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Instructional Designer (Adjunct)

Indiana Wesleyan University

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Job no: 492384
Work type: Temporary
Location: Remote
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Other

Job Title: Instructional Designer Adjunct Faculty

Reporting Relationship: Director of Learning Innovation or Designee – Learning Experience Design Team

Unit: National & Global

Department: Innovation & Partnerships - Learning Experience Design

Campus Location: Online/Remote

Summary of Position: The Learning Experience Design (LXD) team at Indiana Wesleyan University is seeking individuals to serve as adjunct instructional designers on curriculum development projects for National & Global programs, as well as future external service initiatives. Do you have experience applying learning science in the development of online learning spaces? Are you able to work with diverse groups of people to complete projects collaboratively? Do you enjoy finding learning solutions using educational technology? Can you keep track of large projects and help team members stay motivated? Do you have high expectations and believe in a growth mindset? If so, then consider joining the LXD team as an Adjunct Instructional Designer (ID) for specific development projects using established processes and tools. Standard course development projects require 40-50 hours of work over four (4) to six (6) months. Virtual interactions are expected.

The curriculum development process in IWU-N&G’s model of education is designed to be a collaborative relationship between the teaching faculty, academic leaders, and the learning experience design team, who share in the responsibility for meeting quality standards and expectations for effectiveness. The process uses consensus decision-making among the writing team, which includes the Instructional Designer (ID), the Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Course Reviewer (CR). This team is part of a larger development team that includes the Academic Leader (AL), Project Managers (PM), Learning Design Technologists (LDT), librarians, content designers, media developers, and others.

This position is a key member of the course writing team for a single or package of courses. The ID serves as part of the Learning Experience Design (LXD) team to bring teaching strategies and techniques and mitigate anticipated learning challenges for the learner as curriculum is developed. The ID is also responsible for guiding team members through the process and connecting them to course development resources. The ID shares in the responsibility for delivering a quality project on time.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Launches and maintains the Project Plan once established and assigned by Project Manager (PM)
  • Works directly with Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Course Reviewer (CR) to ensure timely and effective delivery of the course
  • Provides training to course writing team on project technology and course design, as needed
  • Initiates Kick-Off Meeting (KOM) and ensures all required information is gathered
  • Coordinates development of Detailed Course Outline (DCO), rubrics, and additional courseware
  • Provides guidance on the adoption of strategies for an effective learning experience design
  • Reviews all content with a focus on alignment to the standards in the Quality Course Rubric (QCR). Provides feedback and guidance as needed to ensure alignment
  • For course revisions, ensures course development responds to data informed action plan items identified by Academic Leader (AL)
  • Provides recommendations for Open Education Resources (OER) and coordinates with Off Campus Library Services (OCLS), as needed Designs and develops digital learning objects (i.e. infographics, animations, slideshows, flash cards, screencasts, etc.), as needed
  • Advises on inclusion and diversity, copyright, and accessibility matters
  • Performs Quality Assurance (QA) checks and evaluations using QCR
  • Attends weekly project status check meetings with LXD team members and school project managers.

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Required: A bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Preferred: A master’s degree in instructional design, education, or a related field


  • Two to five (2-5) years of instructional design or course development experience is preferred.
  • Teaching and/or training online is preferred.
  • Management of collaborative projects is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues who represent a diversity of work and conflict resolution styles

Required Skills

  • Application of learning and instructional strategies in the design of learning experiences
  • Application of educational technology – Word Processing, Creative Digital Media, Learning Management Systems (Brightspace preferred), and Instructional Software
  • Problem solving
  • Using data to inform decisions
  • Effective and tactful communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Copy editing – English, Academic Writing, APA style, Storytelling/Creative Writing


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.

Advertised: 23 Aug 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 25 Oct 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church, which has its world headquarters in Indianapolis. The University was founded in 1920 and is committed to liberal arts and professional education.

