Adjunct Professor

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The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) unit of the Krieger School seeks an Adjunct Professor to develop an online course of 470.680 Advanced Academic Writing and Research: Social Movements and Civic Engagement in 21st Century America for the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies (CAGS) – a graduate center that houses eight master’s degrees and 4 certificates. We invite applications to fill an adjunct teaching position (10-15 hours/week), non-tenure track, semester-by-semester hire to develop and teach a course available to students in any of the Center’s programs. The course will be fully online. The adjunct professor will report to the Program Director for the MA in NGO Management and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

As the nation's oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master's degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students located in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. regions and throughout the United States and abroad.

Course description:

In this course, 470.680 Advanced Academic Writing and Research: Social Movements and Civic Engagement in 21st Century America . This course will develop advanced writing and research skills for those enrolled in one of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies (CAGS) graduate programs and for other Advanced Academic Program (AAP) students, with permission of their advisor. Each student will identify their own independent research topic and over the course of the semester develop it into a research question, learn how to engage in critical research about it, and through a writing process broken into discrete steps will develop an original argument for their final paper of 15-20 pages. The United States is at a pivotal moment of change which this course will examine through the lens of past and present grassroots social movements and other forms of civic engagement. Understanding the past can enlighten us towards a collective vision of the country’s future and inform individual action. Students will assess how social movements and civic engagement in the past and the present relate to their own experiences, goals and aspirations. Through their research and writing they can explore and analyze how well the U. S. has realized its democratic ideals and obligations. Self-reflection will be included because as American Studies scholar and education advocate, Karen Murphy notes, “looking at the past is insufficient if you don’t also look at yourself.” The course will have “then and now” learning modules that focus on early social movements to more contemporary movements (e.g., “Me Too” and “Black Lives Matter”). The course will also focus on pivotal transitions that have occurred, such as policy changes, leadership, and decentralized political and social campaigns since those early movements. Movements that will be covered include civil rights, women's rights, LGBTI rights, Latinx rights, migrant rights, immigration rights, and environmentalism. Other learning modules will address social change expressions through national symbols of liberation (e.g., the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the African American Museum), national symbols of oppression (e.g., Confederate monuments), and efforts to complete the history of our nation (e.g., the National Memorial for Peace and Justice). This course will also examine the role that social media has in current grassroots campaigns. From times of crisis comes change and this course is an opportunity to study U.S. democracy from this perspective while developing graduate level research and writing skills.

Instructional and administrative responsibilities of the position include:
  • Develop a 15-week module course, following the Instructional Resource Design (IRC)’s templates, timeline, assessment guidelines, etc.
  • Identify relevant academic materials, resources, digital media, recording original content for 15 lectures; designing learning objectives and assignments.
  • Use online tools such as Voicethread, Panopto, Adobe Connect, and others (trainings available to those unfamiliar with software);
  • Teach the online graduate course (unless there is a demand for more than one section) using Blackboard once per year;
  • Personalize the graduate course through Blackboard by identifying
  • Grade assignments and provide regular feedback to students on the online discussion threads and in the grade center;
  • Answer student inquiries via email within 24 - 48 hours;
  • Complete other administrative duties associated with teaching as assigned;
  • Stay knowledgeable of AAP policies and maintain compliance to them;
  • Attend all online informational events for adjunct faculty,
  • Report to and be in regular touch with the Program Director on policy updates, faculty summits, advisory committees, curriculum development, etc.
  • PhD or academic equivalent is highly preferred but not mandatory, must possess a master's degree at an accredited college or university in American history, American Studies, Government, Public Policy, or another related field;
  • Strong familiarity with US past and present social movements (as described in course description above);
  • Past teaching experience to graduate students at an accredited university, including online;
  • Possess past work experience or strong familiarity on social inclusion and racial justice issues;
  • Demonstrative experience in teaching academic research and writing to graduate students, particularly students with English as a Second Language (ESL);
  • Excellent verbal and written communications, with the ability to strengthen students grammar, sentence structure, research paper writing skills,
  • Familiarity with teaching onsite or online courses at a graduate level, and working with online or digital media or relevant software, Outlook, Blackboard, Canvas, Microsoft Office Suite and any other innovative softwares;
  • Graduate-level teaching experience is highly desirable with a proven record of effective online teaching and familiarity with adult learning techniques, and various learning management systems.
Application Instructions

Please apply through the JHU Hopkins link

For consideration, please apply no later than May 1, 2021 . Please submit the following: (a) cover letter; (b) curriculum vitae; (c) list of two references with names, titles, institutions, email addresses, and telephone numbers; and (d) any end-of-semester student evaluations for any previous courses taught (if available). If you have any questions, you may contact the Program Director, Karin Orr, .

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