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Course Developer and Adjunct Faculty for Functional Nutrition Laboratory Testing

Saybrook University

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Saybrook University Adjunct Faculty Job Description

Under the direction of the Department Chair, the Adjunct Faculty member will engage students through discussion and assignments as outlined in the course syllabi, provide students with substantive feedback, and respond to student questions and concerns in a timely manner. The Adjunct Faculty member will also maintain communication with Department Administration, Faculty, and Students.

Course description: Advances in nutritional laboratory science and genetics continue to generate new methods to evaluate nutritional status. In this course, students learn how to apply functional nutrition testing to evaluate and assess core imbalances in the digestive system, immune system, blood glucose regulation and mitochondrial function, hormonal status, stress response, and mood modulation.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop master syllabus and Canvas course shell for a new course: Functional Nutrition Laboratory Testing. Syllabus/curriculum must be aligned with University and Program learning outcomes.
  • Responsive and timely communication with Department Chair
  • New Student Orientation and Residential/Educational Conferences (upon request of Program Director)

o Support on-boarding of new students

o Present courses, workshops and/or course introductions

o Attend meetings (Faculty, Program, College, and University) and Faculty trainings, which could include Canvas, IRB, student record system, etc.

  • Mentoring Students

o Actively support the socialization of Students into the program and profession

o Support student course progress and retention

  • Instruction, Course Development and Syllabus Review/Updating

o Deliver high quality innovative campus and/or on-line courses that foster critical thinking

o Ensure rigorous academic standards and quality aligned with program goals

o Coordinate course offerings and catalog documentation

o Design dynamic courses utilizing the latest developments and trends in classroom instruction and digital technology

  • Governance

o Actively participate in degree and departmental meetings when appropriate

o Participate in the accreditation process

o Maintain effective professional and community involvement and/or affiliations as an ambassador for the University

Faculty Engagement Expectations

All Faculty members at Saybrook University are expected to be available and responsive to students. Adjunct Faculty engagement expectations include:

  • Adjunct Faculty will contact Students enrolled in their course within the first week of the new semester and prior to residential and educational conferences.
  • At a minimum, Adjunct Faculty are expected to interact with students in their online course at least three (3) times per week. Note: Substantive Faculty interactions with students may/often include (but not be limited to) methods such as email, phone, video teleconference, Residential Conference meetings.
  • Saybrook Adjunct Faculty are expected to respond to students by using their Saybrook email address (, Canvas inbox, or by phone within two (2) business days no matter where they are located.
  • In addition to scheduled student appointments, Adjunct Faculty are expected to post and provide two (2) hours of drop-in office hours via GTM a month. These time blocks should be no less than thirty (30) minutes each. Office hours can be offered during normal business hours.
  • Following through on Student inquiries and requests as it relates to academic progress.
  • Utilize University offered resources to maintain technology skills specific and appropriate to each program and process.
  • Adjunct Faculty will contact Students enrolled in their course within the first week of the new semester and prior to residential and educational conferences.
  • For individually mentored courses, Adjunct Faculty will schedule with each Student regular online and off-line communication.
  • For other course designs, Adjunct Faculty will demonstrate how they are engaging Students in a consistent and meaningful way across the semester or term.
  • Adjunct Faculty will return Student papers with feedback for assignments submitted through Canvas within the following guidelines (applicable to candidacy essays, MA theses/projects, and dissertations):

o 1 week for work less than 5 pages in length

o 2 weeks for work up to 25 pages in length

o 3 weeks for work 26-50 pages in length

o 4 weeks for work over 50 pages in length

  • Course papers must be graded according to the course evaluation deadline in the academic calendar.

Position Requirements

  • Doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning
  • Demonstrated scholarship and/or accomplishments in the field.
  • Relevant supervision and teaching experience at the doctoral level
  • Commitment to multicultural and humanistic principles.
  • Knowledge of higher education best practices.
  • Experience with ethnically diverse and/or other special populations.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Collegial attitude and willingness to work within a matrix organization.
  • Clear communication skills.
  • License or certification in appropriate discipline, as appropriate (i.e., clinical psychology, counseling, coaching, etc.).
  • Engage in ongoing technology education and adoption of new systems and processes.
  • Knowledgeable of at least one of the courses offered in Saybrook’s IFN Department (see course catalog)

Position Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to the goals and vision of Saybrook University.
  • Committed to excellence in teaching, practice, and research (experience with on-line instruction is desirable).
  • Capable of offering on-line instruction regarding topics and skills within his/her areas of expertise.
  • Create a sense of unity and common purpose and manage change effectively.

Personal Attributes:

  • Critical thinker
  • Thinks strategically and works collaboratively
  • Affectively honest and open, with a high level of personal integrity
  • Communicates effectively
  • Consults with colleagues at all levels
  • Well-organized and able to meet complex workload demands
  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and multiculturalism in education and faculty employment.

Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Saybrook University offers a generous compensation and benefits package. Some of our key benefits include: paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan, and multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

About Saybrook University:

Saybrook University was founded over 40 years ago by some of the greatest minds of the 20th century and continues to inspire a new generation of innovators. A non-profit regionally accredited university known for its commitment to humanistic studies and rigorous research, Saybrook University’s academic model puts the student at the center of everything we do to provide a unique, transformational, learning experience. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in organizational systems, psychology, mind-body medicine, and counseling, all in flexible learning formats to help students continue to be active contributors to the fields they work in while they advance their education. Saybrook University is proud to be a diverse, inclusive community of creative, compassionate innovators dedicated to pursing new ways of thinking and doing for our professions, organizations, and communities.

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Saybrook University offers a generous compensation and benefits package, as well as the opportunity to work for a leader in the field of education. Some of our key benefits include: generous paid time-off, medical and dental coverage, company-paid life and disability insurance, retirement plan with employer contribution, multiple flexible spending accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement, professional development, and regular employee appreciation events.

Saybrook University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Working at Saybrook University 

Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic studies. It is a rigorous and unique learner-centered educational institution offering advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, and organizational systems. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit – in order to achieve their full potential. Experiential learning and professional training are integral components of the transformative education offered through Saybrook’s programs.

Saybrook University is growing to bring together new disciplines and apply its humanistic perspective to a broad spectrum of practical fields.

The University comprises graduate programs divided into four cohesive schools focused on specific disciplines and career and professional outcomes:

·  School of Organizational Leadership and Transformation (OLT)

·  School of Mind-Body Medicine

·  School of Clinical Psychology

·  School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Our global community of scholars and practitioners is dedicated to advancing human potential to create a humane and sustainable world. We accomplish this by providing our students with the skills to achieve and make a difference, empowering them to pursue their passions and their life’s work. Our scholars and practitioners are creative, compassionate innovators pursuing new ways of thinking and doing for their professions, organizations, and communities.

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