Immediate Open Position: Adjunct Instructor, Developing Training Materials course

From: Valerie
Sent on: Saturday, July 21, 2012 6:03 PM

PSU: Training & Development Faculty Recruitment for Fall, 2012

Immediate Open Position:

Adjunct Instructor, Developing Training Materials course

Offered at the undergraduate and graduate level

Primary Responsibilities:


1. Develop/revise the developing training materials course that includes theories of adult learning and current and emerging practices in the training field.

2. Prepare and a blended course that includes classroom and online.

3. Identify text(s) and readings.

4. Instruct the class (30 contact hours); approximately 2/3 face-to-face, 1/3 online.

5. Be available outside of class time for feedback and questions.

6. Design and grade assignments.

Advisory and Graduation Meetings

Training & Development (T&D) Faculty attend and participate in quarterly T&D Faculty Advisory meetings.  These meetings are usually 2 1/2 hours long. In these meetings we discuss and decide issues related to the T&D program curriculum, students and faculty issues, etc. The faculty will also attend and participate in the annual graduation held in June.


1. The T&D program is a highly ‘learner-centered’ program. The program draws a motivated and diverse adult student population (ave. age = 35-40).  Therefore, it is expected that the instructor will be able to create and maintain an environment where adult students can excel.

2. In order to fully prepare the participants for success in the training and development field, it is expected that the instructor will synthesize and model both adult learning theory and current and emerging practices in the training field.

3. As an instructor of graduate students, you will be expected to develop a curriculum and a set of assignments that will require the students to do a minimum of 2-3 hours of homework for every contact hour.

4. Our learners are busy professionals and require a non-traditional, blended format of teaching. Faculty must be adept at classroom teaching and at online teaching.

Dates, Times & Locations

Annually, Fall Term (late Sept/early Oct to mid-December). This is a 3 credit, 30-contact-hour course.  The schedule for this fall is Tuesdays, 10/2 & 12/4 (6:40-9:20PM), Saturdays, 10/6, 11/10, 12/8 (9:30AM-4:30PM). The rest is online.

Required Qualifications:

1. Masters Degree

2. Several years (7 +) Training and Development and active face-to-face training experience required

3. Ability to teach in a blended (partially online) format

4. Dedication to staying current in the field of training and development

5. Strong learner-centered philosophy of instruction and training required

6. Strong commitment to serving diverse learners

7. Commitment to meeting with fellow T&D faculty to share teaching and learning ideas

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Ed.D. or Ph.D.

2. Exposure to online instruction platforms such as Desire2Learn, BlackBoard, WEB-CT or Moodle

3. Experience as an instructor in a higher education setting for credit

4. Active participation in ASTD or other appropriate professional associations

5. Work experience in multiple sectors of the economy


$2,427 per class.

Conditions of Employment:

This is a contracted adjunct faculty position with no possibility for tenure or benefits (social security is collected from the pay). As an adjunct faculty, you will qualify for a PSU faculty ID card and library privileges.

Program Information:

The T&D course series has been designed by educators and training and development professionals using the ASTD competency studies as the basis of instructional design. Our students earn a certificate of completion and PSU college credit.

It is designed for:

  • Trainers, training managers, training consultants
  • Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) professionals
  • Teachers
  • Human resource and staff development personnel
  • Management development consultants
  • Other people interested in developing more effective teaching and training skills, or building strong training and development programs

Our Students gain:

  • Essential skills necessary to be a more effective leader of change
  • Expanded resource network of other training and development professionals
  • PSU credit/certificate of completion

Course Description:

ELP 439/539 Developing Training Materials (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Principles of Training and Development

Focus on the theories, knowledge and skills necessary to plan, develop, and use effective participant and presentation training materials that enhance adult learning in training and development settings. Study the linkage of instructional design, adult-learning representational systems and graphic design theories, and how materials increase transfer of learning. In addition, examine writing issues relevant to effective communication, the selection and use of production methods, and project plans for training materials.

The Graduate School of Education:

Located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, the Graduate School of Education offers students a rich opportunity to learn and do research in an urban setting. Through outreach to communities across Oregon we provide quality educational programs that are convenient and responsive. We take seriously our mission to help meet the lifelong educational needs of diverse communities while encouraging democracy and social justice.

The GSE prepares professionals to be teachers and leaders in a variety of settings: public schools, libraries, counseling clinics, social service agencies, institutions of higher education, and adult education programs. We also influence practice and inform policy development through faculty and student research, program development, and problem solving. The GSE offers over 50 degree, licensure, and continuing education programs. Our courses are designed for current and aspiring educators, trainers, and human service professionals.

Graduate Level Programs:

The courses taken at the graduate level in the Training & Development Certificate of Completion program can also apply as a thematic specialization in the Postsecondary Adult & Continuing Education (PACE) master’s degree program:

Application Procedure:

Candidates should send the following via e-mail:

1. Letter of application

2. Resume

3. Names, phone numbers, and email address for two professional references

Email these materials to:

Toni Plato, Program Manager, Training & Development Program

Continuing Education, Graduate School of Education

Portland State University


[address removed]

Training & Development Program:


Application review begins August 1, 2012.  The position will remain open until filled.

Commitment to Diversity:

Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.


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