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Adjunct Instructor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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SPH - Acad Affairs - 460155

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Position Type:

Visiting / Part-time Faculty

Working Title:

Adjunct Instructor

Appointment Type:

Adjunct Faculty

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Part-Time Temporary

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Position Location:

North Carolina, US

Estimated duration of appointment:

1 year

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

At the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, we know that health care leaders need a variety of skills and knowledge to be prepared for all of the new developments that lie ahead. That is why Academic Affairs is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all of the School’s academic activities. We ensure that public health courses meet the changing needs of local and global communities and high standards of integrity and rigor.

Our success is built upon the stature of our faculty. That is, to be effective, the School needs a cadre of individuals, irrespective of gender, race or ethnicity, who are dedicated to creative and innovative approaches to education. While the School is committed to attracting individuals who can achieve just that, Academic Affairs has been entrusted with facilitating their professional growth.

Inclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all.

Position Summary:

Purpose of Position
The Gillings School of Global Public Health – the top public school of public health in the nation – offers a variety of professional Master of Public Health (MPH) programs under its One Gillings MPH umbrella. The MPH is the cornerstone of education in public health, priming well-prepared graduates for expanded roles in the 21st century. MPH degrees of the future will ground students in a rigorous, integrated, public health core and focus on specialized skill building in a defined area of expertise via concentrations. The MPH will also emphasize experiential learning that provides opportunities for applying and integrating concepts, skills, and interdisciplinary content.
The Gillings One MPH includes quality residential and online programs offered in a variety of concentration areas relevant to today’s public health needs. These offerings are designed to meet the needs of a diverse student body and to fuel the public health workforce. Central to Gillings One MPH is the MPH Core, an interdisciplinary first-year set of core courses driven by latest recommendations from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The MPH Core is the foundation of both residential and online MPH programs.
The Gillings School has expanded its online offerings to add MPH@UNC, delivered with support from digital educational partner 2U . MPH@UNC is a flexible training option for those with professional or personal constraints limiting participation in a residential program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Students learn from UNC lead faculty and section instructors through a unique blend of highly interactive online learning in small-group virtual classroom setting. MPH@UNC students must meet the same selective admissions criteria as the residential programs and upon graduation, earn an identical diploma.
Section instructors for MPH@UNC will be responsible for teaching core or concentration courses.
Section instructors teach live, online, synchronous class sessions once each week for 13 weeks. Classes are typically scheduled for weekday evenings. Key responsibilities of the section instructor include:
* Facilitating weekly live sessions in which the class discusses and applies learning from self-paced modules developed by lead faculty.
* Grading assessments and providing verbal and written feedback to students as appropriate.
* Responding to student questions and issues related to the course.
* Maintaining regular communications with lead faculty and the coordinator for MPH@UNC about students’ experiences, potential barriers, ideas for enhancement, etc.
Section instructors will follow a standardized course syllabus, class plan and use pre-developed instructional materials created by lead faculty for each course. Instructors will effectively engage class members in discussions during live class sessions, bringing their unique background and expertise to the course experience by helping students apply their new knowledge to relevant, real-world problems. Section instructors will provide feedback on and grade student work, while also supporting student learning by establishing and communicating regular office hours and responding to student issues and questions within 48 business hours. Section instructor is responsible for maintaining reliable access to the learning management system (e.g., meeting technical specifications and reliable high-speed internet access).

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

A masters in public health or related field is required. A PhD in public health or a similar field is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* Significant work and/or teaching experience directly related to the course being taught.
* Experience with public health practice or research focused on understanding factors that contribute to public health problems.
* Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively manage group discussions.
* Strong writing skills, with experience providing feedback on written assignments.

Preferred experience:
* Experience/background in multiple public health topics and disciplines
* Experience teaching in higher education and/or online settings

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority in accordance with the Clery Act. This position will be required to report Clery crimes to the Clery Compliance Manager and complete annual training about reporting responsibilities.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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