With a current enrollment exceeding 15,000, IWU is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "one of the best Master's universities in the Midwest." IWU is the largest institution in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the largest private university in the state of Indiana.indiana_wesleyan_university1.jpg

IWU is organized into five principal academic units:

  • The College of Arts and Sciences: Founded on a traditional, residential educational model enriched by innovative instructional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences serves more than 2,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students in over 80 liberal arts, pre-professional and professional major fields.
  • The College of Adult and Professional Studies: Providing educational opportunities for working adults through instruction at locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio and across the globe through online instruction, the College of Adult and Professional Studies serves more than 6,000 undergraduate and almost 4,000 graduate students, primarily in the fields of business and education.
  • The Graduate School: The Graduate School establishes faculty and curricular standards for graduate education at IWU, facilitates the professional development of over 4,700 graduate students and leads strategic planning for the development of additional graduate programs.
  • The School of Nursing: With more than 1,800 undergraduate students in pre-licensure and post-licensure educational programs and over 380 graduate students, the IWU School of Nursing is accomplishing our world-changing mission in the field of health care, carrying the model of whole-person care into hospitals and health care settings around the world.
  • Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University: With more than 150 students in the Master of Divinity program and over 90 Master of Arts in Ministry students, the first seminary of The Wesleyan Church is impacting congregations throughout the country. The Master of Divinity program provides on-the-job ministry training in an innovative format both onsite and online. Wesley Seminary has also recently launched an accredited Spanish Master of Divinity program, with most of the coursework completed online.

The University offers educational programs in three student-focused formats: On the traditional residential campus in Marion; at regional education centers; and through IWUOnline, the University's innovative internet-based delivery system, which currently serves more than 7,000 degree-seeking students.

The University's visually striking 365-acre campus in Marion is located near Interstate 69, about an hour from both Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Adult education classes are taught at other Indiana education centers in Columbus, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis (north and west), Kokomo, Merrillville, Shelbyville and Greenwood. The University also five education centers in Ohio (Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus and Cleveland East and West) and three centers in Kentucky (Louisville, Lexington and Florence.)

During the past two decades, new construction and renovation have transformed IWU's Marion campus into a debt-free, ultra-modern, student-focused facility. IWU also offers adult and professional studies programs and conference services at 18 regional sites in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Each leading-edge education center, designed to meet the needs of busy adults, is equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, computers, electronic library access, study rooms and break areas.

Several buildings on the Marion campus represent the University's commitment to holistic student formation. Those facilities include:

  • Jackson Library, the academic heart of the University, houses more than 110,000 bound volumes, 200,000 micro formats and 650 journal subscriptions. The library's impressive two-story rotunda houses the "Society of World Changers" where busts of honorees are displayed.
  • Williams Prayer Chapel, the spiritual soul of the University, provides a peaceful, aesthetically appealing sanctuary for personal prayer.
  • A multi-purpose Recreation and Wellness Center, the physical core of the University, features multiple gymnasiums, weight rooms, a swimming pool climbing wall and other personal and corporate conditioning amenities.
  • The Barnes Student Center, the largest building on campus, is the social hub of the University. The center offers a full range of student life services including a cinema, coffee house, health center, student-operated businesses and various dining options.
  • The Phillippe Performing Arts Center, the cultural center of the University, seats 1,200 people for concerts, recitals and theatrical performances. This acoustically engineered building was awarded the Gold Citation for exceptional architectural design.
  • A 3,800-seat Chapel Auditorium opened in January 2010. Student chapel services, concerts and convocations area held in the facility, which also serves as a large gathering space for both the University and the community.


The University's mission is to change the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership. IWU employs a well-credentialed faculty that annually receives national and international recognition for teaching, research and creative performance. Many hold national leadership positions in their respective fields.

IWU's Center for Life Calling and Leadership has earned a national reputation for excellence rooted in groundbreaking research and innovative application. The Center provides counseling, testing and mentoring at key transition points during the college experience to help students identify their unique sense of calling, purpose and career fit.

The College of Adult and Professional Studies is one of the nation's premier Christian adult higher education organizations, having been at the forefront of innovation in adult higher education for over two decades. The College of Adult and Professional Studies is home to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Center for Research in Adult Learning.

IWU was one of 12 independent colleges chosen nationally to receive the Foundation of Excellence Award from the Policy Center on the First Year of College. As a result, IWU is helping develop programs and best practices that many institutions across the country will view as the standard for outstanding first-year programming.

The academic quality of IWU students is commendable. The grade-point average of the incoming freshman class in the College of Arts and Sciences is 3.55, first to second year retention stands at 75 percent, and the six-year graduation rate is 69 percent. All of these numbers are above average relative to peer institutions. Additionally, the John Wesley Honors College helps attract and retain academically gifted students.

IWU faculty members have received awards from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Student Advocate.

IWU has 17 intercollegiate sports teams and participates in the Mid-Central Conference (MCC), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Recent teams have won national championships in men's golf, women's tennis, women's basketball and women's indoor track.

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