Animals and Human Health Adjunct Instructor, Institute for Human-Animal Connection

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

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection (IHAC) is a specialized center within the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at University of Denver, which intentionally elevates the value of the living world and the interrelationship and health of people, other animals, and the environment. This is accomplished through natural and social science-informed education, applied knowledge, research and advocacy, with an ethical regard for all species. Focusing on three core areas of: Therapeutic Human-Animal Interactions, Animals in Communities and Conservation Social Work, IHAC operationalizes our mission through innovation in education and research.

IHAC has effectively trained practitioners in ethical, evidence-based human-animal interactions since 2006. Our signature suite of professional development programs (IHACPro) provides comprehensive education, training, and expert feedback for students to integrate animals and other nature-based modalities into their practice. First of their kind in the world, these university-based programs operate at the highest standards of competency and best practice. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for these courses are granted on official University of Denver transcripts. IHACPro is managed in direct accordance with the mission and values of the Institute and offers top-notch education and instruction for students from around the world. Learn more about IHACPro here:

Position Summary

IHAC is currently seeking Adjunct Instructors to teach in our Animals and Human Health (AHH) continuing education certificate. This flagship certificate program of IHAC began in 2006 and has trained over 600 students to date. The AHH course progression includes three online classes and one Capstone session. The four courses available for adjunct instructors to teach are: Animals and Human Health Core, Applications of Animal-Assisted Interventions, Animal Partners in Animal-Assisted Interventions, and the AHH Capstone. Adjunct instructors in the AHH certificate program teaching pool can expect to teach between 1-3 courses per year, on a per-contract basis. In addition, adjunct instructors in this program are invited to attend bi-monthly IHACPro instructor meetings via Zoom, professional development trainings hosted by the University of Denver and other events hosted by IHAC, and have access to the DU library and resources. These positions are directly supervised and managed by the IHACPro Program Manager, with the oversight of IHAC directors.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare assigned course offerings on the Canvas learning management system platform, with completion two weeks prior to the course start date. Update syllabus, due dates, and other materials as needed.
  • Grade and provide written feedback for students on all course assignments.
  • Record and post weekly videos that provide content and reflection for students.
  • Host at least one, live Zoom session for student networking and support, per course.
  • Communicate and resolve student issues in collaboration with the IHACPro Program Manager and other staff/faculty, in a prompt manner. This may necessitate email, phone, or Zoom communication.
  • Submit final grades to the IHACPro Program Manager, within 2 weeks of each course end date.
  • Participate as an effective team member by contributing ideas, encouraging others, supporting and implementing team decisions, and making recommendations for new, relevant readings, videos and/or research studies for course material inclusion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Commitment to building inclusive learning experiences for students from a variety of professions, cultures, languages, and environments.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort delivering content and facilitating meetings via Zoom, and videorecording presentations/lectures for students.
  • Experience, comfort and skill with technological systems such as the Microsoft Office suite and digital conferencing systems (such as Zoom).
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to represent IHAC by maintaining positive and respectful working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including DU and IHAC faculty and staff, students, field colleagues and other affiliates.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science, education, healthcare, animal studies or other related field.
  • 2+ years of experience teaching, with a preference for online education programming for adult learners. This can include facilitating trainings, supervision, mentorship, or other forms of non-classroom based teaching experience.
  • 4+ years of relevant professional experience in the field of Human-Animal-Environment Interactions and/or Animal-Assisted Interventions. Two of these years can be substituted for education that directly aligns with the field of Human-Animal-Environment Interactions (e.g. Animal-Assisted Social Work certificate, Anthrozoology degree, Veterinary Social Work degree).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree in social science, education, healthcare, animal studies or other related field.
  • 3+ years of experience teaching, with a preference for online education programming for adult learners.
  • Experience with virtual learning management systems, such as Canvas.
  • Advanced knowledge of teaching pedagogy and course design for adult learners in virtual formats.
  • Demonstrated skills in creating inclusive learning experiences for students of various backgrounds.
  • Current and ongoing professional experience in the field of Human-Animal-Environment Interactions and/or Animal-Assisted Interventions.

Course Rate

8 week courses = $3,000 (senior instructor rate* $3,300)
6 week courses =  $2,300 (senior instructor rate* $2,600)
Capstone: 4 weeks plus 2 days live =  $1,500

*Eligibility for senior instructor rate after teaching 10 courses.

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, available market information, and course enrollment, 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.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover letter

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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