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Part-Time Instructor: Organizational Leadership & Communication Instructors

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $2000 - $3520 and would also be based on the specific number of courses assigned and enrollment numbers.

Application Window

Open date: May 2, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Apr 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) is a self-supporting unit within the University of California. Funding is generated through fees collected from a diverse, complex, and ever-changing student population. Part-time instructor positions are on a course by course contracted basis. This is NOT a faculty position.

Online teaching positions are now available in the Ogranizational Leadership and Communication Program. We are seeking qualified applicants possessing current knowledge and/or teaching experience in the topic.

Specific Instructor Duties
· Develop and/or update course syllabi in consultation with the UCI DCE Business Programs Director as assigned and using approved syllabus template
· Prepare and deliver online course materials and learning assessments in the assigned format
· Utilize the Canvas Learning Management System as the course support platform
· Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline the grading policies for the course
· Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes, and assign grades
· Post final student grades to the transcript system by set deadlines
· Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner
· Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with Director as needed
· Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in the field of practice
· Participate in required orientations and complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Irvine
· Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: completing all hiring paperwork; submitting updated quarterly syllabi; posting bio and photo on the UCI DCE website; signing quarterly contract; ordering required texts; communicating AV and classroom needs
· Employ culturally competent teaching methodologies in the classroom inclusive of both domestic and international student populations
· Allow students to review their final exams/papers for up to 13 months following the last class session
· Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (i.e.: make arrangements for guest speakers, etc.)
· Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
· Update materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum

Our curriculum is constantly updated and tailored to bring students the background, expertise, and business practices to remain competitive and advance their careers. Taught by qualified practitioners, our courses feature practical applications, underlying rationale, and current issues, all of which can be immediately utilized in and applied to our students’ work environments.

Part-time, temporary assignments are on an as-needed basis. This is an ONGOING recruitment. We accept part-time instructor applications all year long; when the division has a need to fill, we refer to the “pool” of applications on file. We are looking specifically for instructors who are qualified to teach the following course(s) as early as Fall quarter (beginning September 25).

Course Descriptions:
Communicating Across Cultures
This course focuses on communicating across diverse cultures in today’s complex global business world. Culture affects and is affected by the communication practices we use. As the world of work becomes more globally interconnected and culturally diverse we need to successfully communicate across cultures and effectively handle diversity. Different cultures have different meanings for verbal and nonverbal communication and negative consequences can result when those cues are misinterpreted. This course increases sensitivity to other cultures and increases awareness of our own cultural backgrounds. Students will develop the skills to deal with the challenges of intercultural communication in a variety of work contexts and apply the principles of effective intercultural communication through theoretical, ethnographical, and practical tools from the interpersonal to global level.
Conflict Resolution
Conflict is inevitable in organizations. Conflict may occur between individuals, teams, departments, or organizations. While conflict is typically viewed as negative, it can actually be positive and lead to better decision-making and solutions in organizations when using appropriate communication practices. What makes conflict negative or positive is the way in which it is handled and the resulting outcome. In this course students will develop practical skills to manage conflict, strengthen relationships, and build trust in organizations. Participants will examine causes of conflict, pros and cons of different styles of conflict, and methods of conflict resolution. The class also focuses on managing perceptions and emotions during conflict and working collaboratively toward a win/win resolution.
Leading Small Groups
Develop better communication skills in a small group context by exploring the communication processes that are central to effectively leading meetings and working in teams. Most organizations today rely heavily on work teams for projects, problem solving, and decision-making. A diverse mix of people are working on teams of all types, including project teams, self-directed work teams, and virtual teams. This course covers developing leadership in teams, team vision and goals, meeting facilitation skills, active listening skills, increasing creativity, working collaboratively, building trust, relationships, and cohesiveness. It also focuses on managing roles, group norms, conflict, and groupthink.
Communication in a Diverse and Changing Workplace
In today's fast-paced business environment, employees at all levels find themselves being asked to handle more tasks, meet more deadlines, take on more responsibilities, and adapt to more change. Added to these challenges is the constantly shifting diversity of the workplace, where coworkers cope with generational, gender, age and cultural differences. Communication, both verbal and nonverbal, is at the foundation of everything we do and say, and is especially important in the modern workplace. The good news is that communication is a learned skill, and can be improved upon with the right training. The focus of this course is to heighten students’ awareness workplace communication, and add new interpersonal skills, with the end result of becoming a more competent communicator overall. Target areas include: the process and functions of communication, behavioral patterns, perceptions as reality, verbal and nonverbal cues and behaviors, confidence, assertiveness, tact, anger management, criticism and constructive feedback, conflict resolution, team building, leadership, interviewing, and communicating with technology (email, skype, texting, etc.).
Modern Business Writing
Effective writing is a powerful tool in the business environment. Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your business writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly. You'll also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents. From a simple interoffice memo to a twenty-page business proposal, learn how to put good business writing to work for you.

Individuals hired to teach these courses must understand that all such agreements with the University are made on a course-by-course basis and that the Instructor will be made no guarantee of continual involvement with the University in any capacity.


· Advanced Degree from accredited institution
· Extensive background and current work experience in the subject area (at least 5 years)
· Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) the use of instructional technology and online teaching tools

· Must be committed to the highest level of academic standards and integrity
· Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information
· Highly effective interpersonal skills
· Comfort in dealing with working professionals
· Current participation in professional associations

· Experience designing/revising curriculum and measuring student performance
· College-level teaching experience (or the corporate equivalent)
· Experience teaching online


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

· Advanced Degree from accredited institution
· Extensive background and current work experience in the subject area (at least 5 years)
· Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) the use of instructional technology and online teaching tools

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4 required (contact information only)
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About UC Irvine

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, Ca and Online