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Pool – Lecturer and/or Online Lecturer and/or Online Course Developer

Employer
The University of Kansas
Location
Lawrence, KS
Closing date
Jul 26, 2021
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Position OverviewThe Department of Sociology invites qualified scholars and professionals to apply for part- to full-time temporary and/or regular lecturer and/or online lecturer positions for the development and/or instruction of online courses. Lecturers are non-tenure-track members of the faculty. Positions vary and are dependent upon the need, if any, each semester, for the development and/or instruction of course(s). The primary role is instruction with no obligations to perform research or service. The appointment dates will vary based on the type of lecturer appointment and the timeframe for the preparation and instruction of the online course(s).

Application materials will be reviewed by the faculty and placed in a pool for consideration for developing and/or teaching undergraduate or graduate courses in Sociology consistent with departmental instructional needs.

The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

Job DescriptionRegular Lecturer Duties

100% - Regular Lecturer Duties:
Teach a specified number of either undergraduate or graduate courses per semester.

• Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, must make arrangements for an appropriate substitute. Classes should not be cancelled.
• Provide instruction throughout the semester, develop appropriate material for class sessions, grade assignments in a timely manner, provide students with regular and precise information about their progress in the course, and give students clear information about how to improve their performance in the course.
• Hold regular office hours for students in the classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. These office hours should be divided over at least two and preferably three different days. Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
• Keep an orderly grade book (using the department software) and clear records of all evaluations of student work in the course. All these materials should be turned in to the department at the close of the semester.
• Maintain standards of excellence in teaching and in the evaluation of student performance.
• Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.


Online Lecturer or Course Developer Duties

100% - Online Lecturer Duties:
Teach a specified number of either undergraduate or graduate courses per semester.

• Prepare for and attend all online “class meetings” if applicable and part of delivery of course.
• Provide timely feedback and instructor/student interaction in asynchronous online course format with occasions for online office hours and/or Q&A sessions. Regular weekly interaction is expected in online courses.
• Provide instruction for course(s). Classes are generally in an 8-week or mini-semester format. Class meetings will generally be asynchronous, but instructional expectations match those of the face-to-face experience.
• Administer assignments, tests, evaluate student work, provide timely feedback to students, and assign grades.
• Be available for students involved in classes taught. “Office hours” may include a set time where students can contact the instructor, but must also include expectations for timely responses to student inquiries outside of a set contact time.
• Adhere to departmental, college and university policies.


100% - Online Course Developer Duties:
Build an online course for the unit and/or the College Online Programs.

• Design the course in accordance with departmental guidance and KU standards, which include working with instructional design staff in the Center for Online and Distance Learning.
• Work in a collaborative environment, utilizing the expertise of the other major instructors in the program, unit, or center.
• Complete the course design process within a specific deadline to ensure the course is fully designed and quality reviewed prior to the date the course is to be offered, as determined by the academic department.

Required QualificationsEvaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in C.V., and (3) information provided from professional references.

Required qualifications for Regular and/or Online Lecturer Duties:
  • Master's or Ph.D. in Sociology or related field. If teaching a graduate level course (500 or higher), the applicant will need a Ph.D. in Sociology or related field.
  • At least one semester of experience teaching (classroom or online)at the university level.
  • At least one semester of experience teaching in sociology (classroom or online) or related field.

  • Required qualifications for Online Course Developer Duties:
  • Master’s degree in Sociology or related field
  • Expertise on the topic being taught from educational or employment experience.
  • At least one semester teaching experience (classroom or online) at the university level.
  • At least one semester of experience teaching in sociology or related field.

  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Sociology or related field.
  • Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application will include:

  • A letter of application indicating what position you are applying for in the Cover Letter.
  • A vitae detailing specific subject areas the applicant is qualified to teach and/or develop.
  • The names and contact information (including email) for three professional references.
  • Review of applications is ongoing and hires will be made as positions become available throughout the academic year.

    Deadline/ Review Date: Ongoing
    Estimated Start Date: Ongoing

    Contact Information to ApplicantsDepartment of Sociology
    785-864-4111
    [email protected] Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with qualifications and experience Application Review Begins19-Jul-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2021

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    Working at the University of Kansas 

    Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

    The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

    The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

    KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

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    The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

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    KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

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    The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

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    The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

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    KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

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    The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

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    KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

    Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

    Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

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    Making KU Your Home 

    Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

    At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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