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Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design Instructors

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 16th, 2018
Last review date: March 2nd, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: February 15th, 2019
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.


Online teaching positions are now available in both the Optical Engineering and Optical Instrument Design Programs. We are seeking qualified applicants possessing current knowledge and/or teaching experience in Optical Instrument Design, Optical Mechanical Component Design, and Geometrical and Physical Optics.

Classes are offered online in an instructor led format asynchronous for 10 weeks.

Specific Instructor Duties
• Develop and/or update course syllabus in consultation with the UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE), Engineering, Sciences, and IT Programs Director as assigned using approved syllabus template
• Prepare and deliver course materials and learning assessments in assigned format (online)
• 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 within their instructor accounts in a timely manner no later than 2 weeks after the last date of course meeting
• Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner
• Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with Director as needed
• Communicate with Program Director, Program Representatives and Online Course Managers in a timely manner
• Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in project management
• Participate in required orientations and complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Irvine
• Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: Initial training of Canvas learning system; providing bio for website; completing all hiring paperwork; submitting updated quarterly syllabus; and signing quarterly contract.
• Develop and maintain curriculum, syllabus, modules, learning practice questions, exams and grading.
• Employ culturally competent teaching methodologies in the online 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 online classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning (i.e.: design boards for labs, etc.)
• 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, they refer to the “pool” of applications on file. We are looking specifically for instructors who are qualified to teach the following course as early as SUMMER 2018 quarter (beginning July 9, 2018):

Optical Instrument Design (3 units)
Learn how to design optical instruments from a top level, tradeoffs-driven perspective. We will initially focus on the classic optical instruments: spectrometers, interferometers, telescopes and microscopes, using examples of each to gain understanding on how real world customer requirements and specifications often drive difficult choices in aperture, focal and track lengths, resolution and finesse. Guest lecturers will add world-class expertise and insights into these topics. The course wraps up with a series of discussions on advanced instrument topics, and how these same choices are being made in state-of-the-art instruments today. Students would be well advised to have a firm understanding of geometrical and physical optics. While expertise in raytracing is helpful, it will not be essential for this course. The course text, “Optical Instrument Design” by Fischer will be mainly used as reference, as will a number of other books listed in the syllabus.

Optical Mechanical Component Design (3 units)
This introductory course fills the gap between optical and mechanical engineering by training students to integrate the optical and mechanical component designs. Students will learn how to insure their designs can be reliably manufactured and that the built and assembled optical and mechanical components perform to the original designed and modeled system. Students learn to integrate and tolerance optical and mechanical components into subsystems by exporting the optical model into the mechanical design software and performing assembly design.

Geometrical and Physical Optics (3 units)
Introduction to the principles and use of optical components and systems. This course surveys geometrical optics covering plane surfaces, prisms, spherical surfaces, lenses, and mirrors for use in optical systems. Special topics include optical instruments; like telescopes, microscopes, beam projectors, cameras and optical measuring benches. The classes will provide a mix of lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments for those that are interested in entering fields where optics are used. Learn about the principles and use of optical components and physical optics systems. Gain knowledge about diffraction grating, polarizers, interference filters and other similar components for use in optical systems. Special topics include optical instruments like spectroscopes, polariscopes, interferometers and related optical measuring systems. Offers a balanced mix of lectures and hands-on laboratory experiments.

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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.

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.

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