Position overview Percent time:
Instructor Pool Writing, Literature, and Humanities UC Berkeley Extension
Part-time temporary appointments are offered on a course-by-course basis. Anticipated start:
Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; some appointments may begin as early as the summer semester. Position duration:
Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. Application Window
March 1st, 2022
Most recent review date:
Sunday, Jul 3, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Position description Job Type
Academic - Non-Tenure Track
UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach in-person and online courses for our Writing, Literature, and Humanities programs.
UC Berkeley Extension seeks dynamic instructors with a commitment to undergraduate, professional and continuing education in Writing, Literature, and Humanities to lead multiple courses each year. The pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.
Courses are offered in-person and online:
- Classroom instruction takes place at our centers in Berkeley and San Francisco, California (U.S.A.).
- Online instruction is delivered through live lectures (Zoom) or asynchronously through our learning management system (Canvas).
Most classroom and live online lecture courses are offered in the evening and on the weekend (U.S.A. Pacific Time).
We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following subjects/specializations (but not limited to). Please refer to a full list of current courses in the departmental link below.
- Academic Writing
- Business Communications
- English Composition
- Genre Fiction Writing
- Literary Fiction Writing
- Nonfiction Writing
- Public Relations Writing
- Science Writing
- Social Media Writing
- American Fiction
- British Literature
- Contemporary Literature
- World Literature
- American Environmental and Cultural History
- Ethnic Studies
- Introduction to American Politics
Instructor duties include but are not limited to:
- Classroom Teaching Experience
- Synchronous Online Teaching Experience (online lectures via Zoom)
- Asynchronous Online Teaching Experience (via learning management system)
- Experience as an Online Course Developer
- Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
- Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs.
- Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
- Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
- Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
- Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
- Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
- Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
- Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
- Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
- Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for learning disabilities).
- Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
- Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
- Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with Program Manager as needed.
- Retain student records according to University policies.
- May be appointed by department to serve as a curriculum/course developer to write original course curriculum and content. Collaborate with academic department and/or instructional designer(s) on project deliverables and deadlines, including the course design/roadmap, learning strategies/activities, and media production/recordings. May develop and provide raw original content for the following: the course syllabus, learning objectives, lecture segments and scripts, reading assignments, assessments/assignments, discussion prompts, course midterm exam(s) or project(s), final exam(s) or project(s), student instructions, etc.
Access to UC Berkeley library stacks and online resources, free and discounted software, and professional development through LinkedIn Learning. Workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage, Medicare contributions, and mandatory Safe Harbor Defined Contribution Plan contributions (in lieu of Social Security).
Writing, Literature, and Humanities Courses
Qualifications Basic qualifications
(required at time of application)
(required at time of start)
- For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide US visa/work permits for this position.
For course development projects only:
- 5 or more years of professional and/or academic experience in the course subject.
- 3 or more years of teaching experience in the course subject at a U.S. college/university institution.
- Experience teaching online and/or developing academic content for online courses.
- Experience in course development, including creating course objectives and assignments/assessments.
- Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
- Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
- Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
- Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
- Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Camtasia or Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); and Google tools (email, calendar, docs, sheets, slides, etc).
Application Requirements Document requirements
- Ability to commit time to approximately 10-15 hours a week over 6-9 months (specific delivery schedule determined by mutual agreement).
- Ability to participate in regular phone/video conferences M-F between 9am-5pm (USA Pacific Time).
- Experience and/or comfort with video and audio recording, including voice overs for videos and/or PowerPoint presentations.
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity
Misc / Additional - May include writing samples, sample syllabi, recent teaching evaluations, etc.
References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.
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San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.
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