Job Summary/Basic Function
In keeping with our mission and vision statement, Maryville
actively seeks adjunct faculty members who are experts in their
fields and have a passion for teaching. Adjunct faculty are an
integral part of the University’s learning community and teach
courses on the main campus. The successful candidate must be
committed to fostering a welcoming environment for a diverse
population of students, faculty, and staff.
Maryville University is seeking qualified candidates interested in
teaching an on-ground course titled Design Theory, Research, and
Process. The course description is as follows: Design at its most
effective solves problems and is created through a creative process
based in thoughtful exploration, research, theory, and iteration.
This course encourages students to refine creative problem-solving
skills through the practice and application of design thinking
processes, research methods, and prevalent theories of art and
design. The course will be taught via a lecture format and meets
once a week on Mondays, 6:00 pm to 8:50 pm .
• Blog Posts: Why You’re a Designer, Design Process
• Design Brief: Each student will produce their own design brief.
The design brief will include an overview of the café, a
description of the personality, a mission statement, goals, and
target audience groups. Students will work through these components
and refine their work with peer and instructional reviews.
• Research Summary Report & Presentation: Students create a
research summary report that outlines design research for an
organization and its market, target audience, and design
• Design Theory Project: Students will research and produce a
project that illustrates and tests one design theory topic from
Designing with the Mind in Mind: Simple Guide to Understanding User
Interface Design Rules by Jeff Johnson.
Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:
• Teach assigned course as specified in the schedule and course
• Participate in welcome orientation to become familiar with the
University’s mission, academic policies and procedures,
expectations, and Canvas (Learning Management System).
• Prepare essential learning objectives, lesson plans, and
assignments. Develop course syllabus.
• Clearly communicate course objectives and learning outcomes,
teaching methodology, and assignments and deadlines.
• Employ a variety of teaching styles in order to effectively
deliver course content demonstrating both academic and real-world
applications of concepts covered.
• Encourage active learning through discussion topics, class
assignments, group projects, etc.
• Provide feedback and grade assignments in a timely and thorough
manner (within 24 hours).
• Establish weekly office hours to provide additional assistance
with student questions/concerns.
• Report early alerts for students who are not actively engaging in
• Additional duties as assigned.
• Masters or bachelor’s degree with professional experience and
expertise in Interactive Design, Graphic Design, User Experience,
or a Design related discipline
• Student-centered approach and passion for teaching and mentoring
a diverse student population.
• Commitment to an experiential learning philosophy.
• Professional/teaching experience
• College or university-level teaching experience.
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of
a background screening.
Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employment
authorization will not be considered for this position.
Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity
and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability,
gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin,
race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or
any other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects of
the employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring,
training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, and
Advertised: November 30, 2021