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Simmons College
  • Position Number: 966787
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Education

Adjunct Faculty in the Role of Section Instructor - MPHSimmons
Simmons College

The MPH@Simmons, a Master of Public Health in Health Equity, prepares public health professionals to address health inequities by challenging the socio-structural determinants of health existing within and outside of traditional health domains. Students learn core public health science and methodological skills, including epidemiology, biostatistics, policy analysis, and community-based, participatory approaches to study population health challenges. Students also gain the leadership and management skills, and health advocacy and organizing skills to design, implement, manage, and evaluate programs, policies and campaigns targeted to improve health equity. The program uses a robust set of online course delivery tools to support high-level student engagement. MPH@Simmons features a low student-to-faculty ratio, with live synchronous instruction for professor/student interaction through videoconferencing, complemented by high-quality, asynchronous self-paced online content. Learn more here:
The MPH@Simmons is seeking Section Instructors across its curriculum. The Section Instructor is responsible for the academic success of students enrolled in an online course in accordance with program and course objectives and course syllabi. Each Session Instructor should be highly knowledgeable about the subject matter for their assigned course, and maintain expertise in the subject area. The MPH@Simmons focused on Health Equity. As such, Section Instructors with knowledge and applied experience advancing health equity will add unique value to the program. Simmons College is interested in developing long-term relationships with adjunct faculty who bring academic and professional public health practice experience, particularly working toward health equity; excellent communication skills; excellent organizational skills; and enthusiasm and passion for providing an extraordinary public health education. We are seeking academics, professionals and community-engaged academics to share their knowledge and experience with graduate students in public health. We are especially interested in candidates who will enrich the diversity of our program's faculty.

The Section Instructor is expected to actively monitor and track individual student progress and provide support and direction as needed, both during the class and outside of class as needed and appropriate.
All MPH@Simmons courses are taught from a Master Syllabus that are designed by a Course Designer, in consultation with the full team of MPH faculty. All syllabi are approved by a Curriculum Committee at Simmons College and all faculty are expected to execute the competencies and learning objectives encompassed in the course. Simmons values the public health practice-based experience and competency that each faculty member brings to the course and to students through feedback and insight provided. Sections Instructors use their experience and knowledge specific to public health and health equity to help students meet the course objectives. Any course modification a Section Instructor desires must be discussed with and approved by the Course Lead who oversees quality for the course, with final approval from the Program Director prior to implementation.

It is expected that each Section Instructor will spend approximately 9-12 hours per week facilitating live session instruction, providing support to students, evaluating required assignments, reviewing asynchronous course materials, and preparing for live sessions. Weekly time commitments may vary, but will typically include:
- 1.75 hours of weekly live session facilitation and teaching
- 1 to 2 hours of out-of-classroom electronic support and scheduled appointments with students
- 1.5 hours to 3 hours prepping for teaching
- Up to 4-5 hours per week grading and assessing other student products
- Attending 3 mandatory course meetings per term with Course Lead; These meetings are approximately 1 hour each in length and are scheduled over the 11-week term.

Specific Duties:
Teach material from approved curriculum in accordance with the syllabus and course design
Assume responsibility for the academic supervision and teaching of enrolled students
Attendance at regularly scheduled, mandatory Course Lead meetings
Attendance at one whole Faculty Meeting per term
Provide full coverage for all scheduled synchronous sessions/live sessions
Participate in and lead synchronous discussions and didactic sessions
Maintain and evaluate records of student's performance within the grading systems of the Learning Management System (LMS) and the college
Provide meaningful and timely feedback on asynchronous and required written assignments. All feedback must be provided within 7-10 days of assigned due dates for submission
Maintain all administrative/academic components of the course section
Maintain communication, both online and virtual/in person, with Course Lead on a regular basis regarding course and student-related performance, problems and concerns
Respond in a clear and well-expressed manner to student questions within 24-48 hours
Foster and encourage an online culture of learning that values professionalism, accountability, empathy, life-long learning, respect for diversity, and ethically-minded practice, as well as personal and professional development

General Qualifications:
MPH or closely related degree required
DrPH or PhD in public health or closely-related field preferred
Public health practice experience preferred
Research, practice, service, and/or otherwise evidenced commitment to health equity preferred
Graduate level teaching experience specific to public health preferred
Online teaching exposure/experience preferred

Proprietary Issues
The online courses and materials relating hereto, in whatever form, offered by Simmons College are and shall remain the sole and exclusive property of Simmons College. All models, curricula, programs, materials and systems designed or developed by faculty engaged by Simmons College in connection with the teaching such courses shall be and remain the sole and exclusive property of Simmons College.

Online Instructor Training
Simmons College provides all Section Instructors with tailored training for online and hybrid course delivery models. It is mandatory that all Section Instructors and Course Leads complete the Online Instructor Orientation Course provided by Simmons College prior to starting their first class. The course introduces faculty to the expectations and best instructional practices at Simmons College. The orientation will take approximately 10 to 15 hours to complete with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Goals of the Online Instructor Training
Upon successful completion of the training, faculty should be able to:
Facilitate an online process that has a significant requirement for student interaction, as contrasted to lecture-type formats typically used in on-ground environments
Navigate the online classroom and assist students in navigating the online classroom
Use learning-centered strategies to engage the student
Explain program expectations of its students and instructors

Technology Requirements
Adjunct Faculty are required to provide their own hardware (PC or Mac Computer), software, and internet access to facilitate the online courses at Simmons College. Simmons College is not responsible for the purchase, upgrade, or maintenance of online instructor's telephone, computer and Internet service. Required software for courses will be provided at no additional cost to the instructor. The following are the recommended specifications for Section Instructors:

PC – Section Instructors will need to be able to access MS Office and any other software relevant to teaching courses. Below is a list of the minimal recommended hardware requirements needed to be successful but could vary depending on area of study.

- Processor – Intel® or AMD x86 processor running at 1.3GHz or faster
- Operating System - Windows XP SP 3 (or Newer)
- Windows 7 (64-bit required if running OS X 10.7.x) - Additional 20 GB HD Space required for Windows Partition
- Stereo Sound Card, Speakers and/or Headset
- Microphone and Web-camera (built-in or external)
- Internet Speed : DSL or Cable Internet highly recommended

MAC – Section Instructors will need to be able to access MS Office and any other software relevant to teaching your courses. Below is a list of the minimal recommended hardware requirements needed to be successful but could vary depending on what area of study you will be teaching. * Please note not all software require are compatible with Mac and may require Dual-boot Intel processors*
- Processor – Intel based Mac Pro or MacBook Pro computer (64-bit support)
- Operating System - Mac OS X v10.6.8, v10.7.2 or higher
- Stereo Sound Card, Speakers and/or Headset
- Microphone and Web-camera (built-in or external)
- Internet Speed : DSL or Cable Internet highly recommended

Note: Simmons College will consult with Section Instructors to help determine if their technology is compatible.

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Simmons College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence in education and employment through diversity. The College embraces diversity and defines it to include race, gender, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, religion, social class, age, sexual orientation, and physical and learning ability.

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