Cornerstone Design @ Mines Adjunct Faculty

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Work type: Adjunct Faculty Part Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching), Academic Affairs

Position Title: Cornerstone Design @ Mines Adjunct Faculty
Job Description: Colorado School of Mines invites applications for multiple part-time positions as an adjunct instructor in Cornerstone Design @ Mines to teach EPIC 151 and/or EPIC 251. The Cornerstone curriculum teaches students how to solve complex, open-ended problems using critical thinking and workplace skills. Students work in multidisciplinary teams to learn through doing, with emphasis on defining and diagnosing the problem through a holistic lens of technology, people, and environment. Students follow a user-centered design methodology throughout the process, seeking to deeply understand a problem from multiple perspectives and accept its ambiguities before attempting to solve it.

A Cornerstone Adjunct Instructor provides instruction and practice to classes of 25 students. Some Practice of Design instructors may teach in partnership with another teaching or adjunct professor. Instructors serve as course “mentors” in that they provide guidance to project teams in a highly interactive classroom environment. The course learning objectives are achieved through instruction and extensive practice in a wide variety of fundamental problem solving skills, as reflected in the Essential Skill Set shown below. Each Adjunct shall be able to teach all skills identified in the Essential Skill Set, hold regular office hours, and participate in faculty curriculum discussions.

Essential Skill Set:

  • Provide instruction, practice and guidance in the creative problem solving process.
  • Provide guidance to student teams in developing effective teamwork practices for the completion of open-ended design projects.
  • Evaluate student and team proficiency in the practice of problem solving skills, using Program-wide guidelines and effective and appropriate methods to assign a realistic final course grade for each student.
Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must possess an earned bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in a scientific, engineering, or engineering-related discipline. Because of a primary emphasis on teaching, as indicated in the Essential Skill Set, the successful candidate must have documented teaching proficiency in open-ended problem solving, technical design, and guiding effective teamwork for successful project completion. Additional preferred teaching proficiencies include:

• Technical communication, through related teaching experience (desired) and professional publications and presentations.
• User-centered design: identifying and engaging with stakeholders and users throughout the problem solving process.
• Incorporating technology in delivering content.
• Experience with skills such as building skills, hand sketching, excel and computer aided design (these skills are taught as modules during the once-a-week, two-hour lab section of the course).

Preferred Qualifications:  
Department Description: Cornerstone is a two-semester course sequence: EPIC 151 (Intro to Design), generally taken in the first year, and EPIC 251 (Practice of Design), generally taken in the second or third year. Our Intro to Design course is required for all students at Mines and serves approximately 1,100 students per academic year; the Practice of Design course is taken by about a third of the students in ABET-accredited engineering programs and serves an additional 350 students per year. More information about this program, its courses and its learning objectives can be found at
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required).
Compensation: Determined based upon qualifications.  Adjunct faculty positions do not include benefits.
Background Investigation Required: Yes


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