Adjunct Faculty-Off-Campus Advisor

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Adjunct Faculty-Off-Campus Advisor



Worcester Polytechnic Institute - WPI

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Global School is seeking adjunct faculty to advise project teams as part of WPI's signature Global Projects Program. Successful candidates will receive a 2 month, destination specific appointment completed full-time onsite at a project center. Project center destinations include international and domestic locations around the world. This onsite position also requires part-time advising in the 2 months prior to departure (completed on-campus or remotely) as well as mandatory participation in advisor trainings.

These faculty positions are created to provide an available applicant pool for the program. Positions will be filled on an as needed basis. Start dates will vary by project center.

Qualified applicants will be contacted by the program. Your application will remain in the pool until the posting closes. If you wish to be considered for positions beyond that date, then you must reapply.


Advisors work with students completing the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) at WPI's project center destinations around the world. The IQP is one of the most distinctive elements of the WPI Plan and WPI's signature project-based curriculum. Unlike an academic course, this nine-credit-hour requirement involves students working in teams, with students not in their major, to tackle an issue that relates science, engineering, and technology to society.

Advisors guide students through their project experience while also providing student support onsite. Advisors are asked to lead onsite orientations, respond to emergencies, and assist project teams to resolve issues of group dynamics, sponsor relationships, or other issues that arise. These highly demanding positions require a significant amount of flexibility, self-initiative, and the ability to excel under challenging conditions while efficiently accomplishing tasks in a fast-paced environment.

An ideal applicant will hold an advanced degree in a related discipline with relevant practical, in addition to successful undergraduate or graduate teaching experience. Experience living or working abroad is also highly desired.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references. The cover letter should feature the candidate's relevant teaching experience, area(s) of scholarly interest, and commitments to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

United States of America (Exempt)

WPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or disability. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of creativity and collaboration, inclusion, problem solving and change making.

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About WPI
WPI is a vibrant, active, and diverse community of extraordinary students, world-renowned faculty, and state of the art research facilities. At WPI, we have competitive and comprehensive benefits, including health insurance, long-term care, retirement, tuition assistance, flexible spending accounts, work-life balance and much more.

Diversity & Inclusion at WPI
WPI is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected; a place where every student, faculty and staff member can be themselves, so that they can study, live, and work comfortably, to reach their full potential, and make meaningful contributions in order to meet departmental and institutional goals. WPI thrives on innovative practice and welcomes diverse perspectives, insight, and people from diverse lived experiences, to enhance the community environment and propel the institution to the next level in a competitive, global marketplace.

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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 11/13/2032
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