Adjunct Faculty Coach, Frontline Manager Leadership Program

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

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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

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. Learn more about University College at


Position Summary

We currently seek adjunct faculty coaches with extensive leadership and employee-coaching experience to teach a high-profile, online custom corporate course that prepares frontline workers for first-time management and leadership roles, primarily within fast-casual restaurant, hospitality, healthcare, and retail industries. The course delivers foundational leadership and management skills necessary to succeed in a first management position and incorporates extensive one-on-one learner coaching. 


Within the context of a first-time, front-line management position, key skill areas in the curriculum include:

  • understanding oneself as a leader, including styles of leadership
  • strengthening relationships by understanding others, including diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • professional communication skills (oral, written, listening)
  • delivering and receiving feedback and coaching employees
  • transitioning from a peer to a leader/manager role
  • developing a strong, inclusive team culture
  • building and motivating a high-performance team
  • hiring, onboarding, and individual performance management

*Course enrollment is capped at 18 learners per course section.

Course content is delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities that respond to an array of student learning styles and emphasize content understanding, application, and reflection. Adjunct faculty coaches will leverage educational technologies to further facilitate and enhance learning.

Sample asynchronous learning opportunities include the following:

  • Adjunct faculty coach-produced videos and other video assets
  • Reading materials (book excerpts, business journals, case studies, etc. provided to faculty coaches).
  • Presentation slide decks
  • Adjunct faculty coach-facilitated discussion forums
  • Course assignments
  • Written feedback from peers and adjunct faculty coaches

Sample synchronous learning opportunities include the following:

  • Peer-to-peer activities, including role playing, skills practice, and simulations
  • Individual presentations
  • Experiential learning through application of content in workplace settings
  • Large and small group discussion
  • Individual coaching sessions with faculty coach


University College uses Canvas, a best-in-class learning management system (LMS), to deliver online courses, and adjunct faculty coaches will manage and teach content within a LMS course container according to a syllabus designed specifically for the course. Adjunct faculty coaches will incorporate their experience and real-world examples into their instruction and offer a diversity of management and leadership perspectives for first time leader managers.


The course consists of 12 weeks of formal instruction and one-on-one coaching.  During eight weeks after completion of the course, adjunct faculty coaches will deliver up to three, one-hour, one-on-one coaching sessions for each learner.


Formal education backgrounds among learners in the course will vary, with most possessing little, if any, college experience/credit. In addition to delivering content and coaching, adjunct faculty coaches will provide academic support for learners, including tutoring when needed, and instruction and coaching around college-readiness skills, including written communication, self-management, collaboration, and problem-solving.


Adjunct faculty coaches are hired to teach on a course-by-course basis depending on enrollment needs.  Given expected enrollment volume, there may be opportunities to teach multiple course sections over time.


Applicants must be skilled in facilitating a job-focused, exceptional learning experience for adult learners who do not have prior college experience and must exemplify the values of University College: honor the individual, champion learning, transform lives, work together, and pursue excellence. 


Further, applicants commit in joining the University of Denver and University College to build an educational community that embodies inclusivity and diversity. We embrace a commitment to inclusive excellence by fostering a welcoming environment for our diverse students, staff, and instructors to learn and grow. We embed the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in all our programs. To learn more about DEI at the University of Denver, please visit  


Essential Functions and Teaching Approach

Adjunct faculty coaches in the custom corporate program are subject matter experts in leadership and management and possess significant experience leading teams and coaching employees, including first-time leader managers.  Within the context of first-time leader manager roles, they skillfully integrate professionally relevant, diverse examples into their teaching and discussions, adhere to the Program’s Teaching Expectations, and meet the following expectations:


Deliver an exceptional student learning experience

  • Deliver a best-in-class student learning experience by instructing, guiding, and coaching each learner according to their individual strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Uphold standards and model behavioral attributes of high-performing leaders and managers: professionalism, integrity, promptness, care and understanding, reflection, and emotional intelligence.
  • Be proficient and creative with educational technology tools utilized in the course.


