Adjunct Instructor for Educational Leadership Policy and Foundations, 56629 - Continuous Posting

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education, Teacher Education, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Adult & Continuing Education Programs
Employment Type
Full Time

Hiring Department

Division of Educational Leadership Policy and Foundations in the School of Education

Job Description

The School of Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is continuously seeking qualified candidates for adjunct faculty teaching positions.

The Division offers coursework in educational leadership, educational foundations, and educational research at the masters and doctoral levels. THE INTENT OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS TO IDENTIFY A POOL OF ADJUNCT FACULTY WHO ARE QUALIFIED TO DELIVER GRADUATE LEVEL COURSES IN THE DIVISION OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, POLICY AND FOUNDATIONS.

Responsibilities of UMKC Part-time Faculty Members
  1. Create and maintain civil, inclusive and engaging learning environments
  • Respect and support students’ rights and responsibilities
  • Maintain a safe learning environment and implement effective classroom management strategies
  • Provide engaging learning experiences and enticing activities
  • Facilitate students’ ability to work collaboratively
  • Accommodate students with disabilities
  • Accommodate legitimate student absences
  • Report suspected student academic dishonesty
2. Deliver curriculum through high quality course instruction
  • Articulate clear learning objectives for students in the course
  • Clearly communicate expectations and course requirements
  • Provide high quality instruction
    • Engage students in active and creative learning activities
    • Engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, creative activity and reflection
  • Create course materials (e.g., rubrics, handouts) as needed to effectively deliver curriculum and assess student learning
  • Use technology to enhance learning
    • Integrate technology in teaching strategies when it is helpful to students
    • Provide opportunities for students to use technology to solve problems
3. Assess student learning of course objectives
  • Use a variety of evaluation methods
  • Use the early alert system to identify students at risk of failing, when applicable (UMKC Connect)
  • Provide students with prompt, objective, fair feedback on their work
  • Assign grades and maintain student records in accordance with university policy
4. Adhere to and model university standards of professionalism
  • Adhere to the Standard of Faculty Conduct (CRR 330.110)
  • Adhere to all other university policies / regulations as appropriate
  • Always behave ethically by acting as an advocate for students and a steward of the university
  • Model and promote respect for diversity
  • Complete all mandatory training as required by the university (e.g., Title IX)
  • Participate in any unit-specific evaluations (e.g., end of semester course evaluations)
5. Be accessible to students for conferences / consultations
  • Engage in best practices for communicating with students
  • Refer students to appropriate student and academic support services
  • Know your responsibility as mandated reporters, and exercise it as necessary
6. Engage in critical self-reflection and professional development
  • Engage in regular reflection to evaluate (self, others) teaching and assessment practices with intention toward improvement
  • Provide and accept evaluative feedback in a professional manner
  • Engage in professional development and remain current in your discipline through reading, attending seminars, workshops, etc.
The School of Education Mission and Values:
The mission of the School of Education is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and educational leaders who will create lifelong opportunities for the diverse communities they serve through excellence in teaching, research, and practice. The mission is supported by six core values: 1) Creating caring and safe environment, 2) Academic excellence, 3) Strategic innovation, 4) Inquiry leading to reflective decision making and problem solving, 5) Skilled and knowledgeable professionals working collaboratively, and 6) Democracy, diversity and social justice.

Organizational Structure:
The School is comprised of three (3) academic divisions: Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies; Counseling and Educational Psychology; and Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations. Adjunct faculty teaching in the School of Education are responsible for teaching regular courses as assigned by the Division Chairperson.

These are term, non-tenure-accruing positions. Appointment periods are for the semester with consideration for reappointment.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Appropriate degree for the level of class being taught
  • Experience/training relevant to the content area being taught
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to urban issues
  • Licensure or certification, if applicable
Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience teaching at the university level
  • Familiarity with various online management systems (e.g., Canvas)
Full Time/Part Time
  • Part Time
  • A flat adjunct salary is determined based on level of education.
Application Instructions

A complete application includes (a) letter of application detailing desire and qualifications to teach in one or more of the areas listed above, (b) curriculum vita, (c) minimum of one current letter of recommendation (must be on letterhead and signed), and (d) verification of licensure or certification, if appropriate. Transcripts reflecting the highest degree earned and any other degree that may be relevant for the course assignment are required before final hire.

Unofficial transcripts may be submitted initially, but OFFICIAL transcripts are required for hire (see below).

You must combine all application materials (i.e., a letter expressing interest in and perspectives on the position, curriculum vita, letter of recommendation, copy of license/certification, and other supporting materials) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your ‘resume attachment.’ Limit document name to 50 characters. Size limit 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

The hiring official may contact references at later stages of screening, and candidates will receive prior notification.

For More Information about Courses Taught in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations
Please go to , scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button that says Pathway . Under Important Info, select Schedule of Classes . You can search for our classes by selecting Educ-Urban Leadership (we staff all classes in this area) or Educ-Research and Psychology (we staff several research methods and statistics courses in this area) in the subject area and then selecting Graduate in the Course Career bar.

The University requires that we maintain an official copy of your higher education transcripts. An official copy of the transcript showing the highest degree and any other transcript relevant to the course taught must be sent to the Office of the Dean, Attention: Julie K. Smith, School of Education, 615 E. 52nd Street, Suite 347, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. Official transcripts may also be e-mailed to . Your appointment is contingent upon verification of your degree.

For questions about how applicants apply, please call (816) 235-1621, or if you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002


For further information about this position, please contact the Chair of the search committee Dr. Michelle Maher at 816.235.2325 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


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