Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Policy and Management

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

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 experience in environmental policy and management who can facilitate the learning experience of adult learners in career-focused programs. 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 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. Our courses are offered in four formats including on campus, online, HyFlex (on campus courses that are also available live 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 high engaged discussion facilitation.
  • 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 and/or management.
  • Knowledge of instructional design principles and best practices, teaching principles and best practices, course development skills, multimedia integration, and learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Knowledge of learning management tools and HTML.
  • 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 environmental policy or related field or a master’s degree and environmental policy industry experience.
  • Successful college/university teaching experience with adults.
  • Work or academic experience congruent with the content of a course or courses offered within our environmental policy and management program. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in environmental policy related field or a terminal degree and environmental policy and management industry experience.
  • 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 field.
  • Professional presentations related to the environmental policy and management field.
  • Licensing and/or certification by professional organizations.
  • Completion of an education/training program on adult learning or internship with a mentor.

Application Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed for the 2020-2021 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.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  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.

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