Ensure student understanding and application of leadership and management concepts and skills

  • Ensure student understanding of concepts and skills and how to effectively apply them in leadership and management practice.
  • Foster and model critical thinking and reflection through a variety of instructional techniques (discussion, videos, presentations, feedback, coaching).

Deliver relevant, insightful, and respectful one-on-one learner coaching

  • Discern learner backgrounds, career goals, strengths, and areas of improvement to provide personalized job coaching.
  • Guide one-on-one coaching sessions to reinforce understanding and application of course concepts and skills.

Deliver learning support interventions, including tutoring and academic support

  • Provide learners with additional instructional support to ensure content understanding and application.


Deliver instruction and coaching that balances academic/professional achievement with learner capabilities

  • Maximize individual learning by mindfully and adroitly aligning learner capabilities with course expectations and professional goals.


Maintain consistent presence in the course

  • Engage with learners in meaningful ways (posting announcements/presentations, discussion board posts, etc.) on a near daily basis (minimum of once every two days).
  • Thoroughly and robustly engage and facilitate asynchronous discussion boards, posting substantive comments at least four days per week.


Approach overall course management in a prompt, pro-active, and professional manner, including responses to learner communication.

  • Immediately raise student learning and/or course concerns to appropriate University College staff.
  • Respond to learner communication (email, phone) within 24 hours.


Leverage University College-supported educational technology tools

  • Utilize the following technology:
    • Zoom videoconferencing
    • PowerPoint presentation software
    • Kaltura for audio recording, screen capture, and videos
    • Turnitin plagiarism software
    • H5P for interactive learning tools


Provide substantive, specific, relevant, and timely feedback on course deliverables

  • Provide substantive feedback that fosters growth, improvement, and learning within seven days of submission. Post grades to Canvas within seven days of submission.
  • Utilize grading rubrics for all assignments.


Ensure an engaged and inclusive learning environment

  • Foster an environment in which all learners feel comfortable sharing their ideas, thoughts, and questions.
  • Facilitate active discussions that honor and embrace a diversity of perspectives.
  • Employ instructional examples that reflect inclusive and diverse perspectives.
  • Model and ensure learners engage in professional and appropriate communication.

Model and uphold academic standards

  • Model and teach standard academic protocols for academic integrity.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of principles and best practices related to leadership and management in the context of first-time leader managers.
  • Exemplary oral and written communication skills
  • Outstanding ability at teaching information to others
  • Superior degree of professionalism and emotional intelligence
  • Highly effective at coaching individuals and teams
  • Proficient at integrating and discussing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion across all course content
  • Outstanding organizational orientation and skills
  • Pro-active, time-sensitive orientation
  • Strong servant leadership orientation
  • Ability to work independently and with a minimum of supervision
  • Deeply committed to delivering an exceptional student experience  
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education and adult learners
  • Ability to adapt priorities and focus.


Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or a bachelor’s degree with extensive leadership, management, and coaching experience.
  • Experience teaching, coaching, and/or training adults.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Leadership and management experience in fast-casual restaurant, hospitality, healthcare, and/or retail industries
  • Experience teaching adult undergraduate students



Compensation is $7,000 per course section.

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.


Application Deadline

Several openings exist, and applications are currently being accepted and reviewed for upcoming courses. Preference will be given to early applications.


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


Please include the following documents with your application:

    1. Resume
    2. Names and contact information for three references who can comment on your skills and abilities required for this teaching assignment.
    3. Address the following five questions (responses to the set of questions should not exceed 1,000 words, roughly 200 words per question).
      • Why do you wish to serve as an adjunct faculty coach for this course?
      • How and in what ways would you deliver an exceptional student learning experience?
      • Share your experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in a management and/or teaching role and how DEI will inform your teaching and coaching practice in this course.
      • Share your philosophy of employee coaching and how it will inform your coaching of new and aspiring first time, frontline managers (many of whom have no college credit) in this course.
      • Identify the learning management systems, instructional multimedia and/or technology tools, including specific platforms, that you have used, and your level of experience.


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


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

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