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University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 4761384
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Management

Adjunct Online Instructor - Engineering Management & Leadership

Position Title & Department: Adjunct Online Instructor - Engineering Management & Leadership

Department Description:
The University of San Diego's MS in Engineering Management & Leadership (MS-EML) degree program is designed to prepare students for engineering management & leadership positions of earned influence in any organization. Graduates will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to advance as a leader in their technical career and build upon the management skills They will be trained and skilled in:
  • Setting goals and strategies that account for an organizations performance, culture and constraints
  • Communicating the value of complex product, project, program, or service offerings to a diverse audience of stakeholders
  • Defining and implementing innovative and creative strategies
  • Effectively managing complex customer and vendor interactions
  • Developing and articulating comprehensive solutions to large scale business and technological challenges
  • Leading by example to generate influence and innovation within an organization

Detailed Description:
The University of San Diego is searching for experienced professionals to develop and teach in the MS-EML program for the following 2 courses:

Adjunct Online Instructor Duties and Responsibilities
  • Commitment to teaching excellence.
  • Embrace the Vision and Mission of the university and adhere to the Core Values of Academic Excellence, Knowledge, Community, Ethical Conduct and Compassionate Service.
  • Uphold standards of student academic performance and academic integrity.
Course Engagement and Communication
  • Instructors are required to be actively engaged in their course a minimum of four out of seven days each week.
  • Instructors are encouraged to use multiple modes of communication to ensure students perceive their presence in the course.
  • Instructor will monitor and subscribe to the "Ask your Professor" discussion forum. Post a response within 24 hours.
  • Instructors are required to check their email daily and respond within 24 hours of receipt.
  • Instructors are expected to hold weekly virtual office hours. This can be accomplished using Zoom, Google Chat, FaceTime, etc.
Discussion Board Facilitation

Instructor must actively participate and provide direction to students:
  • Add positive or reinforcing comments.
  • Note omissions and add constructive criticism.
  • Encourage students to make connections to personal or professional experience.
  • Participate actively in the discussion threads by modeling good, substantive discussion.
  • Frame feedback with the tone and depth you expect from your students without dominating the "conversation space".
  • Coach "silent" or non-participating students with a private message encouraging them to participate.
  • Seek opportunities to provide direction and add additional resources or questions to provoke critical thinking.

  • Instructor will grade assignments and provide qualitative feedback within 72 hours of submission. This is a best practice that allows students to incorporate feedback for the next module and subsequent assignments.
  • Instructor will wait to grade discussion questions until Monday (Day 7) evening of each module. Threaded discussions typically continue throughout the entire module (Tuesday - Monday).

Required Training

New adjunct instructors contracted to teach in any USD online degree programs must complete:

LDC-102 The USD Way: Online Course Facilitation

Description: this workshop introduces faculty to common online teaching scenarios with hands-on course preparation activities. Faculty will use technical tools, pedagogical strategies, and subject matter expertise to:
  • Add their instructor presence to their online course to humanize themselves to their students.
  • Facilitate student-to-student discussions to engage adult learners.
  • Give meaningful feedback to guide students toward deep learning.
  • Provide outreach, remediation, and intervention to support student success.

Type: online 2-week workshop, self-paced, offered 3 times/year.

Time Commitment: ~20 hours(paid)

Online Course Development (If applicable)
  • Completes LDC 101 - two-week, fixed date, asynchronous online course.
    • Outcome: Draft Online Course Planning Grid
  • Meets weekly with instructional designer and technologist from Learning Design Center (LDC) to design and develop online course(s).
  • Commits to a 17-week course development timeline.
  • Designs original content to include:
    • Module learning outcomes.
    • Content narrative and exposition (written, audio, or video formats are acceptable).
    • Assignments.
    • Self-study assignments.
    • Discussion questions.
    • Assessments.
    • Grading rubrics.
    • Final project / paper.

Other components as needed (interviews, commentaries, simulations, etc.).

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations. For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Job Requirements:
  • Graduate degree preferred.
  • Extensive professional experience is required.
  • Experience with online instruction at the university level is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Posting Salary:
$2,165-$2,265 per unit, part-time, non-benefits based

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position. Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions
Resume and Cover Letter Required
Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers review.

Contact: Dr. GB Singh,

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at

Additional Details:
Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

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