Job no: 494994
Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
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 is a top-ranked private university that is dedicated to the public good. The institution provides hands-on learning experiences and is committed to a four-dimensional student experience based on exploring character, pursuing careers and lives of purpose, advancing intellectual growth, and promoting well-being. 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).
The University of Denver’s college of continuing and professional studies, University College, is the largest graduate school at the University of Denver and a leader in adult education, providing meaningful and affordable educational experiences specifically designed for busy adults. Nearly 25 years ago, University College launched online programming at the University of Denver. Since then, technology and education have evolved. What remains the same is our commitment to delivering a personalized student experience through small class sizes, practitioner faculty, and dedicated academic advisors. Highly flexible and affordable, a University of Denver education through University College provides career-focused content that can be immediately applied on the job.
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.
University College seeks adjunct instructors to join our teaching pool who will advance our commitment to inclusive excellence and will align with University Colleges core values: honor the individual, champion learning, transform lives, work together, and pursue excellence. We also value transparency. The interview process for this role will include an application process, discussion of our teaching expectations and diverse perspective, and an overview of the instructor journey.
Once an adjunct instructor is recruited and hired into the pool, they can expect a comprehensive onboarding process and ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance teaching practice. A teaching preference survey is distributed bi-annually to determine interest and availability, and invitations to teach are sent bi-annually. Our 10-week courses are offered in multiple formats, including asynchronous online, synchronous online, or hybrid (50% on campus and 50% online). University College uses Canvas, a best-in-class learning management system (LMS) for all course delivery modes. 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. Course enrollment is typically capped at 20 learners per course section.
We are currently seeking adjunct faculty with extensive industry experience in environmental policy, environmental or sustainability management, science, or related field who can facilitate the learning experience of adult learners in career-focused programs. The role of adjunct faculty in the Environmental Policy and Management program is to teach graduate students in one or more of our seven master’s degree concentrations. Please visit https://universitycollege.du.edu/epm for a complete list of program concentrations and courses.
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 Teaching Expectations and meet the following expectations:
Prepare Course Container for the Quarter
- Use ticketing system to provide course updates, including changes to syllabus, policies, and content.
- Become familiar with ed-tech tools embedded into the course, including Zoom videoconferencing, PowerPoint presentation software, Kaltura for audio recording and screen capture, and Turnitin plagiarism software.
Provide Subject Matter Expertise
- Deliver an exceptional student learning experience by instructing, guiding, and providing feedback to learners.
- Make clear to students how content is professionally applicable.
- Foster and model critical thinking through course content.
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.
- In online 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 of environmental policy, management, science, or related field.
- 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.
- Analytics, e.g., data management, mining, programming/scripting, and working with environmental and big data.
- Sustainability practices, reporting, and policies.
- ESG policies, reporting, and applications.
- SASB, GRI, and similar initiatives and standards
- Environmental Justice, e.g., housing, food, water, climate, pollution exposure, etc.
- Integration of DEI into teaching Environmental Policy and Management courses.
- Master’s degree in environmental policy, management, science, or related field.
- Successful teaching/facilitation experience with adults.
- Work or academic experience congruent with the content of a course or courses offered within our environmental policy and management program.
- Terminal degree in environmental policy, management, science, or related field.
- Recognition of professional accomplishment in an area of expertise related to course or courses offered within our Environmental Policy and Management program.
- Publication in the environmental policy, management, science, or related fields.
- Professional presentations related to environmental policy, management, science, or related fields.
- 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.
Stipend is determined by enrollment. Here are the rates for a typical course:
- 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.
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.
Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed for the 2022-2023 academic year pool of instructors.
Candidates must apply online through https://www.du.edu/jobs/ to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover letter outlining your interest in teaching at University College and the Environmental Policy and Management program
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion statement
- Names and contact information for three references
The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university’s educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university’s complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see https://www.du.edu/equalopportunity/non-discrimination-statement.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.
Advertised: April 28, 2022
Applications close: Open until filled