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Course Developer/Adjunct Instructor – Psychology of Design

Apply now Job no: 492490
Work type: Adjunct
Location: Remote
Categories: Adjunct, College of Arts & Sciences

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Job Summary/Basic Function

In keeping with our mission and vision statement, Maryville actively seeks adjunct faculty members who are experts in their fields and have a passion for teaching and building online courses. Adjunct faculty are an integral part of the University’s learning community and teach courses online and/or on campus.

The College of Arts and Sciences is accepting applications for an academically qualified adjunct faculty member to develop an online version of:

PSYC 230 – Psychology of Design
Course Description: Psychology of Design: Why People Tweet, Play Games, and Have Favorite Colors. This course explores the psychological theories and principles that influence the discipline/industry of design. Color, consumer and social behavior, games, gambling, story, and decision making are a few areas of study we will cover.
Potential Course Learning Outcomes
• Explain the primary principles/theories of psychology that influence both the application and consumption of design and products
• Describe the biological effects of dopamine as they apply broadly to design issues.
• Articulate how psychological theory can influence the creative process of design.
• Articulate why people form cultures around products of design such as video games, comic books, or technology.
• Apply the scientific method and introductory psychological research methods to construct a study to test design solutions.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities:
• Develop PSYC 230 as an online course partnering with the Learning Design Team and the College of Arts and Sciences
• After successful completion of course development, teach assigned course as specified in the schedule and course contract.
• Participate in welcome orientation to become familiar with the University’s mission, academic policies and procedures, expectations, and Canvas (Learning Management System).
• Prepare essential learning objectives, lesson plans, and assignments. Develop course syllabus.
• Clearly communicate course objectives and learning outcomes, teaching methodology, and assignments and deadlines.
• Employ a variety of teaching styles in order to effectively deliver course content demonstrating both academic and real-world applications of concepts covered.
• Encourage active learning through discussion topics, class assignments, group projects, etc.
• Provide feedback and grade assignments in a timely and thorough manner (with 24-36 hrs.).
• Establish office hours to provide additional assistance with student questions/concerns.
• Report early alerts for students who are not actively engaging in the course.
• Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Masters in Psychology or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Psychology or a related field
• Online teaching experience and/or online course development

Physical Demands


Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

The Department is using this position announcement to build a qualified pool of instructors to fill teaching needs and design courses as they arise. This position is not designated for a specific course or semester.

Graduate transcripts are required to complete the application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes.

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.

Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employment authorization will not be considered for this position.

Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring, training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, and termination.

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