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Adjunct Faculty, Communication Management, User Experience Strategy

University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, USA
Closing date
Jul 20, 2021

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Position Summary
We are currently seeking adjunct faculty with extensive industry experience in user experience design and working on cross-functional UX teams who can facilitate the learning experience of adult learners in career-focused programs.

We are looking for individuals who can serve as adjunct faculty in the Communication Management program specifically within the User Experience Strategy masters degree concentration. Please visit for a complete list of courses.

Essential Functions

  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Extensive knowledge of user experience design, service design, and/or UX team management.
  • Ability to select the most relevant instructional multimedia and/or tech tools, and write effective copy, texts, audio and video scripts.
  • Knowledge of and experience with higher education in general and adult learners in particular.
  • Proven excellent project management skills
  • Information analysis and management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups.
  • Strong desire to learn.
  • Ability to adapt priorities and focus.
  • Commitment to showcasing a diverse range of perspectives, experts, authors, and resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in design, art, computer science or related field or a masters degree user experience 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in a human-centered design related field or a terminal degree and user experience industry experience.
  • Recognition of professional accomplishment in an area of expertise related to course or courses offered within our user experience strategy program.
  • Publication in the human-centered design field.
  • Professional presentations related to the human-centered design 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.

Application Deadline
Applications are currently being accepted and reviewed for the 2021-2022 academic year. Preference will be given to early applications.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Course Rate
Stipend is determined by enrollment.
1 student = $600
2 students = $1,200
3 students = $2,400
4-8 students = $2,650
9-14 students = $3,750
15-23 students = $4,150

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