Program and Career Exploration, First Term Experience - Adjunct Faculty

Job Details

Job Ref:
10013761
Location:
Fayetteville, NC
Category:
Adjunct Faculty
Type:
Part time

Adjunct Faculty

PACE 111

First Term Experience

Location: Fort Carson CO, San Antonio TX, Fayetteville NC, Fort Drum NY, Fort Gordon GA

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) seeks adjunct faculty to teach in the PACE program. Specifically, we are seeking faculty for the following courses: Program and Career Exploration in Multidisciplinary Studies and Program and Career Exploration in Business.

The PACE faculty member combines the duties of a traditional faculty member and college readiness instructor. The incumbent teaches PACE 111 to new students with generally less than one year of college experience. The course serves as an orientation to UMGC and exploration of how UMGC academic programs align to professional goals and career options in various specific fields. Focus is on practicing and improving communication and teamwork skills, professionalism, and academic integrity while exploring ways to develop and enhance career opportunities. Students will become familiar with the university's academic culture and expectations, reflect on academic and professional goals, complete assignments relevant to their major, discuss ways to advance progress toward a degree through transfer credit and other prior learning, and explore UMGC's resources for student success.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Teach PACE 111

  • Teach PACE 111 in the modality assigned (online or hybrid) in compliance with UMGC academic policies.  Must have demonstrated the ability to teach courses in their assigned modality.

  • Actively engage students through frequent interaction that motivates them to succeed, and convey a genuine energy and enthusiasm for their learning.

  • Guide students in active collaboration and the application of their learning in problem- and project-based learning demonstrations.

  • Provide rich and regular constructive feedback, utilizing rubrics effectively for the assessment of student work.

  • Demonstrate relevant and current subject-matter expertise.

  • Provide feedback to your program director and collegiate faculty member on possible curricular improvements.

Coaching and Mentoring

  • Faculty must be able to discuss students' degree plans and consult on the best path for students to get to graduation.

  • Assist students in developing educational and career goals and plans for achieving those goals.

  • Help connect students to resources within UMGC and explore those resources for student success.

  • Provide consistent encouragement to students in support of their educational and career goals.

  • Provide personalized feedback to students via their assignments and discussions; communicate with students using email, phone, and video throughout the course.

  • Mentor students regarding career planning.

  • Faculty must be comfortable with all student demographics.

  • Demonstrate empathy and comfort when discussing personal hardship/challenges that may arise with students.


Required:

  • Master's degree from an accredited related field from an accredited institution of higher learning required. Terminal degree or MLS preferred.

  • Teaching experience at the post-secondary level required. A combination of online teaching experience and industry/professional experience is preferred.  

  • Ability to provide substantive constructive and personalized feedback to students.

  • Demonstrates outstanding oral and written communication skills. 

  • Must be open to frequent training and feedback on various topics as they relate to the course.

  • Proficient in engaging students in active classroom discussions in the modality to which they are assigned.


Preferred:

  • At least 5 years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level

  • Experience teaching adult learners, preferably in an online environment

  • Background in student advisement or counseling

  • Familiar with growth mindset and student development theory.  Honors the ability of every student to break through perceived boundaries through the power of grit and determination.

  • Able to respond to student questions with thoughtfulness, intelligence, and empathy.

  • Engaging and inspiring. 

Who We Are and Who We Serve

UMGC—one of 12 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM)—is a mission-driven institution with seven core values that guide us in all we do. At the top of the list is "Students First,” and we strive to do just that for our 90,000 students at home and abroad. From its start in 1947, UMGC has demonstrated its commitment to adult learners. We recognize that adult students need flexibility and options. UMGC is proud to be a global, 24-hour, institution of higher learning.

The typical UMGC student is an adult learner juggling a career, family, and other priorities. Roughly 80% work full time, half are parents, and half are minority students. They are continuing their education to better themselves, their families, and their professional opportunities. UMGC is also a leading higher education provider to the U.S. military, enrolling 55,000 active-duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans, and family members annually. We are proud of our military heritage and are committed to this service.

The Adjunct Faculty Role at UMGC

UMGC is committed to helping students achieve success not only with us, but also in their professional fields. As a result, we actively seek faculty members who are scholar-practitioners: professionals who are actively and successfully engaged in their field who additionally wish to help the next generation of professionals grow in their knowledge and expertise through education.  Your role as an adjunct faculty member will be to:

  • Actively engage students through frequent interaction that motivates them to succeed, and conveys a genuine energy and enthusiasm for their learning.

  • Guide students in active collaboration and the application of their learning in problem- and project-based learning demonstrations.

  • Provide rich and regular constructive feedback, utilizing rubrics effectively for the assessment of student work, and acknowledging student accomplishments.

  • Demonstrate relevant and current subject-matter expertise, and help students connect concepts across their academic program.

  • Provide feedback to your program chair on possible curricular improvements.

Faculty Training at UMGC

We are committed to your professional success at UMGC. Each new faculty member is required to successfully complete our online two-week new faculty orientation, FacDev 411, as a condition of hire.

Position Available and will Remain Open until Filled

Salary Commensurate with Experience

All submissions should include a cover letter and resume. UMGC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare. For detailed benefits information, please visit: https://careers.umgc.edu/benefits.html.

The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMGC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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