Adjunct Instructor: Capstone and/or Cornerstone Design Program

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

Position Title: Adjunct Instructor: Capstone and/or Cornerstone Design Program
Job Description:

The Engineering, Design, and Society (EDS) division at the Colorado School of Mines invites applications for a part-time position as a Project Advisor in the Capstone Design Program (Senior Design) and/or an Industry Advisor in the Cornerstone Design Program (Design I). Both adjunct faculty positions provide project oversight to student teams in a real-world application of technical problems.  Please read the description of both and decide for which you are best suited. 

As an Adjunct Faculty for either course, you will be responsible for:

  • Achieving course learning outcomes through instruction and team management.

  • Holding meetings with your teams, and responding to emails and grading all deliverables in a timely fashion (rubrics are provided to assist with grading).

  • Serving as a course “manager” by providing guidance to project teams in a highly interactive environment.

  • Attending all meetings and class sessions, including kickoff and end-of-semester meetings with the instructional team. 

Capstone (Senior Design)

Key distinguishing feature: Maintain high expectations for student independence,  professionalism, and delivery of quality design/prototype materials to the client. 

Capstone Description: A creative multidisciplinary design experience emerging from combined efforts in civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering degree programs. This program has been established to demonstrate the value and ingenuity which can be derived from cooperative design efforts among the various traditional engineering disciplines.

For more information on the Senior Design course please see the course website:

Capstone Responsibilities: Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 11am. Lectures are delivered by our full time course faculty and the remaining time is used for you (as Project Advisor) to meet with, evaluate, and assist student teams. You will guide student teams in how to manage and execute a successful project – allowing them to explore design options, steering them back on track if they lose sight of the design objectives, and helping them understand and execute professional communications with their client.

Cornerstone (First-Year Design)

Key distinguishing feature: Bring patience and enthusiasm to introduce and reassure students on their first experience with extreme ambiguity and messy real-world problems. 

Cornerstone Description: Teaches and inspires Freshman and Sophomore students to solve complex, open-ended problems using critical thinking and workplace skills. Students work in multidisciplinary teams in classes of 25 to learn through doing, with emphasis on defining and diagnosing the problem through a holistic lens of technology, people, and environment. More information about this program, its courses and its learning objectives can be found at

Cornerstone Responsibilities:  Project classes are held twice per week, either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, for 75 minutes, between 7am to 6pm. Hands-on Skills Labs are held once per week for 2 hours.  An additional office hour held weekly per section taught. Course materials (including lectures, assignments, and general structure) are developed by the program as a starting point for faculty.

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:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in a scientific, engineering, or engineering-related discipline. 

  • Have professional experience in engineering design (6+ years), or a graduate-level degree in engineering or related technical field, with some level of professional design experience (4+ years)

Preferred qualifications (Capstone):

  • Undergrad degree in Civil, Electrical, Environmental, or Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline

  • Candidates with an active PE license and/or with demonstrated teaching experience at the undergraduate level may be given preference for some Capstone project assignments.

Bonus Qualifications (Cornerstone):

  • Teaching experience in open-ended problem solving, technical design, or guiding effective teamwork. Preferred teaching proficiencies include:

    • Technical communication.

    • User-engaged design: identifying and engaging with stakeholders and users throughout the problem solving process.

    • Hands-on skills: building, hand sketching, CAD, arduino, etc. 

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). Please indicate your preference for teaching Capstone or Cornerstone, as well as your rationale.

Compensation: Determined based upon qualifications.  Adjunct faculty positions do not include benefits.
Background Investigation Required: Yes


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