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Andrea Malimisura, AUx Instructor & Assistant Director of First Year Advising, facilitating her class
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Instructor Position Description

The AUx Instructor serves as a role model, teacher, and mentor to their AUx students. It is the Instructor’s responsibility to attend weekly AUx class sessions and hold weekly office hours for their students. In collaboration with the AUx Peer Facilitator, the AUx Instructor prepares weekly lesson plans including dialogue facilitation and active learning component. The AUx Instructor is responsible for adhering to the co-facilitation model, the standardized curriculum, and AUx program policies including grading rubrics.

Please note that the AUx Instructor position is distinct from the AUx Instructor & Advisor and the Assistant Director of First Year Advising positions, as those are full-time roles.

  • Must be able to obtain and maintain an adjunct faculty appointment
  • A master's degree in a relevant field Willingness to participate in ongoing training prior to the start of the semester and throughout the semester
  • Prefernece for faculty or staff member at American University, as well as alumni and doctoral students
  • External candidates with relevant experience are also welcome to express interest
  • Written approval to teach AUx by department chair or supervisor or program director
  • High preference for candidates who can teach in-person
  • Co-facilitate weekly section of AUx with a Peer Facilitator
    • Each section meets weekly for 75 minutes
  • Synthesize assigned online content, compile supplementary readings, and research to inform classroom instruction
  • Mentor first-year students regarding their academic, cultural, and psycho-social adjustment to American University, making appropriate referrals to campus resources
  • Hold weekly office hours
  • Meet weekly with AUx Peer Facilitator counterpart to coordinate course planning, instruction, and classroom logistics
  • Grade and provide thoughtful feedback on all assignments through Canvas in a timely manner
  • Adhere to the co-facilitation model, the standardized curriculum, and AUx program policies including grading rubrics

    • While instructors with the AUx Program are encouraged to use their expertise and creativity to highlight topics, modifications should not alter the purpose of the course, the general orientation of the course arc, course level learning outcomes, and intentions behind assignments

If you are interested in teaching AUx1 or AUx2, please complete this form which will allow you tosubmit a statement of interest and resume. Your statement should address the following: 1) what is motivating your interest, and 2) what is your relevant background in facilitation.

For questions, please contact Izzi Stern, Director, AUx Program at istern@american.edu.

The AUx program will work with selected candidates to assemble appointment packages for consideration by the School of Education for an Adjunct Faculty Contract. Appointment packages will need to include the following:

  • Written approval from supervisor/department chair/program director (for internal hires)
  • Resume/CV
  • Memo of support from the Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • The adjunct appointment form
  • Additionally, internal and external applicant will need to complete the same application process as new adjuncts (a link to the online form will be shared with selected candidates)

Once reviewed by the School of Education, the appointment will need to be approved by the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs before being routed to Human Resources.

The adjunct salary for this position is determined by The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Adjunct Union & AU. Adjunct appointments also go through a renewal process every three years.

While the AUx Instructor position is distinct from the AUx Instructor & Advisor and the Assistant Director of First Year Advising positions, all Instructors who work with the AUx Program must go through the adjunct appointment and reappointment process.