Adjunct Instructor, Statistics - 2 course introductory sequence

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Part Time

Adjunct Instructor, Statistics - 2 course introductory sequence

Main Campus - Boston, MA

The School of Social Work at Simmons University seeks an adjunct instructor to teach a two-semester doctoral level introductory statistics course sequence in the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semester. The Summer 2021 is a condensed 7-week term - course dates are May 27 - July 8, 2021. Fall 2021 term is 14 weeks and course dates are September 9 - December 16, 2021.

The Summer term is remote with classes held online. Each class session will be held for 3-hour live lecture/discussion sessions on Thursdays from 2PM-5PM EST, with 2-hours of lab time on Mondays from 6PM-8PM where the instructor will support students as they engage in SPSS analysis. The Fall term platform has not been determined yet. Class sessions may be taught on-ground or remotely. Each Fall term class session will be held for 3 hours on Thursdays and will include lecture/discussion and lab time each week during the 3 hour window. All students will use SPSS for data analysis.

Doctoral students are required to take both courses to complete a statistics sequence. Most PhD students are returning to graduate school having worked in the field for many years; some may never have taken a statistics course before. This 2 course sequence is designed to be student-friendly while at the same time delivering substantial content. The instructor is expected to be available to meet with students one-on-one through video calls, in lieu of office hours, as needed.

Course Titles and Descriptions

SW 651: Introduction to Statistics
This course examines fundamental statistics and data analysis techniques appropriate for social work and social science research. Emphasis is on understanding and gaining fluency in introductory statistical techniques, using SPSS, writing up and interpreting results, assessing credibility of findings, and drawing conclusions from and articulating limitations of statistical analysis.

SW 652: Introduction to Multivariable Statistics
This course builds on SW 651. Multivariable analysis techniques are introduced. Emphasis is on understanding and gaining fluency in statistical techniques that consider prediction and multi-variable relationships. Students build analysis skills for use in dissertation work.

  • Candidates should have a Ph.D., preferably in the social sciences
  • Have prior graduate-level teaching experience, preferably experience teaching online
  • A record of research that includes higher order quantitative analysis demonstrated through peer-reviewed publication within the past 3 years
  • Fluency in SPSS
  • Familiarity with Moodle as a student interface
  • Familiarity with Zoom as a platform
  • Strong communication skills, ability to provide mentorship and guidance remotely by email, phone and or video call, willingness to offer extensive feedback on student work, and patience enough to help professionals returning to graduate school after many years succeed in mastering the course content

Instructions for Applicants:
  • Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names and contact information of two references.

Applicants may be requested to provide supporting materials including publications and prior teaching evaluations if selected for an interview. The School will interview selected candidates. Applications will be reviewed beginning immediately and continue until the position is filled. The selected instructor is not required to come to the Simmons campus to teach in the Summer term. They may be required to teach on-campus in the Fall term; however, this may be negotiable.

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

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