Adjunct Faculty Non-Instructional Course Developer

  • California Lutheran University
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
  • Dec 08, 2023
Part time / Adjunct Other Professional fields Continuing, Distance & Online Education

Job Description


Adjunct Faculty Non-Instructional Course Developer

Position Category: Adjunct
FLSA: Non-exempt
Location: Remote

University Background:
Cal Lutheran is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and McNair Institution, and we are looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multi- cultural and multi-racial communities, particularly in mentoring African American, Latinx, and Native American students. Cal Lutheran encourages applicants from all faiths or none, and advocates for justice and fairness for all people. We are an accredited, private, comprehensive university dedicated to engaging students in critical inquiry and educating leaders for a global society. Cal Lutheran is home to more than 2,500 undergraduate and 1,110 graduate students who come from 59 countries and represent a variety of faiths. 52% of Cal Lutheran students are from underrepresented groups, and 40% of freshmen are first generation students. Cal Lutheran Faculty are 32% people of color. The mission of the University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.

Basic Function:
The School for Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) seeks to hire part-time, non-instructional adjunct faculty member to develop one or more courses for fully online programs. These programs are within our Bachelor's Degree for Professional program for working adults. The SPCS is seeking Subject Matter Experts (SME) to utilize their unique educational and professional experience and knowledge to develop a complete course designed to fit within online curriculum sequence and teaching style.

Subject Matter Experts are needed in the following areas for undergraduate courses:

  • Accounting and Financial Analysis
  • Business Management
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Micro/Macro Economics
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Psychological and Behavioral Science
  • Strategic Communication
  • And some general education subject areas (e.g. History, Earth & Environmental Sciences)

Representative Duties:

  • Based on an approved syllabus, develop a course that meets the SPCSs objectives of the course within the context of the larger program. E
  • Use the technologies and materials selected and provided by California Lutheran University to support program delivery. E
  • Develop for delivery within the online technology suite used by California Lutheran University, including the Canvas Learning Management Software (LMS) and Cal Lutheran’s designated/approved templates. E
  • Work with representatives from the SPCS to ensure appropriateness of the material and the course for the program, including syllabus requirements. E
  • Create the content for the course with an instructional designer and provide any edits necessary after their Quality Matters audit/review. E
  • Deliver a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content sufficient for a 3-credit hour class. E
  • Ensure the work results in a complete course, including but not limited to asynchronous materials (such as video lectures, readings, homework, exams, and project assignments) and synchronous materials (such as presentations, slides, notes, activities, and lesson plans for live sessions). All materials will be available in the Canvas Learning Management Software (LMS). E
  • Provide sufficient resources to engage the students for time adequate to fulfill accreditation standards for contact hours and time on task and to satisfy the course learning objectives. The instructional designer will work with the course developer to determine which aspects of the course are best suited to be taught synchronous and which instructional elements are better suited to asynchronous instruction. E
  • Provide supplemental resources (textbook, whitepapers, homework, etc.) for self-study just as in an on-ground course with the expectation that students will need to spend approximately 2 hours outside of class for every hour spent consuming the instructional content. E
  • Maintain current, accurate records. E
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

E=Essential Duties

Knowledge Of:

  • The subject matter being taught (i.e., a subject matter expert in the field).
  • Instructional design principles.
  • Pedagogical methods and learning theories (i.e., how people learn and which teaching strategies are most effective for different types of content and learners).
  • Educational technology tools and Learning Management Systems (LMS). Course developers should be able to create and manage online content, quizzes, discussion forums, and other interactive elements.
  • Current theory and practice within the subject discipline.
  • Principles and best practices of effective online teaching.
  • Accessibility standards and the ability to design courses that are inclusive and accessible to all students, including those with disabilities.
  • Multimedia elements, such as videos, animations, and interactive simulations, to enhance the learning experience. Knowledge of video editing, graphic design, and multimedia software is a plus.
  • Assessment techniques and the ability to create effective quizzes, exams, and other evaluation methods. The ability to analyze data and use it to improve the course is important.

Ability To:

  • Plan, organize, and deliver online courses on time and within budget.
  • Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline.
  • Deliver course curricula in various learning styles.
  • Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the course development process.
  • Demonstrate professional standards.
  • Work with subject matter experts, instructional designers, multimedia specialists, and other team members is essential. Collaboration skills facilitate the development of a well-rounded course.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy.

Minimum Qualifications:
Possession of a master’s degree from a graduate institution of recognized standing or equivalent experience and professional recognition.

Cannot hire from North Dakota, Ohio, Washington, Wyoming or individuals not authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with online course development.

Licenses and Other Requirements:

Physical Abilities:
Manual dexterity of hands and fingers to operate office equipment; speaking to exchange information, provide instruction and make presentations; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; pushing, pulling or lifting light objects; bending and reaching to store and/or retrieve files.

Working Environment:
Remote Work

Hiring Range $34.00 - $35.00/hour
Posting Number: Adjunct0000102022
Open Date: 12/08/2023
Close Date: 5/31/2024

Application Procedure/Special Instructions The Cal Lutheran School for Professional and Continuing Studies invites applications for Adjunct Faculty Non-Instructional Course Developer positions. New applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be contacted by the Department Chair/Program Director based upon need and applicant qualifications.

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California Lutheran University is an accredited, private, comprehensive university located midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Cal Lutheran is home to more than 2800 undergraduate and 1350 graduate students who come from more than 66 countries and represent a wide variety of faiths. 48% of Cal Lutheran students are international students or from underrepresented groups, and over 30% of first time freshmen are first generation students. The University encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of Cal Lutheran to apply.

Additional information may be found at All offers will be contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.

California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

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