Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

Colorado, Denver, USA
Mar 21, 2017
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Four-Year Institution

The Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) has been developing the leadership skills of some of the University of Denver's most talented undergraduate students since 1995. PLP is a unique academic minor and Living and Learning Community at the University of Denver that emphasizes leadership ignited by community, curiosity, courage, and action. The Pioneer Leadership Program is committed to inclusive excellence. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

Position Summary

This position will consult with the program faculty in the development and implementation of the PLP curriculum and co-curricular program, teach up to 24 credit hours of leadership classes annually in the program, spend significant time interacting with and advising PLP students, assist in recruitment and selection of PLP students and assist in community connections to support a civically engaged leadership studies program. This position is a nine month teaching position in the undergraduate Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP), an academic and living/learning community leading to an inter-disciplinary minor in Leadership Studies. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Essential Functions


  • Teach up to 24 quarter hours of leadership content per year.
  • Collaborate on development of leadership course syllabi, student assessment requirements, and all course related initiatives.
  • Advise PLP students regarding the Leadership Studies minor including elective credits, internships, and independent studies.

Co-curricular programming and support

  • Assist with academic and co-curricular program assessment, development and implementation, including PLP retreats, special events, and community initiatives.
  • Assist in promotion, recruitment, and selection of PLP students.

Scholarship and creative activity

  • Pursue individual research interests that support the university's mission.

Required Qualifications

  • Earned Master's Degree in relevant area of study combined with relevant community/ government/business experience. 
  • Two or more years teaching experience in leadership or closely related subject at the undergraduate level. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to working, and ability to work effectively, with diverse groups of students through teaching, mentoring, and/or administration. 
  • Appreciation for the development of leadership in undergraduate students from a co-curricular perspective. 
  • Team player with strong communication skills, both written and oral.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Earned PhD in relevant area of study combined with relevant community/ government/business experience.
  • Experience in curriculum development.
  • Experience in leadership and civic engagement.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and programming to enhance student development.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Paul Kosempel at

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 and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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

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