Adjunct Instructor for Innovation and User-Centered Design
Brandeis University - GPS
March 9, 2018
Higher Education Institution
Graduate Professional Studies, Adjunct Faculty
Innovation and User-Centered Design
Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) is looking for an industry leader to develop and teach in our User-Centered Design MS program. Brandeis University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities, and our online courses are developed using best practices in online learning. Information about Brandeis University and Graduate Professional Studies can be found online.
About the position and course:
We are currently looking to hire an adjunct instructor for RUCD 101: Innovation and User-Centered Design. In this introductory course, students will learn about foundational user-centered design methodologies and processes that are currently being used to drive innovation across a wide variety of modern industries. The primary focus will be how an embedded, organization-wide, design-driven mindset leads the way for innovation in on-screen experience design and development, while also leaving room for non-screen-based considerations. Students will explore the theory and practice of user-centered design as a means of leading innovation through design.
About the Master’s in User-Centered Design:
Students in our User-Centered Design MS program learn how to conceive, articulate and implement a design and identify the human factors that may influence user response and define appropriate solutions. Identifying and applying social and psychological principles, students develop effective methods and criteria for system organization and evaluation of designs. Our graduates have developed an extensive portfolio of artifacts that demonstrate an advanced understanding of the human factors that influence design.
All GPS Master’s courses are 10-weeks long and taught asynchronously in the online learning environment with no set days or times for interaction.
About GPS Faculty:
GPS Faculty instructors are active practitioners in the industries that align with our programs and have the professional expertise to bring to course discussions and threads. Instructors are part time and work fully online, with no requirement to appear on campus. Our faculty have earned at least a master's degree with many holding terminal academic degrees and industry-specific credentials. Previous experience teaching online is not required; GPS offers a comprehensive training program for qualified applicants.
How to apply:
GPS welcomes applications for its adjunct faculty pool on an ongoing basis. The application process consists of the online application and, if subject matter qualifications are met, a series of interviews at the discretion of the Program Chair and Director of Program Development. Complete your application online.
Qualified candidates will have Subject Matter Qualifications in the following areas:
Active professional employment in an industry closely aligned to the field of study with a Master’s degree
Demonstrated via case studies the ability to foster innovation through user-centered design processes
Understanding of the constraints of various software development practices for performing UX work and history of devising effective strategies to ensure understanding of user needs and iterative processes that validate the user experience
Teaching experience preferred; online teaching or learning experience preferred
General responsibilities include:
For new courses requiring development:
Design a syllabus following program chair guidance and the syllabus template
Create content that aligns with course outcomes and offers the author’s experiences and perspectives on key points
For all courses - develop and deliver the course according to our teaching standards, which include actively facilitating online discussions, providing relevant and timely feedback on student work, reporting grades, and discussing student issues with staff
Create or refine and facilitate the course site in the Moodle learning management system
General skill requirements include:
Strong interpersonal skills when relating to students
The ability to communicate effectively in writing, including conveying complex information and promoting in-depth engagement on course topics
The ability to devote adequate time to courses, including responding to students and providing meaningful feedback in a timely manner
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Brandeis University - GPS
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of th...e American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.