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Instructor (Part-Time), Certificate in Editing


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School / Campus / College: Continuum College

Organization: Continuum College

Title: Instructor (Part-Time), Certificate in Editing


Position Details


Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service.

UW Continuum College expands the reach of the University of Washington by delivering educational programs that meet the needs of learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment, and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change.

UW Continuum College (UWC2) has a range of outstanding opportunities for part-time instructors in the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Certificate in Editing.  Instructors serve a key role in certificate programs, engaging with students, serving as subject matter experts, presenting learning content, and assessing whether learners have achieved course competencies. PCE students consistently say that the instructor is the single most important element of their course.

The Certificate in Editing is hiring part-time instructors for multiple learning formats.

Online, Group-Paced Instructors...

  • Teach to a set curriculum plan with clear learning outcomes and competencies. Ensure that online learning modules and presentations are relevant and current.
  • Establish a visible presence in the online course by guiding and facilitating instruction, student learning, and student interaction.
  • Provide a welcome message to new students on or before the first day of the course.
  • Respond to student inquiries during the week, and grade assignments. Expectations during the course comprise a minimum of 1-2 hours of online office hours per week and approximately 8-10 hours per week of preparation, student interaction, and grading outside of office hours.
  • Provide feedback on student work and questions in a timely manner (1-2 days for general questions, 2-7 days for assignments/exams/projects)  
  • Monitor student engagement with the online course materials and with peers, including regular participation in and monitoring of online discussion forums.
  • Coordinate with other instructors in the certificate program, to ensure curriculum continuity
  • Provide instructional content and feedback with minimal supervision while maintaining high standards of professionalism, punctuality, and content relevance for diverse adult students.
  • Participate in at least one 60-minute information session during the recruiting season and up to two instructor meetings per year.
  • Participate in weekly check-ins with co-instructors and/or instructional assistants for the duration of the course
  • Complete an online instructor onboarding course and relevant learning technology training

Online, Self-Paced Instructors...

  • A typical week for a course instructor will vary but on average may comprise 2 hours of online office hours, 7 hours of grading and student engagement (including discussion forums), mentoring and guidance outside of office hours, and 1-hour meeting time/prep with the instructional team.
  • Serve as the lead and central point of communication for the instructional team. Delegate tasks to instructional assistants and other course employees (facilitators, guest speakers, etc...), and serve as final decision maker in weekly instructional team meetings.
  • Grade a portion of assignments and/or projects and make final grade decisions.
  • Participate in online office hours to address student questions or misunderstandings.
  • Lead and contribute to online discussion forums.
  • Establish a visible presence in the online course by guiding and facilitating instruction, student learning, and student interaction.
  • Provide a welcome message to all new students entering the course.
  • Provide feedback on student work in a timely manner (48 hours for email and discussion board posts, 72 hours to grade assignments, and 5 days to submit final course grade).
  • Communicate with students via discussion forums, email, and individualized feedback on assignments.
  • Follow a defined process to document student grades and student hand-off in the event a different course instructor will need to take over midway through a course.
  • Coordinate with other instructors in the certificate program, to ensure curriculum continuity.
  • Provide instructional content and feedback with minimal supervision while maintaining high standards of professionalism, timeliness, and content relevance for diverse adult students.
  • Collaborate with program manager and the rest of the instructional team to address student course evaluation feedback.
  • Participate in at least one 60-minute information session during the recruiting season and up to two instructor meetings per year.
  • Complete an online instructor onboarding course and relevant learning technology training.
  • Understand UWC² policies regarding grading and course completion timelines so as to accurately communicate them to students.
  • Utilize – and, if not familiar with, learn – the following technologies: Open edX, Outlook email and calendaring, OneDrive, Zoom, Power BI, and other program-specific technologies.
  • Observe FERPA, HIPAA, and other privacy laws and policies.
  • Discuss instructional team performance with program manager using the Instructional Quality Rubric after first three months and annually thereafter.

Except for our self-paced programs, PCE courses are generally 10 weeks in duration and align with the UW academic quarter calendar. Information on the Professional and Continuing Education Certificate in Editing may be found at https://www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/editing

UWC2 Extension Lecturers / Instructors are Academic Staff, not faculty. This is a part-time, temporary position.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum five years of professional experience relevant to the course topics.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability, and desire, to successfully work with individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Willingness to teach with minimal supervision while maintaining high standards of professionalism, punctuality, and content relevance for diverse adult students.
  • Legal authorization to work and receive compensation in the United States.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior teaching experience, particularly with adult learners.
  • Prior experience teaching/presenting in an online environment.

Instructions

To apply to teach in Certificate in Editing, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter describing your relevant experience
  • Resume or CV
  • Names and contact information of three references. [optional]
  • A link to a professional webpage, Google scholar page (if applicable), and Github profile (if applicable). [optional]

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and review of applications will occur intermittently dependent on program needs.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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