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Aurora University (AU) is committed to the transformative power of learning by creating a student-centered environment and an equity of experience and opportunity, to ensure that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel welcome and included. Our culture of collaboration, generosity, and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty, and staff.

AU is grounded in the transformative opportunity it provides to a diverse student body. As a private university with a public mission and a commitment to making a difference in peoples’ lives, AU has a long history of resilience and of providing access to an education that values innovation, focuses on continuous improvement, and has a positive impact on the communities we serve. We are proud of our service to and economic impact on the state of Illinois, where over 80% of our students stay to live and work, where 90% of our students come from, and where we foster strong community partnerships to develop the workforce in areas such as nursing, education, business, technology, and social work.

We are looking for passionate and purposeful individuals who represent the full diversity of Aurora and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, identity, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at AU, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative, and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice requiring broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

At AU we believe that continuous learning is a fundamental part of working life, and our goal is for all colleagues on our campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support our community by providing all employees with opportunities to engage in professional development activities, as well as a range of tuition and employee benefits that can be found here .

Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualified part-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based on course demand and staffing.

The College of Education and Social Work at Aurora University seeks adjunct faculty to teach in the Autism Studies major.

Qualified candidates must possess the academic credentials to teach in this major. Classes include:
  • SPED2300: Introduction to Autism Studies – 4 credits
  • SPED2350: Social Implications for Individuals with Autism – 4 credits
  • SPED3100: Cultural and Media Representation of Autism – 4 credits
  • SPED3150: Therapeutic and Service Models and Modalities for Autism – 4 credits
  • SPED3300: Navigating the Bureaucracies Associated with Autism – 4 credits
  • SPED4100: Collaboration with Families, Providers, and Communities Supporting Those with Autism – 4 credits
Teaching Responsibilities
  • Teach material from the approved curriculum in accordance with the assigned schedule to ensure student satisfaction.
  • Assist students in achieving the completion of objectives and learning outcomes.
  • Provide regular and timely feedback to students, e.g. respond to emails within 24 hours and grade students’ assignments, giving substantive feedback.
  • Participate in school retention initiatives by maintaining contact with students and offering assistance to absent students.
  • Advise students in matters related to academics and attendance.
  • Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of the educational process.
  • The adjunct will also carry out administrative responsibilities as directed by their department chair, e.g. maintain and report student grades and attendance in accordance with university policies, timely submission of final grades, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree or higher in a related field with at least 5 years of full-time work/clinical experience.
  • Teaching experience in higher education preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm toward serving a diverse student population.
Application Materials

Please email resume or curriculum vitae, transcripts, evidence of licensure or certification if required for the position, and cover letter stating the specific areas you are interested in teaching to:

adjunctfaculty@aurora.edu

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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