This is a general posting that will serve to create a pool of applicants for adjunct faculty openings throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. Should we have an opening and be interested in pursuing your application, we will contact you with specific information.
Become an adjunct faculty member at a top 100 university and play a pivotal role in shaping the emerging practitioners in your field!
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.
More information on programs and courses can be found at:
Arts and Culture Management
Bachelor of Arts Completion Program
Environmental Policy and Management
Geographic Information Systems
Global Community Engagement
Instructional Design and Technology
Information and Communications Technology
Professional Creative Writing
Strategic Human Resources
Supply Chain Management
Transportation Management – Transportation and Supply Chain Institute
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.
- 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.
- Must reside in the U.S
- Master’s degree in a field of program you are applying to teach or a master’s degree and industry experience.
- Successful teaching/facilitation experience with adults or completion of an education/training program on adult learning.
- Work or academic experience congruent with the content of a course or courses offered within our environmental policy and management program.
- Terminal degree in related field or a terminal degree and industry experience.
- Recognition of professional accomplishment in an area of expertise related to course or courses offered within the program you are applying to teach.
- Publication or professional presentations in the program related field.
- 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.
While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).
Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis to grow our pool of instructors.
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
Stipend is determined by enrollment. Here are the rates for a typical course:
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.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover Letter outlining your interest in teaching at University College and qualifications
- CV or Resume
- Names and contact information for three references
- Unofficial or official transcripts of your highest degree
- Diversity statement: Please provide a personal statement about your experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in a management and/or teaching
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 non‑discrimination‑statement.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.