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Instructor Pool UX/UI Design and UX Research UC Berkeley Extension

Instructor Pool UX/UI Design and UX Research UC Berkeley Extension

Position overview
Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $2,400-$4,200 per course, or $145-$180/student for an asynchronous online course. Instructor compensation is determined by course length, number of units, enrollment, budgetary considerations, and other factors.

Percent time: Part-time temporary appointments are offered by agreement on a course-by-course basis.

Anticipated start: Some appointments may begin as early as the spring semester.

Review timeline: Applicants are considered for positions as needs arise; the existence of this pool does not guarantee that a position is available.

Position duration: Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window
Open date: September 18, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Jul 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Sep 17, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Job Type
Academic - Non-Tenure Track

Job Summary
UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach online courses in UX and UI Design and UX Research.

UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic instructors with a commitment to professional and continuing education in UX and UI Design and UX Research to lead one or more courses each year. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.

Courses are offered online. Online instruction is delivered through live lectures (Zoom) or asynchronously through our learning management system (Canvas). Most live online lecture courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend (U.S.A. Pacific Time).

General Duties
We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following course subjects (but not limited to). For program and course descriptions, please refer to the departmental link below.

User Experience (UX) Design:
  • UX Content Design
  • UX Design
  • UX Design Portfolio
  • UX Diagramming and Prototyping
  • UX for Emerging Technologies Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • UX Information Architecture

User Interface (UI) Design:
  • UI Design
  • UI Design Patterns
  • UI Information Design
  • UI Interaction Design
  • UI for Emerging Technologies: Voice User Interface (VUIs)
  • Web Design with HTML and CSS

User Research Methods:
  • Qualitative User Research
  • Quantitative User Research
  • User Research: UX Analytics and Metrics

Other UX/UI Design and UX Research Related Topics
(please specify in your cover letter)

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:
  • Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs.
  • Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
  • Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
  • Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
  • Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
  • Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
  • Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for disabilities).
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
  • Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with the Program Director as needed.
  • Retain student records according to University policies.

UX and UI Design and UX Research Courses:

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree required.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • All work must be performed in the United States, whether in person or online. For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide US visa/work permits for this position.

Preferred qualifications
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • 4 or more years of professional work experience in UX design, artificial intelligence (AI), voice design, web design or development, product design, graphic design, interaction design, human computer interaction, human ergonomics, computer science, engineering/programming, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology or sociology.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Teaching, training or coaching experience in the course subject, within a corporate environment, or at a U.S. college/university institution.
  • Experience in course development, including creating original academic content such as syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations/scripts, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
  • Experience teaching online and/or developing academic content for online courses.
  • Understanding of bit-depth, pixel-density and resolution issues.
  • Graphic user interface (GUI) screen layout and composition.
  • Experience in User Research Methods (quantitative/qualitative).
  • Knowledge of existing and new technologies and constraints.
  • Experience writing technical content and project specs.
  • Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
  • Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in one of the following for design courses: Figma, InVision, Miro, Mural, UXPin, Adobe XD, Photoshop, AI apps, plugins and software such as GitHub, Copilot, and Fronty.
  • Proficiency in one of the following for Voice User Interface (VUI) design courses: Voiceflow, Alexa Skill Kit (ASK), Action Builder (for Google Assistant), Mycroft, Web Speech API, etc.
  • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); and Google tools (email, calendar, docs, sheets, slides, etc).

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please include:
    1) the top 3 course subject(s) you are applying for within the UX, UI or User Research disciplines;
    2) any other UX/UI Design or User Research course subject(s) not previously listed;
    3) how your training and qualifications prepare you to teach the course subjects(s);
    4) a website link to your online UX/UI and/or UXR portfolio; and
    5) a Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Please include information about how your pedagogical approaches and classroom strategies contribute to an equitable and inclusive classroom environment. Alternatively, please include information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired to teach at Berkeley. See additional information.

Reference requirements
  • References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.
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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Please refer to the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy.

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location
San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.

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