Career Development Adjunct Instructor
Who we are:
We are a team of dedicated educators who have been working together to build an amazing new Instructional Model that supports first-generation students with a focus on the holistic student. This undergraduate experience is in its third year serving students at National Louis University. We have grown consistently each year and next year we will serve over a thousand students, with an anticipated 600 new Freshmen next year! Students can now complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts in our Undergraduate College (UGC) model. We work fearlessly to educate and retain our students. As a result, we have exceeded national benchmarks through our approach to appreciative advising and data-driven, personalized instruction. Our educational model is student-focused, expects excellence, provides personalized support in a data-driven environment, while grounded by pillars of continuous improvement and innovation to structure our work.
Who you are:
You are: Driven to Succeed.
You are energetic and passionate about a diverse student body that includes many first-generation students. To be successful teaching in this program, you must be committed to excellence in teaching and learning in Higher Education. The position requires you to be agile, creative and engaging while offering a new curriculum and an unparalleled experience to undergraduate students. Enthusiastic candidates have the belief that all students can be successful students. As an active team member you believe in a supportive environment and a student-driven culture.
You will: Offer Best-in-Class Teaching and Learning.You believe that your work has demonstrated your respect for education and the power that it holds. Each term, you will facilitate blended classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. You will work with a dedicated team of Coaches and Instructors, Content Experts and Data Analysts to determine how to personalize the learning experience for your students. In addition to teaching content, you will also encourage growth mindset, increase non-cognitive skill development and nurture academic confidence.
You are ready to: Make an Impact.
Each and every day, our Undergraduate College changes lives. You want to be a part of that meaningful innovation. You are someone that will always look for creative ways for students to earn success. We know this work is challenging, but we are in it together.
·Student-Focused: Make decisions based on what is best for students with the belief that when all students have access to resources and support, they are empowered to achieve success.
·Expect Excellence: Hold high expectations for our students and for the adults to serve them and hold ourselves accountable for achieving excellence.
·Personalized Support: Take a holistic approach to providing individualized support that encourages students to realize their full potential in college and beyond.
·Data-Driven, Collaborative Environment: Work together as a unified team, utilizing real-time data and technology to adapt to student needs.
·Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Remain agile and open to changes and new ideas-incorporating data as well as student, faculty and administration voice-to ensure that we are continuously learning, improving, and innovating in all aspects of the student experience.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND/OR RESPONSIBILITIES
• Demonstrate excellence in teaching:
o Collaborate with faculty team to develop an effective student experience for students.
o Facilitate courses by delivering engaging instruction in a blended, flipped classroom environment.
o Empower students to develop competency by sharing a passion for the subject and skills being taught.
o Utilize technology-based teaching platforms, including but not limited to an adaptive courseware engine to aid students in the development of competencies.
o Communicate professionally and relate well.
• Demonstrate, maintain, and continuously strengthen content expertise:
o Maintain current and active content knowledge in the expertise area that is reflected in instruction.
o Possess appropriate expertise as demonstrated by appropriate credentials.
o Maintain current knowledge of field.
• Promote student success with a proactive, high expectations, high support approach:
o Demonstrate and share a passion for postsecondary success for diverse learners and for teaching.
o Demonstrate flexibility in delivery and work schedule to provide personalized student support (includes but is not limited to office hours).
• Engage in data-driven instruction and student support planning:
o Track student course data weekly in multiple university data systems as needed.
o Engage in regular data-driven planning meetings with faculty, coaches and support specialists to report student progress and obstacles and to plan student support interventions.
o Engage in regular content area team meetings with peer faculty to review curriculum plans, determine implications of student data, and plan curriculum revisions.
·Passionate about working with a highly diverse student body.
·Excellent facilitation and classroom management skills.
·Agile and creative in pedagogy and student support.
·Ability to differentiate instruction and support based on student needs.
·Ability to consistently connect instruction to its real world relevance, tying in concepts and theories in the classroom to students’ current and future work experiences and highlighting immediate applicability.
·Willing to pursue and support students in multiple modalities.
·Willing and able to use data to inform instruction.
·Effective adult collaboration skills, able to work in teams to support student success.
·Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience and/or Education
• Masters Degree in a general education, business, or leadership field and 3-5 years of leadership experience in a professional setting.
• Experience with digital tools for teaching, teaching in either online or blended/hybrid formats is required
• Teaching to students of diverse backgrounds and abilities strongly preferred.