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EDS Capstone/Cornerstone Adjunct Faculty

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


Position Title: EDS Capstone/Cornerstone Adjunct Faculty

Pay Range:

Mines is offering a per course salary of $5,000 - $6,000.

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

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 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. 

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, design, 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:

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


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 Responsibilities: You will guide student teams in how to manage and execute a successful design project – allowing them to explore design options, as well as build and testing products.  Responsibilities also include steering teams back on track if they lose sight of the design objectives, and helping them understand and execute professional communications with their client.

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 110 minutes Tuesdays through Fridays.  An additional office hour held weekly is expected per section taught.  Established course materials (including lectures, assignments, rubrics, and general structure) are developed by the program and provided for faculty, though additional sharing of experiences and methods by faculty is encouraged without excluding existing curriculum and learning outcomes and activities.  Timely and regular feedback and grading is expected for student deliverables, typically within two weeks of submission.  All program faculty are supported via weekly one-hour meetings.  Meeting attendance is especially expected for new faculty, but is encouraged for all faculty.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • 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:

Education and Experience:

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

Certifications and Licenses:

  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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. 
About Mines & Golden, CO:
Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver.  The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community – offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience. 
Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards: Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a CV and cover letter indicating your preference for teaching Capstone or Cornerstone, as well as your rationale (required). References will not be requested until later in the selection process.

Contact Dorie Chen, Human Resources, at with any questions.
Background Investigation Required: Yes
COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.

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