application Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed for the 2021-2022 academic year. Preference will be given to early applications.

Special Instructions Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by April 16*, 2021*.

Course Rate

Stipend is determined by enrollment.

1 student = $600

2 students = $1,200

3 students = $2,400

4-8 students = $2,650

9-14 students = $3,750

15-23 students = $4,150

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits The University of Denver offers some benefits for non-benefited employees. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest in teaching at University College and the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program as well as a list of our courses your believe you are qualified to teach.
  2. CV
  3. Names and contact information for three references

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Job no: 493488

Work type: Adjunct Faculty

Location: Denver, CO

Categories: Faculty

Advertised: February 16, 2021

Applications close: Open until filled

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