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Simmons University
  • Position Number: 1820969
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Business - Accounting

Adjunct Faculty in the Role of Section Instructor- BehaviorAnalysisSimmons

Remote - National

The Live Session 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 Live Session Instructor should be highly knowledgeable about the subject matter for their assigned course, and maintain expertise in the subject area. The live session 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 BehaviorAnalysis@Simmons courses are taught from a Master Syllabus that are designed by the course designer, in consultation with faculty. All syllabi are approved by the School of Social Work curriculum committee and all faculty are expected to execute to the competencies and practice behaviors that each course claims in compliance with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Standards. Simmons values the disciplinary competency faculty bring to the course and to students through feedback and insight provided. Any course modifications must be discussed with and approved by the appropriate Course Lead, with final approval from the Program Director prior to implementation.

Live Session Instructors use their experience and knowledge specific to applied behavior analysis to help students meet the course objectives.

It is expected that each Live Section Instructor will spend approximately 9-12 hours per week facilitating live session instruction, providing support to students, evaluating required written assignments, reviewing asynchronous course materials, and preparing for live sessions.
  • 130 minutes of weekly live session facilitation and teaching
  • 1 to 1.5 hours for out of classroom electronic support and scheduled appointments with students
  • 1.5 hours to 3 hours prepping for teaching
  • Attend 3 mandatory course meetings per term with course lead. These meetings are up to 1 hour each in length and are scheduled over a 14 week term.
  • Up to 4-5 hours per week grading and assessing other student product.

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 asynchronous discussions and didactic sessions
  • Maintain and evaluate records of student's academic and field experience performance within the grading systems of the Learning Management System (LMS) and the university
  • 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, including grading of assignments, exams and appropriate clinical activities
  • Maintain communication, both online and virtual/in person if possible and desired, 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:
  • MS & BCBA Required
  • PhD in Behavior Analysis preferred
  • At least 5+ years of BCBA experience preferred
  • Graduate level teaching experience specific to applied behavior analysis preferred
  • Online teaching exposure/experience preferred

Proprietary Issues

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

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 University. 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 programs 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 University. Simmons University 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 University will consult with Section Leads to help determine if their technology is compatible.

INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: To be formally considered, please prepare and upload the required documents listed below to your application:
  • Cover Letter (please explain why you are interested in teaching online courses in the Behavior Analysis program and how your teaching philosophy aligns with online instructional models)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One to Three letters of Recommendation

Simmons University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence in education and employment through diversity. The University 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.

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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